Hamas, Fatah Observe 'Nakba' Together

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GAZA STRIP - In a rare show of camaraderie, Hamas invited members of its rival faction, Fatah, to participate in the nakba, Arabic for "catastrophe," marking the re-establishment of the State of Israel in May 1948.

In Gaza City, members of both Palestinian factions marched together waving Palestinian flags and a giant key symbolizing reclamation of land stolen by the "Zionist occupiers."

"They [the Jews] can go back to where they came from and we will return to our homes and lands," 50-year-old marcher Amina Hasanat told The Associated Press. Hasanat displayed documents she said proved her family's ownership of a house and land in the southern Israeli city of Beersheva.

Similar demonstrations took part in Ramallah and the Galilee, while the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group released a statement calling for "resistance and sacrifice" to reclaim Palestinian land.

"At the 62nd anniversary of nakba, we call upon all Arabs to keep the Palestinian cause alive in the eyes and hearts of all generations," Hezbollah's statement read.

Meanwhile, at nakba demonstrations in the Galilee, Islamic Movement head Raed Salah said Israeli construction in Jerusalem is "the new nakba of the Palestinians."

In response to Salah's speech, Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said the Islamic Movement's leader had "crossed the line."

"Salah's words cross the line of good taste," Steinitz said.

"It is intolerable and unforgivable that in the State of Israel there are Arabs - and also a small group of Jews - who oppose Israel's existence and mourn its establishment," the finance minister said.

"In my opinion, we have to find a way to limit these people and maybe even revoke their citizenship [because] whoever opposes the State of Israel's existence, whoever cries over its establishment, is raising a question if he can be a citizen of this state," he said.

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AP contributed to this report.

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