Press TV, May 15, 2011
Palestinian teenager fired at by Israeli occupation forces in
northern Gaza Strip, May 15, 2011.
Israeli occupation soldiers fire live bullets at Palestinian
protesters during the Nakba, Catasrophe, Day, May 15, 2011.
West Bank cordoned, Occupied Jerusalem closed military zone
on Nakba day
[ 15/05/2011 - 10:41 AM ]
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) imposed a military cordon around
the West Bank for 24 hours and turned occupied Jerusalem into a closed
military zone at the behest of war minister Ehud Barak.
The Hebrew radio said the cordon on the West Bank is part of the
preparations made by the Israeli security apparatuses to prevent the
Palestinians from commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the Nakba
It added that about 10, 000 policemen and border guards were deployed
in the places that could see confrontations during the anniversary.
Police inspector Yohanan Danino threatened to detain everyone taking
part in events and marches on the nakba day.
In Jerusalem, the IOF turned the holy city into a big military
barracks and isolated it from the outside world as choppers and a
surveillance balloon were seen in the morning flying over the city
watching the movement of Palestinian citizens.
An Israeli force from the intelligence, the police and border guards
stormed last night the old city of Jerusalem and kidnapped a number of
children and young men from their homes on allegation of their
participation in clashes with soldiers especially near the Aqsa Mosque.
Local sources reported that the clashes with the IOF are still
ongoing in many districts of the holy city and turned more violent after
the killing of a Palestinian child from Silwan area.
Israel kills protesters on catastrophe day
Press TV, Sun May 15, 2011 2:47PM
Israeli troops have launched attacks on many rallies held
across the Middle East in protest at the establishment of the Israeli
regime 63 years ago, killing dozens of people.
On Sunday, the
demonstrators gathered in different cities across the Middle East to
remember the May 15, 1948 occupation of Palestine, known as the Nakba
Day or 'day of the catastrophe.'
The manufactured existence,
enabled by large-scale offensives, forced more than 800,000 of 1.4
million Palestinians out of their homeland to the West Bank and Gaza
Strip, neighboring Arab nations as well as many other countries in the
In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military killed two
protesters, including a Palestinian teenager, and injuring at least 65
others, a Press TV correspondent reported.
helicopters and F-16 fighter planes flew over the demonstrators, whereas
troops fired tank shells near marching protesters.
reportedly open fire on Gazans marching on Erez border crossing the
coastal strip's northern border with Israel.
suffered critical injury from Israeli fire in the northern city of Beit
Two Palestinians died and scores were wounded by Tel
Aviv fire in the occupied West Bank. The protesters there were calling
for an end to the Israeli occupation and aggression as well as the
release of all Palestinian prisoners -- who number around 9,000.
A report said one person had been killed and 150 hurt in the
Qalandiya village near the city of Ramallah in central West Bank. The
military also mowed down five protesters in south Lebanon, injuring
The Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas' Prime
Minister Ismail Haniyeh urged Palestinians to carry on with their
resistance against the Tel Aviv regime. He also expressed hope that
Palestinians would one day return to their homes and homeland.
"The Palestinian people know what their path is. They know the path to
liberation and to resolving the conflict with the occupation, which can
only be done under the banner of Islam. The struggle for freedom cannot
happen unless this requirement mentioned in the [Holy] Qur'an is
achieved," he said.
In Syria's Golan Heights, at least 12
protesters were killed and 30 wounded by Israeli military fire. In
Lebanon, Israeli troops killed at least 5 people, injuring another.
Israeli military kills 12 in Syria
Sun May 15, 2011 11:50AM
On Sunday, Syrian and Lebanese demonstrators approached the
mountainous region, marking the 63rd anniversary of the May 15, 1948
occupation of Palestine by Israel, known as the Nakba Day or 'day of the
The Israeli military also injured 30 others, a
Press TV correspondent reported.
The war-propelled creation
forced more than 800,000 of the 1.4 million Palestinians out of their
homeland to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, neighboring Arab nations as
well as many other countries in the world.
Also on Sunday, the
troops gunned down several people elsewhere in the Middle East, where
people were likewise voicing solidarity with the Palestinians.
Palestinians vow to continue resistance
Sun May 15, 2011 1:55PM
Ahead of the 63rd anniversary of the occupation of Palestine,
members of different Palestinian groups say they will continue their
struggles to achieve liberation from Israel.
people will continue their struggle and resistance until their entire
homeland is liberated, and they achieve their right to return,” Maher
al-Taher, a member of the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine,
told Press TV.
“On the 63rd anniversary of the Day of Nakba
(catastrophe) when the Zionist movement committed one of the ugliest
crimes, we have a message to the world that the Palestinian people, who
lived for thousands of years on their motherland, will not give up even
a small part of their lands,” he added.
