On the 64th anniversary of the Nakba, commemorating the occupation of Palestine and the dispossession and ethnic cleansing of its people, when over 800,000 Palestinians were made refugees by armed Zionist forces seeking to establish an exclusionary Jewish state on the land of Palestine, we stand with our community in the US and our people in Palestine and everywhere in exile and diaspora, to demand our rights, particularly the right of Palestinian refugees to return.
We salute the ongoing resistance of our Palestinian people, which has never been crushed or silenced through over 64 years of oppression, apartheid, occupation and dispossession, and in particular the leadership, steadfastness and strength of the nearly 5,000 Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails. Mass imprisonment has been one of the key weapons in the ongoing Nakba. The prisoners’ – over 3000 – engaged in a mass open hunger strike since April 17 for basic rights and dignity, including an end to solitary confinement and family visits for Gaza prisoners, which had been blocked for years. They joined long-term hunger strikers Thaer Halahleh, Bilal Diab, Hassan Safadi, Omar Abu Shalal, Jafar Izzedine, Mahmoud Sarsak, Mohammed Taj and Kifah Hattab demanding an end to administrative detention and their freedom.
While all details of the agreement to end the hunger strike are not yet clear, the prisoners have achieved -on the anniversary of the Nakba – a historic victory in securing their key demands, through unity and steadfastness, and have once more filled the streets of Palestine and the conscience of the world with the call of Palestinian prisoners for justice, freedom, dignity and liberation.
Events are taking place around the country – and the world – in commemoration of the Nakba and saluting the prisoners today. We encourage all to join the following events, organized by USPCN chapters or Palestinian communities in cities across the US and stand on this 64th anniversary of the Nakba for return, liberation and an end to the ongoing Nakba. Please send us your events at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nakba Remembrance 2012 – Washington, DC
May 15, 2012
In front of the White House, Washington DC
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/217906588324074/
BRING BLACK UMBRELLAS, PLEASE.
To the memory of all who have lost their land, homes, lives during the Nakba and to this day,
May Palestinians around the world never lose hope.
In Their Name…..
Come congregate with us….531 of us (1 for every village lost) for a memorial
In front of the White House on
May 15, 2012
We will be joined by local students on a Hunger Strike in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners.
-Reading of Village Names
-Testimonials of Survivors
-Display of Antiquities from the Nakba…..Old Village Key, Diary
-Mobile Art Exhibit – “Faces of Nakba”
Mobile Slide Show of the Nabka – LED truck will circle the White House
And… At Sunset….1 person, 1 candle, 1 village…..531 candles lit in remembrance & hope with a reading of Mahmoud Darwish’s Poem “I Come From There”
Sponsored by Ad Hoc Committee for Nakba2012
Nakba: Telling the Story. Palestinians remember, retell, resist
May 15, 2012
637 S. Dearborn
For updates, join the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/447521655264898/
Join the Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights (CMPR) and several local organizations in commemorating Nakba Day (May 15) with a night of story-telling, art displays, spoken word, music and Palestinian dabkeh. We will remember a pivotal moment in Palestinian history and celebrate Palestinians’ continued resistance to colonialism since 1948. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Confirmed speakers include:
Iymen Chehade, Adjunct Professor of Humanities, History and Social Sciences at Columbia College
Fatima Mahmoud Radwan, survivor of Deir Yassin Massacre during the Nakba
Hasan Kishta, Nakba survivor from Ijlil, near Yafa
Ghada Talhami, D.K. Pearsons Professor of Politics, Emerita, at Lake Forest College
…plus local youth speakers and performers!
Sponsored by: Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights, Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago, US Palestinian Community Network-Chicago, American Muslims for Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, Arab-Jewish Partnership, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network-Chicago, Students for Justice in Palestine-University of Chicago, Students for Justice in Palestine-DePaul University, Students for Justice in Palestine-Columbia College, Students for Justice in Palestine-School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Students for Justice in Palestine-Northwestern University and Students for Justice in Palestine-Loyola University.
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and on May 20 in Chicago…
NATO is meeting in Chicago this month, and the United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN, uspcn.org) is calling on all of you to join with thousands on May 20th in Grant Park to stand up to its agenda of unrestricted war and occupation, especially against our people in the Arab and Muslim Worlds.
On Sunday, May 20th, Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, our supporters, and the CANG8 Palestine Solidarity Working Group will join in a contingent with the National Boricua Human Rights Network (NBHRN, boricuahumanrights.org), the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR, stopfbi.net), the Committee Against Political Repression (CAPR), and the Coalition to Protect People’s Rights (CPPR).
