“The stories related by the displaced men and women of the villages of Safuriyya and Majdal indicate that the Nakba deeply affected their lives. For example, we see that the policy of uprooting people from their homes and land, the expulsion, and land expropriation significantly impaired the economic output of Palestinian women in Israel, transforming them from a productive force who contributed to the family’s economy, to a dependent body, unable to contribute to the family’s economic well-being.” These were among the comments of Ms. Himmat Zoabi, coordinator of Mada al-Carmel’s Gender Studies Program, at a workshop held at Mada al-Carmel in the end of March.
Zoabi made her remarks in the context of a discussion on the effect the uprooting had on the economic and social status of the displaced Palestinian women, specifically with respect to the women of Nazareth.
Also participating in the workshop was Dr. Mustafa Kabha, lecturer at Tel Aviv University and Open University. Kabha emphasized the importance of continuing research on the history of the Palestinian question, particularly with respect to the Nakba. He said that some of the recently published research on the Nakba are superficial and shallow, that most current studies are conducted on the personal initiative of the researchers, and that the lack of coordination among the researchers harms the research and causes needless wasted effort.
Another speaker was Ms. Ranin Jareys, coordinator of the Palestinian oral history project at the Zochrot organization. Jareys spoke about the Nakba’s effect on the Palestinian family. Her research has focused on the uprooted families in Yasif, comparing the first and second Nakba generations in the village, and comparing uprooted families with other families. Her research examined the changes in family dynamic, maintenance of the family structure, and the effect of education and social status on the family’s internal interactions.