Thousands in Jordan rally to mourn ‘catastrophe’

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Several thousand people are rallying in Jordan to mark the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians call their “nakba,” or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands were uprooted from their homes in the Mideast war over Israel’s creation.

Palestinian refugees and their descendants now number several million people in the region, including more than two million in Jordan.

Friday’s rally took place before a large stage with a view of the Dead Sea and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Jordanian, Palestinian, and green Muslim Brotherhood flags flew over crowd.

One man walked onto the stage with an effigy of President Donald Trump dangling from a noose. Trump’s decision to recognize contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, to be followed Monday by the moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel there, has caused outrage in the Arab world.