By Sharmine Narwani
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
“You know what scares Israel more than Arab armies or Iranian nukes? Palestinian refugees simply walking home.” – Seen on Twitter on Nakba Day
Sunday marked the Nakba — or day of “catastrophe” in Arabic — referring to the 1948 declaration of Israel when more than 700,000 Palestinian civilians were made homeless overnight.
In remembrance of the Nakba, last weekend thousands of Palestinians and their supporters marched from Syria (video), Gaza, Jordan, the West Bank, Egypt and Lebanon toward Israel’s borders, and were — in most cases — thwarted, sometimes violently, from reaching their destination by Arab security forces.