This week’s documentary film curated by our editorial team at 21WIRE.
“The Nakba did not begin in 1948. Its origins lie over two centuries ago….” Before the brutality of the Israelis, there was the brutality of the British… This is the first in a four-part series on the ‘Nakba’, meaning the ‘catastrophe’, about the history of the Palestinian exodus that led to the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, and the establishment of the state of Israel. It start in 1799 with Napoleon’s attempted advance into Palestine to check British expansion and his appeal to world Jewry to claim a homeland there. The story then moves into the British Mandate in Palestine and the ‘Nakba’ where residents were ethnically cleansed by European settler paramilitaries who forced hundreds of thousands of native Arabs from their homes. And that’s only the beginning.
Al-Nakba: The Palestinian catastrophe – Episode 1:
Run time: 47 min
Produced by: Al Jazeera English
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