We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.
Ursla Le Guin (1929-2018)
National Book Foundation speech, 2014
The Nakba in Numbers
The Nakba is not a just a memory, it is an ongoing reality. We can accept that we all must eventually die; in Gaza, the tragedy is that we don’t get to live.
Ahmad Abu Rtemah
This sheet has ten statements focusing on the Nakba and the invasion of Gaza by Israel in 2014. The reason for combining these events is to focus attention on the historic and systematic subjugation of the Palestinian people by the State of Israel.
Start by asking if anyone has heard of the Nakba and/or Nakba Day. Then illicit what the students know about current events taking place in Israel and Gaza. Then handout the sheet go through the opening statement. With a small group of students go through each of the statements in turn. With a large group divide students into groups of 3-4 and have each group decide its own answers before going through the answers together. Finish with a discussion on what the phrase "mowing the lawn (grass)" means.
Here are the numbers in order:
1948, 700,000. 7,000,000, 57, 2771, 1,850,000, 100,000, 551, 3,100,000,000, 13
Points to Consider and Mention:
1. 57 people were shot dead by Israeli forces on Monday, the day the US embassy opened. The total number of deaths was 58. An eight-month old baby died inhaling tear gas.
2. The Great Return March is a series of demonstrations that began Friday, March 30th, 2018. The Israeli Government had ample time to plan a response and chose to use tear gas and live fire. Is this an example of mowing the lawn? Read Steven Chovanec's Truthout article: The Massacre in Gaza: A Deliberate and Calculated Policy.
3. Israel will never voluntarily allow Palestinians their right of return as this would mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state (As of 2018 there are around 6.5 million Jews and 8.5 million Arabs)
4. The total amount of aid given to Israel by the US since World War II amounts to around $121 billion (not adjusted for inflation). The US has used its veto power in the UN National security council to protect Israel more than any other issue (Checking out the exact figures could be given as homework or as an in-class online exercise).
5. Would the current situation be different if Donald Trump had also recognised the Palestinian claim for Jerusalem to be the capital of a Palestinian state?
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Last revision May 2018
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