The Arab world rises up in support of Palestine 13May11 May 14, 2011

The Palestinian Information Centre (PIC) -  13 May 2011

PIC correspondents reported on Friday that more than a million Arab people rallied on Friday in support of the Palestinian cause in Palestine and a number of Arab countries.

Our correspondents reported that the largest such rally was the one held at the Tahrir Square in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Participants in the Tahrir Square rally started gathering there before dawn and the rally culminated at the Friday prayers in the afternoon. Participants called for opening the Rafah crossing, and called on the Palestinian resistance not give up armed resistance. They called for Egyptian national unity and not to fall in the trap of those who are trying to sow discord between the Muslims and the Christians.

Similarly, huge demonstrations took place in Lebanon and Jordan to mark the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) in 1948 when Israel was created for immigrants from Europe who uprooted the indigenous Palestinians from their land, committed around 70 massacres and destroyed over 500 Palestinian villages in the process.

In the West Bank, the IOF was on high alert and carried out numerous arrests to try and prevent any rallies marking the 63rd anniversary of the Nakba.

In occupied Jerusalem, IOF troops took stern measures to prevent large numbers from reaching the Aqsa Mosque by preventing Palestinian people under the age of 45 years from passing through roadblocks on their way to the Aqsa Mosque.

The Israeli occupation premier, Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered that all possible measures should be taken to prevent the marking of the anniversary by Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Palestinians in 1948-occupied Palestine, marked the Nakba anniversary at the same time the Israelis marked what they call “independence”. Activities marking the anniversary will continue.

Marches towards the borders of occupied Palestine will take place on Sunday prompting fears of the occupation government that matters can get out of control.

The Israeli occupation asked the PA and its president Mahmoud Abbas to control the Nakba marches that Palestinians intend to hold.

The 63rd anniversary of the Nakba came at a time in which great changes are taking place in the Arab world rekindling hope for Palestinian refugees that their return to the homes they were thrown out of is getting closer.

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