PA preparing for 'Nakba Day'

Nakba Day events in Judea and Samaria to include riots and mourning over the "catastrophe" of the establishment of the State of Israel.

Dalit Halevi,

Nakba Day riots
Nakba Day riots
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The Higher Commission for Commemorating Nakba Day announced on Thursday that the main Nakba Day rally will take place in Ramallah on May 14, and that following the rally, participants will set out towards IDF checkpoints around Jerusalem.

Nakba Day, meaning the day of the catastrophe, is marked by Arabs on the date on which the State of Israel was founded in 1948.

Mohamed Alyan, the committee's director-general, said on Thursday that in the coming days a call would be made to the public in all the Palestinian Authority's (PA) territories in order to ensure mass participation in the Nakba Day events, which would denounce the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Arab cabinet will send a memo to all of the bureaus stating that work on May 14 will end at 11:00 a.m. This will enable public sector employees to take part in Nakba Day events.

The PA bureau in charge of religious affairs is planning to instruct mosque preachers to dedicate Friday sermons to the subject of the "Nakba". On May 15 at noon, a siren will be heard in the PA territories.