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12 May, Houston: Nakba Day 2018

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Commemorating 70 years of resistance since the Nakba (day of the catastrophe) in 1948 displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, Texas is holding a state-wide day of solidarity


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fly bird (26)
Thursday May 10, 2018, 10:58 pm
Saturday, 12 May
2:00 pm
Corner of Westheimer and Post Oak
Houston, TX

We are gathering as a community to declare:
All Palestinian refugees and their descendants have the right to return to Palestine.
Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.
The 11 year Gaza blockade must end.
Freedom for all political prisoners.

Commemorating 70 years of resistance since the Nakba (‘day of the catastrophe’) in 1948 displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, Texas is holding a state-wide day of solidarity.

“Our chains will be broken before we are.”
– Marwan Barghouti

This day of action will be a show of our unity with other communities who have faced racism, displacement, expulsion, deportation, classism, sexism, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and antisemitism.

This is a family-friendly event. We encourage you to fly Palestinian flags, wear keffiyeh with pride, and bring signs and banners in the spirit of resistance.

fly bird (26)
Thursday May 10, 2018, 11:00 pm
11 May, NYC: Emergency Demonstration – Stop the Slaughter in Gaza.

Friday, 11 May
4:30 pm
Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Office
780 Third Avenue (between 47th and 48th St)
New York, NY

As the Palestinian Great March of Return faces another Friday of unpunished official Israeli violence, the urgency of protest is greater than ever. This emergency demonstration is aimed directly at the American lawmakers who enable the war crimes and human rights violations of the Israeli military. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York is one of the worst of these enablers in Congress, compelling the Democratic Socialists of America’s Anti-War Working Group to call for mass public mobilization outside his office in Manhattan.

fly bird (26)
Thursday May 10, 2018, 11:05 pm
Events for May 2018

Events for 15 May 2018

14 May, Detroit: Nakba Day – Jerusalem is (still) the capital of Palestine!

Monday, 14 May
7:00 pm
Philip A. Hart Plaza
2 Jefferson Ave E
Detroit, MI

Join USPCN Detroit and PYM Michiganat the 70th Nakba Commemoration #NakbaDay70

WHEN: Monday, May 14th, 2018, at 7 PM

WHERE: Hart Plaza, 2 Jefferson Ave, Downtown Detroit

March 15th, 2018, marks 70 years of the ethnic cleansing of almost 800,000 Palestinians from their homes and lands, at the hands of zionist gangs. Now, the situation in Palestine is just as urgent.

Israeli colonial domination continues to entrench itself across all of historical Palestine, led by one of the most right-wing governments Israel has ever had. The Israelis have used unimaginable brutality in response to the #GreatReturnMarch in Gaza, using chemical weapons and murdering dozens of unarmed protesters, including members of the press. And of course, Gaza’s Palestinians are in their 12th year of living under a brutal siege that has made life there almost unlivable, according to the UN.

Across the West Bank, the Israelis continue to move towards de facto annexation of large swaths of land. The corrupt Palestinian Authority (PA) is pushing for a meeting of the Palestine National Council to grant legitimacy to Mahmoud Abbas and his cronies. In addition, the racist U.S. administration, backed by both parties, has announced that it will be moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on Nakba Day itself! And Palestinians inside the 1948 territories have no equality in a racist, apartheid Israeli state that treats them like 3rd class citizens.

But our people continue to resist. The Palestinians of Gaza have inspired the world with their protests demanding the full Right of Return to their original homes and lands. The Palestinians of the West Bank continue to resist both Israeli occupation and the PA’s complicity. And the Palestinians of Jerusalem refuse to abandon their city, their holy sites, and our capital!

All Palestinians around the world, joined by our allies and supporters, continue to reject Trump, reject Netanyahu, and demand an end to Israeli colonization of ALL of historical Palestine.

Join USPCN and PYM for a joint discussion, rally, and demo followed by dabke and music.

Existence is resistance! Until Liberation & Return!

Colleen L (3)
Friday May 11, 2018, 3:58 pm
I pray that it's a celebration of peaceful solidarity..Thanks Fly

fly bird (26)
Friday May 11, 2018, 10:42 pm
12 May, Vienna: Remember 70 Years of Nakba.
Saturday, 12 May
7:00 pm
Landstrasser Hauptstrasse 96
Vienna, Austria

Join us in Vienna to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nakba and urge the Palestinian right of return.

fly bird (26)
Friday May 11, 2018, 11:48 pm
Nightmares rise among Gaza’s children.
10 May 2018

Health facilities in Gaza are undergoing their most severe crisis yet since Israel imposed a blockade on the territory 11 years ago, the health ministry in the Strip stated on Wednesday.

Essential services in Gaza are “barely able to function” after “years of blockade, internal divide and a chronic energy crisis,” the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs also stated this week.

