Over the course of the war of Israel’s statehood — over 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes.
Amongst Palestinians this loss of home and land is known as the Nakba [al-Nakbah, Arabic for catastrophe]
I was cataloging a resource, Palestinians in Syria: Nakba memories of shattered communities by Anaheed Al-Hardan and was trying to determine some good subject headings.
Reading the table of contents, the back of the book and the preface — it was clear that this was a resource partially about the shared memories/feelings/affect that the Nakba had on the Palestinian people.
A cursory search of LCSH revealed that there was no heading for this particular expulsion [which I could then propose a subdivision of — Influence under]
Thus I created a proposal for the term — this is that proposal:
010 $a sp2017000197
040 $a MWalB $b eng $c DLC
150 $a Nakba, Palestine, 1948
450 $a Catastrophe, Palestine, 1948
450 $a Nakbah, Palestine, 1948
550 $w g $a Israel-Arab War, 1948-1949
550 $w g $a Population transfers $x Palestinian Arabs
670 $a Work cat: 945105294: Palestinians in Syria: Nakba memories of shattered communities, 2016: $b Preface (…the Nakba, or catastrophe, that resulted from the establishment of the state of Israel on Palestine in May 1948. This catastrophe saw the dispossession of more than half of historic Palestine’s population, some 800,000 people.)
670 $a 854503654: Auron, Yair. haShoʼah, ha-teḳumah ṿeha-Nakbah, 2013: $b (English title: The Holocaust, the rebirth and the Nakba)
670 $a 820884307: Masalha, Nur. The Palestine Nakba, 2012: $b Introduction (1948 was the year of the Palestine Nakba (Catastrophe), the uprooting of the Palestinians and the dismemberment and de-Arabisation of historic Palestine.)
As you can see, I added two additional sources demonstrating the preferred form of the name and to generate UF references.
Yesterday the PSD evaluated my proposal and rejected it for the following reason:
Nabka refers to the 1948 expulsion of Palestinian Arabs from British Mandate Palestine (today’s Israel, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Jordan). The existing heading Population transfers—Palestinian Arabs is synonymous, or nearly synonymous, in meaning to the heading being proposed; it should be assigned to the work being cataloged. The proposal was not approved.
While I’m unsure why the PSD defined the term for me, when I’d clearly understood it myself in the proposal, the second half is completely wrong.
I then sent Libby Dechman [the policy specialist responsible for the list] the following email [and a big thank-you to Anna-Sophia for reading it and providing me with feedback!]
I’ll update this post when/if I hear back.