Dozens conduct annual 'Nakba Day' rally at Tel Aviv University

Dozens of protesters carrying Palestinian flags held a "Nakba Day" rally at Tel Aviv University on Monday. Hadash-Ta'al MK Ofer Cassif took part in the rally as well.

The controversial rally is held annually at the university. Nakba Day (Nakba meaning "the Catastrophe") is marked by Palestinians to commemorate the displacement of Palestinians during and after the 1948 war launched by seven Arab states and local Palestinian militias against the newly founded State of Israel.

During the rally on Monday, right-wing activists from the Im Tirtzu movement raised a sign reading "Nakba? Nonsense" and "they attacked, they abandoned, they exiled and they lost."

Last year, clashes broke out between participants and right-wing counter-protesters at the scene, with police arresting a number of suspects amid the violence.

“Tel Aviv University, Israel's largest and most diverse university, is very proud of its liberal and pluralistic spirit," said the university in a statement. "In these challenging times, TAU calls upon its students throughout the political spectrum to show tolerance and avoid any encouragement of violence. Regarding the two demonstrations planned by supporters and opponents to mark Nakba Day, it must be emphasized that TAU has not given consent for these demonstrations to be held on its grounds, and thus they will be held in a public space outside the campus, with the permission of the municipality and the police.

"In addition, if support of violence of any kind is expressed in these demonstrations, TAU condemns and disapproves these expressions."


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