Catastrophe Day in the West Bank

Every year on May 15, Palestinians observe Nakba Day, or "Day of the Catastrophe." Falling just 24 hours after Israeli Independence Day, it's held to commemorate the exodus of Palestinians from what is now Israel, which occurred during the Arab-Israeli war.

As you can imagine, the occasion doesn't put the Palestinians in the mood for celebrations and frivolity. Instead, they gather to protest against the people who, in their eyes, have been occupying their land since Israel was created in 1948.

VICE went to the West Bank on Nakba Day 2012 to survey the protests, and we tried to avoid getting hit by stink trucks and rubber bullets.