OCCUPIED JERUSALEM - Thousands of Palestinians in the occupied lands commemorated Wednesday, May 15, the Nakba Day, which marks the creation of Israel on the rubble of Palestine.
"Sixty-five years after the Nakba, we affirm that we remain committed to the right of return in accordance with United Nations resolution 194," Nablus governor Jibrin al-Bakri told a rally in the northern Palestinian city, The Jerusalem Post reported.
"The right of return is a sacred right and we can't give it up.
Thousands of Palestinians marked the 65th anniversary of the Nakba, which marks Israel's creation in the Palestinian lands.
Thousands rallied in the main square of Ramallah, the Palestinians' de facto capital, holding up placards with the names of villages depopulated in 1948.
The protestors also held up old keys that refer to their lost homes from where they were forced to leave by Jewish gangs.
In Al-Khalil (Hebron) in the West Bank, protestors clashes with Israeli forces outside a refugee camp.
Israeli police fired stun grenades and arrested several people after clashes with protestors outside the Old City's Damascus Gate in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).
Thousands of Palestinians also marched in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to mark the Nakba Day.
Each year on May 15, Palestinians mourn the loss of Palestine and creation of Israel on its rubble in 1948.
On April 18, 1948, Palestinian Tiberius was captured by Menachem Begin's Irgun group, putting its 5,500 Palestinian residents in flight. On April 22, Haifa fell to the Zionist mobs and 70,000 Palestinians fled.
On April 25, Irgun began bombarding civilian sectors of the Palestinian city of Jaffa - the largest city in Palestine at that time, terrifying the 750,000 inhabitants into panicky flight.
On May 14, the day before the creation of Israel, Jaffa completely surrendered to the much better-equipped Zionist gangs and only about 4,500 of its population remained.
Protestors opined that peace talks with Israel were fruitless to end the decades-long occupation of their lands.
"For the sake of my future and to return to my family's land, I don't want any more useless negotiations but the path of resistance and the rifle," Ahmed al-Bedu, a 15-year-old Palestinian who holds Jordanian citizenship, told Reuters.
US-sponsored peace talks collapsed in 2010 over Israel's refusal to halt settlement building in the occupied West Bank.
Israel rejects any deal that stipulates the return of Palestinian refugees to their villages
Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Israel's "refusal to assume responsibility for the refugee question" and to agree on a "just solution" for them was harming prospects for peace.
According to official Palestinian figures, 5.3 million Palestinians - almost half of their total number in the world - are registered by the United Nations as refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza.
Many of them live in the concrete warrens of overcrowded camps, with poor access to employment and basic services.
"Any initiatives and solutions that do not secure the return of our full rights will be rejected by our people. Our holy land is not for sale or bargain," the resistance group Hamas said in a statement."Resistance by all its forms, and foremost armed resistance, will remain our way to extract our rights."
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net