DC AND NY ADS TO REMIND ISRAEL CELEBRANTS OF ETHNIC CLEANSING OF PALESTINE
Washington, DC - A 10x22 foot mobile advertisement commemorating the 60th
anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (or "catastrophe" in Arabic) will
circle the National Mall in Washington, DC this Sunday afternoon during
"Israel@60: A Capital Celebration." To view a video of the ad, please click here. To view pictures of the ad, please click here.
In 1948, Israel destroyed hundreds of Palestinian villages forcing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to flee. These Palestinians and their descendants remain refugees to this day because Israel has denied them their right of return. Palestinians recall this record of dispossession, forced exile, and ethnic cleansing as the Nakba.
The mobile ad campaign in Washington, DC complements a similar poster ad campaign in New York City. More than 1,000 posters commemorating the Nakba will line the streets of Manhattan during this Sunday's "Salute to Israel Parade". To view pictures of the ad, please click here.
Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the
Israeli Occupation, stated that the ad campaigns "are designed to
educate people that the establishment of Israel
in 1948 was accompanied by the widespread and purposeful ethnic
cleansing of Palestinians from their homes and lands. Participants in
these events celebrating Israel's 60th anniversary will see
our ads and be forced to confront the reality which they deny, namely,
that Israel's continued existence as a 'Jewish State' is only possible
by refusing Palestinian refugees' their right of return home."
artwork for the ad campaigns was selected from entries in an
international multi-media arts competition sponsored earlier this year
by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba. Winning
entries and honorable mentions from the competition-entitled
Expressions of Nakba-can be viewed in an on-line gallery by clicking here.
Additional information about the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is available by clicking here.