Disappearing Palestine 1948-1967

Disappearing Palestine 1948-1967

Sumud - Steadfastness (1948 onwards)

Source: Mondoweiss article
Embroidery: Almaza Al-Helou [Al A'abasiyeh], Ramallah
Size: 59 x 33 cm

In March 1948, the Haganah and other Zionist militias began the forcible expulsion 250,000 Palestinians, destroying their communities.

The British Mandate of Palestine ended on 15 May 1948 and Jewish leaders declared the establishment of the State of Israel. War broke out and Israeli forces defeated the Arab armies.

When the armistice agreements were signed in 1949, over 750,000 Palestinians had been displaced and 531 Palestinian villages and 11 urban neighbourhoods had been destroyed.

The West Bank and East Jerusalem came under the control of Jordan while the Gaza Strip came under Egyptain control. In June 1967, Israel launched the Six Day War and occupied these territories, together with the Golan Heights in Syria.

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