Nakba Day (the Catastrophe) stands for the 15th of May 1948 on which 700.000 Palenstinians had to flee their homes in the war which saw the creation of the state of Israel. The keys being carried in the protests symbolize the houses which they had to leave behind and were taken by Israeli settlers. As you can see from the pictures Nakba Day is another political hot potato which always ends in violence and death.
All politics aside it is about time the two peoples in this conflict start looking to the future and stop living in the past. The Palenstinians need to give the Israelis the security they crave and the Israelis need to give the Palenstinians a free and decent life they deserve.

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Palestinians walk past a mural depicting Nakba in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip May 14, 2011. Palestinians will mark Nakba (Catastrophe) on May 15 to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700, 000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

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A Palestinian prepares to throw a tear gas canister back at Israeli border police during clashes following the funeral of a Palestinian teenager who died after being shot during protests in Jerusalem in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud May 14, 2011. Tensions are high in East Jerusalem as Palestinians prepare to mourn on Sunday the creation of Israel in 1948, which they call the nakba, or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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Israeli police run after Palestinian stone throwers during clashes following the funeral of a Palestinian teenager who died after being shot during protests in Jerusalem, in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud May 14, 2011. Tensions are high in East Jerusalem as Palestinians prepare to mourn on Sunday the creation of Israel in 1948, which they call the nakba, or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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A Palestinian boy looks at an Israeli border police officer pointing his weapon during brief clashes between Palestinians stone throwers and Israeli security forces at Qalandiya checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 14, 2011. Palestinians will mark Nakba Day (catastrophe) on May 15 to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

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Israeli-Arabs wave Palestinian flags during a rally to mark the upcoming Nakba Day in Jaffa, near Tel Aviv May 14, 2011. Palestinians will mark Nakba Day (Catastrophe) on May 15 to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948.
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A Palestinian boy holds a candle during a Nakba rally in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip May 14, 2011. Palestinians will mark Nakba (Catastrophe) on May 15 to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700,000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

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Israeli police and border officers walk in front of a mural depicting the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on the controversial Israeli barrier at Qalandiya checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces are on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mark Nakba (Catastrophe) to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700,000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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A Palestinian uses a sling to hurl stones at Israeli security forces during clashes at Qalandiya checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mark the Nakba, or catastrophe, to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700, 000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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Israeli police and border police officers detain a Palestinian suspected of throwing stones during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mark the Nakba, or catastrophe, to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700, 000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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A Palestinian stone-thrower gestures at Israeli security forces during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces are on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mark Nakba (Catastrophe) to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700, 000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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Palestinian stone-throwers take cover behind a burnt car during clashes with Israeli security forces in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces are on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mark Nakba (Catastrophe) to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700, 000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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A Palestinian prepares to throw stones at Israeli security forces during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces are on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mark Nakba (Catastrophe) to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700, 000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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Members of Hamas' security forces hold back protesters from reaching the Erez crossing between Israel and northern Gaza Strip May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mark the Nakba, or catastrophe, to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700, 000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli gunfire wounded four Palestinians in a crowd of demonstrators who approached Israel's fenced border with the Hamas Islamist-run enclave, medical workers said. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

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A member of Hamas' security forces (L) holds back protesters from reaching Erez crossing between Israel and northern Gaza Strip May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mark the Nakba, or catastrophe, to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700, 000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli gunfire wounded four Palestinians in a crowd of demonstrators who approached Israel's fenced border with the Hamas Islamist-run enclave, medical workers said. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

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Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian protester during a rally marking Nakba in the West Bank village of Wallaje, near Bethlehem May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mark the Nakba, or Catastrophe, to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700, 000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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Palestinian boys dressed in uniforms of Palestinian security forces and holding plastic toy guns take part during a rally marking Nakba in the West Bank city of Nablus May 15, 2011. Palestinians on Sunday mark the Nakba, or catastrophe, to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700, 000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

