GAZA CITY (AFP) - Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Friday marked the 61st anniversary of the Naqba, the catastrophe they see in the 1948 creation of Israel that sparked an exodus of hundreds of thousands of refugees. Thousands gathered in the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza waving Palestinians flags and green banners of Hamas. Some protesters held up placards with names of villages demolished by Israeli forces during the 1948 war. We will return to Jaffa and to all our lands, cried some, referring to an Arab town on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, some 60km north of Gaza. We will not recognise Israel, others shouted, as one banner proclaimed: Israel is a cancerous entity which owes its creation to terrorism and injustice. Senior Hamas official Ahmad Bahar told the crowd that the Palestinian people will never give up the right of return to their homes and land in Israel. He also criticised Pope Benedict XVI for not visiting the Gaza Strip during his five-day visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank which ended on Friday. We tell the pope 'why didnt you come to Gaza to see our Holocaust? He used double standard by supporting the occupier without taking into account the suffering of the Palestinian people, Bahar said. Meanwhile, the Pope landed back in Italy on Friday after an eight-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land during which he said he saw a deep desire for peace. There are great difficulties, we know, we have seen, we have heard, but I also saw that there is a deep desire for peace on the part of everyone, the 82-year-old pope told reporters aboard his plane. He said he found everywhere, and with everyone - Muslims, Christians and Jews - a decided wish for inter-faith dialogue, for encounters and collaboration between religions. Just before leaving Tel Aviv, the pontiff called for a two-state solution to end Middle East wars and terrorism and slammed the Holocaust as brutal extermination as he concluded his Holy Land trip. Let the two-state solution become a reality, he said at a ceremony at Ben Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv, before he left for Rome aboard an El Al plane. No more bloodshed. No more fighting. No more terrorism. No more war, the pontiff said at the conclusion of his eight-day pilgrimage to Jordan, Israel and the occupied West Bank. Let it be universally recognised that the state of Israel has the right to exist and to enjoy peace and security within internationally agreed borders. Let it be likewise acknowledged that the Palestinian people have a right to a sovereign independent homeland, to live with dignity and to travel freely. The Pope also spoke out forcefully against the Holocaust saying the world should never forget that so many Jews.... were brutally exterminated under a godless regime that propagated an ideology of anti-Semitism and hatred. Praying at Christianitys holiest site, Pope Benedict XVI said Jesus offers hope for peace in the Middle East, and insisted it is possible to overcome recrimination and hostility. As Christians, we know that the peace for which this strife-torn land yearns has a name: Jesus, the pontiff said at Jerusalems Church of the Holy Sepulchre which most Christians believe is built on the site where Jesus was crucified and buried.