New Media and al-Nakba

iNakba. (photo credit:YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT)
Each pin represents one of the over four hundred Palestinian localities destroyed or depopulated in 1948.
Each pin represents one of the over four hundred Palestinian localities destroyed or depopulated in 1948.

One week before 15 May 2014, the annual day of Nakba commemoration, now in its sixty-sixth year, the Israeli NGO Zochrot released a new mobile phone application, or app, called “iNakba: The Invisible Land.” Zochrot, which translates from Hebrew as “remembrance,” promotes accountability and acknowledgement of the ongoing injustices of al-Nakba in Jewish Israeli society. Developed by Nazareth-based software firm Netaj, the free app allows users to locate and learn about Palestinian villages and towns that were depopulated or destroyed in 1948.

In its first week on Apple’s App Store, iNakba was downloaded over twelve thousand times, and Zochrot has since announced that the app is coming soon to the Android operating system. Presented here are three screenshots taken from the app along with brief descriptions of the features they illustrate.

When the user clicks on one of the pins, the app offers historical information (pictured), photos, and videos of the Palestinian locality it represents. The app also allows users to sign up so they can track particular localities’ pages and stay apprised of any updates. In a nod to a Palestinian tradition, the app gives coordinates for each locality, so it can generate travel directions for users who want to visit the remains of these places.
When the user clicks on one of the pins, the app offers historical information (pictured), photos, and videos of the Palestinian locality it represents. The app also allows users to sign up so they can track particular localities’ pages and stay apprised of any updates. In a nod to a Palestinian tradition, the app gives coordinates for each locality, so it can generate travel directions for users who want to visit the remains of these places.
iNakba invites users to upload their own content to specific pages and allows input in three languages—Arabic, English, and Hebrew.
iNakba invites users to upload their own content to specific pages and allows input in three languages—Arabic, English, and Hebrew.