I forgot, like you, to die:  12 Palestinian writers respond to the ongoing Nakba

(Complete article published May 16, 2018 by Literary Hub)Yesterday, the global Palestinian community marked the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the catastrophic destruction of the Palestinian homeland and dispossession of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and villages. Hundreds of villages were depopulated and razed to the ground, hundreds of thousands of people torn from […]

Leave :: Zaina Alsous

(originally published in Asian American Writers Workshop) A hijacked plane in 1969 lands in Damascus. This means a plane was unable to fly away, to Tel Aviv. I read about the incident in the autobiography of Leila Khaled.This book is out of print. This means it is difficult to find her first hand account in text […]

70 Years of Questions :: Lily Tamir-Regev, Hashomer Hatzair

How do we, as left-wing Australian Zionists, confront and balance the commemoration of the Nakba and the celebration of 70 years of Israel’s independence? When looking towards the future, how can we consolidate an egalitarian, but Jewish state? Moreover, how can we decide or discuss anything without hearing the voices of the oppressed?The issues that […]

An Open Letter to Nakba Deniers :: Ilana Sumka, Jordy Silverstein and Sahar Vardi

Ilana Sumka lives in Belgium and is an educator, writer and activist working to end the Israeli occupation.Jordy Silverstein lives in Australia and is an historian and writer, and author of Anxious Histories: Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century (Berghahn, 2015).Sahar Vardi is a Jerusalem based activist.Originally published […]

The Nakba and anti blackness :: Noura Erakat

Noura Erakat is a Palestinian American legal scholar, human rights attorney, activist and writer. She recently visited Australia on a speaking tour for the Edward Said memorial lecture. This article is accessible on her website. Reproduced with the authors permission, originally published in the Nakba files. Image Credit: Jaafar Ashtiyeh.The Nakba marks a momentous rupture in the […]

What does the Nakba mean to Jews :: Yael Winikoff

Yael Winikoff is the AJDS community organiser.This year marks 70 years since Israel became a fledgling nation-state.  In our communities we have seen celebrations marking Israel’s 70 years, and commemorations of 70 years since the Nakba.  And challenging conversations in between.  This year I noticed that the term Nakba is most commonly prefaced with “to […]

Just Voices Magazine : Israel / Palestine 1948

This issue of Just Voices is on the theme of the 70-year anniversary of the birth of the state of Israel. The creation of this ‘state for all Jews’ is something that has been widely celebrated amongst global Jewish communities. But as we are seeing a growing number of us dissenting and questioning Israel’s human rights abuses and policies of occupation today, we look back through history to this year, 1948, and the ways that Israel’s beginnings are woven into its political and social structures.

AJDS responds to JCCV statement to affiliates

1. On the situation in GazaOver the last week, the JCCV has released a statement on facebook, and then via email to affiliates, regarding the AJDS and our response to the recent events in Gaza. An article has subsequently appeared about this in the AJN on June 7th.As we note on our website, “while we […]

AJDS Statement on the massacre of Gazan protesters.

This past week has been a week of horror in Palestine and Israel.Marking 70 years since the Nakba of Palestinians, the week has seen the continuation of the Great Return March by Palestinians in Gaza, and the indiscriminate killing of some 60 people by Israeli snipers and tear gas and wounding over 1000 others. The […]

How Can We Begin to Think About Decolonising Palestine?

by Nader Ruhayel Comparative settler colonial studies have been productive in highlighting parallels and divergences in the methods of establishment and expansion of settler colonial societies. An examination of the patchwork of juridical, military, political, and social strategies by which these societies are established, can lead us to understand the particular ways in which indigenous […]