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Before the Nakba: Images show Palestine then and now

The Balfour Declaration of 1917, which backed the Zionist campaign for a Jewish homeland in Palestine, changed the history of the Middle East.

But those 67 words also had fateful consequences for the environment in which Palestinians lived. Palestinian houses and cinemas, shops and mosques, train stations and markets were all lost in 1948, when thousands were driven from their homes amid the violence of the Nakba, the Arabic word for “catastrophe”.

Researcher and archivist Tarek Bakri, based in Jerusalem, was moved by the nostalgia and emotion still held by many displaced Palestinians for their former streets and neighbourhoods.

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