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Al-Nakba Commemoration Week at UCSC

During the week of May 12-16, several campus organizations will put on a series of events to commemorate Al-Nakba, Arabic for the Palestinian "catastrophe." Al-Nakba, which is on the same day as Israeli Independence day, is meant to commemorate the forced displacement of two-thirds of the Palestinian population during 1948.
Al-Nakba Commemoration Week at UC Santa Cruz May 12-16
Santa Cruz- During the week of May 12-16, several campus organizations will put on a series of events to commemorate Al-Nakba, Arabic for the Palestinian "catastrophe." Al-Nakba, which is on the same day as Israeli Independence day, is meant to commemorate the forced displacement of two-thirds of the Palestinian population during 1948.
For some, Israeli independence is a time to celebrate. For Palestinians, this date is filled with memories of expulsions and massacres. In 1948, as Israel sought to become a state it forced 850,000 Palestinians from their homes while destroying over 400 villages. This show of force would result in the creation of the world’s largest refugee problem, with over 5 million Palestinian refugees now living outside the country without the right of return. Al-Nakba aims to identify this discrepancy, between one country’s celebration of independence and another’s “catastrophe.?
The week-long event aims to educate the UCSC and Santa Cruz community about the Palestinian struggle, but is also focused on tying the theme of occupation in with Iraq, who is currently living under U.S. rule.
Included in the events will be a presentation on Monday, by Wade Hudson, a writer and community activist, who spent 31 days in Baghdad during the U.S. invasion as part of the Iraq peace team. Also included will be a panel discussion, "Occupation: From Palestine to Iraq," with Max Elbaum, one of the founding editors of War Times, Phil Gasper, a professor at Notre Dame du Mur, and Eyad Kishawi, a Palestinian activist who is a member of the Free Palestine Alliance in San Francisco.
On Wednesday, there will be a film screening of "Promises," an Academy Award nominated film. The film, which focuses on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict narrates its story through interview with children from both Israel and Palestine. The filmmaker is being brought in and will be present at the screening to speak with the audience.
And on Thursday the 15th, there will be a presentation by Ben Eckstein, an Israeli Conscientious Objector. Ben, who has risked going to jail as an objector will speak about his refusal, as an Israeli citizen mandated to serve, to contribute to Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza strip.
The Final event, "Feminisms and the Global War on Terror," which takes place on Friday and Saturday, is a conference that will bring together academics, activists and artists.

The scedule is as follows:
Monday, May 12: Wade Hudson, Charles E. Merrill Lounge, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, May 13: "Occupation from Palestine to Iraq." Classroom Unit 1, 8:00
PM
Wednesday, May 14: "Promises," Classroom Unit 2, 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 15: "Israeli Conscientious Objector Speaks Out," Social
Sciences 2, Room 75, 7:30 PM
Friday and Saturday, May 16, 17: "Feminisms and the Global War on Terror,"
Oakes Learning Center, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

For more information:
Committee For Justice in Palestine, cjp_santacruz (at) yahoo.com
 
 


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Re: Al-Nakba Commemoration Week at UCSC

Please check out the CJTC calendar online for other upcoming events! cjtc.ucsc.edu/calendar.html

In Solidarity with the Palestinian Struggle, 1947-2003
AL-NAKBA COMMEMORATION WEEK, May 13-17


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Monday, May 12
PEACE TEAMS- VOICES FROM IRAQ

Iraq Peace Team Delegate Wade Hudson reports on his recent experience with a peace team in Baghdad.

7:00 pm
Charles E. Merrill Lounge, UCSC

sponsored by Standing United for Peace

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Tuesday, May 13
OCCUPATION: FROM PALESTINE TO IRAQ

Distinguished Panel including:
MAX ELBAUM- Co-founding editor, "War Times" newspaper.

PHIL GASPER- Professor, Notre Dame du Mur University.
EYAD KISAWI- Organizer, The Free Palestine Alliance.

8:00 pm
Classroom Unit 1, UCSC

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Wednesday, May 14
"PROMISES"

Academy Award Nominated Documentary on Real Life in Israel and Palestine.

With a special Guest Presentation by the Film-Maker JUSTINE SHAPIRO.

7:30 pm
Classroom Unit 2, UCSC

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Thursday, May 15
ISRAELI CONSCIENCIOUS OBJECTOR SPEAKS OUT!

BEN ECKSTEIN tells why he refuses to serve in the
Israeli Army.

Followed by the Award Winning documentary
"JENIN. . . JENIN"

A chronicle of the Israeli Army's devestating attack on the Jenin Refugee Camp.

7:30 - 9:30 pm
Social Sciences 2, Room 75, UCSC

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Friday-Saturday, May 16-17
A FORUM ON TRANSLOCAL FEMINISMS AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR

Including presentations and performances by
distinguished academics and activists.
Contact (831) 459-4477 or nray (at) ucsc.edu for more
information.

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Oakes College Learning Center, UCSC

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For more information on AL-NAKBA COMMEMORATION WEEK contact pushingblocks (at) yahoo.com or 423-1626 x301

For more information on AL-NAKBA see below or go to www.alnakba.org or www.palestineremembered.com
 

Re: Al-Nakba Commemoration Week at UCSC

AL-NAKBA means "THE CATASTROPHE" in Arabic.
For Palestinians, AL-NAKBA is the beginning of their quest for justice and peace.

- In 1948, 850,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes in what was to become the state of Israel.

- Highly organized Jewish forces engaged in
well-planned "clearing" operations in key areas of
Palestine.

- Over 400 Palestinian villages were depopulated and wiped off the map.

- Hundreds of civilians were massacred by Jewish
militias.

- To this day, Palestinian refugees have never been allowed to return to their homes and now number over 5 million, comprising the world's largest refugee population.

- Over 3 million Palestinians now live under brutal Israeli occupation in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem (about 40% of their original homeland).


IN MAY 1948 THE STATE OF ISRAEL WAS CREATED ON THE
RUINS OF PALESTINE
 

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