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Over a thousand Arab Israelis are expected to hold a protest march in the
Galilee on Tuesday to mourn 63 years since the Palestinian exodus that
accompanied the founding of the state, the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee said
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Tuesday is Israel’s Independence Day.
the head of the committee, told The Jerusalem Post
the march would pass from the
former site of the village of al-Ruways to the one-time site of the village
Amoun before holding a vigil at the entrance to the present day village of
Kabul, 14 kilometers southeast of Acre.
According to Zidane, both
villages were destroyed during the War of Independence after their residents
“The message of this day is that we don’t forget what happened and
we are asking that those who left their villages must be allowed to return,”
He said there are around 300,000 Arabs in Israel who were
displaced during the war and lost any land rights to their former
Zidane said there will be additional protests and marches in local
Arab authorities across Israel, and that in these ceremonies they will “go and
visit the sites of the villages and the cemeteries, which have become symbols of
the communities that were destroyed and uprooted by force.”
Independence Day falls a little less than a week before Nakba Day on May
Nakba Day commemorations are expected to be larger than in previous
years, mainly because the Knesset in March approved the so-called “Nakba Law,”
which calls on the state to fine local authorities and other state-funded bodies
if they hold events marking Independence Day as the Nakba (“catastrophe” in
The Israel Beiteinu-sponsored law also calls for fines of local
authorities if they are found to support “armed resistance” or racism against
Israel. It also bans desecration of the state flag or national
Commemorations for this year’s Nakba Day are planned for Taibe,
Haifa and Jaffa beginning on the night of May 14, and will be followed by
commemorations by local authorities throughout the Arab sector the next day.