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Al Nakba Remembered in Philly: 60 Days of Action to Coincide with the 60th Anniversary of the Palestinian Catastrophe

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This spring marks the 60th anniversary of Al Nakba, “the catastrophe,” the little known side of Israel’s creation that murdered thousands of Palestinian civilians in 1948 and drove over 700,000 others into exile after a terror campaign by the nascent Israeli state.... Philly’s Palestine solidarity movement insist Al Nakba not be forgotten with a series of events every day from March 16th to May 15th.

If you want to become involved we’d love your help and input.

Al Nakba Remembered in Philly: 60 Days of Action to Coincide with the 60th Anniversary of the Palestinian Catastrophe

By Nathaniel
Defenestrator.org

This spring marks the 60th anniversary of Al Nakba, “the catastrophe,” the little known side of Israel’s creation that murdered thousands of Palestinian civilians in 1948 and drove over 700,000 others into exile after a terror campaign by the nascent Israeli state. Philly SUSTAIN (Stop US Tax-funded Aid to Israel Now!), Temple and Penn Students for Justice in Palestine and the AL Nakba Committee are responding to the call made at the US Social Forum for 60 days of action to coincide with what will likely be a self congratulatory celebration of Zionism.

Philly’s Palestine solidarity movement insist Al Nakba not be forgotten with a series of events every day from March 16th to May 15th. Defining occupation broadly to include the gentrification of Philadelphia neighborhoods through eminent domain and white colonization, solidarity activists plan to work with various groups in the city to insure Al Nakba and all occupations are remembered.

Billions of dollars each year go from U.S. taxpayers to the Israeli military, funding the destruction of Palestinian homes, agriculture and infrastructure. At the same time, people in the U.S. -- including Philadelphia -- face crises around health-care, housing and education. Federal taxes need to come home to support our communities instead of a militarized racist foreign policy in Palestine, Iraq and around the world.

Some events to look forward to are a mini Palestinian film festival, a mjeddera dinner (traditional dish eaten by poor Palestinians) and music night, folk dance, agitprop theater (“Café Intifada,” an occupation themed puppet show and checkpoint street theater), a photo exhibit, a Palestinian political prisoner event and various decentralized actions throughout Philadelphia.

If you want to become involved we’d love your help and input. You can contact Philly SUSTAIN at sustainphilly@gmail.com or visit our myspace page http://myspace.com/sustainphilly for up to date information.

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photo by Sue Rouda

This article and photos were featured in the new issue of the Defenestrator--just released in Philly