On 15 May 2017, Palestinians mark 69 years since the Nakba, the mass expulsion of indigenous Palestinians from their homeland. Al-Nakba (‘the catastrophe’), was a process of ethnic cleansing which invaded over 500 Palestinian towns and villages, and displaced over 750 000 Palestinian people to create the state of Israel.
— Tamsal (@Mawalablab) May 15, 2017
— eman qasim (@EmanQasim) May 14, 2017
‘Return is Possible’ is an initiative started by NPO Visualizing Palestine, which uses data-driven tools to advance a factual, rights-based narrative of the Palestinian-Israeli issue.
The maps depict the status of the sites where 536 Palestinian towns and villages once stood, and highlights the fact that over 75% of these sites – although seized by Israel – remain uninhabited by Israeli settlers.