[act-ma] Thurs 5/17: Commemorating the Nakba: An Evening of Remembrance, Poetry, and Musical Performance
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Thu May 10 16:36:46 PDT 2012
Commemorating the 64th Anniversary of the Nakba in Palestine,
please join us for an evening of remembrance, poetry, and musical performance.
Thursday May 17th, 2012
Cambridge Public Library, Central Square
45 Pearl St, Cambridge
accessible by bus and red line, Central Sq stop, wheelchair accessible
This event is free.
Here We Shall Stay (excerpt)
"...Here we shall stay
Like a wall upon your breast
Washing dishes in idle, buzzing bars
Pouring drinks for our overlords
Scrubbing floors in blackened kitchens
To snatch a crumb of bread for our children
From between your blue fangs.
Here we shall stay
A hard wall on your breast.
Have no clothes
Sing our songs
Sweep the sick streets with our angry dances
Saturate the prisons with dignity and pride
Keep on making children
One revolutionary generation
As though we were twenty impossibilities
In Lydda, Ramla, and Galilee..."
by Tawfiq Zayyad
This May marks the 64th 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 demolition of Palestinian homes in occupied Al Quds (Jerusalem) to the attacks by zionist settlers on Palestinian farmers 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.
*This event is sponsored by the P3 Committee: Palestine, Poetry, and Politics and is free and open to the public.
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