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See also: nakba


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

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  1. The foundation of the State of Israel and subsequent expulsion or flight of the majority of the Palestinian Arabs (some 700,000) among its residents, perceived as a catastrophe by many Palestinians and others.

Usage notes[edit]

  • For political reasons, use of this term is highly controversial; in particular, many Israelis and others reject the notion that the foundation of the State of Israel itself was a catastrophe for resident Palestinians.
  • 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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