Compiled by Julie Webb-Pullman
Dr Attallah Abu Elsebah, Gaza Minister of Justice
Gaza’s Minister of Justice Dr Attallah Abu Elsebah explains the significance of the Nakba, and why the people of the world must stand in soldarity with Palestinians against the injustices they have have suffered, and continue to be subjected to.
Mazin Qumsiyeh, West Bank
One 15 year old boy and one 17 year old boy where both assassinated within a few minutes of each other by an Israeli sniper today. Mohammad and Nader were murdered as they participated in demonstrations marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba (the catastrophic and continuing ethnic cleansing of Palestine to create the apartheid Jewish state of Israel on its ruins).
Several other youth were also hit with live ammunition, some in critical
Maan – Jerusalem
Israeli forces arrested four Palestinian protesters at the East Jerusalem protest including Yasser Qaws, Ismail al-Khatib, Abed Barbar, as well as a fourth person who was not identified.
Witnesses on the scene said that Israeli forces pushed and shoved participants, injuring six people including lawmaker Jihad Abu Zaneed and medic Nidal Abu Gharbia.
Daily Star, Lebanon
Palestinians wave flags as they mark the 66th anniversary of Nakba through sailing along the coast of Sidon, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
A march for Palestinians to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the Nakba took place Thursday from the coastal city of Sidon toward the southern border with Israel to symbolize their hope to return to the historic land.
The first refugees to emerge from the Nakba were witnessed by Sidonians 66 years ago, when thousands of Palestinian refugee families erected tents and settled in the city, in an area known today as the camp of Ain al-Hilweh. Such images were recreated Thursday, with refugees erecting tents in Martyrs’ Square to symbolize their first settlement in the area, hoisting flags and banners, all organized by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
It also included a heritage exhibition featuring traditional collectibles and clothing, such as the keffiyeh, as well as property leases and old keys to the homes Palestinians were driven out of.