Palestinians take to streets for Nakba Day

Three Border Police, one IDF soldier, 270 Palestinians lightly injured; Fayyad says no compromise on right of return.

May 15, 2012 22:38
Palestinian throws stone at Beitunia Nakba Day

Palestinian throws stone at Beitunia Nakba Day protest 370 R. (photo credit: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)


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One soldier, three border policemen and 270 Palestinians were lightly hurt in clashes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem Tuesday as Palestinians marked the 64th anniversary of the “Nakba,” meaning “catastrophe,” which refers to their loss to Israel in 1948.

The violence, which occurred mostly in two spots on the outskirts of Ramallah, near the Kalandiya crossing and in Beitunya by the Ofer Prison, was not felt inside the city.

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Hundreds gathered in Martyr Yasser Arafat Square for a midday rally. The event mixed the sorrow of historical memory, the desire for nationalism, and happiness over Monday night’s end to the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike.

Children marched into the square beating drums and wearing black T-shirts that read “1948.” Demonstrators carried black flags in mourning for the destruction of their homes and villages.

Some held Arabic signs with the names of the villages. They also held posters of Palestinian prisoner Ahmad Sa’adat, the secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine whom Israel jailed for ordering the 2001 assassination of Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi.

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