Palestinians harness technology to create iNakba app to find their former homes

May 5, 2014

Israeli NGO’s project aims to promote campaign to recognize right of Arab refugees to return to their homes


An Israeli NGO launched a smartphone app on Monday that allows users to find the remains of Palestinian villages that now lie inside modern-day Israel

The launch was timed to coincide with Israel’s 66th Independence Day, which begins at sundown, when the Palestinians remember the “Nakba” or “catastrophe” that befell them when Israel came into existence in 1948, and 760,000 of them fled or were forced into exile.

“iNakba” features an interactive map and photos of buildings and houses that Palestinians fled during the fighting that erupted after Israel declared itself independent.

“Many Palestinians have difficulty locating their home towns and villages [in Israel and the West Bank], because cities or Jewish settlements have been built on top of them,” said Raneen Jeries of Zochrot, the NGO that developed the app.

“There’s a file on each of hundreds of Palestinian villages or cities, and you can find information and see old and new user-uploaded photos about the locality,” she told AFP.


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