Showing posts with label nakba. Show all posts
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Nakba Day Events

These events are being held to mark 65 years since the Nakba, the dispossession and forced exile of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their land before and during the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. If you would like your event added, please email 

Thursday, May 9 at 6:30pm
A radio play about a series of meetings by Zionist leaders to plan the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, 1947-48.
All quotes from Israeli historian Ilan Pappe’s book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.
Broadcast by Poets West on KSER, 90.7 FM
Podcast here

Boston, MA 
65 Years Later: The Ongoing Nakba
Sunday, May 12 at 11:00am
Find more information here

Bridgeview, IL
American Muslims for Palestine 
Annual Outdoor Al Nakba Commemoration Day
Sunday, May 12 at 2:30pm
Find more information here

Seattle, WA
Remember the Nakba: Stop the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Sunday, May 12 at 12:00pm
Find more information here

Chicago, IL
Depaul University SJP
Palestinian Culture Night
Tuesday, May 14 at 6:00pm
Find more information here

Chicago, IL
University of Chicago SJP
From South Africa to Israel: The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement
Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30pm
Find more information here

Denver, CO
Colorado BDS
Demand TIAA-CREF Divest from Israeli Occupation

Wednesday, May 15 at 12:00pm
Find more information here

Washington, DC
Nakba Day Commemoration at the White House

Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00pm
Find more information here

Philadelphia, PA 
Philadelphia Remembers the Nakba- A Weekend of Events
May 17-May 19
Find more information here

Youngstown, OH
Panel/Open Forum Discussion To Commemorate 65 Years Of the Nakba
Saturday, May 18 at 8:00pm
The Arab American Cultural and Education Center
15 Belgrade Ave, Youngstown, Ohio 44509

Fort Worth, TX
North Texas BDS 
Boycott SodaStream Protest
Saturday, May 18 at 2:00pm
Target Super Store (301 Carroll Street)

Arlington, VA
US Palestinian Community Network
The Palestinian Nakba: 65 Years Later
Sunday, May 19 at 6:00pm
Find more information here

More cities join SeaMAC’s Equal Rights bus ad campaign, while Seattle protests the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians

Check out US Campaign member group SeaMAC's growing ad campaign in the Seattle area calling for equal rights for Palestinians, along with its commemoration of the Nakba. 

May 7, 2013
Contact: Edward Mast, 

More cities join SeaMAC’s Equal Rights bus ad campaign, while Seattle protests the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians

Palestine: Stolen Homeland
Sunday May 12, 2013
12:00 - 5:00 pm
Westlake Plaza, 4th & Pine downtown Seattle

Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC) has started running its bus ad campaign EQUAL RIGHTS FOR PALESTINIANS: THE WAY TO PEACE in Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland this week.  Those ads began on May 1 and will run on six buses for four weeks, along with ads on six buses in Seattle at the same time.  The Equal Rights ads are also running on buses in Port Angeles and Clallam County, and have appeared in buses and newspapers in Tacoma and Olympia.

Photos available on request; also at

SeaMAC will also cosponsor Palestine: Stolen Homeland, a theatrical installation of over 100 small tents inscribed with the names of Palestinian villages destroyed in 1948.  The display will commemorate and protest the events of 1947-9, when two-thirds of the Palestinian people were forcibly displaced and over 400 Palestinian villages were destroyed.  The new state of Israel created laws to prevent the return of those Palestinians after the war, and now Palestinians are one of the largest and longest-suffering refugee populations in the world.  To describe these events, Palestinians use the word “Nakba” which means “catastrophe.”  

In his book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Israeli historian Ilan Pappe has described the events of 1947-9 as "a crime against humanity that Israel has wanted to deny and cause the world to forget."  Pappe also observes that Palestinians in the West Bank and Greater Jerusalem are undergoing ethnic cleansing today, as Israel continues to drive them out to make room for more Israeli settlers.

PALESTINE: STOLEN HOMELAND is organized by Palestine Solidarity Committee, Voices of Palestine, and Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign.   

To observe Mothers Day -- originally an anti-war holiday -- PALESTINE: STOLEN HOMELAND will also include a booth for MOTHERS AGAINST ETHNIC CLEANSING.

For more information about Palestine: Stolen Homeland, contact

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Palestinian heritage event draws thousands

Kristin Szremski is a member of the US Campaign Steering Committee, an independent journalist and the director of media and communications at American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). The Chicago chapter of AMP recently held their second annual Palestine Parade to commemorate the Nakba. Kristen put together the following piece for CNN iReport about the entire day's events. 

"The main message was that the Nakba, which began the process of ethnically cleansing Palestinians from their homeland, continues today because of Israel's occupation," she told the CNN iReport producer. "The message was that Palestinians will not forget 1948, and that Palestinian Americans will continue to work to educate the American public about the occupation so that one day the public will encourage their elected officials to craft a more balanced and equitable foreign policy for everyone in the Middle East."

