Hundreds commemorate deportation of Palestinian as journalist mourns

Hundreds of people gathered at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the expulsion of thousands of people from their homes in Palestine.

The Nakba, which translates to ‘catastrophe’ in Arabic, refers to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in 1948. This year’s anniversary came days after renowned Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh of Al Jazeera reported was killed while covering an Israeli army raid. in the Jenin refugee camp.

In Dearborn, political and religious leaders took the microphone in front of hundreds of attendees, including generations of displaced Palestinians affected by displacement.

‘Unfortunately, it feels like we’re coming together more often than ever now, condemning murder, assassination or murder, because what happened in Palestine was definitely assassination,’ the Mayor of Dearborn said. , Abdullah Hammoud, referring to the murder of Abu Akleh, who was 51 at the time of his death. “I am proud to stand by your side whether we have a stage or not, we will always continue to be strong with Palestine until we have a free Palestine with the right to self-determination.”

Hundreds of people gathered in Dearborn for a protest on Sunday, May 15, 2022, to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the mass eviction of Palestinians from their homes by Israeli forces.  The anniversary of the Palestinians' expulsion came days after prominent Palestinian Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed while covering an Israeli raid.

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In a statement on Wednesday, Qatar-based news agency Al Jazeera said Israeli occupation forces had assassinated Abu Akleh. An initial investigation into the shooting by the Israeli military found it was unclear whether Abu Akleh had been killed by Israeli fire, but several eyewitness accounts from other reporters at the scene said the shooting was not from not on the Palestinian side.

Abu Akleh was one of the most important and recognizable names in Arab journalism. She is the 55th member of the Palestinian press to be killed by the Israeli army in the exercise of her profession since 2000, according to Al Jazeera.

Calls for an independent investigation into the shooting have echoed nationally and globally, including from journalism protection groups and the White House. Israel receives $3.8 billion in military aid from the United States, according to the New York Times.

A thorough and cooperative investigation into the shooting is the only way forward, said Rabbi Asher Lopatin, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council/American Jewish Committee, in Metro Detroit.

“The truth is that the only way to get to a better place and peace is to work together in a shared society,” Lopatin told the Free Press on Sunday evening. “Through the collaborative process between Israel and the Palestinians, I think we will get to a better place and hopefully really learn to do this stuff. accident or whatever, won It won’t happen again I truly believe that a tragedy can bring something better, a little light if we work together.

Among those calling for an objective investigation is US Representative Rashida Tlaib, who represents Michigan’s 13th congressional district and is of Palestinian descent.

“It doesn’t matter, until the end of the day, even if I’m the only one voting against the $3.8 billion in unconditional aid,” Tlaib said. “It is our money, our money that ties children to Jerusalem, that puts children in cages and holds them, that kills, not only (Abu Akleh), but people before her.

“The fact is, we can’t stay silent because we have the facts in our hands…I’m not afraid, I’d rather lose an election than turn my back on this kind of violence and oppression. “

Sunday’s protest was one of many held across the country in remembrance of the Nakba and Abu Akleh. A scholarship fund dedicated to Abu Akleh’s legacy and intended to inspire aspiring young journalism students, especially Palestinian women, has been established.

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