Marking Al-Nakba 68: Events Around the World for Palestinian Return



Events and actions are being organized around the world to mark the 68th anniversary of the Nakba, the expulsion of the Palestinian people from their homes and lands in order to create a Zionist settler-colonial state on the land of Palestine. These events both remember over 68 years of Palestinian struggle, steadfastness, and resistance, but also support the ongoing struggle for Palestinian refugees’ return and the liberation of Palestine.

The imprisonment of Palestinians has always been a tool of the colonial project in Palestine, meant to maintain occupation, apartheid and oppression and criminalize the existence and resistance of Palestinians. From the martial law imposed in 1948 on the Palestinians who remained in the 78% of historic Palestine occupied at that time, to the imprisonment of 7,000 Palestinian political leaders, journalists, and freedom fighters today, the imprisonment of Palestinians and their leaders has always been part and parcel of the Nakba.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is directly involved in Nakba events in several cities internationally and supports mobilizations around the world on this critical day. Numerous events will be taking place throughout occupied Palestine and in the refugee camps of Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.

This list focuses on international events organized by Palestinian communities in exile and diaspora and solidarity movements. In order to add your city’s event to the list below, please email or message us on Facebook. This page will be updated regularly!



Saturday, 14 May – Palestine Will Be Free Panel, Facebook:
12 pm, part of the Socialism for the 21st Century Conference, University of Sydney.

Sunday, 15 May – Commemorating the Nakba Demonstration: 68 Years On, Facebook:
1 pm, Town Hall, Sydney. Organized by Palestine Action Group Sydney


Friday, 13 May – Al Nakba 2016 Vigil. Facebook:
nakba-southafrica6 pm, King George Square, Brisbane. Organized by Justice for Palestine Brisbane.



Sunday, 15 May – Nakba 1948: Palestinian Catastrophe and Israeli Ethnic Cleansing
1 pm, Zoo Lake, Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg. Organized by Women’s Boat to Gaza, BDS South Africa, Media Review Network, Palestine Solidarity Alliance, South African Jews for a Free Palestine, Food for the Soul



Saturday, 14 May – Performance at School of Decolonization. Facebook:
5:00 pm, Puerta del Sol, Madrid.

Saturday, 14 May – Demonstration followed by performances, dance and Palestinian, African and Latin American food. Facebook:
6:00 pm, Glorieta de Marques de Vadillo – General Ricardos – Luisa Munoz, followed by La Kupula sala.

Sunday, 15 May – Nakba demonstration for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. Facebook:
1:30 pm, Puerta del Sol, Madrid.

Sunday 15 May – Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba
5:30 pm, Recinto Ferial, Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain.
Includes collaborative mural, debate with Majed Dibsi, Palestinian journalist and political analyst, theatrical action, photo exhibition. Organied by Madrid Para Todos, the Global Campaign to Return to Palestine, CJA and Alco Sanse en Lucha


11 May – 15 May – Series of events organized by the Coalició Prou Complicitat amb Israel (CPCI). Facebook:

Wednesday, 11 May – Seminar: Why is it important to break ties with Israel? Ways toward a just peace. 7 pm, Aula Magna, Faculty of Geography and History, University of Barcelona. With Raji Sourani, Riya Hassan, and Blanca Campos. Moderated by David Bondia and joined by Catalan municipalities who have adopted BDS.

Thursday, 12 May – Raji Sourani at Catalonia Parliament. 4 pm, Parliament of Catalonia.

Friday, 13 May – Hope Award to recognize individuals and groups defending Palestine. 7 pm, Palau Robert, Passeig de Gracia 107, Barcelona. Organized by the Palestinian Community of Catalonia, and hosted by actress Rosa Boladeras.

Saturday, 14 May – Film Screening, “The Land Speaks Arabic.” 6 pm, La Sedeta, Carrer de Sicilia 321, Barcelona, with the participation of Riya Hassan, BNC. Organized by Sodepau and Association Helia.

Sunday, 15 May – Demonstration for Palestine – Long live Palestine! 6 pm, Plaza Catalonia.



