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Palestinians mark Nakba (Day of Catastrophe) with protests

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Palestinian protestors hold up torches and pictures of their late leader Yasser Arafat and current leader Mahmoud Abbas during a rally to commemorate the 1948 creation of Israel known in Arabic as the "Nakba" (catastrophe) in the West Bank city of Ramallah May 14, 2013. Palestinians are preparing to mark Nakba day on May 15 which commemorates the exodus of hundreds of thousands of their kin after the establishment of Israel state.

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ABBAS MOMANI

Tens of thousands of Palestinians protested Wednesday on the 65th anniversary of the "Nakba" or the Day of Catastrophe, which marks their displacement after the creation of the state of Israel.

May 15 is the day Palestinians choose to commemorate the displacement of hundreds of thousands of their kinsman in the aftermath of the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1948.

Protesters chanted, "The right of return will not die."

While Palestinians still call for a return to their former homes, Israel views such a return as demographic suicide. 

"In the past, attempts have been made to erase our national identity and memory. But today we are a people whose presence on the world map cannot be ignored," Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on TV, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

"A majority of the world's nations, including the United States, acknowledge our right to an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders."

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    Palestinian boys rally brandishing burning torches to mark the beginning of the Nakba or the "Day of Catastrophe", in the old city of Nablus on May 14, 2013. Palestinians will mark the 65th Nakba as a day of mourning. The "Day of Catastrophe" refers to the day on May 15, 1948, when the modern state of Israel was established following the Arab-Israeli war, which led to the displacement the Palestinian people.

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    AFP

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    Palestinian protestors hold up torches and pictures of their late leader Yasser Arafat and current leader Mahmoud Abbas during a rally to commemorate the 1948 creation of Israel known in Arabic as the "Nakba" (catastrophe) in the West Bank city of Ramallah May 14, 2013. Palestinians are preparing to mark Nakba day on May 15 which commemorates the exodus of hundreds of thousands of their kin after the establishment of Israel state.

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    ABBAS MOMANI

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    Palestinian boys stand in line in a school yard as Palestinians remember the Nakba or the "Day of Catastrophe", in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, on May 15, 2013. Palestinians commemorate the "Nakba," when hundreds of thousands fled or were expelled from their homes in the war that accompanied Israel's declaration of independence in 1948.

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    JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

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    Palestinians holding replicas of house keys, representing the front door keys of abandoned homes, as they attends the 65th Nakba day or "Day of Catastrophe" rally in Gaza City, on May 15, 2013. Palestinians and Arab Israelis are marking what to them is the Nakba -- Arabic for "catastrophe" -- of the creation of the Jewish state and exodus of 760,000 of them from their homes in 1948.

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    MOHAMMED ABED

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    A masked Palestinian youth gestures amidst tear gas smoke during clashes with Israeli forces following a rally marking Nakba (catastrophe) in the al-Aroub refugee camp just north of the West Bank town of Hebron on May 15,2013. Palestinians mark Nakba day, catastrophe in Arabic, which commemorates the exodus of hundreds of thousands of their kin after the establishment of Israel state in 1948.

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    HAZEM BADER

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    Palestinian men hold a cardboard cut-out of a key during a rally marking Nakba (catastrophe) in the northern West Bank village of Tubas on May 15,2013. Palestinians mark Nakba day, catastrophe in Arabic, which commemorates the exodus of hundreds of thousands of their kin after the establishment of Israel state in 1948.

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    SAIF DAHLAH

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    Israeli security forces fire tear gas towards Palestinians during clashes outside the Ofer prison after a march marking the 65th Nakba day or "Day of Catastrophe on May 15, 2013 in Betunia near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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    ABBAS MOMANI

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    A Palestinian sets fire to a tyre during clashes between hundreds of Palestinians and Israeli soldiers outside the Ofer prison after a march marking the 65th Nakba day or "Day of Catastrophe" on May 15, 2013 in Betunia near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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    ABBAS MOMANI

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    A Palestinian runs away from a digger of the Israeli army during clashes between Palestinians and Israelis soldiers outside the Ofer prison after a march marking the 65th Nakba day or "Day of Catastrophe" on May 15, 2013 in Betunia near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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    ABBAS MOMANI

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    A masked Palestinian youth takes cover during clashes with the Israeli army in Qalandia in the occupied West Bank on May 15, 2013 as Palestinians held rallies marking Nakba Day. Nakba Day, catastrophe in Arabic, commemorates the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians after the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.

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    MARCO LONGARI

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    Israeli security forces try to arrest a Palestinian protestor as clashes break out outside Damascus gate in Jerusalem on May 15, 2013 during a rally to mark the 65th Nakba or "catastrophe" of the Jewish state's creation in 1948, during which 760,000 Palestinians fled their homes. Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to demonstrate on Nakba Day and assert their "right to return" to where their ancestors fled after the Israeli victory over Arab armies.

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    JACK GUEZ

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    An injured member of the Israeli security forces is seen after clashes broke out near Damascus gate in Jerusalem on May 15, 2013 as Palestinian demonstrators held a rally to mark the 65th Nakba or "catastrophe" of the Jewish state's creation in 1948, during which 760,000 Palestinians fled their homes. Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to demonstrate on Nakba Day and assert their "right to return" to where their ancestors fled after the Israeli victory over Arab armies.

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    AHMAD GHARABLI

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    Israeli security forces run to disperse protestors as clashes broke out near Damascus gate in Jerusalem on May 15, 2013 during a rally to mark the 65th Nakba or "catastrophe" of the Jewish state's creation in 1948, during which 760,000 Palestinians fled their homes. Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to demonstrate on Nakba Day and assert their "right to return" to where their ancestors fled after the Israeli victory over Arab armies.

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    AHMAD GHARABLI

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    Palestinian demonstrators hold an Israeli flag that they used to throw molotov cocktails towards Israeli soldiers during clashes in Qalandia in the occupied West Bank on May 15, 2013 as Palestinians held rallies marking Nakba Day. Nakba Day, catastrophe in Arabic, commemorates the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians after the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.

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    MARCO LONGARI

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