Throughout the day, at least 3,500 people from several states including Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin and New York, attended an outdoor Palestinian heritage celebration, hosted by the Chicago chapter of the American Muslims for Palestine on May 20 in Bridgeview, IL.

From the lively Palestine Parade, replete with horses, floats, folk music, and an overwhelming presence of Palestinian flags billowing in the wind, to dabka (folk dancing) performances, freshly baked bread from replica ‘taboons’ (clay ovens), and educational tents highlighting the villages of Deir Yasin, Asqalan and Jaffa, the sixth annual event focused on passing passing along Palestine’s rich cultural and historical heritage to succeeding generations of Palestinian Americans. The event also remembered those who were forced from their homes and villages in events leading up to the creation of the state of Israel, known to Palestinians and their supporters as the "Nakba" or Catastrophe.

AMP-Chicago’s second annual Palestine Parade hit the streets with more floats and a beautiful matched pair of horses pulling an antique-style carriage. In addition to floats carrying AMP dabka troupes, Girl Scout troop # 70528 from Lockport/Homer Glen, also joined the parade. Lively nasheed, and numerous Palestinian flags livened up a Bridgeview-area neighborhood as it wound its way along the parade route, gathering participants as it went.

No Palestinian cultural celebration would be complete without dabka performances, and AMP-Chicago’s 6th annual Nakba event was no exception. Four dabka groups, including two AMP-Chicago children’s groups, Bier Nabala group and Sanabal al-Quds of Milwaukee, entertained throughout the day. 

Continue reading on CNN
. Also find more pictures of the event on AMP's website

And make sure to share with your friends and followers. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Take Action on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Above: Activists in Sacramento show solidarity with the Palestinian Freedom Riders.

Above: Click to watch Peter Miller, US Campaign Steering Committee Co-chair, address the U.N. General Assembly this morning (skip to 1 hour and 17 minutes after start).

By Anna Baltzer, National Organizer

In 1976, in commemoration of what is now 63 years of Palestinian dispossession and exile, the United Nations declared November 29 to be the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. This year, Peter Miller, president of Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights and co-chair of the US Campaign's Steering Committee, addressed the U.N. General Assembly. Peter's speech, which took place this morning at the U.N, can be viewed and read here (the speech begins at one hour and 17 minutes into the recording).

Today the Palestinian people's resilience and struggle for freedom continue. Bedouin families of Al-Arakib in the Negev Desert have rebuilt their homes more than 20 times to maintain their presence there. Villagers of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank continue to nonviolently protest settler and army violence and land confiscation, remaining steadfast in the face of the army's intimidation tactics and extreme brutality. Children in Gaza whose schools have been bombed attend makeshift classrooms, persisting to get an education. Survivors of the Nakba, the catastrophe of Palestinian dispossession in the 1947-48 war, continue to preserve and pass down their testimonies and the keys to their homes, refusing to forget or to give up their internationally recognized right to return to the homes and lands from which they were expelled.

Also today, Minnesota citizens from the exciting Minnesota Break the Bonds campaign gathered at the State Attorney General's office to serve a lawsuit on the state's Board of Investment, demanding that it divest from Israel Bonds, based on moral, ethical and legal grounds. 

MN BBC is asking for your support! Sign this letter telling members of the Minnesota State Board of Investments to stop investing in Israeli apartheid!

These are only two of the many actions by US Campaign member groups over the past two weeks. On November 15, activists in 15 cities across the United States organized actions and educational events in solidarity with the Palestinian Freedom Riders, who challenged the Jim Crow-style segregation inherent in the Israeli occupation. You can find an exciting play-by-play chronology of the Freedom Riders' actions at The Struggle, and a summary of the day's events--in the West Bank and the U.S.--here at Jewish Voice for Peace, a US Campaign member organization.

Above: Click to watch LA activists educate passengers on a Veolia bus as part of a campaign to end the city's Veolia contracts.

Here is just a small sampling of U.S. actions supporting the Palestinian Freedom Riders as part of the growing worldwide campaign to challenge Veolia, a French multinational corporation that profits from the Israeli occupation by operating buses on Israeli-only roads, among other things:

In Los Angeles, activists demonstrated and boarded buses run by Veolia to educate passengers about Israel's apartheid policies as part of a campaign targeting Veolia contracts with the city.

Boston activists launched a campaign challenging the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail Company's contract with Veolia by distributing fliers to educate and mobilize Boston residents.

In Baltimore, activists demonstrated at Penn Station during rush hour, singing a freedom song and drawing connections between the Palestinian and American struggles for equality and human rights, linking Veolia's profiteering from racism and exploitation in Israel/Palestine to the City of Baltimore's unequal government contracts.

