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Why Palestinians protest every May 15
May 15, 2023
Some of the material in the documentary, “1948: Creation & Catastrophe,” which was co-directed and produced by Ahlam Muhtaseb, professor of media studies, was incorporated in a short documentary about “The Nakba”or “The Catastrophe.” Vox acknowledged Muhtaseb and Andy Trimlett, director and executive producer of “1948: Creation & Catastrophe,” its end credits.
The Nakba was a series of events, centered around 1948, that expelled hundreds of thousands Palestinians from their homeland and killed thousands. The Nakba isn’t the beginning of the story, but it’s a key part of Palestinian history — and the root of Israel’s creation.
Prior to the Nakba, Palestine had a thriving population — largely made up of Arabs — that had lived and worked the land for centuries. But with the founding of Zionism, years of British meddling, and a British pledge to help create a Jewish state in Palestine — things began to change drastically. By 1947, with increasing tensions between Jewish settlers and Palestinian Arabs — the British left Palestine, and the UN stepped in with a plan to partition the land into two states. What followed was known as Plan Dalet: operations by Israeli paramilitary groups that violently uprooted Palestinians. An estimated 15,000 Palestinians were killed, more than 500 villages were decimated, and roughly 750,000 Palestinians displaced.
Most who were expelled from their homes couldn’t return to historic Palestine. And today, millions of their descendants live in refugee camps in Gaza, the West Bank and surrounding countries. The history of the Nakba has been deliberately concealed and often ignored in western narratives around the creation of Israel. In this episode of Missing Chapter, we break down how the Nakba happened — and how it defined the future of Palestine.
Texas mall shooter among growing number of Hispanic white supremacists
May 11, 2023
In an article about the man accused in the mass shooting at an Allen, Texas, outlet mall on May 6, the news website reports that dismissing the influence of white supremacy among some Hispanics ignores how racist groups are changing to appeal to more people, Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State University, San Bernardino, tells Axios. "There are people within nearly every community who can respond to misogynistic, aggressive, conspiratorial rhetoric, and then become radicalized fairly quickly," Levin says.
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