60 years: celebration or catastrophe?


Israel’s birthday is understood rather differently in Palestine, whose inhabitants have experienced 60 years of catastrophe (‘nakba’). Jonathan Kuttab discusses the largest refugee group in the world.

When your homeland is under systematic strangulation by one country, and supported in this by the world’s only superpower, what better way towards subverting a peace than to become a lawyer in that superpower, and be called to the bar in the country suffocating your own? This is exactly what Jonathan Kuttab has done. In the 60th anniversary of the foundation of Israel, Jonathan, a Palestinian human rights lawyer and activist, knows both the law and the prophets, and is superbly equipped to show us both the celebration and catastrophe, as well as the racism, in much of our theology surrounding the land that is called Holy.

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