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“Your ‘independence’ day is our Nakba”: Thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel join ‘march of return’ to destroyed village of Lubya

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(photo Ammar Awad/Reuters)

March of Return, May 6, 2014 (photo Ammar Awad/Reuters)

Thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel participated in a rally and “March of Return” yesterday to commemorate the Nakba, chanting “Your ‘independence’ day is our Nakba” as Israel marked its 66th Independence Day. With flags raised high, singing the Palestinian national anthem, reportedly between 10,000 to 15,000 participants (including non-Palestinian supporters) marched to Lubya, a Palestinian village in the district of Tiberias that was ethnically cleansed and turned to rubble during the Nakba. Marchers called for unity and the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

Some marchers took to Twitter documenting the event:

On the road to Lubya marchers passed an exhibition of photography by Mohammad Badarneh.

AFP reports Israeli FM Lieberman slammed Palestinian citizens of Israel as a “fifth column” over the Nakba protest:

“Those who marched with flags of the Palestinian Authority demanding that it not give up on the right of return, are a fifth column whose aim is the destruction of Israel,” he told army radio.

…He also addressed the demonstration on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

“To those Arabs that took part today in the ‘Nakba Day’ procession and waved Palestinian flags, I suggest that next time they march directly to Ramallah and they stay there,” he wrote.

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  1. just
    just on May 7, 2014, 3:18 pm

    Bless them for their honesty and solidarity.

    Thank you annie!

  2. pabelmont
    pabelmont on May 7, 2014, 3:19 pm

    Kerry has talked (advised? hoped for?) a third intifada. Norman Finkelstein has said that a third intifada (and all the OBVIOUS Israeli violence it would bring on) would galvanize the international community of nations to grasp — at long last — with I/P.

    Are Kerry, NF, and Liberman on the same page?

  3. Citizen
    Citizen on May 7, 2014, 3:44 pm

    Is there anything possible besides a zero sum game? I think inherent in the Zionist ideology, especially as implemented, not. Time to meet the Zionists on their own terms.

  4. Felixio
    Felixio on May 7, 2014, 5:27 pm

    There are many sad situations in the world this days but this is one of the saddest of all, people longing for their land for 66 years. Amazing to see that people that suffered such an inhumane abuse and genocide 70 years ago, can be inflicting such inhumane treatment just four year after the WWII against another group of people.

  5. Daniel Rich
    Daniel Rich on May 7, 2014, 7:53 pm

    I’ve been ‘on the road’ for so long that my home is where I sleep. Nevertheless, nobody should suffer ‘homelessness’ because of the Apartheid State’s lust for ever more ‘Lebensraum’. Apartheid is a stain on mankind’s moral compass and will lead it astray [as it so clearly does and has done].

  6. a blah chick
    a blah chick on May 8, 2014, 8:32 am

    There were some interesting photos up at 972 mag from the march. One series showed an elderly woman waving a flag out the window of a mini van only to have it taken away by a border policeman who rolled it up and walked away with it.

    Meanwhile Jews all over the world are encouraged to display the Israeli flag in their houses of worship and community centers.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka on May 8, 2014, 1:37 pm

      I see these as two separate things.

      I have no objection to a person flying whatever flag they want, on their own property, so long as there is no content neutral restriction at play, such as with a Homeowner’s Association or valid ordinance. (They might have to face backlash for that choice, but that’s another story…) So if someone wants to fly an Israeli flag outside of a synagogue or the JCC, or if someone wants to fly a Vatican flag outside a Roman Catholic Church, or another state’s flag at one’s house, out of ethnic or national pride, that is their prerogative and I fully support their right to do so.

      The state, on the other hand, has absolutely no right to prevent such symbolic speech, and every act of them doing so should be fought.

  7. Zach S
    Zach S on May 8, 2014, 9:42 am

    Thus proving yet again that the obstacle to peace is not settlements or occupation. Thank you Annie.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka on May 8, 2014, 10:56 am

      “Thus proving yet again that the obstacle to peace is not settlements or occupation.”

      How so? They are commemorating an act of settlement and occupation of their land and the denial of their rights. The fact that it occurred pre-1967 doesn’t change that. On either side of the green line, you have settlements and occupation and a refusal of the Zionists to provide justice for those they harmed. THAT is the obstacle to peace: the refusal of the Zionists to provide justice. No Justice, No Peace.

      • Zach S
        Zach S on May 8, 2014, 11:24 am

        Quite true Woody I should have been clearer: The obstacle to peace is not the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, nor is it Jewish settlements over the Green Line. Thank you for the clarification.

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka on May 8, 2014, 1:31 pm

        “The obstacle to peace is not the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, nor is it Jewish settlements over the Green Line.”

        This is still a false statement because it assumes that people have been making the claim that they were the only obstacles. It has been my experience that Liberal Zionists, for example, love to endulge in this fantasy, because it permits them to ignore the illiberalism at the heart of Zionism.

        The occupation and settlements are certainly primary obstacles to peace and the single biggest individual obstacles (even if they are not the sole and only obstacles). But more to the point, they are primary expressions of the larger, overarching fundamental obstacle, which is the inability and unwillingness of the Zionist government to deal seriously with the fact of its history of injustice to the Palestinians and inability and unwillingness to beg forgiveness for its actions and take the steps necessary to atone for those actions.

    • talknic
      talknic on May 8, 2014, 11:32 am

      @ Zach S “Thus proving yet again that the obstacle to peace is not settlements or occupation.”

      Care to explain? There has been occupation since 1948 according to the Israeli Government

      The UNSC tells us ” legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal validity and constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War and also constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;”

  8. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka on May 8, 2014, 10:59 am

    ““Those who marched with flags of the Palestinian Authority,” spewed Lieberman.

    No, they are the flags of Palestine, the state and the people.

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