Photo of the Week: An important pre-Nakba demonstration in Jaffa

Photo credit: Unknown
Date taken: 1929
Location: Jaffa, Palestine

Palestinian men gather in Jaffa’s city center in 1929 to demonstrate against the British government’s Mandate over Palestine. The man’s sign reads “Down with the BALFOUR Declaration”.

Protests like this one were instrumental in pressuring the British Mandatory government to limit the number of European Jews displacing Palestinians from their homes. However, the restrictions were only temporary and by the late-1940s, Jewish paramilitary groups were depopulating entire Palestinian villages to make space for future Israeli cities. Palestinians refer to this era as Al-Nakba, Arabic for ‘the catastrophe’.

Jaffa’s popular markets and booming industries meant that the world paid attention to it. Demonstrations calling for an end to the French Mandate over neighboring Syria were also held here.

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