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Nottingham: Remember the Nakba
15 May 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Saturday, 15 May
Old Market Square
Between 1947 and 1949, Zionist paramilitary and Israeli forces ethnically cleansed and eradicated over 500 villages and cities in Palestine, forcing into exile over 750,000 Palestinians, and taking over 78% of the land of historic Palestine.
Known as the Nakba, or catastrophe in Arabic, this forced displacement was the basis for the foundation of the Israeli state.
Today, over 7 million Palestinians live as refugees or exiles, denied the right to return to the land from which they, or their family, were forcibly expelled. A right which is enshrined in international law. Palestinians who remained in the State of Israel, and those in the occupied territory, many of whom are refugees, face a system of discriminatory racist rule that amounts to the crime of apartheid under international law.
The forced removal of the Palestinian population did not end with Israel’s foundation in 1948. Israel continues to displace and exile the indigenous Palestinian population.
Despite the coronavirus crisis, more Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem had their homes demolished in the first 10 months of 2020 alone than in any full year since 2016. This month, hundreds of Palestinians in annexed East Jerusalem face attempts to evict them from their homes, part of Israel’s attempt to alter the demographic balance of the city.
With the complicity of the international community, the Nakba continues.