Palestinians mark uprooting anniversary with sirens, marches


Abbas arrived with a delegation for his third state visit to India, where he will hold key talks on bilateral, regional and worldwide issues, including the peace process in the restive Middle East, according to India's foreign ministry.

Also on Monday, thousands of Palestinians marched through Ramallah carrying Palestinian flags and waving keys to symbolize their former homes in Israel before 1948.

India agreed in October to spend US$12 million financing a new IT hub in Ramallah in a sign of India's "strong commitment to support [the] Palestinian cause", the foreign ministry said at the time.

Trump is expected to visit Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories on May 22 and 23.

However, he reiterated that a future Palestinian state should be based on the map of Israel and Palestine that existed before the Six-Day War of 1967 in which Israel absorbed East Jerusalem.

Palestinians were disappointed when Trump failed to mention a two-state solution with Abbas at the White House on May 3.

The exchange on the West Asian peace process is significant as Mr. Modi is likely to travel to Israel in July which will be the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the country since establishment of diplomatic ties in 1992. "Injured people are part of the Nakba, martyrs, land confiscation, home demolitions, all of it - we live a continuous Nakba and it's all combined".

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Maazouze, the mother of Mohammed Allaan, a Palestinian prisoner who is on a long-term hunger strike, holds a portrait of her son during a rally calling for his release in the southern Israeli city of Beersheva.

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Soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades, but the number of Palestinian casualties was not immediately known.

"What the Palestinian political prisoners are going through reminds me of our own struggle against apartheid, as we used hunger strikes as one of the instruments to fight the system", Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told Independent Media.

Under the law, Israel can withdraw funding to any organization or institution which publicly recognizes Nakba Day and/or fails to recognize Israel as a state. "The refugees and the prisoners both gave up so much for Palestine, Israel took so much from them so we must support them always".

"My oath and pledge to the prisoners and our people is to pursue the battle for freedom and dignity until it reaches its stated goals", he said.