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Nakba Day marked with rioting, rock throwing and rally

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jerusalem   |   Some Palestin-ians marked Nakba Day with riots and rock throwing, while a rally in Ramallah drew thousands and later turned violent.

Palestinians rioted and threw rocks at Israeli troops May 15 near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, at the Kalandiya checkpoint and at Rachel’s Tomb near Bethlehem. Several Palestinian rioters were arrested.

An Israeli soldier and a border patrol officer were injured during a rock-throwing incident at a checkpoint north of Jerusalem.

A Palestinian prepares to hurl a stone at Israeli troops, not seen, during clashes near the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 15.   photo/ap-bernat armangue
A Palestinian prepares to hurl a stone at Israeli troops, not seen, during clashes near the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 15. photo/ap-bernat armangue
Ynetnews reported that two Palestinians were arrested at the Tapuach Junction for carrying a suspicious bag. Border guards found four pipe bombs, a gun and ammunition in the bag.

In Ramallah’s central Clock Square, thousands of Palestinians rallied at noon as a siren sounded to commemorate the nakba, or catastrophe, referring to Israel’s foundation in 1948 as a state. A similar rally was scheduled for Gaza.

Some 200 waved Palestinians flags outside the Old City’s Damascus Gate.

The Palestinian news service Ma’an reported that more than 60 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces following a march from the Ramallah rally to the Ofer detention center, and another 20 at Kalandiya. Israeli forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.

That same morning, a rocket fired from Gaza struck southern Israel but did not cause injuries or damage.

The Palestinian Authority reportedly declared a general strike, and the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee declared a strike in Israel’s Arab sector to mark the day.

Nakba Day marches also were scheduled to be held in Jordan and in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Commemorations of Nakba Day in Lebanon were limited to the refugee camps, according to Lebanon’s Daily Star. The orders came a year after more than 100 protesters stormed Lebanon’s border with Israel, leading to the deaths of at least 10 protesters.

Israel’s military brought more troops to the country’s borders with Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Gaza in an attempt to prevent breaches by protesters like those that occurred last year. — jta


Posted by Jack Kessler
05/17/2012  at  09:53 PM
Do Palestinians Want Peace With Israel?

Just the fact that they publicly and openly call the creation of Israel The Catastrophe, says pretty clearly how they feel about Israel’s continued existence.  They talk about wanting a two-state solution when speaking to Western audiences, but speak of Naqba among themselves.

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Posted by Joel Rubinstein
05/20/2012  at  05:54 PM
Despite past catastrophe, some Palestinians want peace with Israel

Thank you, Jack, for your comments. While Nakba (“Catastrophe”) is the Palestinian name for the events surrounding the creation of the state of Israel, that doesn’t mean that all Palestinians call for the destruction of Israel. Native American tribes were forcibly relocated from the American South to Oklahoma in the 1830s. They still call this catastrophic expulsion from their homes and holy places the “Trail of Tears,” but that doesn’t mean they call for the destruction of the United States of America. In fact, some Palestinians do call for the destruction of Israel, and some do not, but you can’t use the fact that they call the creation of Israel “Nakba” to estimate the size of each group. For that, you need real research, not speculation.

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Posted by paul
05/23/2012  at  06:27 PM
I disagree

I disagree with Joel Rubinstein a lot. No one Arab including so-called Palestinian, want Israel. They will always call creation of the State Of Israel Nakba. Arabs and so-called Palestinian, occupate Israel since 1948. Now, what would the Arabs do without Israel? Who would supply them food, water, medicine, money so, they could buy a guns and kill you and me? If not Israel then, the Arabs or so-called Palestinians, would have to go to work. No, why does Israel need to support them? I love and support Israel as much as I can. Let me tell you, once they finish with Israel, they will take for every body. Do you know what Koran says? Koran says, kill the Jews and Christians no mater where you find them. So, stop the Arabs occupation in Israel. It’s not their land. We Jews, fought for our Land. Before Israel started the war in Gaza about 2 years ago, Israeli Army called to every house in Gaza and asked every body to be evacuated. We are the Israelis, are saving people. I don’t know any country of the world that their Army would do the same. But, Israeli Army did. Do you know what Torah says? Torah says, if some body attack Israel then, Israel has to attack back and defend itself. No one Arabs and so-called Palestinians, wants Israel existence.

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