[act-ma] This Thurs @ 7 PM Commemorating the Nakba with Ghassan Kanafani
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Tue May 18 14:13:12 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
Thursday May 20th, 2010
Cambridge Public Library, Central Square
45 Pearl St, Cambridge
by bus and red line, Central Sq stop, wheelchair accessible
event is free.
Ashanti Alston, former political prisoner
There will be readings of
Kanafani's work, musical performances, and
>From Ghassan Kanafani's "Returning to Haifa", 1969:
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,
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
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
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
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
us of the spirit of resistance that has sustained the
Palestinian people for generations.
Please join us.
**The Cambridge Public Library is not a sponsor of this event.
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