Palestinians set a kite on fire, to be thrown at the Israeli side during clashes at the Israel-Gaza border in the central Gaza strip, April 18, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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Israelis this week are celebrating "Independence day," marking 70 years since the creation of the state of Israel, according to the Hebrew calendar.Persecuted in Europe, Jews were welcomed in the Holy Land where, at the turn of last century, they constituted around 2 percent of the population, living side by side with Palestinians. Then, with their financial clout and the dark period of World Wars I and II and in between, they garnered and received the support of Britain, a colonial power at the time with a mandate over Palestine.While upstanding world leaders seeks to leave a legacy their nation can be proud of, in the 70 years since Israel's creation, its leaders have made their mark through massacres, starting in Palestine in Deir Yassin and spreading to Egypt, Lebanon with Sabra and Shatila and Qana, and across the world with the assassination of Palestinian intellectuals and leaders abroad.
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