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Video: March of Return commemorates expulsion and fights the ‘continuing Nakba’

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Thousands of Palestinians, mainly citizens of Israel, participated in the annual “March of Return” for the Nakba commemoration on Thursday, May 12.

This yearly event which coincides with Israeli Independence Day, calls for the right of return for Palestinians who were expelled from their land in 1948.

For the first time the Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Internally Displaced organized the march in the Naqab. The location on the lands of the destroyed village of Wadi Zabala is symbolic, and highlights the on-going Nakba of the Palestinians.

In 1948, the people of Wadi Zabala were expelled by Zionist forces and ended up in the village of Umm al Hiran. Today, Umm al Hiran is under ongoing destruction as part of an effort to replace it with the Jewish town of Al Hiran.

Israeli forces continue to displace people and destroy villages in the Naqab. Approximately 160,000 Bedouins residing in villages not recognized by the state of Israel are threatened.

The aim of the march was to highlight the internationally-recognized right of Palestinians to return to their homes and villages in Israel, a right which was recognized with the adoption of United Nations Resolution 194, and also to highlight the fight against “the continuing Nakba.”

Jimmy Hutcheon

Jimmy Hutcheon is a French freelance journalist and videographer covering Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

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  1. just on May 15, 2016, 3:30 pm

    Thank you very much, Jimmy.

  2. JWalters on May 15, 2016, 8:30 pm

    I was very glad to see the phrases “the continuing Nakba” in the title and “the on-going Nakba” in the article.

    The Nakba has been obliterated from corporate media discussions, partly on the ground that it is ancient history, and partly on the ground that it is wrapped in the U.N. partition. It is argued that “re-litigating” this ancient history is “not helpful”.

    (Zionist selected ancient history, however, can be re-litigated with guns and precision guided missles.)

    The term “occupation” is allowed into the discussion a little bit, although with intense objections. Ehud Barak once ranted at Charlie Rose, “The problem is not occupation! It is terrorism, terrorism, terrorism!”

    In factual history, the Occupation is a direct continuation of the Nakba. It is a slow-motion extension of the Nakba, with the same goals, and similar deadly methods.

    Recognizing this relation will help bring the beginning of the Nakba into the public discussions with discussions of the present status of Occupation.

    It’s been my experience that when people find out about the Nakba it’s a game-changer. It is simply not possible to reconcile the Nakba with the standard Zionist story about Israel. And the Nakba is indisputably true.

  3. Kay24 on May 15, 2016, 10:15 pm

    Interesting article about Britains responsibility regarding the Palestinians plight/Nakba in
    The Guardian. Those who were responsible for this tragedy, should step up and try to make amends for the HUGE mistake they made.

    As Palestinians mourn their Nakba, the UK must acknowledge its responsibility

    • silamcuz on May 16, 2016, 10:21 am

      Britain won’t even pay reparations to those nations it colonized and exploited directly, I doubt it would bring itself to make amends to Palestinians whose relationship with it is more detached, more convoluted.

      But I agree with you regardless, the UK must be held accountable for its misdeeds towards the Palestinians.

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