One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He talked a great deal about al-Nakba (the "Catastrophe") and its devastating continual effect.’
- ‘Independence Day for Israel is known as al-Nakba, or the "catastrophe," for Arabs.’
Arabic, literally ‘the disaster’.
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