Al Nakba (‘The Catastrophe’ in Arabic), refers to the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians from their homes in 1948 with the foundation of Israel as a nation and the termination of the British Mandate following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
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This date is recognized every May 15th, and this past Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary. Palestinians had been participating in a nonviolent demonstration in 2018 in remembrance of Al Nakba, the hope to return to the villages Palestinians were expelled from, to open the borders to allow Palestinians free movement in and out of Gaza, and also to protest the movement of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Palestinians protesting Israeli occupation on Monday resulted in a Israeli military action killing 61 Palestinians, including 3 or 4 Palestinian journalists. 2,700 civilians were wounded. Israeli snipers used U.S. manufactured weapons and included snipers intended for hunting deer. The effect of these firearms on human targets has been the total loss of limbs and other severe injury.
This audio is from a presentation at the Block Off Biltmore on Tuesday afternoon where local Palestinian filmmaker, Yousef Natsheh, connects and translates for local community members speaking with two journalists in Palestine about Al Nakba and the recent violence carried out by the Israeli military.