Gaza,(DRAH.PS)--The Coordination Committee for Commemoration of the 69the anniversary of Palestinian Nakba launched on May 18, 2017, its activities to commemorate the Nakba.
The launching was in a press conference in Gaza , where a number of deputies of the Palestinian Legislative Council headed by First Deputy Dr. Ahmed Bahr, and representatives of of ministries, bodies, trade unions, institutions, and others have joined the opening event.
Every yeare Palestinians commemorated the Nakba, the "day of catastrophe", in which Israel was officially declared a state following the forced removal of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and the destruction of over 500 villages and towns.
Israel has made publicly commemorating the Nakba increasingly difficult for Palestinians, with a "Nakba Law" that authorises Israel's finance minister to revoke funding from institutions that reject Israel's character as a "Jewish state" or mark the country's "Independence Day" as a day of mourning.
At least 13 Palestinians were injured after Israeli troops fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas at demonstrators outside of the Beit El settlement and military base near Ramallah, according to emergency workers.
Thousands of people in the central West Bank cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem poured into the streets carrying Palestinian flags and keys symbolic of the "right of return" for refugees who lost their homes during the Nakba.
Monday also marks the 29th day of a hunger strike launched by 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. Prisoners' children are expected to deliver speeches following the march in the West Bank.
Palestinian refugees of the Nakba and their descendants have lived and outside of Palestine since 1948, with millions of them still stateless or languishing in surrounding refugee camps.
Israel has prevented them from returning to their homes. Palestinians have cited UN Resolution 194 that they say preserves their "Right to Return" to Palestine.
Generations of Palestinians who remain in Palestine know nothing but a life under military occupation.