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    • 16.05.11 | 03:15 (IDT)

    The Nakba was a real disaster for the Palestinians, when they lost their land, comparable to the Jewish Churban commemorated on Tisha b'Av. Jews in Israel are offended by the fact that Israeli Arabs want to commemorate the Nakba, and do it in proximity to Israeli Independence Day, or even taking Independence Day to be the Nakba commemoration day. The Arab Israelis should indeed be loyal citizens, celebrating Independence Day with the rest of Israelis. But they need an outlet to mourn their Nakba. My suggestion: Let them use the day BEFORE Independence day as Nakba Day. Israelis commemorate the fallen soldiers and civilians (Memorial Day), so the Arab Israelis can mourn their fallen. Everybody can be satisfied with this secular mourning day.

    from the article: On remembrance and hope for peace and equality
    First published 02:39 16.05.11 | Last updated 02:39 16.05.11
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