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Call For Global Marches On "Naksa" Day, Anniversary
of Israeli War of Aggression, on June 5, 1967
Call For Further Marches On "Naksa" Day
Tuesday May 24, 2011 11:34 by Kevin Murphy - IMEMC
The International Solidarity Committee, the international activist
organisation for Palestine, has called for solidarity marches around the
world with upcoming “Naksa” events in the Middle East.
which maintains a large international activist presence in the West
Bank, has called on global demonstrations to Israeli embassies around
the world on June 5th, “Naksa Day”, to show solidarity with refugee’s
seeking a return to their homes.
Naksa, meaning “setback”, marks
the forced exodus of 300,000 Palestinians during the Israeli War of
Aggression against neighboring Arab states, on June 5, 1967. While it is
normally marked on Nakba Day (May 15th), this year the group for the
“Third Palestinian Intifada” has called on Palestinian refugees to mark
the day by repeating actions taken during this year’s Nakba Day when
they marched to the Israeli border in Lebanon, Syria, and in the Gaza
Referring to the events on Nakba Day the group noted that
“Israeli forces killed at least 15 demonstrators on three borders (with
occupied Gaza, Lebanon, and between Syria and the occupied Golan
Heights), wounded hundreds more with live gunfire, artillery shells, and
tear gas, and unleashed a wave of arrests and repression in the occupied
West Bank. This massive violence could only have been planned as a show
of brute force”.
In the statement the group said that
international law showed clear obligations on Israel to allow
Palestinian Refugees to return to their homes.
Solidarity Committee engages in peaceful protest and civil disobedience
in solidarity with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The group’s
notable members have included Rachel Corrie, the American activists
crushed under an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2000, and Vittorio
Arrigoni, an Italian activist who was killed by Salafist elements in
Gaza this year.
The day will be a litmus test as to what extent
rumours of a third Palestinian uprising, or Intifada, are based on a
reality on the ground. It will also shine a light on the question as to
whether the recent events in the region, fuelled by social networking
technology, have spread to Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and
more broadly in the region.
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