Nakba at 75: A Collective Photo Essay

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This year marks 75 years since the Nakba, when Zionist militias pushed more than 700,000 Palestinians out of their homes and off their land in order to establish the State of Israel. To commemorate this anniversary, Jewish Currents, IMEU, and Project48 are seeking photographs and brief reflections from Palestinian readers that consider the meanings of the Nakba for their families and communities, to be published in Jewish Currents.

We’re interested in images from various times and places that speak to the Nakba not as a singular event, but as an ongoing process of dispossession that began before 1948. Submissions could include an old family photo of life before or during the expulsion; a present-day picture of a stolen home or beloved object carried into exile; an archival image that calls up some particular personal resonance; or anything else that helps to tell the story of the reader’s family and the Nakba. Captions should reflect on the significance of the photo, why it was chosen, and how it expresses that story, in 300 words or less.

We’re interested in hearing from readers who represent the many experiences of the Nakba and its aftermath and from those now residing within ’48, in Gaza or the West Bank, or anywhere else across the world. We’re accepting submissions in English or Arabic; the latter will be translated into English. Selected submissions will be edited and published along with the images in a collective photo essay, to be published on Nakba Day (May 15th). Selected contributors will receive an honorarium of $50.

Please send submissions of photos and captions to by April 21st with the subject line NAKBA PHOTO. Please include the following information about yourself:

• Name

• Age

• Profession (optional)

• Where your family is from in Palestine

• Where you live now

• Bio (30 words or less)