Why the Prawer Plan Is Just a Continuation of the Nakba
Palestine Center Brief No. 268 (18 July 2013)
By Yousef Munayyer
The Nakba is not a moment in time. The Nakba is an ongoing process. The Nakba is an experience of dispossession that transcends both time and space. Indeed the depopulation of Palestine of most of its native inhabitants from 1947-1949 did not merely become dispossession when an individual was forced from his home or his land. Rather, the dispossession became cemented when, after hostilities, a new state—the state of Israel—enforced this dispossession by preventing the return of refugees and razing their houses to the ground so that they would have no homes to return to.