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