Updated: Friday, 18th April 2014 @ 6:30am

Worldwide Palestinian Nakba celebration hits Manchester's BBC office in show of solidarity

Worldwide Palestinian Nakba celebration hits Manchester's BBC office in show of solidarity

By Iram Ramzan

Dozens of people gathered outside the BBC in Manchester on Sunday to mark the annual commemoration of the Nakba.

The Nakba, “catastrophe” in Arabic, is a day of remembrance for the Palestinian people of the displacement that accompanied the creation of Israel in 1948.

The event was organised by the Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign, who have been campaigning for the rights of Palestinians for 25 years.   

John Nicholson, 57, a member of the MPSC, said: “We should remember and realise that after 63 years, there is still no peace and justice. We have to be supportive of the Palestinians.”

The group members said that that there was no particular reason why they held the rally outside the BBC, but they felt that the BBC did not present the Palestinian side of the debate as often as the Israeli side.

Criticisms of Nakba Day claim that it is marked by Palestinians to celebrate their alleged wishes for the dismantling of the Israeli state and the Jewish population.

Linda Clare, chair of the MPSC, claimed that this was not true at all.

She said: “What we want to see the end of is the Zionist state – you can’t be democratic and then say the country is for one group of people only.”

Norma Turner, 60, who is also a member, said: “We are not calling for the destruction of the Israeli people. People should live together and there should be peace and justice.”

Mohammed Summour, 34, from Didsbury, came to the rally to show his support, as he said that his family were affected by the Nakba.

Majdi Owda, 29, also of Palestinian origins, said: “It is to emphasise the importance of the Nakba as a very bad thing, mainly mourning the Nakba with the people who did not come back to their homes.”