mardi 16 mai 2017

In 69th anniversary of Nakba, Palestinians insist on right of return

En 69 ans de Nakba, les Palestiniens insistent sur le droit de retour

Palestinian people at home and Diaspora celebrate on Monday the
 69th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, perpetrated by the Zionist gangs in 1948


In 69th anniversary of Nakba, Palestinians insist on right of return

Gaza, ALRAY -- Palestinian people at home and Diaspora celebrate on Monday the 69th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, perpetrated by the Zionist gangs in 1948, where they took over about 80% of the land of Palestine and announced the establishment of the so-called "Israel".

The anniversary of the Nakba coincides with a 29-day battle of hunger strike led by Palestinian prisoners under the title the "Strike of Freedom and Dignity" against Israeli prisons built on the occupied Palestinian territories in 1948.

A number of events and activities are scheduled to take place in commemoration of the crimes of "Israel" during the Nakba and the declaration of Israel across Palestinian villages and areas in the West Bank, occupied Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

The 1948 war broke out between Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia against the armed Zionist militias in Palestine, formed of Palmach, Irgun, Haganah, Stern and Jewish volunteers from outside the British Mandate.

The Nakba of 1948 ended with the declaration of "Israel" on 15th of May 1948, after which most of the Palestinian areas were under Israeli control, except of some areas that retained their Palestinian identity, called back the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

About one million Palestinians was displaced of their lands to live as refugees in the neighboring Arab countries. These wars also had a social impact on Palestinian society, which led to tear apart many Palestinian families and dismembering them.

The date of 15th May 1948 is considered as an exceptional day for Palestinians and Arabs in general. Three major events have been witnessed: the displacement of Palestinians, the establishment of Israel and the start of the first Arab-Israeli war.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have turned into refugees and tens of thousands of displaced people in their homeland who see their towns and lands, and sometimes their homes, and are deprived of by Israeli occupation.

According to a report issued by the Palestinian Statistics Authority two days ago, the number of Palestinians after 69 years of the Nakba increased by more than nine times, and their number in the world at the end of 2016 is estimated at 12.70 million. This means that the number of Palestinians in the world has increased 9.1 times since the Nakba of 1948.

Regarding the number of Palestinians living currently in historic Palestine (between the river and the sea), the data indicates that by the end of 2016 their number reached 6.41 million and is expected to reach 7.12 million by the end of 2020.

%29 of the Palestinian refugees live in 58 camps divided into 10 camps in Jordan, nine in Syria, 12 in Lebanon, 19 in the West Bank and eight in the Gaza Strip.

The number of Palestinians who did not leave their homeland in 1948 was estimated at 154,000, while on the 66th anniversary of the Nakba, it was estimated at 31.5 million people in the end of 2016 with a gender ratio of 102.2 males per 100 females.

Every year, Palestinian organizations and associations commemorate this anniversary with activities and event that remind the generations of displacement, so as not to forget the Palestinian cause.

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