In Ybor City pro-refugee group marks the Palestinian Nakba

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A demonstrator waves the flag of Palestine. By Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (Nov. 2012).

On Sunday Palestinians marked the anniversary of being uprooted sixty-eight years ago — the Nakba. When Israel was created in 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were driven out of their land. Now there are several million Palestinian refugees and their descendants living in the region and throughout the world.

Here in Tampa, supporters of refugees marked the anniversary of what’s known as the Nakba, or catastrophe, with a walk Saturday in Ybor City called Still Walking – Nakba68. Dezeray Lyn is with Love Has No Borders.

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“There are a bunch of us marching on the eve of al-Nakba Day. It’s the ongoing catastrophe that displaced over 700,000 Palestinians from their land in 1948. So, we’re marching with our belongings on our back. We’re trying to reflect the struggles of violence, poverty or war-forced migration. We can’t possibly encapsulate the perils and indignities and tragedies that millions are facing, but, for this moment–for today in Tampa–we want everybody’s eyes focused on the people who are, right now, floating on migrant boats that are stuck at impromptu border crossings, people that are languishing away inside of refugee camps, everywhere. This is for all of them. This is for our solidarity with them but, also this march is in resistance to xenophobia and fear mongering from Donald Trump, to Ted Cruz, to other politicians, you know, echo chambers that are talking about not welcoming refugees here. And we want them to know that we stand as firmly in resistance to that as we do in solidarity with refugees.”

Information from the AP was used in this story

 

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