The Truth Commission for the exposure of Israeli society’s responsibility for the events of 1948-1960 in southern Israel/Palestine started its deliberations at the end of October 2014. The commission has seven members, Israeli Jews and Palestinians, including Palestinian Bedouins from the Negev area, all active in civil society and academia.
Initiated by Zochrot, the Commission seeks to expose the events of the Nakba during those years – events that have profound implications for the ongoing Nakba experienced by the Palestinian Bedouins to this day. The Commission examines testimonies by Palestinian displaced persons and refugees, as well as Jews who lived in the south and Jewish fighters who took part in displacement and expulsion operations in the area. The Commission also reviews relevant archive materials.
The Commission also reviews available studies on redress with the aim of shedding light on gaps in existing recommendations. Its own recommendations will be formulated with particular emphasis on accountability by the Jewish public in Israel for past injustices which are still ongoing – and their redress.
On International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2014, the Commission held a public hearing attended by more than 200 people.
Please see the links below from the public hearing of the Commission:
First Truth Commission in Israel \ Social TV Report
'Truth commission' uncovers the history of Bedouin dispossession- 972
'Truth commission' to begin in Israel - Aljazeera
Israelis rattled by search for truth about the Nakba – middleeasteye
4 Stories from Zochrot Truth Commission On 1948 - The Jewish Daily Forward