On the 70th commemoration of the Nakba, or the catastrophe, an international exhibition of photos and art work was inaugurated here which will run through Friday of this week.
'Palestine Remembered', the pictorial exhibit has about 150 pictures at display showing various themes of life under occupation in the occupied territories of Palestine. The themes included life, culture, and occupation of Palestine, refugee life and 'hope'. Besides, 13 documentaries are being shown to the visitors which talk about the struggle and other aspects of the Palestinian struggle.
The exhibition is hosted by Centre for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU) and supported by three pro-Palestinian institutions.
The organizers said that the exhibition is held to commemorate the Nakba day – May 15 – when some 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly uprooted from their native towns and villages prior, during and after Israel's "so-called" declaration of independence.
"Palestinians, supporters, and countless Muslims living across the world, commemorate this day to remind conscious people and defenders of freedom and human rights to support the cause of Palestinians," one visitor at the exhibition said.
The event was inaugurated by IZU rector, Dr Mehmet Bulut, and CIGA director, Dr Sami A Al-Arian, who emphasized upon the Muslim community to work for the freedom of the Palestine and Jerusalem which houses holy Al-Aqsa mosque.