Prof. Walid Khalidi

Palestinian Historian Walid Khalidi on the NAKBA

Prof. Walid Khalidi, the renowned Palestinian historian who was the first to publish in English documents of “Plan Dalet” – the Zionist project to expel the Palestinians in 1948, was the keynote speaker at a conference in Washington, DC on October 22, 2012. The conference, organized by the Institute of Palestinian Studies, was entitled, “The Nakba: 60 Years of Dispossession, 60 Years of Resistance. His speech can be viewed on YouTube:
A digital version of Prof. Khalidi’s book, Before Their Diaspora, has just eben issued. See: This richly illustrated volume, first published in 1984, documents life in Palestine before the expulsion.

Nakba Day

On May 15, Palestinians throughout the world commemorated the 64th anniversary of the ‘‘Nakba“ – the ‘‘Catastrophe“—of the expulsion and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people from their homelands in the process leading up to the declaration of the state of Israel in 1948. Among the many articles and background reports issued, a statement by Prof. Walid Khalidi is of special importance. Prof. Khalidi, a renowned Palestinian historian, was the first to publish documents on ‘‘Plan Dalet,“ the strategic plan of the Zionists under Ben Gurion to rid Palestine of its inhabitants and occupy their land as part of the new state of Israel. Palestine Studies has published a special issue on the event, including the statement by Prof. Khalidi. See