From the Nakba to the Naksa

By Ronni Shaked
Submitted to Session P5187 (The Drama of the 1967 War in Personal Stories of Palestinians and Israelis Living in Jerusalem, 2018 Annual Meeting
19th-21st Centuries;
LCD Projector without Audio;
From the Nakba to the Naksah
The 1967 war generated a new trauma for the Palestinians people, known asthe "Naksah" - the setback.The term emphasizes their continual suffering from the Nakba (Arabic for “catastrophe") of 1948. The Nakba narrative overshadows the events of 1967. Working with personal narratives collected in the framework of “the 1967 and after” project, this paper aims to illustrate how narrators, in recollecting their 1967 experience, integrate their individual memory within the collective memory of the Palestinian people. The 1967 occupation stands out in the present, with the time of the interviews coinciding with its 50th commemoration. Yet it is influenced by the social-psychological infrastructure of the Palestinian people and draws on societalbeliefs and a collective emotional orientation.
The paper examines the trauma as it finds voice in dozens of personal stories compiled during interviews, seeking to point to the productive power of the narratives of the Naksah. Formulated from within a more or less shared ethos of the overall post-colonial conflict, the new narratives provide the layout and the explanations why the Palestinians find it difficult to heal from the overarching trauma.