Gaza’s health care system has struggled to cope with the high number of casualties due to Israel’s lethal crackdown on unarmed Palestinians demonstrating along the eastern perimeter of the besieged and occupied territory.

Forty Palestinians, including five children and two journalists, have been killed during the Great March of Return protests that were launched on 30 March. More than 8,500 have been injured, according to Gaza’s health ministry. The majority of those injuries required hospitalization, and more than 2,000 were caused by live fire.

During that same period, Israeli forces killed 13 additional Palestinians in Gaza who were not participating in the protests when they were fatally wounded.

Rights groups have accused Israel of deliberately killing and maiming unarmed Gaza protesters.

Amnesty International, which is calling for an arms embargo on Israel, has been told by doctors at hospitals in Gaza that “many of the serious injuries they have witnessed are to the lower limbs, including the knees, which are typical of war wounds that they have not observed since the 2014 Gaza conflict.”

Medical workers themselves have been targeted. More than 160 paramedics have been injured by Israeli tear gas or bullets during the Great March of Return protests, and 24 ambulances have been damaged, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

But the impact of Israel’s violence towards civilian protesters is not limited to physical harm.


The Norwegian Refugee Council reported last week that children surveyed by the group “are experiencing unusually high rates of nightmares and are showing increasing signs of psychosocial deterioration as a result of the violent response to the Gaza protests.”

The humanitarian body said that it interviewed principals from 20 schools who “reported a rise in symptoms of post-traumatic stress in children, including fears, anxiety, stress and nightmares.”

The extreme Israeli violence has caused children to relive trauma from previous Israeli military assaults on the Gaza Strip.

Reham and Tareq Qudaih (Norwegian Refugee Council)

Reham Qudaih, a 14-year-old from Khan Younis in southern Gaza, told the Norwegian Refugee Council that she has nightmares and flashbacks from previous wars on Gaza after her father Tareq was shot during the Great March of Return protests.

She has repeated nightmares in which she sees her father “martyred” on the ground, causing her to wake up screaming.

Manarah Qudaih, Reham’s mother and Tareq’s wife, said that her children’s performance in school has suffered since their father was shot.

“They started wondering how we will live, who will feed us and who will take care of us after [their] father got injured,” Manarah said.

Reham previously received counseling after Israel’s 51-day war on Gaza in summer 2014. Like thousands of others, Reham’s family took shelter in a school during the bombardment.

When classes resumed, the Norwegian group “gave us instructions to be relaxed, to rest and to be in a safe place, a safe house,” Reham said.

Muhammad Ayyoub, a 14-year-old pupil, also received psychosocial support from the Norwegian Refugee Council. Video shows the moment when Muhammad was shot in the head, causing him to fall to the ground, during a Great March of Return protest on 20 April.

Photo shows two hands holding a notebook with Arabic handwriting on it
Muhammad Ayyoub’s notebook with his handwriting and drawings. (Norwegian Refugee Council)

Two days before he was killed, Muhammad was taught by counselors how to behave during an emergency evacuation.

“He returned home happy and he started showing us what he had learned. He showed us how they should carry their bags and how to run. He explained the whole story,” Muhammad’s mother, Raeda, said.

Muhammad was a popular child, according to his mother, and his classmates go together to visit his grave.

Muhammad’s siblings struggle to cope with the loss of their brother. Raeda encourages them to focus on positive memories of Muhammad but says when they “remember his death, they … get emotional and start screaming.”

“Perpetual insecurity”

Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations Middle East peace envoy, expressed his outrage after Muhammad’s slaying and called on Israel to “stop shooting at children.”

Two more Palestinian children were killed by Israeli soldiers along Gaza’s eastern boundary since Muhammad’s death.

The protests in Gaza “are occurring in a context of perpetual insecurity, restricted rights, and lack of access to basic resources that characterize life under Israel’s 11-year blockade and 51-year military occupation,” Medical Aid for Palestinians stated last week.

Yasser Abu Jamei, director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, told the medical charity that “The population in Gaza feels suffocated, beyond suffocation the mental health situation in Gaza is one that can be described as heavy with despair, feelings of frustration and loss of hope.”

He emphasized the psychological impact of perpetual displacement on refugees, who make up two-thirds of Gaza’s population of 2 million.

“Their lived reality of transforming from producers, landowners, to renters and people dependent on aid or the UN coupon for flour and oil has transformed refugee populations from producers to consumers and dependents.”

Palestinian refugees’ right to return is a central demand of the protests in Gaza. Mass rallies are planned for Monday, the eve of Nakba Day – the annual commemoration of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian homeland and before, during and after the declaration of the state of Israel on 14 May 1948.

As 14-year-old Reham Qudaih put it, Palestinians in Gaza are protesting “to take back our rights which were taken from us by the occupation.”