Khalid Abdul Majeed,
secretary general of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front, said the
occasion is commemorated amid “big developments and changes in the
He also pointed to the “conspiracy on the Palestinian
cause through the American-Israeli vision to restrict the Palestinian
people and their rights.”
“On this anniversary, we remember the
destruction of hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages in addition to
deporting hundreds of thousands [of Palestinians] from their own lands.
The Palestinian refugees stress their right to return,” said Izzat al-Rishq,
a member of Hamas Political Bureau.
The anniversary of the
occupation of Palestine by the Israeli army and the expulsion of more
than 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland in 1948 is known as the
Day of Nakba.
Nakba: 63 years of incessant brutality
Sun May 15, 2011 2:21PM by Kourosh Ziabari
Almost one year after the Israel Defense Forces raided the flotilla
heading toward the Gaza Strip and killed nine Turkish peace activists
aboard the MV Mavi Marmara ship, the Palestinian people will mark the
63rd anniversary of the disgraceful birth of the Israeli regime, known
in the Arab world as Nakba.
Nakba, also known as day of the
catastrophe, is a date on which more than 725,000 of the indigenous and
original inhabitants of Palestine were expelled from their homeland
during the 1947 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine and the 1948
Arab-Israeli War, in an act to pave the ground for the establishment of
the Israeli regime.
According to Palestinian-American historian
and political analyst Rashid Khalidi, some 50 percent of the original
inhabitants of the Palestine were forced to leave their home in 1948;
Nur-eldeen Masalha, however, puts the percentage at 80.
downfall of the Palestinian leadership and the fear of possible
recurrence of a calamity such as the Deir Yassin massacre in which 107
Palestinian villagers were savagely killed by the soldiers of the Irgun
and Lehi Zionist paramilitary organizations contributed to the
acceleration of the Palestinians' departure from their homeland.
Upon its establishment one day prior to the expiration of the
British Mandate of Palestine, the Zionist regime passed a series of laws
including the 'Absentees Property Law' which rendered illegitimate and
unlawful return of the Palestinians to their villages and perpetuated
their expulsion from their homeland. That's why a dozen of historians
and Middle East experts have interpreted Israel's action and its
occupation of the Palestinian territories as indefinite, continued
Now, 63 years have passed since the Israeli
Declaration of Independence and the Palestinian children, women and men
are being killed and murdered on a daily basis, their lands are stolen
and their properties are confiscated. Despite the brutality of the
Israeli regime, the world including the dispassionate and neutral Arab
states of the Persian Gulf, watch the agony and suffering of the
Palestinian nation with apathy and indifference.
In a recent
article, Khalid Amayreh, the Palestinian writer and journalist who
resides in the occupied East Al-Quds has likened the 63-year-old
brutality of the Israeli regime to the atrocities of the Nazi regime,
describing the killing of the Palestinian citizens as a "slow-motion
"Sixty-three years ago the Zionists demolished 438
Palestinian villages and poisoned or destroyed wells to ensure that
their rightful owners would not return. Today, Zionists keep on behaving
more or less along the same traditions, demolishing homes, destroying
farms, and narrowing people's horizons, all with the goal of making them
emigrate," wrote Khalid Amayreh.
"Israel celebrates freedom
while more than nine million Palestinians are treated like slaves or
children of a lesser God, some languishing in refugee camps, also for 63
years, or subjected to horrible conditions such as mass detention,
collective starvation, daily persecution, with no freedom and very
little hope for a better tomorrow," he added.
Palestinian people along with the independent nations of the world are
getting prepared to commemorate the 63rd Nakba. Several demonstrations
are slated to be held around the world to bring into spotlight the
oppression of the people of Palestine; a nation which has unjustifiably
been subject to all forms of collective punishment and deprived of the
most essential and basic forms of human rights.
Palestine News Network, Nakba demonstrations are expected to take place
all over the West Bank, Al-Quds, Gaza and the countries across the
Fearing the possible massive gatherings of the
Palestinian citizens in the occupied territories, the Israeli forces
have adopted tough security measures ahead of the Nakba Day protests and
arrested several Palestinians.
The Palestine News Network
reported yesterday that Israeli troops "attacked a number of protests
organized in several parts of east Al-Quds commemorating the 63
anniversary of the Nakba" on Friday. "Milad Ayiash, 16, was injured
during Friday clashes, according to doctors at Makased hospital. The boy
was shot in his abdomen and died on Saturday morning when two operations
by doctors failed to save his life," the report added.
artificial state of Israel is celebrating the 63rd year of its
establishment jovially while the besieged people of Gaza Strip are
starving and suffering painfully, having no access to the outside world.
The Palestinian residents of the occupied territories are also
continuously subject to the most dreadful forms of torture and
Documents recently released by the CIA suggest that
Israel cannot survive for more than 20 years. One should sit back and
wait to see whether the regime which has occupied the homeland of a
subjugated nation and suppressed them with the most horrendous apparatus
can commemorate the 83rd year of its dishonorable life or not.