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The Arabic term for the events of 1948, when many Palestinians were displaced from their homeland by the creation of the new state of Israel.
- ‘May 15, 1948 is the day of independence for the Jews, but the same day is al-Nakba, the catastrophe, for the Palestinians.’
- ‘Independence Day for Israel is known as al-Nakba, or the "catastrophe," for Arabs.’
- ‘He talked a great deal about al-Nakba (the "Catastrophe") and its devastating continual effect.’
- ‘This history includes al-Nakba("the Catastrophe") of 1948 and Israel's expansion in 1967.’
- ‘For Arabs generally, the war is al-Nakba - the catastrophe.’
From Arabic, literally the disaster.
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