60 Years of Nakba
Commemorative May/June Issue from the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
Commemoration of the Palestinian NakbaWASHINGTON, DC COMMEMORATION OF THE PALESTINIAN NAKBA | May 14, 2008
Hand in Hand Schools: KUNM radio editorial
by Iris Keltz 5/12/08
This editorial by one of our long time original MEPJA members, Iris Keltz, was aired on KUNM, 89.9 the evening of May 15. It is posted here with her permission.
entire article: http://mepja.org/node/66
Nakba Day, May 15
by Vicki Johnson
This essay, in commemoration of Nakba Day, was written by Vicki Johnson, a member of the local peace group Justice Now! It is posted with her permission.
Al-Nakba of 1948: Older than sixty, for sure; but how long will it persist?
by Dr. Khalil Nakhleh
entire article: http://mepja.org/node/68/
The San Diego Union Tribune: Remembering the Palestinian Nakba - ISRAEL AT 60By Nasser Barghouti and Bassemah Darwish
May 7, 2008
Nearly 30 years since she had seen her Northern Galilee home in what she called “48 Palestine,” Rasmiya Barghouti was finally given a permit by the Israeli military authorities to visit. She decided to take two of her daughters and four of her grandchildren with her.
entire article: http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080507/news_lz1e7darwish.html
18 hour radio broadcast on 60 years of Palestinian dispossession
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 60 YEARS
THURSDAY, MAY 15th, from Midnight until 6pm (EST) - Join us for this historic international radio reflection of the Palestinian Nakba or catastrophe. Content will be hosted by the International Middle East Media Center in Bethlehem (Palestine), in collaboration with CKUT 90.3fm in Montreal (Quebec, Canada), CHRY 105.5fm in Toronto (Ontario, Canada), and KBOO 90.7fm in Portland (Oregon, USA). Including contributions from Pacifica Radio and Democracy Now!
Tune-in and remember!
Thursday, May 15th, 2008, commemorates 60 years of the Palestinian Nakba. In 1948 eighty-five percent of the Palestinians living in the areas that became the state of Israel became refugees. More than 500 Palestinian villages were depopulated and later destroyed to prevent the return of the refugees. Today there are a total of 7 million Palestinian refugees, dispersed throughout the world - the largest and longest running refugee problem yet unresolved.
60-years later, Israel continues to occupy and colonize Palestinian land through the construction of Jewish only settlements and the Wall in the West Bank. The Gaza Strip has been turned into one large prison. Israel violates international law and commits ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity. And Palestinians abroad are the world's oldest refugee population, making-up more than one fourth of all refugees.
On Thursday, May 15th, we will broadcast throughout the day on these and many other topics.
A complete schedule will be available soon, email news[at]ckut.ca for details.
Download MP3 Promo for participating radio stations
Poster for promotion (PDF)
from The Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between People (PCR)
We Will Not Be Celebrating
In May, Jewish organizations will be celebrating the 60th anniversary
of the founding of the state of Israel. This is understandable in the
context of centuries of persecution culminating in the Holocaust.
Nevertheless, we are Jews who will not be celebrating. Surely it is now
time to acknowledge the narrative of the other, the price paid by
another people for European anti-Semitism and Hitler's genocidal
policies. As Edward Said emphasized, what the Holocaust is to the Jews,
the Nakba is to the Palestinians. [. . .]
Complete, endorsable statement: http://www.thestruggle.org/not_celebrating.htm
This statement was first crafted by first Harold Pinter and other British Jews. It appeared April 30 2008 in The Guardian.
Links to background on Al-Nakba