Palestinians commemorate 73rd anniversary of Nakba


Published: 2021-05-15 10:59

Last Updated: 2022-12-03 11:42

Palestinians commemorate 73rd anniversary of Nakba
Palestinians commemorate 73rd anniversary of Nakba

Saturday, May 15, marked the 73rd anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, which resulted in the displacement of thousands of Palestinians from their homes.

Palestinians use the term "Nakba," which means "catastrophe" in Arabic, to refer to the expulsions that happened in 1948.

On May 15 of each year, the Palestinians commemorate the anniversary of the Palestinian catastrophe that befell them in 1948, 73 years ago, when around 750,000 people were either forcibly evicted from or fled their homes or villages in the wake of fighting. This came with the support of the British Mandate, in controlling by force of arms over the greater part of Palestine and declaring the establishment of the entity of the Israeli Occupation.

At least 750,000 Palestinians from a 1.9 million population were made refugees beyond the borders of the state between 1947 and 1949.

In 1917, before the start of the British Mandate that lasted from 1920 until 1947, the British issued the Balfour Declaration, which promised to help the “establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”, essentially vowing to give away a country that was not theirs to give.