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A Palestinian throws a stone at Israeli security forces during clashes at Qalandiya checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mark the Nakba, or catastrophe, to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700, 000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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A Palestinian protester carries a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli security forces at Qalandiya checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mark the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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A Palestinian protester holds up a symbolic key during clashes with Israeli security forces at Qalandiya checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mark the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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Palestinians attend a protest to mark Nakba near the border between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip May 15, 2011. Violence erupted on Israel's borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, leaving at least eight dead and dozens wounded, as Palestinians marked what they term the catastrophe of Israel's founding in 1948. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

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A Palestinian protester runs away from tear gas fired by Israeli security forces during clashes at Qalandiya checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mark the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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Palestinian youths they take part in a rally marking Nakba in the West Bank city of Ramallah May 15, 2011. Palestinians mark the Nakba, or catastrophe, on Sunday to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700, 000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

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A Palestinian man living in Bulgaria holds A Palestinian flag during a protest in central Sofia May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mark the Nakba, or catastrophe, to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700, 000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

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A wounded Palestinian demonstrator is helped by his colleague after clashes with Israeli soldiers while commemorating Nakba in Maroun al-Rass, near the Israeli border in south Lebanon May 15, 2011. Violence erupted on Israel's borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, leaving at least eight dead and dozens wounded, as Palestinians marked what they term Nakba (the catastrophe) of Israel's founding in 1948. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

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Syrian protesters throw stones at an Israeli army vehicle during a demonstration marking Nakba on the border between Israel and Syria, near the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights May 15, 2011. Israeli troops shot at Palestinian protesters on its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, killing nine who were marking what they term the catastrophe of Israel's founding in 1948. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed the territory in 1981, a move not recognised internationally. REUTERS/Hamad Almakt

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Israeli soldiers stand guard along the border with Syria during a demonstration by Syrian protesters (L) marking Nakba near the northern Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights May 15, 2011. Israeli troops shot at Palestinian protesters on its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, killing nine who were marking what they term the catastrophe of Israel's founding in 1948. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed the territory in 1981, a move not recognised internationally. REUTERS/Jalaa Marey/JINI

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Palestinian and Lebanese demonstrators run to take cover during clashes with Israeli soldiers in Maroun al-Rass near the Israeli border in south Lebanon May 15, 2011. The Lebanese army said on Sunday Israeli soldiers fired in the direction of a gathering at the Lebanese border village of Maroun al-Ras, killing 10 people and wounding 112. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/ Sharif Karim

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A Palestinian man holding a Palestinian flag looks at fellow demonstrators gathering during clashes with Israeli soldiers in Maroun al-Rass near the Israeli border in south Lebanon May 15, 2011. The Lebanese army said on Sunday Israeli soldiers fired in the direction of a gathering at the Lebanese border village of Maroun al-Ras, killing 10 people and wounding 112. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

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Israeli soldiers stand guard as a Syrian protester holding a Palestinian flag crosses back to Syria during a demonstration marking Nakba on the border between Syria and Israel near the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights May 15, 2011. Israeli troops shot at Palestinian protesters on its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, killing nine who were marking what they term the catastrophe of Israel's founding in 1948. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed the territory in 1981, a move not recognised internationally. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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Israeli soldiers lie in their position during a demonstration by Syrian protesters marking Nakba on the border between Syria and Israel near the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights May 15, 2011. Israeli troops shot at Palestinian protesters on its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, killing nine who were marking what they term the catastrophe of Israel's founding in 1948. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed the territory in 1981, a move not recognised internationally. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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A Palestinian demonstrator wounded in his arm waves a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli soldiers in Maroun al-Rass near the Israeli border in south Lebanon May 15, 2011. The Lebanese army said on Sunday Israeli soldiers fired in the direction of a gathering at the Lebanese border village of Maroun al-Ras, killing 10 people and wounding 112. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

