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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Find a 60th Commemoration of the Nakba in Your Community

Next week will begin the solemn anniversary of 60 years since the Nakba claimed the land and livelihoods of more than 700,000 Palestinians. All across this country and the globe, people will gather at conferences, vigils, lectures, screenings, concerts and religious services in remembrance of the past, in an effort to understand the present, and in hopes of bringing about a better tomorrow.

We have compiled a list of events and arranged them by place and date. This is by no means comprehensive, so if you do not see one near you, ask friends or search the Web. See the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation for another excellent list of events: Help show support for a remembrance of the Nakba by attending these events and standing with Palestinians.

Find an event near you and make an impact. Bring a guest with you, write a letter to your local paper about the event or send pictures of the day to family and friends. If the media is missing the commemoration, broadcast it yourself on YouTube. If there are no activities near you, make your own. Host a discussion at your home, conduct readings on the issue with friends or hold a small service at your place of worship.

However and wherever you choose to remember the Nakba, know that millions of others are doing the same.

Take Action Now

The Washington Report still has copies of our May/June issue “Voices of the Nakba” set aside for distribution.

If you are helping to plan an event and would like to distribute issues, or are simply attending an event and would like extra copies to bring with you, email or call (202) 939-6050 ext. 103 with the following information:

  1. Name of the event.
  2. Date of the event.
  3. How many magazines you would like. They will come in boxes of 50.
  4. The dollar amount of shipping costs you can assist with. We suggest $15 per box, though this is not required.

Please also take this opportunity to subscribe, or purchase a subscription for a friend or family member. For only $29, you will receive nine issues a year, including the latest issue, “Voices of the Nakba.


May 10, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Nakba-60: FREE Palestine, Peace and Solidarity Festival
Civic Center
Downtown San Francisco, CA
Contact Info:

May 16–18
6th Annual International Al-Awda Convention on The 60th of Al-Nakba and Struggle to Return

Embassy Suites Hotel
11767 Harbor Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA
Contact Info:

May 18, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Nakba: The Palestinian Experience of the Creation of Israel as a Jewish State
San Anselmo Inn
339 San Anselmo Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Contact info:
Jane Jewell

May 17, 11:00 – 3:00
Remember Al-Nakba: Palestine 60 Years Later

West Lawn Capitol
Lincoln & 14th
Denver, CO
Contact Info:
(303) 494-2338

May 13-15, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Expressions of Nakba: The Exhibit
Josephine Butler Parks Center
2437 Fifteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Contact Info:

May 14, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs Farewell Reception for Ambassador and Mrs. Afif Safieh
The Washington Club
15 Dupont Cirle, NW
Washington DC 20036
Contact info:
202-939-6050 ext. 101

May 15, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
“Palestinians and the Jewish State: 60 Years of Exile and Dispossession”
Featuring Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, Dr. Donald Wagner and Mr. Nimer Sultany
Palestine Center
2425 Virginia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
Contact Info:
202-338-1958 ext.11
Please RSVP by 12:00 pm on May 14.

May 17, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Nakba Commemoration: 400 villages
Location: West of the Reflecting Pool in view of the Capitol
Reading of the names of the 400 plus villages that were ethnically cleansed in 1948 and the years directly after. Flags will designate each village in a huge map of Palestine marked in the grass will be moved in a ceremony to signify the diaspora and the destruction of villages.
Contact Info:
Brian Hennessey

May 18, 1:00 pm
Seventh Walk for a Just Peace
First United Church of Oak Park
848 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL
Contact info:
Caren Levy Van Slyke
312-427-2533 ext. 18

May 23-25
Palestinian American National Conference
Crowne Plaza Hotel O'Hare
5440 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Contact Info:
888-60-PANC1 (72621) or 708-430-7375

August 8-10
U.S. Popular Palestinian National Conference: “Palestinians in the US: Reclaiming Our Voice, Asserting Our Narrative” 

The Wyndham O’Hare
6810 N. Mannheim Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018
Contact Info:

May 12, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Nakba: What Happened to the Palestinians When the Israeli State Was Established?

Howard County Public Library
East Columbia Branch
6600 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

Contact info:
Joanne Heisel

May 15, 7:00 pm
“Deir Yassin” Screening and Panel Discussion
Michigan Union, Pond Room
530 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Contact info:
Shirley Zempel

May 17th, 1:00 pm
Al-Nakba – No More Massacres
Loring Park
Minneapolis, MN
Contact info:
Sarah Martin
(612) 437-0222

May 16, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Remember Al-Nakba Dinner Fundraiser
Palestinian American Organization at Rutgers
Rutgers, Newark
Essex Room 6:30 pm
Contact info:
Mae Ramadan

May 16, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Nakba
Dag Hammarskjöld Park

Brooklyn, NY
Contact info:

May 21, 7:00 pm
May 1948 - A New State for Israelis, A Nakba (Catastrophe) for Palestinians

A panel of three speakers will discuss the events of 1948 and why they still matter. Nadia Hijab (Institute for Palestine Studies), Adam Horowitz (Jews Against the Occupation and AFSC), and Professor Zachary Lockman (Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU).
Brooklyn Friends Meeting House
110 Schermerhorn
Brooklyn, NY

Contact info:
Naomi Allen
Brooklyn For Peace

May 15, 3:00 pm
Nakba 60th Commeration
Hanging signs and banners on high-traffic Ferry St. Bridge area.
Meet in the EWEB parking lot, access on 4th St.
500 E. 4th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401
Contat info:
541 513-3833

May 31, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ending the Palestinian Nakba: Commemorating 60 years of Palestinian Dispossession, 40 Years of Israeli Occupation
Hoffman Hall
Portland State University
1833 SW Eleventh
Portland, Oregon 97201
Contact info:
Peter Miller

May 31, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ending the Palestinian Nakba
Hoffman Hall
Portland State University
1833 SW Eleventh
Portland, Oregon 97201
Contact info:
Peter Miller

May 13, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
“Another Road Home” Screening
Calvary Church
48th & Baltimore
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Contact info: (More events to be announced on the website.)

