May 15, 2022 - World

Palestinians mark Nakba Day amid outrage over killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

A Palestinian woman marking Nakba Day holds of poster of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Photo:
A Palestinian woman marking Nakba Day holds a poster of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. Photo: Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Palestinians on Sunday rallied across the occupied Palestinian territories to mark the day of the Nakba, or "catastrophe," which commemorates the displacement of hundreds of thousands Palestinians during the events that led to Israel's founding in 1948.

The big picture: In addition to Palestinian flags and the keys that have come to symbolize the day, some carried posters calling for justice for Palestinian American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed Wednesday while covering an Israeli military operation in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

  • Palestinians, Al Jazeera and journalists who witnessed her death say she was killed by Israeli gunfire.
  • The Israeli military said Friday that it's impossible to know from whose fire Abu Akleh was killed without a ballistic examination of the piece of the bullet that was removed from her body.

The latest: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Abu Akleh's family on Saturday "to express his deep condolences for their loss," a State Department official said.

  • Blinken "also noted Abu Akleh’s journalistic body of work and the importance of a free and independent press. He offered continued support of the State Department team in Jerusalem to their family."
  • Abu Akleh's brother, Tony, told local media that Blinken promised that the administration is pushing for a serious investigation and is monitoring closely the probes being conducted by the Israelis and Palestinians.
In photos:
Palestinian mark Nakba Day in Ramallah
Many Palestinians hold onto the keys to the homes they were displaced from during Israel's founding. Photo: Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
People take part in a demonstration with Palestinian flags and banners on the 74th anniversary of the Nakba, in Ramallah, West Bank on May 15, 2022.
People take part in a demonstration with Palestinian flags and banners in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on May 15. Photo: Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Palestinians mark Nakba Day in Gaza City on May 15.
Palestinians mark Nakba Day in Gaza City on May 15. Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Palestinians in Gaza City demand justice for Abu Akleh on Nakba Day.
Palestinians in Gaza City demand justice for Abu Akleh on Nakba Day. Photo: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Palestinian wave national flags and carry giant mock keys (a widely used symbol of the Nakba, as many Palestinians kept the keys to their homes when they were forced into exile in 1948)
Palestinians wave national flags and carry giant keys as they mark Nakba Day in Ramallah on May 15. Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images
Palestinians during a rally marking the 74h anniversary of what the Palestinians call the Nakba Day.
Palestinians rally on Nakba Day in Gaza City. Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images
People take part in a demonstration with Palestinian flags and banners on the 74th anniversary of the Nakba, in Ramallah, West Bank on May 15, 2022.
People take part in a demonstration with Palestinian flags and banners on the 74th anniversary of the Nakba, in Ramallah, on May 15. Photo: Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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