Nakba app tells history of Palestinian tragedy

In the first week since its launch, it has been downloaded 12,000 times. An Android version is also due to be released soon.

Nakba app tells history of Palestinian tragedy

World Bulletin / News Desk

A new smartphone application detailing the events of the Nakba 66 years ago, in which hundreds of Palestinian villages that were emptied by Israeli forces during the establishment of the Zionist state in 1948, has been launched.

The Zochrot group launched the iNakba app in Hebrew, Arabic and English to pinpoint more than 500 Palestinian villages that were evacuated during the 1948 war. Using Google Maps, the depopulated villages are pointed out with brown pins.

When a pin is tapped, the old name of the village appears along with a photo and information about it. Information and photos can also be added by users.

In the first week since its launch, it has been downloaded 12,000 times. An Android version is also due to be released soon.

“This is not a new idea. There are many maps — maybe too many maps — of the villages destroyed. But people do not use paper anymore,” Raneen Jeries, a coordinator for the project at the Tel Aviv-based pro-Palestinian Israeli group Zochrot told the Washington Post on Thursday.

A 1947 U.N. General Assembly resolution stipulated the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states in what was then British-mandated Palestine.

Around 800,000 Palestinians were subsequently displaced and 500 Arab villages destroyed in attacks by armed Jewish groups at the time.

According to the U.N. Palestinian Refugees Agency (UNRWA), there are currently more than 5 million registered Palestinian refugees inside the occupied Palestinian territories, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Mayıs 2014, 17:34
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