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For Immediate Release: May 30th, 2008

Huge Ad on Palestinian Dispossession to Circle Israel B-Day Event on National Mall


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."

The 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.