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We Must Deal With the Nakba

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Israel marked its 70th Independence Day Wednesday with a mixture of official ceremonies and open events. Israel has cause for celebration, and the joy was appropriate. But the festival can only be incomplete, so long as the state ignores the feelings of around one-fifth of the population — the Arabs of Israel — and even attacks them over these feelings and attempts to prohibit them from expressing them publicly.

Not only is this holiday not theirs; all of the Jewish holidays are not theirs. To them, Independence Day symbolizes the national catastrophe of the Palestinian people, of which they, Arab citizens of Israel, are an inseparable part. This the state cannot ignore, even if it is........

© Haaretz