Pro-Palestine activists mark Nakba Day across Latin America

Activists wave the Palestinian flag and call for an international boycott against the Israeli regime, in Chile on May 17, 2022.

Pro-Palestine activists from several Latin American countries have gathered to mark the 74th anniversary of Nakba Day, an occasion that has seen the Israeli regime reclaim its existence after killing and displacing thousands of Palestinians.

Known by Palestinians as the day of the Nakba (catastrophe), the development of 1948 saw the Israeli regime wage a heavily Western-backed war against regional territories. The war has killed more than 15,000 Palestinians and rendered more than 750,000 of them homeless.

In Brazil, an event organized by Palestinian and Arab institutions brought together Palestinians and their supporters at Palestine Square in Sao Paulo, the media research institution Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reported on Tuesday.

Argentina, meanwhile, hosted “several official and popular events” in commemoration of the occasion. “Many members of the Argentine parliament, led by Julia Perie, said they would continue the fight for Palestinian rights,” MEMO reported.

Chile, home to the largest overseas-based Palestinian community in the world, has witnessed many pro-Palestinian events. “Many historic monuments and towers had the Palestinian flag and images of Shereen Abu Akleh projected on them,” the report said, referring to the veteran Palestinian journalist, who was assassinated by an Israeli gunshot to the head last week. .

Elsewhere in Latin America, Venezuela, Peru, Panama, Bolivia and Mexico have hosted many similar marches and rallies.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza called the Nakba “a despicable act that threatened life and human rights”. Meanwhile, his Peruvian counterpart César Landa has demanded an effective and independent investigation into Abu Akleh’s murder.