Sunday, 15 May – Nakba Day Demonstration, Facebook:
3:00 pm, Karl-Marx-Platz, Berlin. Organized by the Nakba-Tag-Bundnis


Saturday, 7 May – Palestine Nakba Day
1 pm – 6 pm, Schlossplatz, Stuttgart. With speakers George Rashmawi, Shir Hever, Attia Rajab, Reiner Weigand, Annette Groth, and performers Aeham Ahmed, Muhammad Tamim, Yalla Dabke. Organized by Palestine Solidarity Committee Stuttgart and the Palestinian Community of Stuttgart.



Saturday, 14 May – Demonstration in Commemoration of the Nakba. Facebook:
2 pm – 4 pm, between Markthal and Hoogstraat, organized by Palestijnse Gemeenschap Nederland, Aidoun-Group Nederland, al Awda, Palestijnse Vrouwenunie, het Samenwerkingsverband Rotterdam voor Gaza and Nederlands Palestina Komitee


Saturday, 14 May – Demonstration in Commemoration of the Nakba
1 pm – 3 pm, on the Grand Market by the town hall, organized by Palestijnse Gemeenschap Nederland, Aidoun-Group Nederland, al Awda, Palestijnse Vrouwenunie, het Samenwerkingsverband Rotterdam voor Gaza and Nederlands Palestina Komitee

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Saturday, 14 May – Demonstration in Commemoration of the Nakba
1 pm – 4 pm, on the Dam and the Spui, organized by Palestijnse Gemeenschap Nederland, Aidoun-Group Nederland, al Awda, Palestijnse Vrouwenunie, het Samenwerkingsverband Rotterdam voor Gaza and Nederlands Palestina Komitee

Sunday, 15 May – Forum on the Nakba, 1948-2016. Facebook:
3 pm, International Institute for Research and Education, Lombokstraat 40, Amsterdam. With speakers Mohammed Matter, Hatem Bazian, Amin Abou Rashed, Mohammad Altamary, Sami Shabib and Saleh Salayma, Sarah, and Khouloud Ajarma. Organized by Back to Palestine



Sunday, 15 May – Organizing for Palestine to Break the Silence. Facebook:
2:30 pm, Autonomous School Zurich, Sihlquai 125, Zurich, Switzerland. Organized by Wir sind mit Ihnen



Series of events from May 9-May 15
Organized by the Nakba Initiative (Democratic Palestine Committees in Denmark, Boykot Israel, FN Forbundet, Human Rights March, Palaestina Orientering) Facebook:,

Monday, 9 May  – Palestinian film screenings, 5 pm – 9 pm,  Verdenskulturcentret, Norre Alle 7, 2200 Norrebro

Tuesday, 10 May – History of Al-Nakba – presentation by Professor Nur Masalha of the University of London,  7 pm – 9:30 pm, Verdenskulturcentret, Norre Alle 7, 2200 Norrebro

Wednesday, 11 May – Palestinian culture and music, with dabkeh dance and traditional music performed by Nassim al-Dogom, 6 pm – 9 pm, Verdenskulturcentret, Norre Alle 7, 2200 Norrebro

Friday, 13 May – Demonstration for justice for Palestine, remembering the Nakba of 1948.  Facebook: , 3 pm – 5 pm,  Radhusplads, Copenhagen. With speakers: Trine Petrou Mach, Bilal al-Issa, Gerd Berlev, and music with Nassim al-Dogom,



Saturday, May 14 – Rally to Commemorate the Palestinian Nakba, Facebook:
1 pm – 4 pm, Place de la Monnaie, Brussels, Belgium. Organized by the Palestinian Community of Belgium.


Sunday, 15 May – Movie Screening for Al-Nakba: 5 Broken Cameras. Facebook:
6:30 pm, Valkeniersplein 19B, Maasmechelen. Organized by the Palestine Committee Maasmechelen.


Sunday, 15 May – Silent Wake to Commemorate Al-Nakba, Facebook:
7:00 pm, Koning Albertpark, Kiosk, Antwerp, Belgium. Organized by Antwerp for Palestine.