May 15, 3:00 pm
Protest the Israeli Occupation
We are trying to expand knowledge in the community about this conflict, and we are trying to remember AL NAKBA'S 60th anniversary. There will be a speaker and musicians.
Highland and Poplar intersections
Memphis, TN 38111
Contact info:
Dania Helou

May 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Celebrating the life of Riad Hamad
St. James Episcopal Church
1941 Webberville Rd.
Austin, TX 78721
Contact info:

May 10, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Palestine/Israel: From the Catastrophe – Hope
An evening with Mazin Qumsiyeh, a scholar and human rights activist who bridges East and West, Palestine and the United States
St. Edward's University
Ragsdale Center, Jones Auditorium
3001 S. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
Contact info:
Rizk Ikhrais

May 11, 5:00 pm
Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church
7127 Bee Cave Rd.
Austin, TX 78746
Mazin Qumsiyeh speaking on the Nakba and the plight of native Christians and Muslims in Palestine

May 10, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Celebrate Palestine: 60 Years of Resistance
Seattle Central Community College
South Plaza, Broadway and E Pine
Seattle, WA 98112

Contact info:

May 17-18, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibition of Remembrance
Rich Wiles’s “Portraits of Palestine,” Dora McPhee Paintings, Children’s Photos from Lajee Centre, Aida Refugee Camp, and more.
Fitzroy Town Hall
Melbourne, Australia
Contact info:

May 18, 7:00 pm
Nakba Commemoration Dinner Featuring Ali Abunimah (Electronic Intifada)
Adelaide, Australia
Contact info:

May 8, 6:30 pm
Jewish Voice for Just Peace in the Middle East (Austria) commemorates the Nakba
Afro-Asiatisches Institut
Tuerkenstr. 3, 1090
Contact Info:

September 7-8
The Peace Cycle – Europe
Cyclists gather in Brussels for 2 days of media events and demand from the European Parliament to take action for justice for the Palestinian people.
Contact info:


May 13, 7:00 pm
Screening of Ilan Pappe talk “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”
2994 Douglas St.
Victoria, BC v5h2l9

Contact info:
George McFetridge

May 17
Youth Day – Popular Education Workshop on Palestine
Contact info:

May 26-30
“Workers’ Rights under Occupation” at the Canadian Labor Congress Convention

Forum with Palestinian and Haitian trade unionists (details to be announced). Organized by Labor for Palestine and Toronto Haiti Action Committee

May 29, 8:00am – 5:00 pm
Right of Return Conference: Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba
University of Ottawa
Montpetit Bldg, Room 203
125 University Street
Contact info:

May 30-June 1
“Brick By Brick” National Conference
National workshop for labor activists and trade unionists on building labor solidarity with Palestine.
Contact info:
To register, contact Labor for Palestine,
First Annual Toronto Palestine Film Festival
Toronto and Mississauga
Contact info:

September 2-4
United Nations (OHCHR and UNESCO) Conference on 60 Years of UDHR
Contact Info:

May 14-15
Freedom and the Right of Return: Palestine and 60 Years of Ethnic Cleansing
Jakarta, Indonesia

Contact info:

June 23
Towards Return of Palestinian Refugees: Practices, Strategies and Vision
Tel Aviv
Contact info:

May 10
National Mass Demonstration for Palestine
Turin, Italy
Contact info:

August 14-31
The Peace Cycle – Palestine
Cycling from Amman, Jordan, to Palestinian communities and 1948 depopulated villages in Israel.

May 6
Children’s Activities: Kite-Flying, Children’s Songs, and Festivals
Activities for children in all refugee camps.

May 12
Intergenerational Dialogue and Discussion on the Nakba and the Right of Return

Tubas, Palestine

Contact info:

May 15
District-wide Nakba Commemoration Festival
Re-creation of a destroyed village; Intergenerational dialogue and discussion.
Tubas, Palestine
Contact info:

May 15
Mass Demonstration and Athletics Tournament
Qalqilya, Palestine
Contact info:

May 16
Rallies and Marches to the Apartheid Wall
Events all throughout the West Bank.
Contact info:

May 8-10
Ila Haifa”
An adaptation of Ghassan Kanafani's Returning to Haifa by PSC and the al-Zaytouna Dabka group. May 10th National Demonstration in central London to commemorate the Nakba and continuing dispossession and denial of Palestinian rights.
London, UK
Contact info:

May 16-17
Palestine: 60 Years of Dispossession and Resistance
University of East London
Contact info:
Phil Marfleet
020 8 223 7690

June 7
Palestine Lives 2008: Palestine Solidarity Campaign Rally
Manchester, UK
Contact info:

For more information about events see:

Source: WRMEA

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