ACTNews, PALESTINA – On May 15, 1948, Israel was established as a Jewish-majority state at the expense of the forced expulsion of about 750,000 Palestinians. The day has subsequently been commemorated annually as Nakba Day.
The word “Nakba” means “catastrophe” in Arabic, and refers to the systematic ethnic cleansing of two-thirds of the Palestinian population by Zionist paramilitaries between 1947-1949 and the near-total destruction of Palestinian society.
Zionist forces had taken more than 78 percent of historic Palestine, ethnically cleansed and destroyed about 530 villages and cities, and killed about 15,000 Palestinians in a series of mass atrocities, including more than 70 massacres.
Only 22% of Palestinian territory remains, which is divided into the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Six million Palestinians now live primarily in refugee camps spread across both areas, with millions more seeking refuge in neighboring countries.
Every year, Nakba Day is observed to remind the world of the Israeli occupation's cruelty. For Palestinians, the Nakba is not just a historical event, but a never-ending process caused by the Zionist forces' violence and deprivation of rights that continues to this day.
Attack on Remembrance Day
The 74th Nakba commemoration was held amid Palestinian outrage over the death of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Shireen, a Palestinian and US citizen, was killed by Israeli forces last week while covering an attack in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, May 15, 2022, Nakba Day was observed in various Palestinian cities. During the Nakba memorial at Al-northern Bireh's gate, Israeli troops allegedly attacked Palestinian marchers. At least 16 Palestinians were hurt in the attack.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the injuries included seven by live ammunition and three by rubber-coated steel bullets. Four people reported breathing following tear gas inhalation.
Attacks on Palestinians commemorating the Nakba occurred in the Al-Aroub refugee camp of Hebron.
Andi Noor Faradiba of ACT's Global Humanity Network team explained that the Palestinians have been suffering from injustices and acts of Israeli violence since the Nakba incident 74 years ago.
"Although ACT and other donors have been present for many years to support the Palestinian people's struggle through humanitarian assistance, this is far from enough. Many people there require assistance from the international community to survive," Faradiba stated.