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From Arabic نَكْبَة(nakba, disaster, catastrophe), from نَكَبَ(nakaba, to make miserable).

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  1. (Palestine) The fracturing, dispossession and displacement of Palestinian society, following the declaration of Israel on what had been most of Mandatory Palestine, including the expulsion or flight of the majority of the Palestinian Arabs (some 700,000) and the destruction of their homes.
    • 2010 May 13, Saeb Erekat, “The Nakba continues”, in Ma'an News[1]:
      The Palestinian Nakba continues to this day, as Israeli practices and policies of evictions, home demolitions, deportations, settlement activities, wall-building as well as closure and siege in both the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip generate new waves of displaced persons.
    • 2019 July 3, Jess Schwalb, “Red Line Rebellion”, in Jewish Currents[2]:
      Brown University's Friday Night Jews (FNJ) [...] began as an informal Shabbat dinner gathering in 2016, as a space for Jewish students who were feeling fed up with Hillel’s limitations regarding Israel/Palestine discourse, after the Brown/RISD Hillel rescinded sponsorship of a film screening by the Israeli nonprofit Zochrot, an organization that educates Jewish Israelis about the Nakba.

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  • This term is frequently found with the Arabic definite article اَل(al-, the) instead of the English definite article the: Al-Nakba.

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