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72 years on, Palestinians observe virtual Nakba Day

RAMALLAH, Palestine 

On May 15 each year, Palestinians commemorate Nakba Day to reaffirm the right of return to ancestral lands that are now part of Israel.

72 years on, Palestinians observe virtual Nakba Day

However, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus has forced this year's activities on Friday online.

Palestinians use the term "Nakba," meaning "catastrophe" in Arabic, to refer to 1948 expulsions by Zionist gangs in historical Palestine.

In 1948, the new state of Israel was declared on the majority of historical Palestine, after nearly 800,000 out of 1.4 million Palestinians were displaced from their homes to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and neighboring Arab countries.

The Palestinian cause is today exposed to unprecedented risks as Israel is expected to annex over 30% of the occupied West Bank on July 1, as agreed between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and head of the opposition Blue and White party Benny Gantz, currently forming a unity government.

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