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Visualizing Palestine

40 Palestinians have been killed by Israel during the Great Return March demonstrations in Gaza. A majority of those killed were refugees, displaced from their homes during the 1948 Nakba - the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians from territory which became Israel.

graphic showing the Palestinian villages of Great Return marchers
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This visual highlights their villages of origin.

In contravention of international law, Israel has consistently refused to allow Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in present-day Israel, because their presence there could challenge the state’s Jewish demographic majority. Quite simply, according to Israel, they are from the wrong ethnic group.

In fact, due to Israel’s devastating blockade, Palestinians in Gaza cannot even leave the densely populated coastal enclave, except in rare cases with Israeli permission.

Great Return March demonstrators are calling for Israel to allow Palestinian refugees to return to their villages of origin, and to end the blockade. The demonstrations are slated to continue until May 15th - the day on which Palestinians commemorate the 1948 Nakba.