Nakba 70 years on: Refugees remember lost homeland

Palestinian tells Al Jazeera ‘all refugees in Gaza feel the occupation standing on your chest’, as they get ready to commemorate the day when tens of thousands were expelled from their homes in 1948.

Monday’s demonstrations come just a day ahead of what Palestinians mark as Nakba, or the “catastrophe”.

May 15, 1948, is a day that changed the course of the Middle East forever. More than 750,000 people were forcibly expelled from their land by Zionist forces, leading to the creation of Israel.

Palestinian refugees and those displaced are barred by Israel from returning to their land.

Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker reports from Gaza.