'Day of catastrophe' marked with Palestinian, Turkish flags

Palestinians demand the right for the 4.6 million descendants of those who fled in 1948 to return to their lands that are now inside Israel.

'Day of catastrophe' marked with Palestinian, Turkish flags

Palestinians marked "day of catastrophe" with march on ruins of village of Miska, next to Tira with Palestinian and Turkish flags, a report said.

Every year, a different village uprooted in 1948 is chosen. This year, Palestinians marked Nakba Day on the ruins of the village Miska.

The Palestinian refugees say that in the summer of 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled their homes after armed Jewish guerrillas stormed their villages and forced them to leave after hundreds of other Palestinian fellows were slaughtered.

"Among the marchers were children and teens, some of them carrying Palestinian flags, and others carrying Turkish flags," Israel report said.
 

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The refugees fled to neighboring countries like Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, but many of them went to the West Bank, which was under Jordan's rule and to the Gaza Strip which was under Egypt's rule. The United Nations helped the refugees by setting up refugee camps for them.

There are 5 million Palestinian refugees living in the Palestinian territories, in Arab countries and all over the world, according to figures from UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA).

"Denying Nakba akin to Holocaust"

Israel's Ynet quoted Chairman of the Council of the Uprooted, Attorney Wakim Wakim as saying, "Denying the Nakba is akin to denying the Holocaust."

"People live just a few hundred meters away from the home they were uprooted from, and the pain has not eased up to this day," said Chairman of the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee, Mohammad Zeidan.


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Wakim said, "We will not forgive the crimes that occurred in '48. We insist on our right to bring all the refugees back home."

Prof. Clair Oren from the Zochrot organization also spoke, "We don't need to be afraid of the Right of Return, and we don't need to deny the Nakba. Recognizing the rights of the Palestinian people will only aid reconciliation between the two peoples."

Palestinians demand the right for the 4.6 million descendants of those who fled in 1948 to return to their lands that are now inside Israel.


Agencies

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