[act-ma] 5/20 @ 7PM: Commemorating the 62nd Anniversary of the Nakba in Palestine

Nesreen wardet7ob at yahoo.com
Fri May 14 13:35:59 PDT 2010

Commemorating the 62nd Anniversary of the Nakba in Palestine, 
please join us for an evening of readings from the work of Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani

Thursday May 20th, 2010
7:00 PM
Cambridge Public Library, Central Square
45 Pearl St, 
accessible by bus and red line, Central Sq stop, wheelchair accessible
This event is free.

Laila Murad
Nada Samih
Dara Bayer
Lana Habash
Viviane Saleh-Hanna
Gina Rodriguez 
Ashanti Allston, former 
political prisoner

There will be readings of Kanafani's work, 
musical performance, a photo exhibit, and  
Palestinian food.

>From Ghassan Kanafani's "Returning to Haifa", 1969: 

"What happened 
to you, Said?"
"Nothing. Nothing at all. I was just asking. I'm 
looking for the true Palestine, 
the Palestine that's more than 
memories, more than peacock feathers, more than a son, 
more than 
scars written by bullets on the stairs. I was just saying to myself: 
What's Palestine with respect to Khalid? He doesn't know the vase or the 
or the stairs or Halisa or Khaldun. And yet for him, 
Palestine is something worthy 
of a man bearing arms for, dying 
for.... Tens of thousands like Khalid won't be stopped 
by the tears 
of men searching in the depths of their defeat for scraps of armor and 
broken flowers. 
Men like Khalid are looking toward the future, so 
they can put right our mistakes and the 
mistakes of the whole 

This May marks the 62nd anniversary of the Nakba 
(Arabic for "catastrophe") in Palestine in 1948 when over 935,000 
Palestinians (85% of the indigenous population of Palestine at that 
time) were forced off their land, in some cases at gunpoint, in 
other cases through massacres or threats of massacres like the massacre at Deir Yassin. As a 
result, 530 of an estimated 550 total villages were completely destroyed or depopulated. "Israel" was founded on the racist ideology of zionism. It has followed the 
expansionist and genocidal logic of white supremacy and colonialism 
for over sixty years. Today, the genocide in Palestine continues: from the planned expulsion of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank, to the demolition of Palestinian homes in occupied Al Quds (Jerusalem), to the continued siege of the people of Gaza-- deprived of food, water, electricity, and medicine-- to the mass detention of over 11,000 
Palestinian political prisoners. 

Ghassan Kanafani, beloved 
Palestinian writer, was murdered by Zionist forces in 1972. His work 
reminds us of the spirit of resistance that has sustained the Palestinian people for 

Please join us.

**The Cambridge Public 
Library is not a sponsor of this event.

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