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Large key statues erected in Nablus refugee camps for Nakba day

May 14, 2016 3:01 P.M. (Updated: May 15, 2016 6:02 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Four large key-shaped statues were erected at the entrances of refugee camps across the district of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank on Saturday to symbolize the 1948 Nakba, which will officially be commemorated on Sunday by millions of Palestinians and rights activists around the world.

The statues were erected at the entrances of four refugee camps: Askar al-Jadid, Askar al-Qadm, Balata, and Ein Beit al-Mai. The Nakba commemoration act was organized by the national high committee for the return of refugees and the national committee for commemorating Nakba in Nablus.

A coordinator for the national high committee for the return of refugees, Imad al-Din Ishteiwi, said the erection of the keys was one of several national activities in Nablus organized by all factions, institutions, and organizations to commemorate the Nakba and confirm the symbolism of the key, which remains a powerful emblem for the right of Palestinian refugees and those internally displaced to return to their homes and villages in present-day Israel.

On March 15, the 1948 Nakba will be commemorated for the 68th year, re-focusing the world’s attention on the 750,000 Palestinians displaced during and after the establishment of the state of Israel, and the more than five million Palestinians who remain refugees as they wait to return to their lands in Israel.

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