First Unofficial Truth Commission on the Nakba in Palestine/Israel

Zochrot reports –
First Unofficial Truth Commission on the Nakba in Palestine/Israel
Press Release – April, 2016
On the International Day for the Right to Truth, March 24, 2016, the Truth Commission on the Responsibility of Israeli Society for the Events of 1948-1960 in the Negev had submitted its Final Report to the UN Rapporteur on the Right to Truth, Reparation and Guarantee of Non-Recurrence.
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This Truth Commission is a civil society initiative, designed based on the experience of former unofficial truth projects around the world. It is unique, however, in being initiated by Zochrot NGO – belonging to the dominant group (Jewish Israelis), rather than the victims, who are the groups that led unofficial mechanisms monitoring human rights violations.
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Commissioners Dr. Erela Shadmi and Dr. Munir Nusseibeh stated that: “This process of recognition and accountability, and recommendations for remedy such as the return of refugees and the restitution of their status and property… breaks the cycle of lies that have blinded broad sections of Israeli society”.

The commissioners included Israeli Jews, Palestinians and Palestinian Bedouins from the Negev/Naqab area:

  • Dr. Munir Nusseibeh, Al-Quds University, expert on transitional justice and humanitarian law
  • Adv. Shahda Ibn Bari, activist in the Negev, specializes in dispossession of Bedouins
  • Prof. Avner Ben Amos, Tel Aviv University Department of Education, board member of Negev Coexistence Forum
  • Huda Abu Obaid, Director of the Palestinian NGO Sidreh Lakiya in the Negev
  • Dr. Wasim Barumy, a psychologist and former board member of Zochrot
  • Dr. Nura Resh, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Department of Education, expert on inequality in education
  • Dr. Erella Shadmi, sociologist and activist focusing on feminism, gender and civil society initiatives
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