Hundreds march through Jaffa in Nakba Day procession

Participants carry Palestinian flags and chant alongside drums; Police block traffic from reaching area; no violence or arrests reported.

By MICHAEL OMER-MAN
May 14, 2011 18:02
Demonstrators in Jaffa wave anti-Israeli signs and

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Hundreds of Israeli Arabs marched through the streets of Jaffa on Saturday afternoon as part of Nakba Day events taking place throughout the country and the West Bank.

Participants carried Palestinian flags and chanted alongside drums in the march that passed through Sderot Yerushalayim and Rehov Yehuda Hayamit. Police blocked traffic from reaching the area during the event but no violence or arrests were apparent.

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May 15 is the day the Palestinians commemorate the Nakba, the “catastrophe” that was the establishment of the State of Israel.

Last month, several hundred people demonstrated in Jaffa in commemoration of "Land Day," an Israeli Arab protest day against land expropriations by the state.

Protesters waved Palestinian flags and decried the government's racism against Israeli Arabs.

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