Three days before the Nakba -Palestinian exodus- anniversary 67 years ago, the national committee for the right of return, in cooperation with the popular struggle committee, along with Palestinians of all ages met on the hills of the original border of Al Walaja village, displaced in 1948.
Old and young participants walked together to Ain El-Haniyeh’s water spring, part of the original depopulated Walajeh village, as a symbol of resistance and commemoration of the right of return for all Palestinians.
According to 2013 UNRWA study, in 1948, 75 per cent of the village’s original 17,793 dunums of land were lost. All of its original 1,600 inhabitants were displaced as a result. Some settled in the refugee camps of Shu’fat (Jerusalem) and Dheisheh (Bethlehem), while others moved to Jordan and Lebanon. The seizures carried on until the whole village was dominated by the Israeli occupation, until approximately two kilometres from the original village, became the site of the ‘new’ Al Walaja.
Israeli occupation forces were already present at Ain El-Haniyeh, and after calling for reinforcement, they surrounded the participants for the entire, while the Palestinians raised their flags, sang traditional songs and baked bread in the old-fashion way.
Um Khaled, an old lady in her 80’s, said that she was hoping to see the old Ain El-Haniyeh houses. To her surprise, it is now deserted and all buildings are demolished. “They took everything, all Palestine. I don’t know what they are doing here.”
The Nakba day has been commemorated every year since the 1948 on the 15th of may, the day which counts as the Israeli independence day, and the saddest day in the Palestinian history, in which about 400 Palestinian towns and villages were depopulated, and about 711,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes or fled due to the Israeli terrorism.