5/14/18 For more than 70 years, Palestinians have endured the crimes of ethnic cleansing, dispossession, disenfranchisement, destruction, and death at the hands of apartheid Israel, with the unqualified backing of the United States, as well as the tolerance of this ongoing trampling on humanity and justice by the international
community. As Israelis celebrate the May 14, 1948, anniversary of the establishment of their state, Palestinians on May 15 mark the Nakba (“Catastrophe”), the violent ethnic cleansing that forcibly expelled more than 800,000 Palestinians from more than 500
towns and villages that were destroyed or abandoned and annexed. The 1967 occupation drove out thousands more. Today, six million refugees live in the Occupied Territories of Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, in squalid refugee camps in adjoining countries, and in the diaspora dispersed worldwide. Those who remain in Israel live as second-class citizens.