Film Review of 1948: Creation and Catastrophe


Film Review of 1948: Creation & Catastrophe

by Terri Ginsberg                                                                                                                                                                    January 2018

Nakba means “catastrophe” in Arabic. Since 1948, it has come to denote the permanent expulsion and dispossession of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and lands, and the rape, pillage, and massacre of thousands more, by Zionist militias during the years leading up to the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel in historic Palestine. The Nakba caused a large proportion of the Palestinian population to become refugees in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Egypt and produced a significant Palestinian diaspora spanning Europe, the Americas, North Africa, and the Middle East. This ethnic cleansing of Palestine was denied until recently by the dominant forces within the international community, the neo-imperialist agenda of which was bolstered most notoriously by former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir’s 1969 excoriation of the then-alliance between Egypt and the Soviet Union: the political front against the advance of communism and radical labor was for her—and in large part remains—the suppression of Palestinian liberation. Forty-two years later in 2011, Israel, politically much further to the right than it was during Meir’s time, passed a law that denies state funding to any public or government entity that memorializes the Nakba as an occasion for mourning. [read more]