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Israel: Nakba Day rally in Tel Aviv marks 1948 displacement of Palestinians02:18

Israel: Nakba Day rally in Tel Aviv marks 1948 displacement of Palestinians

Israel, Tel Aviv
May 15, 2016 at 07:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Palestinian students staged a rally at the University of Tel Aviv, Sunday, to commemorate Nakba Day, the anniversary of the displacement of around 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland that followed the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

'Al-Nakba' means 'catastrophe' or 'disaster' in Arabic and is marked annually on May 15, after the Gregorian date of the creation of Israel.

One of the Nakba Day protesters stated "In '48 Israel came and my people were forced to leave, hundreds of thousands of people. And today millions of people are waiting as refugees to come back," with another stating that the Palestinian narrative "has been suppressed and repressed for many years now. We are fighting for the right to present our narrative, to present our story," adding that "We also have the right to remember our catastrophe, what happened to our grandfathers and grandmothers."

Opposite the Nakba Day commemoration rally, a group of extremist, right-wing Zionists staged a counter-protest, with many denying the occurrence of the Nakba and calling its commemoration 'anti-semitic.'

Israel: Nakba Day rally in Tel Aviv marks 1948 displacement of Palestinians02:18
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Palestinian students staged a rally at the University of Tel Aviv, Sunday, to commemorate Nakba Day, the anniversary of the displacement of around 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland that followed the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

'Al-Nakba' means 'catastrophe' or 'disaster' in Arabic and is marked annually on May 15, after the Gregorian date of the creation of Israel.

One of the Nakba Day protesters stated "In '48 Israel came and my people were forced to leave, hundreds of thousands of people. And today millions of people are waiting as refugees to come back," with another stating that the Palestinian narrative "has been suppressed and repressed for many years now. We are fighting for the right to present our narrative, to present our story," adding that "We also have the right to remember our catastrophe, what happened to our grandfathers and grandmothers."

Opposite the Nakba Day commemoration rally, a group of extremist, right-wing Zionists staged a counter-protest, with many denying the occurrence of the Nakba and calling its commemoration 'anti-semitic.'

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