Saturday, 14 May – What Road for Palestine? Marking the Palestinian Nakba, discussion with Khaled Barakat. Facebook:
6:30 pm, Manifesten, 59 Rue Thiers, 13001 Marseille. Organized by the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) Aix-Marseille and Generation Palestine Marseille


Saturday, 14 May – Demonstration to Support the Palestinian People, Facebook:
2:30 pm, Place Bellecour, 69002, Lyon


Saturday, 14 May – Nakba: Mass rally in Paris, Facebook:
3 pm – Place de la Republique. Exhibition on the Nakba, street theater, speeches and more. Organized by CAPJPO-EuroPalestine

Sunday, 15 May – Palestine at Place de la Republique. Facebook:
2 pm – 10 pm, Place de la Republique, Paris. Films, discussions and presentations commemorating the Nakba. Organized by Cineluttes, Artists for Palestine, Festival Cine-Palestine, Campagne BDS and #PalestineToujoursDebout, Union of Palestinian Associations and Institutions of France (Aljaliya), GUPS Paris, PALMED France, Palestinian Youth Movement France and more.



Friday, 13 May – Palestinian Family Dinner and Evening Facebook: 7 pm – 10 pm, Byblos Restaurant, Storgatan 75, Huvudsta Centrum. Organized by the Palestinian Association in Stockholm.

Saturday, 14 May – Palestinian Cultural Festival 2016, Facebook:
11:30 am – 6 pm, Hallunda Folkets Hus, Borgvagen 1, 145 69 Norsborf (Stockholm)


Sunday, 15 May – Demonstration in memory of the Nakba, Facebook:
12:30 pm, Gustav Adolfs Torg, Malmo. Organized by Malmo Palestine Network

Sunday, 15 May – Public Meeting on Palestinian Right of Return
3 pm, Studieframjandet, Ystadgatan 53 (following demonstration). Organized by Group 194



Friday, 6 May – Nakba – The Catastrophe after 68 Years. Facebook:
7:30 pm, CSOA Lambretta, Milan. Featuring a speech by Rajeh Zayed and concert by Al-Raseef. Organized by UDAP (Arab Palestinian Democratic Union.)

Saturday, 14 May – Al Nakba: The day of memory. Facebook:
8:30 pm, Milano Via Mercanti, Milan. Film Screening of “Al Nakba” documentary. Organized by BDS Milano

Sunday, 15 May – Commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba. Facebook:
3 pm, Piazza Gabrio Rosa, Milan. With Militant Rap performances by Beppe Rebel, Zasta NCF, Liam Vik, Hafiz X and Romio X, Palestinian Poetry, speeches and more. Organized by Fronte Palestina, Palestina Rossa, Global Campaign to Return to Palestine


Monday, 16 May – Nakba 1948-2016, the Catastrophe Continues  Facebook:
8:30 pm, Qoelet di Redona. Presentation by Nandino Capovilla, Pax Christi. Presented by Gruppo Iabbok.


Monday, 16 May – Nakba anniversary film screening and meeting. Facebook:
8 pm – Sala Bar/Libreria Knulp, via Madonna del Mare 7/a, Trieste, Italy. Screening of “Nakba” documentary by Monica Maurer. Speaker Bassima Awad of the Al-Quds Italian/Palestinian Cultural Institute and the Palestinian Community of Veneto.



Sunday, 15 May – We will not forget the Nakba! Facebook:
4 pm, Galatasaray Lisisi, Istanbul, Turkey. Organized by BDS Turkiye.



Saturday, 14 May – Crossroads: Castastrophe, Resistance, Freedom. Facebook:
7:30 pm, Dora Stratou Dance Theatre, Arakynthou 33, Athens, Greece. Cultural event, Organized by the General Union of Palestinian Students – Greece



Tuesday, 17 May – 68 Years of Nakba, Solidarity with Palestine. Facebook:
6:30 pm – 8 pm, Espaco Bento Martins, J.F. Camide, Largo das Pimenteiras, 6A (Junto ao Colegio Militar). Speeches by Hikmat Ajjuri, Pezarat Correia, Jorge Cadima.



