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al-Nakba Line breaks: al-Nakba
Pronunciation: /alˈnakbə/

Definition of al-Nakba in English:


The Palestinian term for the events of 1948, when many Palestinians were displaced by the creation of the new state of Israel.
Example sentences
  • For Arabs generally, the war is al-Nakba - the catastrophe.
  • May 15, 1948 is the day of independence for the Jews, but the same day is al-Nakba, the catastrophe, for the Palestinians.
  • Independence Day for Israel is known as al-Nakba, or the "catastrophe," for Arabs.


Arabic, literally 'the disaster'.

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