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Syrian protesters throw stones at an Israeli army vehicle during a demonstration marking Nakba on the border between Israel and Syria, near the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights May 15, 2011. Israeli troops shot at Palestinian protesters on its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, killing nine who were marking what they term the catastrophe of Israel's founding in 1948. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed the territory in 1981, a move not recognised internationally. REUTERS/Gil Eliyahu/JINI

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An Israeli soldier and an undercover police officer detain a Palestinian protester during clashes at Qalandiya checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

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Israeli border policemen detain a Palestinian protester during clashes in Shuafat refugee camp, in the West Bank near Jerusalem May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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Israeli border policemen detain a Palestinian protester during clashes in Shuafat refugee camp, in the West Bank near Jerusalem May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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Lebanese soldiers disperse Palestinians demonstrators after clashes with Israeli soldiers in Maroun al-Rass near the Israeli border in south Lebanon May 15, 2011. The Lebanese army said on Sunday Israeli soldiers fired in the direction of a gathering at the Lebanese border village of Maroun al-Ras, killing 10 people and wounding 112. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

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Lebanese soldiers holds a Palestinian demonstrator as they disperse a protest engaged in clashes with Israeli soldiers in Maroun al-Rass near the Israeli border in south Lebanon May 15, 2011. The Lebanese army said on Sunday Israeli soldiers fired in the direction of a gathering at the Lebanese border village of Maroun al-Ras, killing 10 people and wounding 112. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

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Israeli policemen detain a Palestinian protester during clashes in Shuafat refugee camp, in the West Bank near Jerusalem May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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An Israeli policeman carries a Palestinian boy after removing him from a burning house during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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A boy covers his ears during a Nakba sit-in protest outside the U.N. office in Amman May 15, 2011. Palestinians mark Nakba (Catastrophe) on May 15 to commemorate the time when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled or fled from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji (JORDAN - Tags: POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Israeli soldiers are pictured through the Lebanese border fence during clashes with demonstrators in Maroun al-Rass near the Israeli border in south Lebanon May 15, 2011. The Lebanese army said on Sunday Israeli soldiers fired in the direction of a gathering at the Lebanese border village of Maroun al-Ras, killing 10 people and wounding 112. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

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Israeli police and border police officers detain a Palestinian protester during clashes in Shuafat refugee camp, in the West Bank near Jerusalem May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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A Palestinian protester throws a stone towards Israeli police vehicles during clashes in Shuafat refugee camp, in the West Bank near Jerusalem May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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A Palestinian protester throws a stone at Israeli security forces during clashes at Qalandiya checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 15, 2011. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

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A Palestinian demonstrator wounded in his arm keeps low as fellow protesters lie on the ground during clashes with Israeli soldiers in Maroun al-Rass near the Israeli border in south Lebanon May 15, 2011. The Lebanese army said on Sunday Israeli soldiers fired in the direction of a gathering at the Lebanese border village of Maroun al-Ras, killing 10 people and wounding 112. Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

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An Israeli soldier stands guard on the border between Syria and Israel during a demonstration by Syrian protesters marking Nakba near the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights May 15, 2011. Israeli troops shot at Palestinian protesters on its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, killing nine who were marking what they term the catastrophe of Israel's founding in 1948. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed the territory in 1981, a move not recognised internationally. REUTERS/Nir Elias (POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

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A policeman holds back a Palestinian refugee living in Jordan as he attempts to cross into the West Bank during a demonstration marking Nakba in Shouneh, west of Amman May 15, 2011. Palestinians mark Nakba (Catastrophe) on May 15 to commemorate the time when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled or fled from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Stringer

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Palestinian refugees living in Jordan wave Palestinian flags during a demonstration in Karama, west of the Jordanian capital Amman and near the Jordanian-Israeli border, May 15, 2011, as police bar 500 people from marching on Israel's border in a show of mourning on Nakba (Catastrophe) Day over the 1948 creation of the Jewish state. REUTERS/Stringer

May 17, 2011