Posted by on May 08, 2012 in Blog

On Tuesday, May 15th, hundreds of people are expected to gather in front of the White House at 6:30pm to commemorate the Nakba, marking the 64th anniversary of Palestinian dispossession. 64 years ago, over 700,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes with the creation of Israel, and hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages were razed. The flyer for next week’s event says: “Come congregate with us….531 of us (1 for every village lost) for a memorial.”

Nora Burgan, one of the event organizers, said “as long as there is no acknowledgment of the Nakba or justice for the Palestinians who lost their homes, the memory of the tragedy will remain imbedded for generations to come.” The event will includepoetry, testimonials of survivors, reading of razed village names, and a mobile art exhibit entitled “Faces of Nakba.” Students on a hunger strike, in solidarity with the hundreds of Palestinian hunger-striking prisoners who have been detained without charge or trial, will also attend the commemorative event.

The event is cosponsored by a wide variety of groups, including the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Jewish Voice for Peace-DC, Code Pink, USPCN (and many others), and is available on Facebook.

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