The next 70 years: What 1948 meant for Palestinians

As Israel marks the 70th anniversary of its founding, Palestinians continue to commiserate over their displacement. Here's a look at the challenge both peoples face in the seemingly intractable conflict.

Next month marks the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, when Palestinians commiserate over their exodus following the creation of Israel in 1948, when thousands lost their homes.

This year, there is an additional cause for concern, as the United States has said it will celebrate the opening of its embassy in Jerusalem, the day before Nakba Day on May 15, even though the call to move the embassy provoked widespread condemnation after President Donald Trump announced it last December.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 29, 2018, with the headline 'What 1948 meant for Palestinians'. Print Edition | Subscribe