As well as protesting NATO, we will be calling for: 1) an end to the investigation of the 23 anti-war and international solidarity organizers and activists who were raided and / or subpoenaed to a federal grand jury at the end of 2010; 2) the dropping of all charges against Carlos Montes (see specific information about his case below); and 3) freedom for Oscar Lopez, Puerto Rican political prisoner (http://boricuahumanrights.org/second-phase-of-oscars-campaign/), who has been in U.S. jails for over 30 years.
On Sunday, May 20, 2012
at 12 Noon
As representatives from Palestinian and Palestine solidarity groups, we will be joining the network of activists, community groups, and allies to protest the role of NATO in maintaining the occupation of Palestine and supporting the apartheid policies of the state of Israel. While Israel ignores international law in its refusal to (1) end the occupation; (2) grant full equality to Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel; and (3) guarantee the Right of Return, NATO continues to support the Israeli state; actively fund apartheid policies; and engages in joint military exercises and the sharing of intelligence with the state of Israel.
As supporters of the liberation of Palestine, we invite you to join us in our resistance to the Chicago NATO summit.
Occupy the streets, not Palestine!
Meet us at the Northeast corner of Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard, directly behind the Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park (near the Jackson Blvd street curb)–under the banner “OPPOSING WAR IS NOT A CRIME!” and near our massive Palestinian flag. You will also see our big banner both before and during the rally at 12 Noon, so you can find us when it is time to march!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our contingent, or for more information. Bus and other transportation information will be available soon.
Nakba Commemoration Vigil
Union Square at Powell Street
Tuesday, May 15
7:00pm until 9:00pm
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/208504025933831/
The Palestinian Nakba continues….
Please join us for Silent Vigil to Commemorate the 64th year of the Palestinian Nakba…and the thousands of Palestinian Political prisoners that have been on hunger strike for more than two months!
In 1948, nearly 800,000 Palestinians were uprooted from their lands and dispersed across the world as a result of the Zionist Colonization of Palestine. In the process, 532 villages erased off the face of the map. Today, nearly 70% of Palestinians live in exile from their homeland, prohibited from their return. Hundreds of thousands live in refugee camps in surrounding Arab countries and in occupied Palestine. 5 million Palestinians live under Israeli occupation in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and 20% of the Israeli population are Palestinians, many of which considered internally displaced, who live as second-class citizens in the apartheid, racist state.
~PLEASE WEAR ALL BLACK or Brown to show that you stand with the Palestinian political prisoners!
Sponsored by: Al-Awda, Arab Cultural and Community Center (ACCC), Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED), Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), General Union of Palestinian Students – SFSU (GUPS), Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA), Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), and United States Palestinian Communities Network (USPCN)
Nakba Demonstration – No Return = No Justice = No Peace!
11766 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
3:00 pm-7:00 pm
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/355013614547317/
The Nakba (“Catastrophe” in Arabic) of 1948 refers to the planned ethnic cleansing when the vast majority of Palestinians were ruthlessly attacked, massacred and driven from their homes into refugee camps by Zionist terror groups, and not allowed to return in violation of international law. This is the foundation upon which “Israel” was established and upon which its entire existence is built and remains structurally unsteady, morally corrupt, and legally culpable.
The Nakba continues to this day. Please join Al-Awda Los Angeles as we mark the 64th year of Al-Nakba. Until Return.
Sponsored by: Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Almoubadara (USA), PAWA (Palestinian American Women’s Association), Jewish Voice for Peace – LA, American Muslims for Palestine – Southern California and The Dump Veolia -LA Campaign.
Additional organizational co-sponsorship and further information, contact:
Commemorating Al Nakba
May 15, 2012
Union Square – 14th and Broadway
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/171394766321940/
Remembering Al Nakba Day as well as celebrating the steadfastness of the Palestinian people, we will also stand in solidarity with the 1000′s of Political Prisoners currently on Hunger Strike in Palestine.
We would ask all to please wear all brown or at least a brown T shirt/shirt/jacket to represent our Palestinian brothers and sisters made to wear brown in Israeli Dungeons. We will start at Union Square at 5pm until 6pm and then march over to Times Square. We need volunteers so if anyone can help in advance (printing info to hand out etc) please let us know
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Bring Flags, signs, leaflets etc. Organized by Existence is Resistance