The Heat: Nakba Day

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As Palestinians observe the 75th anniversary of their mass displacement known as the Nakba, a fragile cease-fire holds with the Israelis. 

What can be done to make a lasting peace in the Middle East?      

To Israelis, the creation of their state in 1948 was a moment of celebration. But for thousands of Palestinians, it became known as the Nakba or the catastrophe. Hundreds of thousands were displaced and had to flee to neighboring countries.

For the first time, the Nakba is being celebrated at the United Nations, despite criticism from Israel. 30 countries decided not to participate in events. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for the suspension of Israel’s membership from the UN for repeatedly violating resolutions.

Meanwhile, a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad appears to be holding.    

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