In Pictures: Nakba 67 commemoration in Dublin
To mark the 67th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, on Saturday 16th May 2014 the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign will held a ‘Nakba Moving Gallery’ on Saturday 16th May.
Over 100 people – Palestinians, Irish and other nationalities – assembled at at the Grafton Street entrance to St. Stephen’s Green and walked to the Spire on O’Connell Street. Carrying large photographs from Al Nakba, Palestinian flags, and a giant key – symbolising the Palestinian right of return to their homeland denied them by the State of Israel for 67 years – our route took us down teh busy shopping thoroughfare of Grafton Street, past the tourists at College Green, down Westmoreland Street, over the iconic O’Connell Bridge and finally to the GPO on O’Connell Street.
The event was to commemorate what Palestinians call Nakba Day – held annually on 15th May – which marks the 67th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (‘Catastrophe’) which saw the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians, forcibly uprooted from their homeland in an act of ethnic cleansing that facilitated the foundation of the State of Israel. For more information about the Nakba read Wlaid Khalidi’s All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948 or Ilan Pappe’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine or check out the Palestine Remembered website.
* As 15th May is a Friday, we decided to hold this event on Saturday 16th to increase visibility.