Testimonies commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba in the spring of 1998 kept fl owing in ways that confounded narrators and listeners alike. The former were perplexed at their own silence for what seemed like eternity, before releasing their concealed stories. The listeners, for their part, were perplexed at the narrators’ inability to demonstrate whether their stories attested to divine retribution or to collective inability to face a superior enemy.