[act-ma] Tonight! Commemorating the Nakba: A night of remembrance, poetry, and music

Paul Malachi Penchalapadu paul.malachi at gmail.com
Thu May 17 06:50:08 PDT 2012


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From: Laila Murad ~ ليلى مراد <lailawimurad at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, May 17, 2012 at 6:25 AM
Subject: Tonight! Commemorating the Nakba: A night of remembrance, poetry,
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*******Please Forward Widely*******

Commemorating the 64th Anniversary of the Nakba in Palestine,
please join us for an evening of remembrance, poetry, and musical
performance.

Tonight! Thursday May 17th, 2012
7:00 PM
Lewis Room
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.

We hunger
Have no clothes
We defy
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
After another
As though we were twenty impossibilities
In Lydda, Ramla, and Galilee..."

by Tawfiq Zayyad

*****

HISTORY

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.
Flyers attached.
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