Qalqiliya unveils 'train of return' to mark Nakba
Published Tuesday 15/05/2012 (updated) 16/05/2012 05:16
The train symbolizes return from exile.
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of students, local officials and activists gathered in Qalqiliya on Tuesday to commemorate the Nakba, the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in 1948.
Qalqiliya governor Ribhi Khandaqji unveiled the "train of return," a model train symbolizing the right of refugees to return from exile.
Khandaqji said the train was facing Israel, and noted that the northern West Bank city was a short distance from Palestinian villages and towns confiscated in the Nakba.
"This train will remind us, and will remind our children of the right of return," the governor added.
Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced or fled from their homes in fighting to create the state of Israel.