The 1948 Catastrophe for Palestinians
A commemoration co-hosted by Richmond & Kingston and West Surrey PSC
supported by West London PSC
In 1948, Israeli armed forces and Zionist paramilitaries drove 750,000 Palestinians from their homes in what is now Israel. Over 500 Palestinian villages were destroyed and 78% of the land was seized. Every May, Palestinians around the world commemorate this catastrophe.
73 years later, there are now more than 7 million descendants of the original refugees. Many are stateless, living in crowded refugee camps. Israel has always denied them the right to return to their homes - a right long enshrined in international law for all the refugees of the world. The Nakba is an ongoing tragedy: the Israeli Army and Zionist settlers continue to displace Palestinians, seize their land, demolish their homes and deny them political rights.
We have invited 6 Palestinians to tell the story of their families’ forced exile and the Nakba’s ongoing impact down the generations. Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A.
Our speakers are:
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Meeting ID: 882 7095 7229
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Many thanks to all who took part in the demonstration in Guildford on Saturday.
Nearly 200 demonstrators marching peacefully up and down the High Street with an array of wonderful home made banners.
In addition to PSC members, we had local students and representatives from the Muslim community in Woking. Old and young.
Despite the rain, and the horror of what Israel is doing, it was good natured, and uplifting.
DEMO IN GUILDFORD
SATURDAY at 2:30
At very short notice we have decided that we need a demonstration in Guildford on Saturday, rather than going to London for the rally.
We will assemble outside Debenhams (which is now closed) at 2:30 on Saturday, and then proceed up the High Street. Look out for Palestinian flags.
We will obviously observe social distancing requirements.
Please bring flags, placards and your energy!
Placards: either design your own, or print this PSC one: https://www.palestinecampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/nakba-placard-1.pn