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Nakba on the Potomac: Washington DC Nakba Remembrance
May 16, 2010, 8:10 am
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Sunday, 16 May 2010 02:27

nakba remembrance in washington dc

Gael wrote:

Washington D.C. – Interfaith and peace organizations are sponsoring a commemoration on the Potomac River on May 15 from 4-5:30 p.m.

The event marks the 62nd anniversary of the “Nakba”; expulsion of
800,000 plus Palestinians from their homes and lands, and the
destruction of more than 500 villages to make way for the state of
Israel. The 1948 massive forced exile from historic Palestine is
referred to in Arabic as the Nakba, “Catastrophe.” More than 6.5
million Palestinian refugees still live in exile, many in deteriorating refugee camps, prevented by Israel from exercising their right to return to lands their families owned for generations.

sister ship to the "Rachel Corrie"
The event will begin at Georgetown Harbor on a boat that will sail the
Potomac for 50 minutes in an act of acknowledgement of the Nakba,
determination to persist and peaceful resistance in pursuit of peace.
The boat is symbolically tied to the “Rachel Corrie”, a boat filled
with humanitarian supplies that will attempt to break the siege of
Gaza on May 24, 2010 in commemoration of the Nakba. The boat is named for the 23 year old American student for peace who died as she stood between the destruction of a Palestinian home and the Israeli bulldozer that ran over and killed her.

we are all Palestinians. We are all Rachel Corrie.
The silhouette of a girl, Meiroon, is present on the boat sailing the
Potomac. Meiroon sails with braids “Blowin in the Wind” and her sail
forms Palestine. She is named after the town of Meiroon destroyed in
the Nakba of 48. Families will participate in a peaceful
commemoration and sing 60’s peace classics.

The commemoration will end with a gathering at 3000 K Street where Nakba survivors and their children will offer testimony. A full color 100 sq. foot mobile theater will display a video of the Nakba.

500 Palestinian villages obliterated in execution of Plan Dalet

Second and third generation Palestinian Americans will MC the commemoration. The commemoration will culminate with the reading of 500 names of villages and towns destroyed in the Nakba of 48. Witnesses will be on hand to offer testimony and will be available for interviews. An old diary recounting “Nakba”, Palestinian money, a metal key from a home destroyed in the Nakba, a Palestinian passport and two tattered deeds from villages destroyed in the Nakba will be on hand for the media’s
review.

ilan pappe's "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine"
The event is endorsed by The Washington Peace Center, Washington
Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, Codepink Women for Peace,
Gaza Free Gaza Movement, Gaza Freedom March and US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

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Washington Commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba

LIST OF WITNESSES – EYEWITNESS TO ETHNIC CLEANSING

The speakers who will tell their stories at the Nakba commemoration on Saturday, May 15th. All speakers are eyewitnesses or their
descendants. These are the people of the Nakba, the violent
dispossession of people who had lived in historic Palestine for
generations…centuries.

Philip Farah was four years old when his Christian family, originally
from Gaza, was driven out of the Holy Land in February 1948. His
father, Gregory, kept a diary, from that day to the day he died. The
decades old diary will be on hand at the commemoration for the media’s perusal. Following is one of his entries:

2/12 – “I pray the Lord that peace may abide in this Holy Land. It is
so critical and dangerous here, but I pray the Lord for peace…..No
more safe to go to Bethlehem; buses are shot at daily from the Jewish colony, Ramat Rahel.”

3/29 – “A cloudy day. Critical situation ….and all the people
leaving the country. Turkey hatched today (17 chi chicks). I was busy
looking after them.”

*more dated entries are noted below.

Afaf Zalatimo from the old Jerusalem Zalatimo family will give first
hand testimony of her experiences and those of her family during the
Nakba.

Mohammad Oweiss from the suburbs of Acre will give an account of the expulsion of his family during the Nakba and their subsequent years of despair and hardship in the refugee camps of Lebanon.

The notable Dajani family, still prominent in Palestinian circles, was
eminent custodians of holy places in Jerusalem, where they have lived for centuries. Dr. Taher Dajani, who now lives in Virginia, is author of From Palestine to America. At age ten, he fled with his family from Jaffa in 1948.

Fadya Kerdasi and her large family were driven from the city of Haifa, leaving all their earthly possessions behind, as they had been told they would be able to return in two weeks. They never returned. They fled on foot to Syria, where they lived in a wretched refugee camp near Aleppo. Many of their fellow walkers died of thirst and hunger on the trek. The remainder of her family still lives in Syria.

More excerpts from the Diary of Philip Farah

4/20 – “People leaving Jerusalem. It is getting worse daily. It is too
late for us to go to Gaza. There is no benzine, no kerosene, people
are really suffering.”

4/24 – “Terror and war all over the country. Haifa was beaten by the
Jews. People are leaving the country and leaving their houses and
effects.”

4/29 – Took the Holy Communion…Oh my God, may by thy Grace and Mercy we be able to receive it every year on this same day. All government officials were paid three months with letter of termination.”

5/2 – “Easter. Such woes and Troubles. We were obliged to leave the
house suddenly under volleys of fire. Slept all in the Old City, while
Georgina and her sister slept somewhere; God knows where.”

5/15 – “This is “15”, the infamous day. Bombs, fire, and mines all
day. Oh God have mercy upon us, miserable sinners. Little Samir is
still ill and weak. May God heal him. Martha is not well….Cast care
aside; lean on your guide.”

Other Nakba related materials available to the media

A Palestinian passport; taken to refugee camps throughout the years
and now in the safekeeping of the son. Land deeds belonging to Palestinians dispossessed in the Nakba of 1948. Palestinian money still in the pockets of Palestinians that were placed in refugee camps resulting from Nakba 48; today in the hands of the sons.
Diary with dated entries during the time of the Nakba, 1948. Now in
the safekeeping of the son.
Key: many Palestinians left with keys to their homes fully intending
to return home. These keys can be found hanging on walls of homes in Palestinian refugee camps today.

For More Information on the Nakba:

www.IfAmericansKnew.org

www.PalestineRemembered.com

www.FreeGazaMovement.com

www.GazaFreedomMarch.org


Gael Murphy
CODEPINK
www.gazafreedommarch.org

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