- Published on Sunday, 19 May 2013 08:39
- Written by Yousef Alhelou, TRNN
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On May 15 each year, the Palestinian people mark Nakba Day, or what is known in English as the Catastrophe of 1948. It was in this year that Israel was established on Palestinian land, after the indigenous population was forced to flee their ancestral towns and villages.
Palestinian organizations refer to the Nakba as an ongoing tragedy, not only because Israel continues to dispossess Palestinians of their lands inside Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, but also because Israel continues to deny the refugees the right to return to their homes.
Events ranging from rallies, popular conferences, to cultural and traditional exhibitions take place across occupied Palestine and in the Diaspora, where Pro-Palestine supporters also take part in the annual commemoration.
The Palestinian Nakba of 1948 saw the beginning of ethnic cleansing of Palestine and led to the displacement of some 750,000 Palestinians, many of whom were forced to flee to neighboring countries after some 500 towns and villages were destroyed by Israeli occupation forces.
Today, Palestinian refugees and their descendants continue to fight for the right of return as the legacy of Palestine is passed down to generation after generation.
This year, American activists and students joined the Palestinians to bring awareness of this day to the American public.
Protesters stood in front of the White House as they do every year on the day of Nakba but being there is more than a matter of tradition. They say commemorating the displacement of Palestinians in front of the home of the president if the United States carries a deep symbolism.
The US government's unchecked support for Israel is seen as contributing to the brutality against Palestinians.
Earlier this year, President Obama pledged a 10-year military aid package to Israel for an additional $40 billion, increasing the United States' annual grant aid from $2.4 billion to $3.1 billion.