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Activists call for Nakba commemoration in Jerusalem
Published Saturday 10/05/2014 (updated) 11/05/2014 18:56
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Jerusalem activists representing all major Palestinian parties on Saturday called for Nakba Day commemorations to be held at Damascus gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on May 15.

The activists also called for all Palestinian Jerusalemites to participate in the commemorations and contribute to reviving the memory of the Nakba, or "catastrophe," among all generations of Palestinians.

The activists highlighted that the commemorations would be national and not party-oriented.

Nakba is the word used in Arabic to refer to the expulsion and flight of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes by Zionist militias as part of the war to create the state of Israel in 1948.

The refugees were never allowed to return to their homes by Israel, and today around seven million Palestinians are refugees as a result of the Nakba as well as the Israeli campaigns that followed.

Nakba Day commemorations take place around the world on May 15, and commemorations held by Palestinians still inside Israel have become a highly charged political issue, where they sometimes coincide with Israeli independence day celebrations.

Israeli authorities have attempted to ban Nakba day commemorations in the past, including in 2012 in Tel Aviv where they prevented activists from reading the names of the more than 400 villages depopulated in 1948.
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1 ) Mel / USA
10/05/2014 18:41
Commemoration of the Nakba is a threat to "Jewish-citizens-only" Israel,because it names & shames Israel as a Jewish fascist &extremist nationalist state,just like Nazism!But Israel's independence only came at GREAT COST&LOSS to others,as all colonialism works.We white Americans know that because it was done here too.Palestine has a right to commemorate what remains ongoing.Plan D catastrophe&Zionist occupation.Vassal Israel will be"independent",when Palestine is free&USG stops its patronage!

2 ) Mel / USA
10/05/2014 21:08
There is no Israel independence without acknowledging Palestine's catastrophic(Nakba)suffering. The former would not have been,without the latter.Israel,USG,Riyadh,EU etc owe Palestine,BIG TIME!

3 ) eileen fleming / USA
11/05/2014 00:05
In solidarity from USA Google: Dealing with the Ongoing Nakba Published by US based The Arab Daily News

4 ) Outlier / USA
11/05/2014 00:07
1,2, Mel, much of that Palestinian suffering was self-inflicted. From a review of "1948, A History of the the first Arab-Israeli War" comes this, "Transfer — or expulsion or ethnic cleansing — was never an explicit part of the Zionist program, even among its more extreme elements, Morris observes. The first Arabs who left their homes did so on their own, expecting to return once the Jews lost or the fighting stopped. Apocalyptic Arab broadcasts induced further flight and depicted as traitors tho

5 ) Tom / USA
11/05/2014 22:20
The reasons that Palestinians left their homes is irrelevant to international law regarding the rights of those displaced during armed conflict. It is an unarguable Crime Against Humanity that Israel refuses to allow those people to return to their homes and properties. It is a violation of customary international law (The Hague Agreement) and U.N. resolution 194 recognizing the Palestinian refugees right to return. Denying those people their inalienable rights is racist and truly despicable

6 ) Outlier / USA
12/05/2014 23:34
5., Tom, please show precisely in the Hague Agreement where refugees - and these are refugees, not displaced people - have the right to return to their former homes. I could not find it.
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