Each year around May 15, the network of anti-Israel non-governmental organizations (NGOs) marks the “Nakba,” an Arabic word meaning “catastrophe” used to describe the establishment of the State of Israel. The NGOs repeat this term to declare Israel as inherently illegitimate and to push for a Palestinian “right of return” that would result in the elimination of the Jewish state. These efforts often rest on false historical claims and portrayal of Jews as “alien” or “foreign” to the Middle East. They erase Arab rejection of the UN partition plan and the launching of war against the fledgling state of Israel in the immediate aftermath. These activities are enabled by extensive funding from foreign governments, primarily from Europe.

In their commemorations, the NGOs accuse Israel of “ethnic cleansing”, “colonialism,” and “apartheid” to characterize all Jewish aspects of Israel as inherently racist, thus denying the Jewish people’s right to self-determination. As stated in the consensus working definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), this is an example of antisemitism. 

This year, as seen in the selections below, many of the NGO events reference the 75th anniversary of 1948 in promoting divisive campaigns.

Palestinian NGOs



European NGOs

Viva Salud/Solsoc/Union des Progressistes Juifs de Belgique/Intal/Association Belgo-Palestinienne

PAX (NL) with EAPPI and Salah Hammouri

War on Want, Middle East Children’s Alliance, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Amos Trust 

Amos Trust

  • On May 13, Amos Trust and PSC held a “Nakba 75: national demonstration” to mark “the Nakba not just as a historical event but as a continuing process of oppression enacted over the past 75 years upon Palestinians.”

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)

Association France Palestine Solidarite (AFPS)

Collectif Palestine Vaincra (CPV)

  • On May 13, CPV hosted a “Palestine Tour on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Nakba” to “reaffirm our solidarity with the Palestinian resistance.”

Palestine Return Centre (PRC)

American NGOs

Adalah Justice Project (AJP)

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)

  • On May 14, AMP held a rally in Washington DC to “Commemorate Nakba 75.”
  • On May 13, AMP and CODEPINK held a rally in Los Angeles “On the 75th anniversary of the Nakba…in solidarity with rallies around the world to protest the continued violence and displacement of Palestinians.”

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

Canadian NGOs


  • On May 13, Samidoun held a “Nakba 75 Community Gathering, Rally, and March” in Seattle to “commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine—Al-Nakba— and create a space to channel our grief into action.”
  • On May 13, Samidoun held a demonstration in Germany to “commemorate our brave martyrs and to be an echo of the voice of our prisoners and a soul for the captured remains of our martyrs.” According to Samidoun, “All the tragedies experienced by the Palestinian people can be traced back to one point: the day European Zionist militias destroyed our land.”

Amnesty Canada and Alternatives Canada

  • Amnesty Canada, Alternatives Canada, and Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East endorsed the campaign “Nakba75Action” to “commemorate the Nakba not just on May 15 but in an ongoing campaign for the entire year.”