Thousands of Palestinians marked today the 74th anniversary of the Nakba of 1948, under the slogan “Enough with 74 years of injustice and double standards” which embodies the continuing injustice inflicted upon the Palestinian people by the Israeli occupation and the failure of the international community to implement its resolution.
In Ramallah, hundreds gathered outside President Yasser Arafat Mausoleum and waved flags of Palestine, black banners and keys of return to affirm the right of return of the Palestinian refugees and their offspring to their occupied homes. The participants then marched for Manara Square in downtown Ramallah where a central rally was held commemorating the event.
At 12:00 after midnight, a vigil of silence for 74 seconds is set to be observed across the occupied Palestinian Territories in memory of the 74 years that followed the Nakba events, while sirens will go off via loudspeakers of mosques and via local radio stations. Church bells will also ring during the events marking the anniversary of the tragic event.
The word “Nakba” means “catastrophe” in Arabic, and refers to the systematic ethnic cleansing of two-thirds of the Palestinian population at the time by Zionist paramilitaries between 1947-1949 and the near-total destruction of Palestinian society.
Al-Nakba Day, also known as the Day of Catastrophe, marks the expulsion of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland by “armed Zionists gangs” in 1948 and the established of the Israeli entity.
In that day, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled in one of the most painful events in the history of Islam and the world. Since that day, the people of this land have been displaced and are suffering, until this day, oppression and suppression by the colonizing Israeli entity.