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Monday, May 15, 2017

Palestinian/ Israeli update 5/15/2017...What is the Nakba?

What is the Nakba?

Israeli Forces Suppress Nakbah Day Rallies in Bethlehem, Ramallah

Israeli forces cracked down on Palestinians commemorating the 69th anniversary of the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” on Monday, with several Palestinians sustaining gunshot injuries and suffering from severe tear gas inhalation during marches in Bethlehem and Ramallah.

At least three people were hospitalized after Israeli forces violently suppressed a Nakbah march in the Southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem around midday Monday, with one march participant describing the use of force as one of “the worst (tear) gas experiences” they had witnessed in the city in five years, Ma'an reported.

Witnesses said the Israeli forces were deliberately launching tear gas canisters directly at demonstrators on the main street in Northern Bethlehem where the march culminated, and continued to shoot tear gas at those attempting the escape, causing numerous people to suffer from tear gas suffocation.

According to official Palestinian news agency Wafa, Israeli soldiers also used stun grenades and opened fire on protesters with rubber-coated steel bullets.

At least three people were shot and injured in their extremities and evacuated to the hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, at least seven demonstrators were shot and injured after march held to commemorate the Nakbah and in support of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners near Israel’s Beit El military checkpoint erupted into clashes.

The march set off from a solidarity sit-in tent in Yasser Arafat Square in central Ramallah and headed towards the checkpoint where Israeli forces fired tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, and “tutu” (0.22 inch) bullets at crowds, as protesters responded by throwing rocks.

Seven Palestinians sustained gunshot injuries, local sources told Ma'an.In response to a request for comment, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that "violent riots involving hundreds of Palestinians rolling burning tires and hurling rocks at Israeli forces broke out in Ramallah and Bethlehem."

She confirmed that rubber-coated steel bullets and 0.22 caliber bullets were used on demonstrators.

Israeli forces have come under repeated criticism for excessive use of force, as well as lethal methods of "crowd control" that often result in the injury or death of protesters, amid a backdrop of what critics have called a culture of impunity for Israeli soldiers.Earlier in the day, thousands of Palestinians gathered at the Arafat Memorial in Ramallah to take part in the Nakbah day march led by a military marching band and scouts hoisting Palestinian and black flags, Wafa reported.

Many were clad in black T-shirts with the number 1948 written on the back, marking the year of the Nakbah when the state of Israel was created, leaving some 750,000 Palestinians and millions of their descendants as refugees.

Demonstrators also carried a large Palestinian flag and a black flag with the words “We shall return” written on it in Arabic.After reaching the city center at noon time, Palestinians stood for 69 seconds, symbolizing the 69th anniversary of the Nakbah, when sirens were sounded before speakers narrated the history of the Nakbah and the promise of the Palestinian right of return.

Iran Reiterates Support for Palestinian Refugees' Right to Return Home

Iran underlined again on Monday its support for the Palestinian refugees' right of return, condemning the Israeli crimes against them.

"Given the failure of reconciliation attempts in the past few decades, stressing the Palestinian refugees' right to return to their fathers' lands and homes as a natural and non-negotiable right and holding a referendum among the real residents of the historical land of Palestine to decide their own fate to free their lands from the Zionists' occupation constitute the only solution to liberate Palestine," the permanent secretariat of the International Conference to Support Palestine's Intifada said in a statement on Monday.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns any crimes by the fake Zionist regime against the inalienable rights of the Palestinians and calls on all Muslims to break their silence and shout for the freedom of Palestine so that the entire world will hear their voice," it added.

The statement was issued as Palestinians began marking the 69th anniversary of the Nakbah Day when their land was confiscated leading to the establishment of the illegal Israeli entity.

The term "Nakbah" ("catastrophe" in Arabic) is a reminder of two fundamental events in Palestinian history, the establishment of Israeli entity in 1948 and the subsequent expulsion of over 800,000 Palestinians from their ancestral homeland.

Nakba symbolizes the tragedy that befell Palestinians in 1948, and the ensuing suffering Palestinians have had to endure under the apartheid regime’s decades-long occupation.

Nakbah dates back to 1799, when Napoleon Bonaparte's ambitious colonialist plans included notions of establishing a Jewish entity in Palestine.

In 1897, the World Zionist Organization held its first conference in Basel, Switzerland, at which Theodor Herzl, billed as the "founder of modern Zionism", laid out the principles on which a Jewish state would be built.

The idea was echoed by Britain in 1840 and was later facilitated by the British Mandate of Palestine (1922-1948), which gave the Jewish Agency a free hand to seize Palestinian land and begin massive Jewish immigration into the region.

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