There were also more actions in Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Phoenix, Sacramento, Chico, Oakland, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C.! Check out the photos on Mondoweiss and Flickr, and watch Jewish Voice for Peace's round-up video here.

Above: Click to watch video by Sana Kassem.

Palestinian filmmaker Sana Kassem put together this excellent video drawing parallels between the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and the struggle of the Palestinian Freedom Riders.

Our National Advocacy Director, Josh Ruebner, published this article in Counterpunch supporting the Freedom Riders—just one of dozens of articles published recently worldwide.

Last Saturday, activists in 10 European countries staged more than 60 actions as part of a Day of Action calling on supermarkets and governments to "Take Apartheid off the Menu."

Today, on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, let us celebrate Palestinian steadfastness and renew our commitment to ending U.S. complicity with Israeli occupation and apartheid as part of a growing, exciting, global movement for freedom, justice, and equality.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thank Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for Slam-Dunking Israeli Apartheid!

Two months ago, YNet News reported that legendary basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was planning to visit Israel in coordination with the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Consulate of New York. NBA Sporting News reported that Abdul-Jabbar would be competing for the "Spirit of Freedom Award" at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

In private correspondence, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has confirmed that the former Los Angeles Lakers star has decided not to visit Israel, due to concerns arising "after the Nakba Day violence." This year's commemoration of the Nakba left 12 unarmed Palestinians dead after Israeli forces opened fire on refugees attempting to exercise their internationally recognized right of return.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, thank you for calling Israel's foul! Israeli cultural institutions like the Jerusalem Film Festival are used cynically to brand Israel as a beacon of cultural and technological progress, diverting attention away from its occupation and apartheid policies. For this reason, cultural boycott of Israel is a key component of the growing Palestinian-led movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law. You can read the Palestinian guidelines for cultural boycott here.

101 organizations have signed a thank-you letter to Abdul-Jabbar, urging him to hold fast to his decision not to let his good name lend an air of legitimacy to Israeli human rights violations. In addition to the US Campaign, signatories include the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within (Israel), the Organization for Black Struggle, six Islamic-American organizations, four Jewish organizations, 14 campus groups, and dozens of other US Campaign member organizations.

The letter points out to Abdul-Jabbar:
Your film, "On the Shoulders of Giants," documents the policies of segregation and racism that characterized the world of basketball in the 1930s. Ironically, the majority of Muslim and Christian Palestinians could not even have attended such a screening because they are excluded from entering Jerusalem on the basis of their ethnicity and religion.

Join 101 organizations in showing support for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's decision and urging him to consider the Palestinian call for BDS!

Meg Ryan and Dustin Hoffman similarly declined an invitation to the Jerusalem Film Festival last year following the deadly attacks on the first Gaza Freedom Flotilla. The second Freedom Flotilla is set to sail to Gaza this month.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Nakba Denials Must Be Condemned

The Palestine Center is a US Campaign member organization. The 63rd anniversary of the Nakba was globally commemorated two weeks ago, on May 15.

By Yousef Munayyer
Palestine Center Brief No. 214
May 25, 2011

When Palestinian refugees were gunned down by Israeli soldiers upon marching towards their homeland during unarmed Nakba Day demonstrations, the floodgates of historic revisionism opened.

What is this ‘Nakba’? Where did these refugees come from? Who should be responsible for them? Readers undoubtedly raised these questions when the spilled blood of demonstrators brought the discussion of the most pivotal year in Palestinian history, 1948, back into the headlines.

Often, the events of this period are recited like this in mainstream media:
After Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, armies from neighboring Arab states attacked the new nation; during the war that followed, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were driven from their homes by Israeli forces. 
That sequence of events, from a recent New York Times article, was repeated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after his meeting with President Obama last week.

Both describe the refugees as a result of the “Arab attack” in 1948. But even a cursory look at history reveals how flawed this is. Before a single Arab soldier crossed into Palestine on May 15, 1948 more than half the total refugees were created. Arab mobilization then became a reaction to massive refugee flows and not the cause of it. When Israel declared independence, its military had already succeeded in depopulating Palestine’s largest cities of Jaffa and Haifa as well as Tiberias, Safad and Beisan. Perhaps those writing today’s New York Times should read their own reporting from this period because they’d quickly learn they are peddling distortions that are simply unfit to print.


