PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — On the 74th anniversary of Al Nakba — “the catastrophe” — activists for Palestinian rights marched through the streets of downtown Portland on Sunday.

The group began at Salmon Springs Fountain along the waterfront and finished at Portland State University, where they held a rally.

“We’re really just trying to raise awareness about what’s happening in Palestine and how we in Portland can come together and collaborate,” said Rick Haj with Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights. “Just to let everyone know about our cause in Palestine and how all struggles around the world are actually interconnected.”

The flier released ahead of Sunday’s march commemorating Al Nakba. (Courtesy/SUPER)

The event was held just days after renowned Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed during an Israeli raid in the West Bank.

Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American, was a well-known reporter who covered Palestine for generations. Palestinians and witnesses blamed Israeli forces for her death.

As reported by the Associated Press, tensions reached a boiling point during her funeral procession in Jerusalem Friday when Israeli riot police pushed and beat pallbearers causing them to briefly drop the casket.

According to a flier released ahead of the event Sunday, organizers said they are showing support for “Palestinian people defending their homeland.”

Al Nakba refers to the destruction of several hundred Palestinian cities and mass displacement of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homes during the Palestine War in 1948. Protests on Al Nakba Day are held every year around the world on May 15.

KOIN 6 News’ Zaina Kahuk contributed to this article.