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Demonstrators carried Palestinian flags and called for the right of refugees to the homes that their families fled or were expelled from in 1948.

Sullivan, who disclosed in a message on the occasion of Israel's Independence Day anniversary, said Israel had prevailed over every challenge it had faced over the past 70 years.

Israel said on Wednesday it had found explosives hidden in a Palestinian truck that were due to be smuggled from the occupied West Bank and used in an attack on the Jewish state's Independence Day.

An Israeli town of the same name now stands there.

A military spokesperson said that the joint flyover demonstrates Israel's military cooperation with other nations and helps "to maintain diplomatic relations between the countries".

Tens of thousands have taken part in the main protests, but a smaller number of Gazans have approached the border fence, throwing stones and rolling burning tires at Israeli forces.

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"I am an Arab, and I want to preserve my culture and identity regardless of the name of the country", said 21-year-old Wassal Kanana.

The majority of the more than 1.65 million Palestinian citizens of Israel were internally displaced during the Nakba and have been unable to return to their original villages. Israel marks Independence Day according to the Hebrew calendar, on the 5th of Iyar - which this year falls on Thursday, April 19 - and festivities began on Wednesday evening.

Israeli warplanes staged aerial displays over Haifa and other major cities.

Israel also tries to criminalize our grief and refusal to accept the ongoing Nakba by threatening legal action against Palestinians who commemorate this day as a day of mourning. In Israel, people just don't spruik the benefits of research, they don't just talk, they teach a culture of discovery.

On Thursday morning, official celebrations started in the President's Residency in Jerusalem, where Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, delivered citations for distinguished soldiers as a tradition.

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