the ongoing nakbas

below are a few photographs–first historical ones and then photographs from recent events. these are just a sampling of the multiple nakbas that palestinians experience in the few years that i have lived in the region. the historic photographs come from a french book entitled les palestiniens and the recent photos are mine, except for matthew’s photo from gaza, which is noted. but there are many more. and i fear that there will be more to come unless un resolution 194 is implemented:

11. Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible;

Instructs the Conciliation Commission to facilitate the repatriation, resettlement and economic and social rehabilitation of the refugees and the payment of compensation, and to maintain close relations with the Director of the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees and, through him, with the appropriate organs and agencies of the United Nations;

for stories to go along with some of these images and many others that are not here, check out voices of palestinian women narrate displacement.

palestinians fleeing gaza 1948

palestinians fleeing gaza 1948

new refugees gaza 2009 (photo by matthew cassel)

new refugees gaza 2009 (photo by matthew cassel)

palestinian refugee camp nahr el bared, lebanon, 1949

palestinian refugee camp nahr el bared, lebanon, 1949

palestinians from nahr el bared sleep in unrwa school in baddawi refugee camp 2007

palestinians from nahr el bared sleep in unrwa school in baddawi refugee camp 2007

palestinian refugee camps: baqaa in jordan and deheishe in palestine 1960

palestinian refugee camps: baqaa in jordan and deheishe in palestine 1960

palestinians refugees from iraq in ruweished refugee camp, jordan 2006

palestinians refugees from iraq in ruweished refugee camp, jordan 2006

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