The Israeli army on Wednesday announced plans to impose a "general closure" on the occupied West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip during the 68th "Nakba Day" anniversary on May 15.
According to an Israeli army statement, all checkpoints between the West Bank and Israel will be sealed off to West Bank residents expect for "humanitarian" cases.
Israel's Channel Two, meanwhile, reported that Israeli Defense Minister Mosheh Yaalon on Tuesday night had also decided to impose a military closure on the Gaza Strip on the occasion of Israel's "Memorial Day", which this year falls on Wednesday (May 11).
The Gaza closure began at midnight Tuesday and will continue until midnight Thursday.
On May 15, Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians plan to hold marches in the West Bank and Gaza Strip -- and in Palestinian refugee camps in neighboring countries -- to commemorate the passage of 68 years since the "Nakba".
Palestinians use the word "Nakba" ("catastrophe") to refer to the destruction of hundreds of cities and villages in historical Palestine -- and the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their ancestral homes -- to make way for the new state of Israel in 1948.
By Anees Barghouthi
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