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Gaza’s ‘March of Return’

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The Israeli-Palestinian issue is back on the front pages, after 16 people were killed and more than 1,400 were wounded last Friday as Palestinians launched the “Great March of Return” on the Gaza border.

The march to defend the rights of the Palestinians to return to their lands after they were forced out in the wake of the 1948 war will continue until May 15, the anniversary of Israel’s founding – and the date known as the Great Catastrophe (Nakba) by the Palestinians. There are worries that the increasing violence could ignite a new intifada. Considering the United States’ decision to move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem on May 15, tension could rise even further.

The protests in Gaza reflect the power struggle between Fatah and Hamas within the Palestinian Authority. Palestine has not gone to the polls since 2006, but the parties announced last November that they had agreed to hold general elections by the end of 2018. Given that Hamas has become increasingly isolated in the wake of the Arab Spring, it would not be wrong to suggest that Hamas’ march in Gaza was........

© Hürriyet Daily News