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Vienna: Freedom Winds âEUR" Kite Making Workshop and Demonstration

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In commemoration of the Nakba, we send our kites as flags in the skies of Vienna. As with other countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, kite-flying is a popular activity in Palestine


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fly b (26)
Thursday May 31, 2018, 5:51 pm
Vienna: Freedom Winds – Kite Making Workshop and Demonstration.
June 1 @ 2:30 pm - June 2 @ 4:00 pm

Friday, 1 June
2:30 pm
OKAZ- Austrian Arab Cultural Center
Gusshausstrasse 14/3
Vienna, Austria

Saturday, 2 June
3:00 pm
Danube Island
UN Building
Vienna, Austria

In commemoration of the Nakba, we send our kites as flags in the skies of Vienna

As with other countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, kite-flying is a popular activity in Palestine. Displaced, imprisoned, their dreams suppressed, the Palestinian youth in the refugee camps developed a passion for kite-making to express their dreams and creativity. This is an early bloom of rebellion against an unjust reality that eventually became a form of political protest. In the spring and the fall, the refugee camps are characterized by the intensity and variety of the colors of the kites.

In besieged Gaza, kite-flying is a protest method of choice against the siege and repeated Israeli aggression Already in June 2009, Gaza recorded a world record of 3000 kites in a single action. Today, Palestinians in Gaza protest daily at the colonial fence while Israeli soldiers, themselves at a safe distance, open fire with live ammunition on the crowds. Over 112 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured. Against this background, the kite evolved from a simple method of protest to a method of fighting. Palestinian youths have loaded kites with fire and land them beyond the fence. The creativity of a besieged people with hardly anything to lose knows no limit.

While official Austria celebrates 70 years of the state of Israel, we commemorate 70 years of the Nakba with the Palestinian people. We remember 70 years of expulsion, massacres, state terror, war crimes, sieges, imprisonment, torture, repression, racism, apartheid and more, reflected in the concept of settler colonialism.

On the occasion of 70 years of Nakba, we stand with the Palestinians in the occupied homeland and in the diaspora. On Friday, 1 June, the OKAZ will hold a kite-making workshop for children and adults. At 3 pm on Saturday, 2 June, the kites will fly on the Danube Island in front of the UN Building. Freedom for Palestine!

fly b (26)
Thursday May 31, 2018, 5:52 pm
5 June, Milwaukee: Protest Israeli Ambassador’s Visit!

Tuesday, 5 June
11:15 am
Milwaukee County War Memorial Center
Milwaukee, WI

Since March 30th of this year, Israeli snipers, as well as other soldiers, have killed over 120 unarmed Palestinian in Gaza and wounded more than 12,000. On May 14 alone, 19 Palestinian medics were shot. Now one of Netanyahu’s closest allies, Ron Dermer, is coming to Milwaukee! Dermer is also close to Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who withheld his role in funding illegal settlements on the West Bank, while Trump has put him in charge of bringing “peace” to the Middle East. Our taxes are paying for these murders. We cannot be silent.

June 5th marks also the 51st anniversary of the Israeli occupation of Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem. One of the only remaining occupations in our times. Palestinians in the occupied territories live under Apartheid rules that control their movement, their ability to work and farm their land and, in general, their ability to live in peace. Settler colonialists, protected by the Israeli army harass them, destroy their crops and trees, stop them from getting to their fields, and physically assault them. We are not going to let Dermer play the victim and cast blame on the occupied Palestinian people.

As a result of the recent massacres in Gaza, Israel has been put under pressure by the international community and people of conscience. In response, Bibi and his government embark on a campaign to distract and mislead. However, people of conscious are going to continue to stand up for Palestinian rights and will continue their cultural and economic boycott and divestment to pressure Israel in ending its apartheid rules.

On June 5th, as Ron Dermer is white washing genocide, join Jews, Arabs and people of conscience to affirm the right of return for those Palestinians and their descendants who were driven out of their home 70 years ago and since.

fly b (26)
Thursday May 31, 2018, 5:56 pm
The Nakba.

Between 750,000 and one million Palestinians were forced out their homes in the years leading up to 1948, fleeing the unrest caused by Zionist militias that had come to Mandate Palestine to set up a Jewish state.

The Nakba, or Catastrophe, created what has now become the world’s longest lasting refugee crisis with camps being set up in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria to home expelled Palestinians. Though they were due to be temporary structures, the camps became permanent and still stand today. As families expand, the camps have become overpopulated.

Here MEMO gives you the opportunity to walk along a Palestinian refugee’s journey through the Nakba to the modern day.


Winter 1948

In November 1948, six months after the state of Israel is declared, the new Israeli army arrives at your village, the Palestinian Christian village of Iqrit. They tell you and your neighbours to evacuate the area for safety reasons, and you do so - after receiving a promise you can return when the army have completed its operations in the area.

Most of your neighbours have been transferred to a nearby village. They all believe that it will be a matter of two weeks before they can return home. You stay with relatives nearby awaiting clearance to move home with your new husband - you got married just before the State of Israel was born.

But the two weeks pass and repeated requests to return are not granted. The area is declared a military zone which means you are not allowed to return.

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Colleen L (3)
Thursday May 31, 2018, 10:02 pm
Interesting. Thanks Fly
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