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  By Hisham Naffa Despite all the attempts at escaping or avoiding the Nakba, it still finds its way back into Israeli awareness. Facing locked doors, the Nakba enters through unofficial windows, and wedges itself deep into the Israeli public awareness. It is a matter of accumulation - quantitative, at first, then qualitative. For example, the word “Nakba” has been employed in Hebrew, using the Arabic lexeme, in the context of the last elections; this is a curious issue, surely, but it is also a serious one. A certain Israeli writer described the final elections’ results as “a Nakba to the peace camp”. Another wrote that the surprise of the last elections and the increased power in the hands of the already-governing Likud party was “a Nakba to pollsters”. A newspaper ran the following headline: “The Nakba of Polling Institutes - A Catastrophe Foretold.” Yet another commentator spoke of “the media’s Nakba”. Just like “Intifada”, the Nakba as a lexeme and as an idea is bound to sink into the Hebrew language and the Israeli awareness.
  By Charlie Hoyle*   Introduction The Nakba, or “Catastrophe,” of 1948 remains the single most decisive date in contemporary Palestinian history. While the State of Israel was created that year, a nascent Palestinian nation was destroyed. As neighbouring Arab countries gained statehood and self-rule from colonial powers, Palestinian society found itself dispossessed of a historic homeland and displaced around the region. The social, political, and economic structures of yesteryear were irrevocably broken as Palestinians were recast as stateless refugees or subjects of the newly formed Israeli, Jordanian, and Egyptian states. In 1948, the Palestinian nation disappeared from the map, and the impact, and trauma, of such societal devastation remains central to Palestinian identity and collective memory. Indeed, Palestinians are still one of the world’s few stateless peoples. But while the Nakba continues to inform the lived daily experience of all Palestinians, its memory has been suppressed in Israeli society. From schoolbooks to the physical landscape itself, Israel has redacted Palestinians from the history of 1948. Prevailing Israeli historical narratives instead blame Palestinians for their own misfortune, with any atrocities absolved as unfortunate, but indispensable, acts of state-building. Commemoration of the Nakba, embodied by exile and dispossession, has become critical to Palestinian culture and nationalism, and is routinely expressed in the occupied territory and Diaspora through literature, art, demonstrations, and music. But for Palestinian citizens of Israel, such remembrance directly confronts the powerful Israeli nationalist myths which underpin state and society, and as such, is fraught with social, political, and legal obstacles.
  The Journal of Palestinian Refugee Studies (JPRS) is the only English language journal devoted exclusively to Palestinian refugee affairs. The journal unites sound research and analysis with a variety of well-informed perspectives by academics, journalists, and practitioners. JPRS focuses as well on news and analysis that impacts on the plight of Palestinian refugees.   The journal is published by the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) which is an independent organization focusing on the historical, political and legal aspects of Palestinian refugees and is based in the UK. 
JPRS- 2014 has represented an important year – an important year for a state of Palestine, a devastating year for Gaza and a climacteric year for Israel. Amongst ongoing, unresolved and often forgotten issues in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) and host refugee nations, the year was marked with expectations.
The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) has published Volume 3, issue 2 edition of the Journal of Palestinian Refugee Studies (JPRS).JPRS provides information and analysis of issues that are central to Palestinian refugees worldwide.
  The Palestinian Refugee issue is considered, by most, as the central plank in the Israel Palestine conflict. It is also the cornerstone of any political negotiations that aims to resolve Israel Palestine conflict.
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