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From Nakba to Nakba, Palestinian Life 76 Years After the Disaster is Worse Than 75

Palestinians say the Nakba – the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to pave the way for the creation of Israel in 1948 – never ended. Instead, they believe it is still going on and continues to drive and kill Palestinians from their homes, their communities and their land.

Last May marked the 75th anniversary of the Nakba. In the following year, the number of Palestinians killed, imprisoned and displaced has risen alarmingly, much of it against the backdrop of Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza.

As Palestinians celebrated the 76th anniversary of the Nakba on May 15, Al Jazeera takes a closer look at how Palestinians’ lives have changed in the last year.

Deaths

The last seven months of conflict have led to an intensification of Israeli violence against Palestinians, resulting in displacement and death.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 234 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces or settlers in the occupied West Bank and 89 in the Gaza Strip in the year ending May 15, 2023.

In the year since May 15, 2023, 589 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces or individuals in the occupied West Bank, including more than 124 children, and 35,173 in Gaza, including more than 14,500 children, OCHA reports.

(AlJazeera)

Palestinians are captured

The Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, a human rights group based in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, estimated that 4,900 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons in the year ending May 15, 2023. Addameer reported that about 1,000 people were being held in “administrative detention,” a policy Israel instituted to allow the indefinite detention of people without charge, exchange of evidence or due process. According to the human rights group, there were also 160 child prisoners at the time.

Addameer estimates that 9,300 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons in the year since May 15, 2023. About 3,400 people are being held in administrative detention, while there are 250 child detainees, the group reports.

Al Jazeera has documented countless testimonies of torture, medical neglect, starvation and sexual violence committed by Israeli forces against captive Palestinians.

Since October 7, 17 deaths have been documented within prison walls, an indication of the regular torture to which prisoners are subjected.

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destruction

Before October 7, 2023, the destruction of Palestinian homes and buildings in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem continued steadily amid international condemnation.

According to OCHA, 1,046 structures were destroyed there in the year ending May 15, 2023. In the year since May 15, 2023, another 1,274 buildings have been destroyed, the UN agency reports.

Using legal justifications, including the demolition of homes built without permits – even though it is almost impossible for Palestinians to obtain permits – Israeli authorities have demolished countless homes.

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(AlJazeera)

Denunciations from international actors, including the United States, have done little to prevent the destruction of entire Palestinian villages, stripped of their inhabitants either through official demolitions or relentless settler attacks that caused people to flee.

In fact, 2023 was the most violent year on record in the West Bank since OCHA began tracking victims there in 2005.

Mass destruction has also been taking place in Gaza since October 7th.

Almost three quarters of the buildings in the besieged enclave were partially or completely destroyed.

According to OCHA, since the start of the war and up to May 12, 60 percent of residential buildings have been destroyed and 80 percent of commercial facilities have been damaged.

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(AlJazeera)

In addition, 73 percent of school buildings were damaged, 83 percent of groundwater wells are no longer functional, 267 places of worship were destroyed, and only 12 of Gaza’s 36 hospitals are partially functional.

U.N. agencies also estimate that the war has buried the Strip under some 37.5 million tons of debris that could take 14 years to clear.

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