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Israeli army violently attacks a Nakba commemoration march near Bethlehem

By Leona Vicario - May 15, 2013
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Nakba] [nonviolent resistance] [Bethlehem]

Photo by Lazar Simeonov (illustration).


Around three hundred Palestinians were subjected to tear gas and sound bombs shot by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday May 14 in Al-Khader, a small village next to Bethlehem, as they were taking part in one of the multiple events organized the day before the commemoration of the Nakba (“catastrophe” in Arabic), which marks the creation of the state of Israel and widespread dispossession and displacement for thousands of Palestinians at the time.


Three people were detained, among whom Mazen Azza, a 47 year-old NGO worker and activist with the popular non-violent resistance movement who is still being detained without charges at the time of this release.

“We were planning a peaceful demonstration with traditional dance and music to show that we are returning” Sabreen Abeed Allah, a community worker with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, explains, referring to the Nakba’catchphrase: “Return is our right and our destiny.”

This first aider recounts how the group gathered early in the morning at one of the Dheisha Refugee Camp’s entries to start the march towards Al-Khader. “We arrived as the school day was ending, so many children joined the event.”

The peaceful and festive demonstration became however quickly the target of calls for dispersal and threats by the Israeli army.

“They started to shoot tear gas and sound bombs. Some children, 1st and 2nd graders, were present too,” Sabreen recalls. During the confrontation, in addition to the three persons detained mentioned above, between 15 and 20 participants got injured, including one of Sabreen’s fellow first aid workers, who sustained a broken jaw.


 Watch the video of Mazen Azza's arrest: 

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