Monday, May 16, 2011

US Campaign's National Organizer Anna Baltzer interviewed on RT America TV

Anna Baltzer, our National Organizer, was one of two guests in this segment of Adam vs. The Man, discussing Israel's lethal response to demonstrations during the past weekend, and the need for more action toward boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). Anna volunteered in the West Bank previously, and will travel there again next week.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Detroit-based hip hop artist Invincible reps BDS, US Campaign

Check out the video from Detroit-based hip hop artist Invincible, for her track "People Not Places," which was the winner of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation's "Best Recorded Audio" award in our Expressions of Nakba art competition (not to mention being named "Greatest Hip-Hop Song for Palestine Ever" by blogger Will at KABOBfest). The video is directed by Iqaa The Olivetone and features Suhell Nafar from the Palestinian hip hop group Dam and Abeer (aka Sabrina Da Witch). It also features a background appearance from the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation's fancy banner, right around minute 4:00 (try not to be bowled over with excitement). The video also includes testimonies from Palestinians and others who share their own experiences of displacement and loss of identity. Here's Invincible explaining what the song covers: "This song was inspired by and has been in the works since a conversation with my mom (or ima in Hebrew) 5 years ago, when I asked her if she missed "back home",(which she calls Israel) and she responded profoundly- "I miss people not places". I realized what a privilege it was to not miss a place and land that so many Palestinians have been displaced from. The song takes the listener on a journey through a haunted "birthright" tour where the buried Palestinian significance of each location comes to light. Along the route i expose the process of historic and continued colonization as being even deeper than land seizure and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, but one that is invested in erasing the Arabic language, culture, and memory. One of my main aims is to destroy the myth of a "Jewish birthright" to a land Palestinians are denied the Right of Return to." Check it out: Like that one? Here's another video from Invincible, this time spreading the word about boycott, divestment, and sanctions: Watch. Listen. Then get involved!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What have our member groups been up to?

A random smattering of stories about US Campaign member groups this month: Motorola shareholder meeting--US Campaign supporters from as far away as Ann Arbor traveled to Chicago to join the Coalition Against Apartheid in Palestine, DePaul Students for Justice in Palestine, and the Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East outside of the Motorola shareholders' meeting on May 4, 2009. These advocates for justice educated Motorola shareholders about their culpability for Israel's military occupation and apartheid practices. Inside the meeting, our shareholding allies proposed a human rights resolution. While the human rights resolution didn't pass this time, it did garner enough votes to be voted on again next year - an important victory in our ongoing campaign to hold Motorola accountable. Our online-activism surrounding the Motorola shareholders' meeting smashed our expectations, with our supporters sending over 3,700 emails demanding accountability from Motorola's management. Help us keep the pressure up--sign up to be a local Motorola boycott organizer by clicking here. AIPAC Conference--Member groups and allies of the US Campaign were present to make their voices heard at the annual AIPAC convention held in Washington, DC, May 3-5. Jewish Voice for Peace sponsored a roving billboard outside of the AIPAC conference, calling for an investigation into how U.S. tax dollars were used to harm civilians in Gaza. JVP volunteers were also present to pass out flyers and talk to conference participants. Meanwhile, inside the convention, CODEPINK made sure to let Israeli President Shimon Peres and AIPAC conference participants know that the world hasn't forgotten about Gaza. For a firsthand account from CODEPINK member Rae Abileah, click here. The folks over at Mondoweiss provided coverage and analysis of the convention. And the Jewish Telegraph Agency put together this video summary of the convention: Nakba Commemoration--The Palestine/Israel Human Rights action group at Central High School in Philadelphia, PA, organized a day of silence in recognition of the 61 years that have passed since Al Nakba. Several dozen students signed a vow of silence for the day to draw attention to the dispossession experienced by Palestinians from 1948 until today and the plight of Palestinian refugees. The group reports that in one class, all but 7 students had signed the pledge. Are you involved with a member group of the US Campaign? Let us know what you're up to by emailing, and we'll post your update here. If your group isn't a member of the US Campaign, join us by clicking here!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Remember Al Nakba - Stop House Demolitions

Remember Al-Nakba
Baqaa refugee camp (Photo: UNRWA)
In 1948 the state of Israel was founded upon a program of ethnically cleansing Palestinians. Approximately 711,000Palestinians were recognized by the UN as refugees and many more were "internally displaced." To this day, Israel has denied these refugees and their descendants their internationally-recognized right of return. Palestinians call this event "al-Nakba," which means "the catastrophe." As we work for justice in Israel/Palestine today, it is important for us to remember how so many of today's problems began and to draw strength from the steadfastness of Palestinians struggling for survival under conditions of dispossession, apartheid and occupation for so long.
At the US Campaign, we stand against the ongoing Nakba today and in support of Palestinian refugees’ right of return. A central component of the ongoing Nakba in Palestinian society includes the destruction of homes and agricultural lands in the wake of expanding Israeli settlements. Since 1967, at least 24,145 Palestinian homes and 1,405,658 trees have been demolished by the Israeli government. Stand with us as we advocate against home demolitions by working to hold Caterpillar accountable for the destruction wrought by their machinery. To learn more about what you can do to end the ongoing Nakba, click here.