Nakba Day commemoration rallies were held in Gaza on Sunday, the date when Israel was established in historical Palestine.
May 15 is known as Nakba Day or Catastrophe Day because almost 800,000 Palestinians were forcibly evicted from their homes on May 15, 1948, by Zionist gangs in Palestine.
According to a reporter on the scene, demonstrators at Sunday’s event flew colored balloons bearing the names of places occupied by Israel in 1948 during the protest.
Protesters waved Palestinian flags while holding signs reading, “Our return is inevitable”, and “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine”.
There will be an open struggle with the enemy until Palestine is liberated, said Louay al-Qaryuti, a key member of Palestine’s Popular Front for Liberation.
Hamas, a Palestinian group, said in a statement that resistance is the only way to reclaim Palestinian rights.
According to the Gaza Strip’s ruling group, “the occupation has no authority or jurisdiction on any inch of ancient Palestine.”
The US and other western powers were held responsible for “the continuation of the Palestinian Nakba due to their prejudice towards the Israeli occupation and their pursuit of a double-standard approach on the Palestinian issue,” according to the report.
Likewise, the Islamic Jihad group urged the promotion of inter-Palestinian solidarity “to face the Zionist threat.”
This year’s Nakba Day comes as Israeli arrest campaigns and settler incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem continue to ratchet up tensions in the Palestinian territory.