This article compares how the Arabs in Israel commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the Nakba in 1998 with the Palestinian Authority's commemoration. It assumed that the Israeli Arab narrative would portray the Nakba as an event related to the past and that its tone would be softer in the portrayal of the other. Basically, the narrative is similar on both sides of the former green line. Amongst Israel's Arab citizens, however, the narrative emphasizes to a greater extent, personal return, the transformation of Israel into a state for all citizens, in additions to demanding the establishment of the Palestinian state across the green Line. Ironically, then, it was more radical than the narrative presented by the Palestinian Authority that stressed a return to the homeland rather than specifically to the places from which the refugees came.
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