Dundee’s twin city association condemns Israeli violence

© GettyPalestinian protesters run from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli security forces in Gaza City.
Palestinian protesters run from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli security forces in Gaza City.

An association for one of Dundee’s twin cities has condemned the recent violence by Israeli forces.

On the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba – when 70,000 Palestinian Arabs were expelled or fled their homes – the Dundee-Nablus Twinning Association (DNTA) has spoken out about the death of protesters earlier this week.

Almost 60 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,700 injured by Israeli forces during protests at the border between Gaza and Israel on Monday.

The DNTA is calling for an independent investigation.

The Nakba is an annual commemoration of the forced expulsion of Palestinians from their family homes in 1948.

Alister Rutherford, convener of the Dundee-Nablus Twinning Association, said: “In our twin city of Nablus there are three refugee camps with more than 53,000 people as a direct result of the Nakba.

“The current protests are about the internationally recognised right for Palestinian refugees to return to their homes.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this current wave of violence.”

There will be a rally in support of the Palestine victims outside the Overgate Centre on Friday May 18.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that Israel has the right to protects its borders, but described the use of live fire as “troubling”.

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