Pales­tini­ans mark up­root­ing an­niver­sary

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

RAMALLAH (West Bank)—Pales­tini­ans have marked the an­niver­sary of their up­root­ing al­most seven decades ago with sirens and lowkey marches.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of Pales­tini­ans fled or were driven out in the Mideast war over Is­rael’s 1948 cre­ation. The refugees and their de­scen­dants now num­ber sev­eral mil­lion and most still live in the re­gion.

Sirens wailed for 68 sec­onds Sun­day in the West Bank to mark the pass­ing of 68 years since what Pales­tini­ans call their “nakba,” or catas­tro­phe.

Cars stopped and pedes­tri­ans stood still in the cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem dur­ing the commemoration.

Marchers used keys and other props to sym­bol­ize their de­mand to re­turn to what is now Is­rael.

Is­rael says it will never ac­cept a “right of re­turn,” ar­gu­ing it would threaten the state by di­lut­ing its Jewish ma­jor­ity.—AP

RAMALLAH: Pales­tini­ans act in a play en­act­ing “Nakba” or Catas­tro­phe day in the West Bank, Sun­day.—AP

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