Repeating the Nakba mistake
May 12, 2011 23:20
Instead of devoting so much energy to emphasizing their victimization, Arab Israelis and Palestinians would do well to learn from their mistakes.
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(photo credit:Sharif Karim / Reuters)
For Arab Israelis and Palestinians, the creation of Israel was a “nakba,” a
catastrophe. On Friday, Arab towns across the nation will kick off three days of
Nakba commemorations with marches, conferences and rallies.Though these
ceremonies take place every year, this year is different in a significant and
positive way. The absurd practice by which organizations and municipalities were
allowed to use state funds to pay for Nakba events has been stopped. Legislation
approved by the Knesset in March, known as the “Nakba law,” empowers the state
to fine those who finance their commemoration ceremonies with public