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Op-Ed video: 'We will return to our homeland,' says Nakba survivor

Palestinians have paid the price for the horrors inflicted upon Jews in Europe, says acclaimed Palestinian author Ghada Karmi

Palestinians were forced to pay the price for the horrors inflicted upon Jews in Europe when Israel was created, says acclaimed Palestinian author Ghada Karmi.

"For me, the Nakba of 1948, has meant 75 years of dislocation in place, in culture, in ways of life," Karmi told MEE.

Karmi's family were among the more than 750,000 Palestinians who were forcibly expelled from their homes to make way for the creation of Israel in 1948.

Every year on 15 May, Palestinians lament the "Nakba" which means "catastrophe" in Arabic, that resulted in their dispossession at the hands of Zionist forces.

"We, as a family, had to flee our home in Jerusalem, in April 1948 because of the fear we had of Jewish militias roaming our streets, shooting at random," she said.

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"No one seemed to understand that we Palestinians had been made to pay the price for Jewish suffering at the hands of Europeans," she added.

Ghada Karmi is a former research fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. She was born in Jerusalem and was forced to leave her home with her family as a result of Israel’s creation in 1948. The family moved to England, where she grew up and was educated. Karmi practised as a doctor for many years, working as a specialist in the health of migrants and refugees. From 1999 to 2001, Karmi was an associate fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, where she led a major project on Israel-Palestinian reconciliation.
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