Saturday, 14 May – Groovy Palestine, Alternative Music from Palestine on Nakba Day, Facebook:
7 pm, OKAZ, Gusshausstrasse 14/3, 1040 Vienna. Includes discussion and performance by Jowan Safadi, Palestinian musician, followed by DJ sets by Kolonel Blip, El Captagon and Neva-i Solomon. Organized by OKAZ, Österreichisch Arabisches Kulturzentrum



Thursday, 12 May – BADIL Speaking Tour on Palestinian Refugees
Time and Location TBA. More info: Organized by Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Sunday, 15 May – Tesco, Stop Trading With Israel Nakba Vigil 2016. Facebook:
2 pm, Tesco, 2 Royal Ave, Belfast. Call on Tesco to boycott Israeli goods.


Monday, 9 May – BADIL Irish Speaking Tour on Palestinian Refugees. Facebook:
7 pm, Quay Co-Op, 24 Sullivan’s Quay, Cork. With speakers Lubnah Shomali and Nidal al-Azzah from BADIL. Organized by Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Tour info:


Tuesday, 10 May – BADIL Irish Speaking Tour on Palestinian Refugees. Facebook:
7 pm, Perys Hotel Limerick, Glentworth Street, Limerick. With speakers Lubnah Shomali and Nidal al-Azzah from BADIL. Organized by Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Tour info:


nakba-dublinWednesday, 11 May – BADIL Speaking Tour on Palestinian Refugees. Facebook:
6:15 pm, Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place, Dublin. With speakers Lubnah Shomali and Nidal al-Azzah from BADIL. Organized by Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Tour info:

Saturday, 14 May – March and “Moving Gallery” for Palestinian Refugees. Facebook:
2 pm – 3 pm, St. Stephen’s Green (Grafton St Entrance), Dublin 2. March down Grafton St to the Spire. Organized by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.


Friday, 13 May – BADIL Speaking Tour on Palestinian Refugees.
7 pm, UNISON Building, Clarendon St, Derry. With speaker Lubnah Shomali from BADIL. Organized by Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.


Wednesday, 11 May- Al-Nakba, 68 Years of Exile. Facebook:
6 pm, Sala Auditorium, Austral University of Chile, Valdivia, Chile. With speaker Karmach Elias, Nakba survivor born in Palestine in 1948. Organized by Arab Youth for Palestine Valdivia.


Sao Paulo

Wednesday, 11 May – Mothers of May, Palestinian Mothers, Mothers Without Borders. Facebook:
7 pm, Al Janiah, Alvaro Carvalho Street 190, Sao Paulo. Cultural event connecting struggles of Brazilian and Palestinian mothers. Organized by MOP@T (Movimento Palestina Para Tod@s) and the May Mothers Movement.



Saturday, 14 May – Intifada as a bridge of return. Facebook:
6:30 pm, Avenue Habib Bourguiba, Tunis, Tunisia. Organized by a coalition of parties and groups.


Montreal, Quebec

nakba-montrealSaturday, 14 May – Nocturnal Demonstration to Commemorate the Nakba; Facebook:
7 pm – midnight, Station Metro Mont-Royale, Montreal. Organized by Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU), Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights – UQAM (SPHR-UQAM) and Tadamon

Sunday, 15 May – Palestinian commemoration festival, Facebook:
11 am – 5 pm, Concordia University, 1455 boulevard de Maisonneuve W., Montreal. With Palestinian cultural show, dance, music and children’s activities.


