Hundreds of religious scholars have gathered in the Lebanese capital of Beirut to mark the 67th anniversary of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), when Israeli forces displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their land in 1948, Press TV reports.
Attendees of the event, which was organized by the International Scholars Forum for Palestine, gathered late Saturday to express solidarity with the oppressed Palestinians.
Rehan Reza, from the Muslim Council of Scotland, who attended the gathering, said the event took place “obviously in terms of remembering the day of Nakba, remembering the martyrs who sacrificed their lives.”
He also added that such gatherings are “an important part of our (Muslims’) faith,” to always remember sacrifice that took place in the history of Islam. “When we see people have given up their lives just because of Palestine, then we have to remember them.”
Meanwhile, another participant, Miqdad Wongsenaaree from the Muslim Institute of Thailand, stated that the Palestinian cause should not only be a concern to Muslims. “Remembering the Nakba is also meant to remember the millions of Palestinian refugees who alone should pose a major concern to humanity.”
The event highlighted the importance of the unity of Muslims in order to achieve a free Palestine.
On May 15, 1948, Israeli forces displaced some 760,000 Palestinians, forcing them to flee to different neighboring countries.
Since then, the Israeli regime has denied Palestinian refugees the right to return, despite United Nations resolutions that uphold people’s right to return to their homelands.