Arab MKs Participate in Palestinian March Mourning Israel’s Founding
JNS.org – Some 10,000 people, including Israeli Arab lawmakers, participated Thursday in a march mourning Israel’s founding.
The “March of the Uprooted” is organized by the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee and held annually on Independence Day to mark the displacement of Palestinian refugees during Israel’s War of Independence, known in Arabic as the “Nakba” (“catastrophe”).
Arab MKs, public figures and mayors in Arab towns, as well as left-wing and human rights activists, participated in the march, which took place near Atlit, a coastal town south of Haifa.
Protesters hoisted Palestinian flags and shouted slogans condemning the government and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Some chanted, “This is our land,” “We will never give up the fight” and “We’ll sacrifice our lives for Palestine.”
“This is the day when the Palestinians are united in memory and grief for shattered families. What happened then [in 1948] was a nakba – a human and national disaster by any measure,” said Joint Arab List MK Ahmad Tibi. “We must recognize our national identity as Palestinians, with empathy for our suffering and loss since 1948, which continues to this day in various ways.”