Breaking: Palestinians mark 73rd anniversary of Nakba as sirens wail in Occupied Palestine
Palestinians have staged rallies across the occupied territories to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), during which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from their homes by Zionist militants to make way for the creation of the illegal Zionist entity called Israel.
Palestinians, whose families were uprooted in the 1948 War, on Thursday visited several destroyed towns and villages that once accommodated their ancestors, reiterating their right to return as they have done for decades.
Even though the Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Displaced (ADRID), the organizer of the annual March of Return, had called upon people to participate in online demonstrations and activities due to the coronavirus pandemic, many in-person demonstrations went ahead regardless.
The ADRID called on Palestinians inside Israel to display the name of their families’ destroyed villages and raise Palestinian flags on rooftops, terraces and balconies.
“Let everyone know that there is no substitute for the legitimate, human and legal right of return, which was guaranteed by the international legal bodies, especially the Resolution 194 issued by the United Nations, and to prove to the whole world that the Palestinian people refuse to forget and give up the right of return,” it pointed out in a statement.
They walked to the depopulated Palestinian village of al-Damun, located 11.5 kilometers from the city of Acre, raising Palestinian flags and giving speeches.
Similar rallies were also held in the former Palestinian villages of Umm az-Zinat, Saffuriya, al-Bassa, Lajjun and Malul.
Palestinians inside the occupied territories raised placards bearing the slogan “Their independence day is our Nakba day,” and performed several cultural activities.
“Hittin has been subjected to harm and vandalism since the Nakba, and the preservation of Hittin mosque was a great challenge… in addition to the long struggles to preserve the village cemetery,” Tarek Shabayteh, whose family are from the town of Hittin, near Nazareth, told the Arabic-language Arab48 news website.
Israel strikes Gaza again
The Israeli military struck targets in the Gaza Strip early Friday, hours after Palestinian resistance fighters in the besieged coastal enclave fired a rocket at southern Occupied Palestine.
The rocket attack triggered sirens in the town of Sderot and the nearby communities of Nir Am and Ibim in southern occupied territories.
Zionist settler runs over, martyring young Palestinian
Separately, a young Palestinian man was martyred after being run over by an illegal Zionist settler in West Bank.
Palestinian sources said the victim, identified as Ali Abu al-Khair, was struck near the city of Ariha on Thursday evening.
The man was subsequently taken a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
“The heinous crime of an Israeli settler to run over Palestinian youth Ali Abu al-Khair from Balata Camp reflects the arrogance of settlers,” Hamas spokesperson Abdel Latif al-Qanoa said in a statement.
“The repetition of crimes by the Israeli Occupation and illegal settlers against our people in the West Bank stresses the need for the Palestinian resistance front to be given a free hand in order to activate all its tools and confront the crimes of the Occupation,” he added.