On Saturday 18th May from 12 – 2pm, supporters of Tayside for Justice in Palestine will hold a stall in Dundee City Centre in solidarity with Palestinian refugees highlighting Israel’s refusal to allow them to return to their homes and land.
Each year on May 15th, Palestinians and their supporters around the world mark Nakba Day. The Al-Nakba (the Catastrophe) commemorates the ethnic cleansing, 65 years ago, of thousands of Palestinians from their lands and homes. In the years since 1948, the Israeli state has continued this policy of forcing Palestinians from the homes and land.
Israel’s brutal occupation and apartheid polices continue to create Palestinian refugees from both within Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Today, there are 6 million Palestinian refugees around the world.
This is an on-going catastrophe, which Palestinians will commemorate again by taking to the streets.
Mohammad, a Palestinian refugee who has lived in the Tayside area for a number of years, stated:
“My parents lost their homes in 1948 as a result of the creation the State of Israel. They not only lost their livelihood but also their homeland. Despite the hardship, they never lost their hope and humanity. Although I now live in Scotland, I look forward to the day when the Palestinian people achieve justice. Justice for Palestine requires that the Israeli government ends the illegal occupation and respects the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland as stated by the United Nations”.