- the Arabic term for the events of 1948, when many Palestinians were displaced from their homeland by the creation of the new state of Israel.
The Nassar family of Bethlehem have held fast to their lands for decades. Since 1916, in fact. It is not a large plot, roughly 100 acres, but the family has labored on it for generations. Their fields, however, reside in Area C, which is part of the patchwork system of direct and indirect occupation devised after the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords. Areas A and B fall under a nebulous idea of Palestinian autonomy, but Area C – roughly 60% of the occupied West Bank – is under full Israeli control and there is no pretense here of whatever independence the Palestinian Authority (PA) may entertain.
Not only are their cultivated lands in Area C, but the…
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