Tuesday, 10 May – Personal stories of Palestinian Nakba Survivors. Facebook:
7 pm, Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto. Part of the North America Nakba Tour, organized by Free Palestine Movement and Al-Awda Coaliation and co-presented in Canada by the Palestinian Canadian Congress and Canada Friends of Sabeel.

nakba-torontoSunday, 15 May – Commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba, Facebook:
2 pm – 5 pm, Celebration Square, Mississauga. Organized by the National Committee to Commemorate the Nakba 68 – Toronto

Sunday, 15 May – Toronto Palestinian Film Festival Nakba Commemoration, Facebook:
2 pm, Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto. Film Screening of Encounter with a Lost Land with director Maryse Gargour over Skype. Organized by TPFF, Palestinian Canadian Congress, Students for Justice in Palestine – Ryerson.


Sunday, 15 May – Commemoration of Al-Nakba 1948-2016, Facebook:
1 pm – 4 pm, Memorial Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Including commemoration, community voices, Palestine dance, flag making and film screening. Organized by Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Canadian Palestinian Association, Canada Palestine Support Network, Independent Jewish Voices, Peace Alliance Winnipeg


Sunday, 8 May – Personal Stories of Palestinian Nakba Survivors. Facebook:
7 pm, Ben Franklin Place, Chamber Hall, 101 Centrepoint Dr, Ottawa. Part of the North America Nakba Tour, organized by Free Palestine Movement and Al-Awda Coaliation and co-presented in Canada by the Palestinian Canadian Congress and Canada Friends of Sabeel.


Wednesday, 11 May – The Exiled Palestinians. Facebook:
6:45 pm, Forest Hill United, 121 Westmount St. E., Kitchener, Ontario. Part of the North America Nakba Tour, organized by Free Palestine Movement and Al-Awda Coaliation and co-presented in Canada by the Palestinian Canadian Congress and Canada Friends of Sabeel.

London, ON

Thursday, 12 May – Personal Stories of Palestinian Nakba Survivors. Facebook:
7 pm, MAC Youth Centre, 366 Oxford St E, London. Part of the North America Nakba Tour, organized by Free Palestine Movement and Al-Awda Coaliation and co-presented in Canada by the Palestinian Canadian Congress and Canada Friends of Sabeel.


New York

Thursday, 12 May – Nakba Remembrance Day Protest. Facebook:
1:30 pm, Washington Square Park. Organized by NYU Students for Justice in Palestine.

Sunday, 15 May – Nakba Day March for Resistance and Return, Facebook:
1:30 pm, Rally at City Hall Park before march over Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza for activities. Organized by NY4Palestine coalition.


Sunday, May 8 – Nakba commemoration, with speakers, and entertainment and a children’s program, Facebook:
1:30 pm – 6:30 pm, speakers including Dr. Ahmad Tibi, Debkeh performances, Palestinian food and fashion show; Prayer Center of Orland Park, 16530 104th Ave, Orland Park, Illinois. Hosted by American Muslims for Palestine – Chicago.

Wednesday, 11 May – Nakba: Not Something to Celebrate Vigil, Facebook:
5:30 – 6:30 pm, 3751 N. Broadway, Chicago. Organized by Jewish Voice for Peace – Chicago.

Thursday, 26 May – USPCN Chicago Nakba Day Commemoration, Facebook:
6:30 pm, Jerusalem Restaurant, 8310 S. Harlem Ave, Chicago. Live testimony from a Nakba survivor, Palestinian folkloric music from Hamze Allaham and Ronnie Malley, USPCN updates. Organized by US Palestinian Community Network Chicago.


Friday, 13 May – AMP Minnesota Annual Nakba Commemoration
7 pm – Doubletree Hotel, 2200 Freeway Boulevard, Brooklyn Center, MN. Speakers Abdallah Maarouf and Hatem Bazian. Organized by American Muslims for Palestine – Minnesota

Sunday, 15 May – Al-Nakba Protest. Facebook:
1 pm, Loring Park, Minneapolis. Initiated by Anti-War Committee with many endorsers.

Oakland/Bay Area

Sunday, 15 May – George Jackson in the Sun of Palestine. Facebook:
nakba-oakland4 pm, Uptown Auto Body and Fender, 401 26th Street, Oakland. Remember the Nakba, Black Panthers and Indigenous Resistance. Art exhibition and performance highlighting a multimedia exhibition, curated by Greg Thomas. Organized by Art Forces and AROC.

