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Commemorating the Nakba, Beit Hanoun residents demand right of return

May 14, 2009 1:01 P.M. (Updated: May 14, 2009 1:01 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Commemorating the 61st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1948, crowds in Beit Hanoun called on Palestinians to dig deep and find more strength to remain steadfast and resist in an increased effort to demand their right of return.

The anniversary of the Nakba is observed by Palestinians on Friday 15 May. Israel's Independence Day, on 15 May 1948, is observed according to the Hebrew calendar and was marked on 29 April this year.

Crowds in Beit Hanoun stressed a restoration of unity so Palestinians could remain steadfast together and insist on their right of return to the villages and towns they were expelled from in 1948. "Those who abandon that right," one protester said, "should not be considered Palestinian."

The event was organized by the local branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in the northern Gaza Strip.

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