Dear Friends If I say the word ‘Holocaust’ you know exactly what I’m talking about – and you should! It originally meant a sacrifice or offering that was completely burnt. But it’s come to mean slaughter on a massive scale – hence, ‘nuclear holocaust’ – and, in particular, the Nazi regime’s murder of millions of Jews. But I wonder if you know the word ‘Nakba’. It’s Arabic for disaster or catastrophe, but has come to describe the events of 1948 when many Palestinians were displaced from their homes, lands and livelihoods by the creation of the state of Israel. Nakba Day is 15 May and this year marks the 70th anniversary of these events. Victory for one people was catastrophe for another.