[From Why We Don’t Celebrate Israel] Between December 1947 and December 1950, over 530 Palestinian villages and towns were destroyed. Half of the Palestinians were ethnically cleansed by underground Zionist forces even before Israel was unilaterally declared a state. Palestinians call these events of the late 1940s the Nakba (Catastrophe).
Mazin Qumsiyeh is the author of the book “Sharing the Land of Canaan.” He was born to a Palestinian Christian family in the Shepherds’ Field and splits his time between the USA and Palestine. He served on the faculty of both Duke and Yale Universities (six and five years respectively) and he is a prominent human rights activist.