A top Israeli education official has authorized a textbook for exclusive use in Arab Israeli schools that tells a different side of the story of Israel’s creation in 1948. For starters, the text acknowledges that Palestinians dubbed the historical event “al nakba” (the catastrophe).


The new textbook notes that “some of the Palestinians were expelled following the War of Independence and that many Arab-owned lands were confiscated”, the education ministry said.

Palestinians refer to Israel’s creation in 1948 – in which hundreds of thousands of Arabs fled in the wake of the independence war – as “al nakba”, or the catastrophe.

They blame the Jewish state for usurping their land.

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