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Palestinians Commemorate Nakba Amid Ongoing Conflict in Gaza

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The annual commemoration of the 1948 “Nakba” or catastrophe, which marks the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians during the birth of the state of Israel, holds deep significance for Palestinians, shaping their national identity and influencing their relationship with Israel over the years. This year’s remembrance has been particularly poignant, focusing on the plight of approximately two million Palestinians in Gaza who have been living in temporary shelters following their displacement by the Israeli campaign launched in response to a Hamas-led attack last October.

The impact of the Nakba is profoundly felt by individuals like 80-year-old Umm Mohammed, who survived the original catastrophe as a child in Beersheba and now resides in a tent in Rafah, Gaza, where she reflects on the devastation wrought by the recent conflict. The ongoing Israeli campaign, which has resulted in the deaths of over 35,000 Palestinians and the displacement of a significant portion of the population, has left Gaza in ruins, prompting fears of a second Nakba where Palestinians could be entirely uprooted from the region.

In a tragic turn of events, the United Nations has initiated an investigation into an attack on a UN vehicle in Rafah that resulted in the death of Waibhav Anil Kale, a retired Indian Army officer working with the UN Department of Safety and Security, marking the first international staff casualty in Gaza since October 7. The incident has drawn attention to the escalating violence and humanitarian crisis in Gaza, underscoring the urgent need for international intervention and support to address the dire situation faced by Palestinians in the region.

As the conflict in Gaza continues to unfold, the Nakba remains a poignant reminder of the enduring struggles and displacement experienced by Palestinians, highlighting the ongoing challenges and injustices faced by the Palestinian people in their quest for peace and stability in the region.

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