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Nakba App Revives Palestine History

Published: 15/05/2014 03:47:48 PM GMT
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CAIRO – Marking sixty-six years on the Nakba Day, a new mobile app has been launched to revive the memories of the creation of Israel on the rubbles of Palestine, highlighting the history of hundreds of Palestinian villages that were emptied by Israeli forces. “This is not a new idea. There are many maps — maybe too many maps — of th...(more)

CAIRO – Marking sixty-six years on the Nakba Day, a new mobile app has been launched to revive the memories of the creation of Israel on the rubbles of Palestine, highlighting the history of hundreds of Palestinian villages that were emptied by Israeli forces.

“This is not a new idea. There are many maps — maybe too many maps — of the villages destroyed. But people do not use paper anymore,” Raneen Jeries, a coordinator for the project at Zochrot, a pro-Palestinian Israeli group based in Tel Aviv, told the Washington Post on Thursday, May 15.

“They use smartphones and GPS and apps, and so this is the tool we are using to reach them.”

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The application, launched by Zochrot group which means “to remember” in Hebrew, pinpoints in Hebrew, Arabic and English the location of more than 500 Palestinian villages that were emptied, overrun or abandoned in the 1948 war.

A week after making it available, there have been 12,000 downloads of iNakba application. The group has also promised another Android version soon.

The app shows a Google map of Palestine, as of 1948, covered with hundreds of brown pins, each representing one of the depopulated Palestinian villages.

Those towns, which were destroyed completely, emptied of its residents or turned into an Israeli town, were originally the lands of Palestine before 1948.

By taking a pin, the name of the old village appears and later a photograph of the site follows, with a screen of information.

Moreover, users of iNakba can log on and add photographs and video.

“We expect an angry response,” Jeries said, because the iNakba app is designed to both inform and provoke.

“Occupation Day”

The mobile application iNakba is not the only effort to mark the painful memory of millions of Palestinians.

Last week in what is widely known by Israelis as Independence Day, thousands of Arab Israelis marched under a banner reading, “Your independence is our Nakba.”

The protesters also waved flags belonging to the Palestinian political factions Fatah and Hamas.

Angrily commenting on the march, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman condemned the demonstrators as “fifth columnists”.

“To those Arabs who took part today in the ‘Nakba Day’ procession and waved Palestinian flags, I suggest that next time they march directly to Ramallah and they stay there,” he said.

The next day, Jamal Zahalka, an Arab-Israeli Knesset lawmaker, was quoted by a Palestinian newspaper as saying that Independence Day should be called “occupation day.”

Each year on May 15, Palestinians mourn the loss of Palestine and creation of Israel on its rubble in 1948.

On April 18, 1948, Palestinian Tiberius was captured by Menachem Begin's Irgun group, putting its 5,500 Palestinian residents in flight. On April 22, Haifa fell to the Zionist mobs and 70,000 Palestinians fled.

On April 25, Irgun began bombarding civilian sectors of the Palestinian city of Jaffa - the largest city in Palestine at that time, terrifying the 750,000 inhabitants into panicky flight.

On May 14, the day before the creation of Israel, Jaffa completely surrendered to the much better-equipped Zionist gangs and only about 4,500 of its population remained.

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