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Nakba: trauma of the Palestinian exodus 70 years ago

Palestinians commemorate every May 15 the Nakba, Arabic for "catastrophe", the 1948 creation of Israel and war surrounding it that forced thousands from their homes to which they still demand the right to return. More than 760,000 Palestinians either fled or were forced off land claimed by the new state as Israeli forces razed more than 400 towns and villages, the exodus creating huge numbers of refugees spread across the region. Here is some background. Exodus Demands for a Jewish homeland after the Nazi's World…

Thousands of Palestinians protest on Balfour Declaration centenary

RAMALLAH: Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of various cities on Thursday to protest on the 100th anniversary of Britain's Balfour Declaration, which helped lead to Israel's creation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas used the occasion to denounce the declaration, writing in a newspaper opinion piece that "the creation of a homeland for one people resulted in the dispossession and continuing persecution of another". Several Palestinian leaders have called on…