GAZA - Marking the 64th memory of the Nakba Day, Palestinians and supporters around the world are commemorating the exodus of hundreds of thousands from their land by Jewish gangs and the creation of Israel on its rubble.
"Sixty-four years ago, a nation's thriving society and rich culture was forced into exile and mass expulsion, Saeb Erekat, Chief Palestinian Negotiator, told Palestine News Network.
A country was wiped out off the map.
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Thousands of Palestinians commemorate the Nakba Day, which marks the creation of Israel on the rubble of Palestine, with mass protests across the Palestinian territories.
The main rally was planned in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Other demonstrations are also expected by the nearby Ofer military prison and Qalandia checkpoint.
A mass rally is scheduled to take place in the Gaza Strip.The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, which represents Arab communities in Israel, has called for a general strike and for Arab-Israelis to visit the sites of former Palestinian villages.
The committee's chairman, Mohammad Zeidan, urged the Arab public to avoid clashes with Israeli security forces.
"I hope today will be uneventful. I ask the Arab people to respect the strike, the Nakba and the security prisoners, he said, Yediot Ahronot reported on Tuesday.
I also urge the (Israeli) police to stay away from the rallies. The situation is sensitive and we don't want to see any clashes."
Yet, clashes broke out early on Tuesday between Israeli forces and stone-throwing demonstrators in Issawiya neighborhood in Al-Quds (Occupied East Jerusalem), Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
Erekat urged the international community to end Israel's impunity and realize the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people to self-determination, independence, and return.
"Al-Nakba is a somber occasion that the international community must use to right the historical injustice that befell the Palestinian people, he said.
During the past sixty-four years, Israel has violated dozens of United Nations resolutions that recognize and support the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination and return.
This continued violation has made a mockery of the international system and threatened international peace."
Erekat also called upon Israel to recognize Palestinian rights.
"Today, Eleven million Palestinians around the world remember the loss and injustice of that dark era while reaffirming their commitment to ending their exile and oppression, he said.
If Israel is truly interested in peace and a two-state solution, it should recognize the rights and the suffering of our people.
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.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net