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Zochrot ( ; "Remembering") is an Israelimarker-Jewish non-profit organization founded in 2002. Based in Tel Avivmarker, its aim is to promote awareness of the Palestinian Nakba, the 1948 Palestinian exodus.

A key aim of Zochrot is to "Hebrewise the Nakba," by creating a "space" for it in the public discourse of Israeli Jews. To that end, the group has created a website in Hebrew, www.nakbainhebrew.org, devoted to the Palestinian villages that were destroyed or resettled in or after 1948.

Zochrot organizes tours of Israeli towns, which include taking displaced Palestinians back to the areas they fled or were expelled from. The group erects street signs giving the Palestinian history of the street or area they are in. Zochrot sees this as causing "disorder in space," raising questions about naming and belonging.

The word "Zochrot" uses the feminine plural form of the Hebrew verb "to remember," whereas it is customary in Hebrew to use the masculine form when referring to a group of people. The feminine form was chosen to signal Zochrot's approach toward the Nakba, which the group says challenges the masculine historical narrative by focusing on compassion and inclusion.

Funding

In its 2006 annual report, Zochrot declared a total income of 280,000 euros and listed the Mennonite Central Committee, Kerkinactie, ICCO, Cimade, CCFD, EPER/HEKS, Broederlijk Delen, Oxfam Solidarity Belgium, Misereor, Medico International, and Zivik as contributors.

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Notes

  1. Bronstein, Eitan. "The Nakba in Hebrew: Israeli-Jewish Awareness of the Palestinian Catastrophe and Internal Refugees," in Masalha, Nur. (ed.) Catastrophe Remembered: Palestine, Israel and the Internal Refugees. Zed Books, 2005.
  2. http://www.zochrot.org/index.php?id=189#resource%20development


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