In a grim counterpoint to Independence Day celebrations, Palestinians held their annual Nakba commemoration of what they refer to as the “catastrophe” of Israel’s founding.
Thousands of Arab Israelis participated in a “March of Return,” demanding a right to go back to the homes that they claim they — or their parents or grandparents — left behind in 1948.
The march took place in the northern town of Atlit, where there used to be an Arab village.
Veteran MK Ahmad Tibi (Joint Arab List) told the crowd: “What happened then was a Nakba — a human and national disaster on any scale. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian citizens live to this very day close to the villages they were uprooted from. What’s more natural, humanitarian and just than returning them to their homes in their abandoned villages and restoring their stolen property?”
Palestinian flags were waved some people held up photos of Palestinian security prisoners during the event, some shouted the incendiary call, “We will sacrifice our lives for Palestine!”