San Francisco

Saturday, 14 May: Stompin Up: Youth Resist through Story and Dance
6 pm, Mission High School, 3750 18th St, San Francisco, CA. Featuring Silk Road Dabke Troupe, Aljuthoor, and more. Organized by Palestinian Youth Movement and Silk Road Dabke Troupe.


Sunday, 15 May – Nakba Day 2016 – Performances by Ryan Harvey and Kareem Samara
. Facebook:
6 pm, Location TBA. Check Facebook, organized by Baltimore – Palestine Solidarity.


Saturday, 14 May – Still Walking: Nakba 68, Facebook:
5 pm – 8 pm, Joe Chillura Courthouse Square. 600 E Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL. Street theatre and reenactment of the Nakba of 1948. March from Joe Chillura Courthouse Park past Jose Marti Park, to the Immigration Statue in Centennial Park.


Sunday, 15 May – Nakba Day Poetry Reading. Facebook:
12 pm, Market Square, Knoxville, Tennessee. Palestinian poetry read by friends, poets and community members.

nakba-sandiegoSan Diego

Saturday, 14 May – Commemorating 68 Years of Al-Nakba. Facebook:
5 pm, Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego. Includes Palestinian dinner, talk by Dr. Jamal Nassar, music by Naima Shalhoub, testimonies of Nakba survivors. Organized by Nakba Committee (includes Jewish Voice for Peace, KARAMA, BDS San Diego, PAWA SD and CAIR)


nakba-austinSunday, 15 May – Nakba Film Screening: The Land Speaks Arabic. Facebook:
7 pm, Friends Meeting of Austin, 3701 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX. Organized by the Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights


Saturday, 14 May, Nakba Tour: The Exiled Palestinians. Facebook:
5:00 pm, Islamic Association of Cincinnati. Speakers: Nakba survivor Mariam Fathalla, 86, and Amena Ashkar, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Nakba survivors. Organized by Cincinnati Palestine Solidarity Coalition


Saturday, 7 May – Commemorating Al-Nakba with Nadia Ben-Youssef. Facebook:
11 am – 1:30 pm, Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, 202 Harvard Drive SE, Albuquerque. With speaker Nadia Ben-Youssef of Adalah.


List of activities below via Palestine Solidarity Campaign Nakba Week Schedule. Additional events below.

nakba-weekTue 3 – Dr. Christos Giannou, A Surgeon in the Siege of Shatila, Guilford

Tue 3Prof. Manuel S. Hassassian, Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, Milton Keynes

Wed 4Mahmoud Zawahra, Nottingham

Fri 6Film screening: The Lab (dir. Yotam Feldman), Wolverhampton

Fri 6Mahmoud Zawahra, Cardiff

Sat 7Prof. Karma Nabulsi, Palestine, Freedom of speech and Prevent, Luton

Sat 7Nakba presentation, Bradford upon Avon

Sat 7Tower Hamlets-Jenin Friendship Association Stall for Nakba, London E3

nakba-london1Sat 7Nakba commemorative vigil, Hereford

Sat 7Sabrina Tucci, Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme, Birmingham

