Diasporic Contact Zones at the BBC World Service
Digital debates on commemorations of the displacement of Palestinians from their homeland as a result of the first Arab-Israeli war of 1947-9.
This article investigates Arabic and English language forums focussed on of a single, but polysemous event: the commemorations to mark sixty years since Al-Nakba (‘the Catastrophe’), the displacement of Palestinians from their homeland as a result of the first Arab-Israeli war of 1947-9, as a counterpoint to Israeli celebrations of independence on 15 May 2008. The article springs from a collaborative project examining the history and present work of the BBC World Service, with a particular focus on how it fosters connections between globally dispersed communities of interest and origin.
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