Muslims set to remember Israel's 60th birthday as a nightmare

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As governments, Jewish communities and Israeli embassies across Europe prepare to celebrate Israel’s 60th birthday, a cadre of Israel critics is making a push to be heard.

Muslim organizations across Europe are expected to mark the day as the anniversary of the Nakba — the Arabic term meaning “catastrophe” commonly used to refer to Israel’s independence and subsequent displacement of Palestinian Arabs.

“We expect some kind of demonstration in every European capital,” said Majed Bamya, the assistant to the director of the Palestinian Authority mission to the European Union in Brussels.

Jewish groups critical of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian-populated territories and treatment of the Palestinians also are planning public events to promote their viewpoints.

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