Sat 7Nakba stall, Bradford

Sun 8Sponsored Walk for Palestine, Bristol 

Sun 8Olive & PSC present- Palestine: A Journey Through The Culture, London NW10

Sun 8Nakba Week stall, Peterborough

Mon 9 – Live music, poetry & film screening, Tatreez Cafe, London N16

Mon 9Tim Sanders and Mahmoud Zawahra, Tower Hamlets, London E2

Mon 9Film Screening: Nakba, Bristol

Mon 9 Eat for Palestine, Fundraiser, Norwich

Tue 10Nakba, Round Table Discussion with Prof. Karma Nabulsi, Parliament

Tue 10Film screening: Jaffa, the Orange’s Clockwork (dir. Eyal Sivan), London W4

Tue 10Screening of Miko Peled, The General’s Son, London SW9

Awad-Abdul-fattah-11th-May-1Tue 10Mahmoud Zawahra, Oxford Town Hall

Wed 11Film screening: Five Broken Cameras, Wellingborough

Wed 11Awad Abdelfattah (National Democratic Assembly / Balad), London N15

Wed 11Kate Cargin, Living Under Military Occupation, Norwich

Wed 11Dr Khader Abu-Hayyeh, Nakba survivor, Hastings

Thu 12Haya al Farra (Palestinian Mission), Darlington

Wed 11Film screening: Five Broken Cameras, Wellingborough

Wed 11Awad Abdelfattah (National Democratic Assembly / Balad), London N15

Wed 11Kate Cargin, Living Under Military Occupation, Norwich

Wed 11Dr Khader Abu-Hayyeh, Nakba survivor, Hastings

Thu 12Haya al Farra (Palestinian Mission), Darlington

Thu 12Jafar Ramini, The Catastrophe that is Palestine, Salisbury

Thu 12Film screening: Life in Occupied Palestine (by Anna Baltzer, JVP), Exeter

Fri 13Film screening: The Time That Remains (dir. Elia Suleiman), SOAS, London WC1

Fri 13 – The Israel lobby and the European Union, Report Launch, London NW1

Fri 13Film screening: When I Saw You (dir. Annemarie Jacir), Shrewsbury

Fri 13Film screening: Palestine Blues (dir. Nida Sinnokrot), Hereford

Sat 14 – Day-School Conference: Prof Nur Masala, Awad Abdelfattah & more, London WC1

Sat 14Palestinian Forum in Britain, Nakba anniversary protest, London W8

Sat 14Nakba Stall, Edinburgh

Sat 14Remember the Nakba in quiet contemplation, Lancaster

Sat 14Nakba Stall, Barnstaple

Sat 14Paveen Yaqub, Palestinian activism and its relevance to the Nakba, Leeds

Sat 14Nakba Stall, Glasgow

Sat 14 Nakba commemoration, Sheffield Town Hall

Sat 14 – Mahmoud Zawahra, Portsmouth

Sat 14Friends of Al Aqsa: Palestine Exhibition and Fun Day, Edinburgh

Sat 14The Nakba: Palestine Exodus, Video Conference with survivors, Bristol 

Sat 14Nakba stall, Kettering

Sun 15The Tragedy of Palestine, Huddersfield

Sun 15Nakba stall, Northampton

Sun 15Interpal: Nakba Tube Trail, London E17

Sun 15Nakba Day, Lest We Forget, Kingston upon Thames

Sun 15Rafeef Ziadah, We Teach Life Sir album launch, Birmingham

Sun 15Nakba Day Vigil, Manchester

Sun 15 – Nakba Day, ‘Registered Alive’, with Maxine Peake, Ahmed Masoud & more, London N1


nakba-islingtonFriday, 13 May – Evening for Palestine. Facebook:
7 pm, Hargrave Hall, Hargrave Road, Islington. Palestinian music, food, short film and talks by Palestinian youth. Organized by CADFA.


Saturday, 14 May – Nakba Day Commemoration. Facebook:
12 pm – 9 pm, Piccadilly Gardens, Live Feed from Gaza, talks, music, drama and poetry. 9 pm, Film screening and music.


Monday, 16 May – Book Launch and Seminar, “Mapping My Return, A Palestinian Memoir,” by Salman Abu Sitta. Facebook:
6:30 pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London. Organized by Palestinian Return Centre and Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Saturday, 21 May – Nakba Narratives 2016 Annual Dinner. Facebook:
6 pm, Royal Nawaab London. Annual dinner for Interpal with speakers Majdi Aqil, Ang Swee Chai, Yvonne Ridley, Ibrahim Hewitt.


