Thirty Gather to Commemorate Nakba by Karmei Tsur

14 May 2011

Demonstration before Karmei Tsur, May 14, 2011Thirty demonstrators gathered in the West Bank village of Beit Ommar this week to commemorate the “Nakba,” a word which literally translates to “catastrophe” and which is used to refer to Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948. Demonstrators marched toward the Israeli Karmei Tsur settlement waving flags which read “No Change Without Return” and chanting against the occupation and settlements. Several members of the Beit Ommar National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements gave speeches commemorating the Nakba, calling on onlookers to remember the massacres at Deir Yassin and throughout historical Palestine. Demonstrators also called for the right of all Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

Yousef Abu Marya, one week after IDF soldiers break his arm.Three protesters were injured in last weeks demonstration near the Israeli Karmei Tsur settlement, including Yousef Abu Marya, whose wrist was broken by Israeli soldiers as they attempted to arrest him. Despite his injury Yousef was present at this weeks demonstration, with the words “End the Occupation” written on his cast.

One demonstrator was killed and dozens injured and arrested in yesterday, May 13, at a demonstration commemorating the Nakba in front of the Al Aqsa compound in Jerusalem. Palestinian civil society has called for massive demonstrations tomorrow, May 15, in commemoration of the Nakba and against Israel’s ongoing occupation of Palestinian land.