WEST BANK (BNO NEWS) — Thousands of Palestinians on Thursday marched in the West Bank and Gaza strip to demand the right of return to all Palestinian refugees, Palestine News Network reported.
The protests marked the start of daily actions until May 15 when the Nakba, which marks the creation of the state of Israel and the expulsion of Palestinians, is commemorated. People will gather in Ramallah, central West Bank, and Gaza City to demand the right of return of the 4.7 million refugees in and outside Palestine.
“Our message this year is that we will return, we will start to implement laws of right of return, we will march to Israeli checkpoints demanding to go home. We are working day and night to achieve our goal, right of Return to the villages we were expelled from in 1948,” Monther Amria, head of the Nakba Committee in Bethlehem said.
Legislative Council member, Mohamed al-Laham, said the right of return is guaranteed by international laws, led by the United Nations resolution 194. He stressed that Israel must understand that its military power will not be able to erase the memory of the Nakba and the anniversary of the tragedy.
“They can kill and destroy but our people will continue to demand their rights, we call upon the international community to achieve justice for the Palestinian people after 63 years of displacement,” al-Laham said.
In May 15th 1948, Israel’s army destroyed hundreds of Palestinian villages and towns; killing hundreds and expelling an estimated of 700,000 Palestinians from their homes. Now 1.5 million Palestinians still live in Israel.
Earlier this week, the Israeli army announced that it well increase deployment of troops in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and borders after Facebook groups called for civil disobedience in the Palestinian territories and rallies near Israeli borders.
(wireupdate.com / 13.05.2011)