Activists call for huge march to Jerusalem
Women chat behind a Palestinian flag during a protest - REUTERS/Jon Nazca

CAIRO: A number of Palestinian activists called for a huge march on Thursday heading to Jerusalem City in support of the resistance in Gaza amid the ongoing Israeli offensive on the strip, according to the 48 Thousand March’s Facebook Page.        

As of its 14th day, the Israeli military operation on Gaza, claiming to be targeting the militant group Hamas, has killed more than 500 Palestinians in the strip, most of whom are children and women. News reports said many houses in Gaza were destroyed leaving displaced families who were forced by Israeli troops to evacuate their homes in light of the deadly conflict.

The march coincides with the anniversary of Laylat al-Qadr or “Night of Destiny,” which is the night when Muslims believe the Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad from Allah.

“We call upon our youth and our elderly, our men and women, to take to the streets and take part in the march for freedom and national dignity,” reads the description of the Facebook page.

The march is to take place, as is scheduled in the event page, on Thursday, July 24 at 9 pm according to Palestine’s time zone. The events said that the march will start from Al Amari Refugee Camp and will stop at Qalandiya refugee Camp, 11 km to the north of Jerusalem to make an Absentee funeral prayer for Gaza martyrs at 10:30 pm. Then, the march will head to Jerusalem “to change our Nakba’s history to a symbol for challenge and determination,” said the event.

The year 1948 marks the expulsion of thousands of Palestinians from their homes during the 1947-1948 war in Palestine and the Arab Israeli war. These events were called the Nakba or “the disaster” and are also known as the 1948 Palestinian exodus.

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