Demonstrators like her father, she said, are defending “Our right to live.”

fly bird (26)
Friday May 11, 2018, 11:57 pm
Londoners rally on 70th Nakba anniversary.
May 12, 2018

Hundreds of people rallied in front of Israel’s embassy in London to protest the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment — an event Arabs refer to as “The Nakba” or “The Catastrophe”.

The rally was organised by the Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB), the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), the Palestinian youth group, Olive, and several other organisations.

Holding Palestinian flags and banners, the protesters were chanting “Free Palestine”, “Freedom Now” and “End Occupation” slogans.

Some of the placards held by the protesters read “Stand up For Gaza, Stop the Killing” and “Nakba 70, We Are Returning”.

Jewish immigration to Palestine rose considerably during the British mandate period, which lasted from 1922 to 14 May 1948.

Ultimately, some 700,000 Palestinians fled their homes — or were forcibly expelled by invading Jewish forces — while hundreds of Palestinian villages and cities were razed to the ground.

The Palestinian diaspora has since become one of the largest in the world.

Until this day, Palestinian refugees remain scattered across Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and other countries, while many have settled in refugee camps in the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Last December, US President Donald Trump sparked an international outcry when he unilaterally recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and vowed to relocate Washington’s embassy to the flashpoint city — a move scheduled for next Monday (14 May).

Tension has mounted on the Gaza Strip’s eastern border with Israel since 30 March, when Palestinians began holding open-ended demonstrations to demand the “right of return” to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948.

Since the rallies began some six weeks ago, at least 48 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred and hundreds more — possibly thousands — injured.

The Nakba will be protested with various activities — which will take place in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and in Arab villages inside Israel — including seminars, marches and protests, according to organisers from the National Committee for the Commemoration of the Nakba.

May 15 will also be a day of “confrontation” with the Israeli army “in all border areas,” organisers said.

fly bird (26)
Friday May 11, 2018, 11:59 pm
Army Injures 15 Palestinians, Including A Medic In Gaza.
May 11, 2018

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, at least fifteen Palestinians with live fire, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation shortly after the weekly Great March of Return started near the border fence, in the northern and eastern parts of the Gaza Strip.

Medical sources said the soldiers instantly resorted to the excessive use of force, and fired dozens of live rounds, wounding at least fifteen Palestinians.

They added that the Palestinians, who were shot with live fire, were rushed to local hospital, suffering moderate-but-stable injuries.

Dozens of Palestinians, including medics and journalists, suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment.

In addition, an Israeli army sharpshooter shot a young man, just as he flew balloons carrying the colors of the Palestinian flag, east of the Zeitoun neighborhood, southeast of Gaza city, wounding him in the leg, before he was rushed to the Shifa Medical Center.

fly bird (26)
Sunday May 13, 2018, 9:53 pm
Events for May 14, 2018

Philadelphia: Palestinian Great March of Return – Solidarity Rally

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn: Jerusalem is Palestinian! Rally to end 70 years of colonialism

Montreal: Nakba 70 Action

Milwaukee: Nakba70 Rally and March

Prague: Protest against US Embassy Move, 70 Years of Nakba, Killings in Gaza

Athens: Solidarity with Palestinians against Israeli Occupation

London: Protest at the US Embassy for #Nakba70 and Right of Return

Detroit: Nakba Day – Jerusalem is (still) the capital of Palestine!

Berlin: 70 Years of Nakba

Events for 15 May 2018

Window Rock: Nakba: Diné Solidarity with Great Return March

Cape Town: National Protest for the #GreatReturnMarch and Against Israeli Apartheid

Vancouver: Mark Nakba70 – End Canadian Complicity

Johannesburg: Palestine Picket at the US Consulate

Copenhagen: Nakba=Catastrophe

Winnipeg: Al-Nakba 70 – Hope Lives in Remembrance

15 May, Odense: Commemoration of al-Nakba

Aalborg: We will never forget al-Nakba!

Washington DC: 70 Years too Long – Nakba Vigil and Storytelling

Oslo: Marking the Nakba, 70 Years of Exile

Helsinki: Protest 70 Years of Nakba

Gothenburg: Demonstration for Palestine

Stockholm: 70 years of displacement – Rally for a Free Palestine

London: Nakba Candlelight Vigil 1948-2018

Athens: 70 Years of Nakba, the struggle continues until the liberation of Palestine

Berlin: 70 Years of Nakba – Solidarity Demonstration for Palestine

Sydney: Protest for Palestine – 70 Years of Nakba

Malmo: Film and Conversation – Al Nakba, 70 Years of Exile

Manchester: Solidarity with Student Prisoners! Resist political detention!

Montevideo: 70 Years of Al-Nakba, 70 Years of Resistance

Sevilla: Nakba – 70 years of the occupation of Palestine

Valladolid: Rally to commemorate Al-Nakba

Gothenburg: Demonstration for Palestine
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