Jewish Journal


May 5, 2008

Remembering the ‘nakba’


Mondoweiss has been fascinated lately with the term “nakba,” an Arabic word that means “catastrophe” and refers to the creation of Israel, including its appearance in mainstream American journalism like The New Yorker and New York Times. This got me wondering: How often has this term appeared in The Jewish Journal?

The answer, since our online archive began 10 years ago, is 14 (three more if you include the alternative spelling). This piece from 1998—the 50th anniversary of Israel’s modern statehood and before the Second Intifada—was the most interesting.

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