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Palestinians mark 71st anniversary of 'catastrophe

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Palestinians are set to mark the 71st anniversary of Nakba Day with demonstrations and marches across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, putting Israel on edge amid Eurovision song contest festivities, Al Jazeera reports.

"Nakba," or catastrophe, commemorates the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled in the war that led to the establishment of Israel in 1948.

On Tuesday, the eve of Nakba Day, dozens of left-wing activists protested against Israel's treatment of Palestinians in Tel Aviv, where the first Eurovision semi-finals were being held.

"We are here to protest against the endless bloodshed in Gaza," said one of the organisers, Noa Levy.

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