31. A new law in Israel makes it a crime to commemorate what Palestinians call "The Nakba" or "catastrophe" of their dispossession by the creation of the Zionist state in 1948. The Knesset, Israeli's parliament, has passed "The Nakba Draft Law" after just one reading. Penalties will be imposed on anyone showing signs of sadness and mourning within the (still undefined) borders of Israel on 15 May; Palestinians remember on that day the creation of the refugee crisis that still remains after 62 years. Under the Land Acquisition Act the booty and spoils from the expelled Arab population is accommodated in the JNF (Jewish National Fund) and the ILA (Israel Land Authority).
Links to earlier Posts 29, 26, 15, 14, 5 and 3.
P.S. One of the contributors to this blog was recently told by the letters editor that there will not be any letters published on "Israel for a while". (!?)