Hundreds of Palestinians and pro-Palestine activists gathered in front of the Washington Monument to mark of 75th anniversary of Nakba, Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
Participants in the crowd waved Palestinian flags and were draped in a white and black chequered keffiyeh.
In addition, organizers distributed items of informative content to raise awareness about the Palestinian Nakba and ongoing Israeli crimes against Palestinians.
They also chanted the Palestinian national anthem. Members of the Palestinian community in Washington delivered speeches that highlighted the ongoing suffering of Palestinian people under the Israeli occupation.
The protest included members of the Jewish community who reject the establishment of Israel. They raised signs that read “Jews mourn 75th years existence of Israel”.
Nakba, which translates to catastrophe, refers to the May 1948 events, during which Israel killed 15,000 Palestinians after committing dozens of massacres.
During the Nakba, 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homeland, mostly seeking refuge in the neighboring Arab countries.