65 Years LaterMay 7th, 2013
Wednesday, May 15 marks 65 years since the Nakba (Catastrophe): the dispossession, forced exile, and ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Palestinians from their land before and during the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.
Sixty-five years later, Palestinians still face an ongoing Nakba as Israel continues to deny the right of return of displaced Palestinians and to illegally colonize Palestinian lands. Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have now lived under a brutal Israeli military occupation for nearly 46 years, and Palestinians in Israel live under apartheid- more than 50 laws enshrine their status as second-class citizens based on their ethnic and religious identity.
Below you will find resources and ideas about what you can do to commemorate and remember the Nakba over the next few weeks.
Zochrot, which aims to promote awareness of the Nakba in Israel, has put together an activity creating a large-scale map of the Palestinian villages destroyed by Israel. Participants are given cards that represent each of the villages destroyed, which are then returned to their correct location on a map. Participants can personalize their cards or decorate the map using chalk, colored stones, stickers, ribbons, etc. Find instructions, pictures, and other ideas here.
Attend a Nabkba Day commemoration in your city. There are events happening in DC, Chicago, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, and Seattle (find complete list here). If you are planning an event you would like us to help publicize, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. And don't forget to submit pictures and videos of your actions for our Tumblr.
Pass out this fact sheet (front here, back here)from Students for Justice in Palestine Loyola University Chicago at your actions. You can also create your own flyers based on information from the Institute for Middle East Understanding and US Campaign member group American Muslims for Palestine.
Other sites you can use to educate people about the continuing relevance of the Nakba and the importance of the Palestinian right of return for establishing a just and lasting peace are Before Their Diaspora: A Photographic History of the Palestinians, 1876-1948 from the Institute for Palestine Studies; Ongoing Nakba Education Center from BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights; and Expressions of Nabka from the US Campaign.
Get involved in the global Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. Find information about the major BDS campaigns happening in the United States here, including Veolia, SodaStream, and TIAA-CREF.
Thank you for all your actions.