Palestinians commemorate the Nakba, including Sheikh Jarrah

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A Palestinian flag attached to balloons installed in front of an Israeli settler house in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, where impending evictions of Palestinian families have fueled anger on May 15, 2021, the day Palestinians celebrate the 73rd birthday of the Nakba, the "catastrophe" of the creation of Israel in 1948. AFP - EMMANUEL DUNAND

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This Saturday, May 15, the Palestinians commemorated the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba, "

the catastrophe


In 1948, when the State of Israel was established, 700,000 Palestinians were driven from their lands.

This forced exodus is still very present in Palestinian collective memory, and it takes on a particular resonance with current events.

Commemorations were held in Jerusalem and in particular in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families risk eviction for the benefit of Israeli settlers.


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With our correspondent in Jerusalem,

Sami Boukhelifa

It's a sober ceremony.

Wanted in peace.

All afternoon, young people painted frescoes on the walls, the map of historic Palestine.

They wrote slogans: “ 

We will not leave


Alaa is a resident of this

neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah

, which has become in recent weeks the emblem of Palestinian resistance to the occupation.

We won't allow a second


” she said.

We must protect our country, our land, our homes.

We will liberate Palestine!

Palestinians everywhere are rising up.

The injustice we have suffered for 73 years has lasted too long.

This day of remembrance is the symbol of our resistance and our strength.


"We will continue the fight, despite the repression"

Mohamed, 20, is from Jerusalem, but he lives in a different neighborhood.

It is to Sheikh Jarrah in solidarity: “

Many Israeli officials believe that our young generation is not concerned by the Palestinian question.

They say to themselves: these young people did not know anything about the events of the past.

They are wrong, we will continue the fight, despite the repression



On this anniversary of the Nakba, the young Palestinians planned to light a flame of remembrance in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, but the Israeli police dispersed their gathering in the early evening.

We demand our rights, we fight for our rights, no matter how.

With a song, with dabke, with a hashtag, throwing stones, throwing rockets, it's a matter of time.

We are the only country to be under occupation, enough is enough!

Do we still want to wait 72 years?

We still want to wait 72?

Enough is enough.

And I'm proud of everyone who leads this fight.

I am proud now to say that I am a Palestinian who has brothers and sisters from Jordan who are trying to cross the border, I am proud that the Palestinians from Lebanon are trying to cross the border, I will be happy to see the Palestinians from Syria cross the border, from everywhere.

These borders are not here to stay, they will disappear.

Testimony of Maisoun Ali, 55, resident of Ramallah

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