Monday, 16 May – Nakba Talk – One Democratic State with Awad Abdelfattah and Karl Sabbagh. Facebook:
7:30 pm, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge. Event chaired by Dr Ruba Salih (Reader at SOAS) and supported by One Democratic State (ODS) and Cambridge Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

 thanks to: Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Per non dimenticare… il diritto al ritorno: missione multipla ad agosto 2015

luoghi della diaspora palestinese

Siamo donne e uomini che ritengono che il diritto al ritorno sia un punto irremovibile e centrale per il futuro del popolo di Palestina. Nessun risarcimento potrà mai ripagare le sofferenze e le privazioni di decenni di diaspora, ma il riconoscimento di questo diritto è l’unico modo per dare una soluzione all’occupazione delle terre palestinesi.

Crediamo perciò che si debba ricordare a noi e al mondo che l’occupazione ha generato un esodo forzato del popolo di Palestina e che oggi ci sono palestinesi in Libano, come in Giordania, Siria, Iraq e altri Paesi – non ultimo il nostro Occidente – ma che ci sono palestinesi rifugiati nella stessa Palestina.

Partendo da queste considerazioni stiamo organizzando per il prossimo mese di agosto una iniziativa internazionale per portare contemporaneamente quattro missioni a Gaza, Cisgiordania, Libano e Giordania. L’obiettivo è la riaffermazione del diritto al ritorno.

L’ebraicizzazione di Israele – punta più alta del programma neocoloniale del sionismo – esclude il diritto al ritorno dei non ebrei, e dunque dei palestinesi nati in quelle stesse terre e dei loro discendenti. La nostra presenza in quei paesi vuole denunciare questo trattamento intollerabile e razzista. Una missione che metta al centro la questione dei diritti dei rifugiati, tutti i loro diritti.

Il tema del diritto al ritorno per il popolo di Palestina, ignorato da troppi, dentro e fuori il mondo arabo-mediorientale, non può essere eluso o messo da parte in nome di altre e pretestuose compatibilità. Le quattro delegazioni ricorderanno le vittime delle stragi e porteranno ai palestinesi la solidarietà politica e il sostegno umano.

Per realizzare questo progetto lanciamo da oggi una sottoscrizione nazionale, dando così continuità al positivo lavoro messo in campo da anni dal Forum Palestina e dal Comitato per non dimentica Sabra e Chatila e proseguito nel dicembre 2013 / gennaio 2014 a Gaza dalla delegazione “Tutti a Gaza 2013”.

Siamo quindi pronti per raccogliere le vostre adesioni per formare le quattro delegazioni Per non dimenticare il diritto al ritorno. Quello del prossimo agosto sarà un appuntamento importante perché ci darà la possibilità di conoscere la realtà di Gaza, Cisgiordania, Libano e Giordania incontrando tutte le forze e le organizzazioni politiche e sociali che lì lavorano e operano.

Vogliamo che l’iniziativa che ci accingiamo a prendere, in collaborazione con i nostri amici palestinesi, con i quali da anni lavoriamo insieme nel Comitato internazionale Per non dimenticare Sabra e Chatila e con il quotidiano libanese Assafir, sia un momento, centrale, di un percorso che deve prevedere iniziative su tutto il territorio italiano da svolgersi prima e dopo il mese di agosto con al centro “il diritto al ritorno”. Intendiamo, inoltre, tessere un filo con il lavoro che il Comitato Per non dimenticare Sabra e Chatila ha svolto negli ultimi anni. La nostra presenza in Libano, come a Gaza, Cisgiordania, Giordania è finalizzata a denunciare una realtà inaccettabile e drammatica che ha origine dall‘occupazione della Palestina.

Il nostro invito è rivolto a quanti in questi anni hanno lavorato a fianco del popolo palestinese, combattendo l’occupazione e condannando il sionismo. Siamo senza equilibrismi dalla parte dei diritti dei palestinesi, “senza se e senza ma..”, ma nello stesso tempo respingiamo qualsiasi approccio antisemita e razzista. La pregiudiziale antifascista e anticoloniale è pertanto per noi centrale.

Vi chiediamo di farci pervenire nel tempo più breve possibile le vostre intenzioni di partecipare – attraverso la scheda qui allegata – per consentirci di organizzare al meglio la visita. Nelle prossime settimane vi faremo sapere regole date e costi della missione.

Bassam Saleh, