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Nakba on the Potomac, May 15 2010
May 17, 2010, 9:16 pm
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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



Ten Facts about The Nakba
March 27, 2010, 4:26 am
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http://imeu.net/news/article008085.shtml

Ten facts about the Nakba
IMEU, May 1, 2008

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Palestinian women walk through the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp in Lebanon in 1951. (UNRWA)

“We thought it would be a matter of weeks, only until the fighting died down. Of course, we were never allowed to go home.” Nina Saah, Washington, DC

“My family’s farm of oranges, grapefruits and lemons, centuries old, was gone.” Darwish Addassi, Walnut Creek, California

“Those of us who left unwillingly in 1948 are plagued with painful nostalgia. My house in West Jerusalem is an Israeli nursery school now.” Inea Bushnaq, New York, New York

“The people of New Orleans woke up one morning to complete devastation and had to flee. The Nakba was our Hurricane Katrina.” Abe Fawal, Birmingham, Alabama

Sixty years ago, more than 700,000 Palestinians lost their homes and belongings, their farms and businesses, their towns and cities. Jewish militias seeking to create a state with a Jewish majority in Palestine, and later, the Israeli army, drove them out. Israel rapidly moved Jews into the newly-emptied Palestinian homes. Nakba means “catastrophe” in Arabic, and Palestinians refer to the destruction of their society and the takeover of their homeland as an-Nakba, “The Catastrophe.”

Ten Facts about the Nakba

1. The Nakba is a root cause of the Israeli/Palestinian problem.

It is marked on May 15, the day after Israel declared its independence in 1948.

2. This traumatic event created the Palestinian refugee crisis.

By the end of 1948, two-thirds of the Palestinian population was exiled. It is estimated that more than 50% were driven out under direct military assault. Others fled as news spread of massacres committed by Jewish militias in Palestinian villages like Deir Yassin and Tantura.

3. Jewish leaders saw “transfer” as an important step in the establishment of Israel.

Jewish leaders spoke openly of the need to use military clashes to expel as many Palestinians as possible before other Arab countries could come to their defense. The Haganah militia’s Plan Dalet was the blueprint for this ethnic cleansing. Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, said “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” (See what other leading Israelis have said about transfer.)

4. Hundreds of Palestinian villages and towns were destroyed.

Jewish forces depopulated more than 450 Palestinian towns and villages, most of which were demolished.

5. Palestinian property and belongings were simply taken.

The newly-established Israeli government confiscated refugee land and properties without respect to Palestinian rights or desires to return to their homes.

Israeli historian Tom Segev reported that: “Entire cities and hundreds of villages left empty were repopulated with new [Jewish] immigrants… Free people – Arabs – had gone into exile and become destitute refugees; destitute refugees – Jews – took the exiles’ places in the first step in their lives as free people. One group [Palestinians] lost all they had while the other [Jews] found everything they needed – tables, chairs, closets, pots, pans, plates, sometimes clothes, family albums, books radios, pets….

6. Some Palestinians stayed in what became Israel.

While most Palestinians were driven out, some remained in what became Israel. Although citizens of the new state, they were subject to Israeli military rule until 1966. Today, Palestinian citizens of Israel comprise nearly 20 percent of Israel’s population. They have the right to vote and run for office, but more than 20 Israeli laws explicitly privilege Jews over non-Jews. Nearly one-quarter of Israel’s Palestinians are “internally displaced” persons, unable to return to the homes and lands that were taken from them.

7. There are still millions of Palestinian refugees dispersed around the world.

Today, there are 4.4 million Palestinian refugees registered as such with the United Nations, and at least another estimated 1 million who are not so registered. Thus a majority of the Palestinian people, around 10 million persons, are refugees.

8. Refugees have internationally-recognized rights.

All refugees enjoy internationally-recognized rights to return to areas from which they have fled or were forced out, to receive compensation for damages, and to either regain their properties or receive compensation and support for voluntary resettlement. This right has been explicitly acknowledged in recent peace agreements in Cambodia, Rwanda, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Guatemala, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Burundi, and Darfur. This right was affirmed for the Palestinians by the United Nations Resolution 194 of 1948. Israel, however, does not allow Palestinian refugees to return, although a Jew from anywhere in the world can settle in Israel.

9. Justly resolving refugee rights is essential to Middle East peace.

An overwhelming majority of Palestinians believes that refugee rights must be fulfilled for peace between Palestinians and Israelis to endure. And according to an August 2007 poll by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center, nearly 70 percent believe that refugees should be allowed to return to “their original land”.

10. The Nakba has implications for Americans.

Israel’s ongoing denial of Palestinian rights – and unconditional U.S. financial and diplomatic support for Israel – fuels anti-American sentiment abroad. A 2002 Zogby poll, conducted in eight Arab countries showed that “the negative perception of the United States is based on American policies, not a dislike of the West.” The same poll showed that “the Palestinian issue was listed by many Arabs among the political issues that affect them most personally.” Resolution of the Palestinian refugee issue would undoubtedly improve America’s international image, by proving that the U.S. government supports the consistent application of international law.