India's Modi expresses backing for Palestinian state during Abbas visit

"The right of return and the issue of refugees is at the heart of the Palestinian cause", he said, still propped up against the concrete wall in recovery.

Israel declared its independence from British rule over Palestine on 14 May 1948, which led to a sharp increase in the fighting already raging between local Jews and Arabs which forced many to abandon their homes and seek asylum in neighbouring countries.

"We had extensive exchange of views on the situation in West Asia and the Middle East peace process", he said while jointly addressing the media with Abbas following delegation-level talks here.

Israel has made publicly commemorating the Nakba increasingly hard for Palestinians, with a "Nakba Law" that authorises Israel's finance minister to revoke funding from institutions that reject Israel's character as a "Jewish state" or mark the country's "Independence Day" as a day of mourning.

He is also slated to make an address at New Delhi's India Islamic Cultural Centre in the evening.

The visit of the Palestinian President comes ahead of Modi's visit to Israel which is likely to take place in July. The extent of their injuries was not known.

"I come every year to commemorate this anniversary, this catastrophe", said Salha Orabi, a descendant of refugees and now a resident of the nearby Jelazoun refugee camp.

"The nakba for us symbolises destruction".

"Obviously the union is corrupted beyond fix (like most student unions at U of T) and I don't rely on them for any aspect of my university experience", she said.

Tayseer Abu Sneineh, a convicted Palestinian terrorist who killed six Israeli yeshiva students, was elected mayor of the city of Hebron Saturday.

In Bethlehem, hundreds of people threw rocks at soldiers guarding Rachel's tomb, a site venerated by both Jews and Muslims, and were met with tear gas and stun grenades.

We would continue to support development and capacity of the Palestine.

Hosted by the school's Students for Justice in Palestine chapter and Peace Project NU, Odeh's appearance drew backlash from Jewish and pro-Israel student groups.

Palestinian embassies around the world also organised activities marking the day, as did pro-Palestinian activists.

He noted that "many" of the 6,000 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel are incarcerated in prisons within Israel, and not in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in contravention of International Humanitarian Law.

-Detainees carry on the battle of freedom and dignity in the Israeli jails, in request for their basic demands which are denied by the prisons' administration, and which was achieved previously through embarking many hunger strikes.

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