[act-ma] 5/20 @ 7PM: Commemorating the 62nd Anniversary of the Nakba in Palestine
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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
Cambridge Public Library, Central Square
45 Pearl St,
accessible by bus and red line, Central Sq stop, wheelchair accessible
This event is free.
Ashanti Allston, former
There will be readings of Kanafani's work,
musical performance, a photo exhibit, 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 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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