In the lead-up to Nakba Day, Palestinians in Gaza entered their fifth week of protests at the border, which they have deemed the Great March of Return. Israel Defense Forces retaliated with artillery and live fire at today’s protests, killing over 52 protesters and injuring more than 2,000.
During the Great March of Return protests, Palestinians have called for their right to return to their homeland, confiscated by Israeli paramilitaries in 1948. On the 70th anniversary of the Nakba — meaning “catastrophe” in Arabic — the death count from the weekslong demonstrations has reached over 90. With little action from the international community, the Palestinian refugee issue is far from solved.