May 15 is observed annually as “Al Nakba Day” by millions of Palestinians and groups all around the globe hold actions and events to commemorate the fateful months of 1947-48. This was the day that the state of Israel was born in what can be called the disaster for the indigenous Palestinian people forcing some 770,000 of its people forced out of their ancestral land. Dozens of villages were destroyed, erased of the map, to allow for Israel to become a “Jewish homeland” in historic Palestine.
Here is an article by Nada Elia, a Palestinian, on the significance of this day. Nada writes, "Sixty-eight years into our catastrophe, Palestinians in the West Bank are still losing towns, homes, land, olive groves, to the Zionist settlers."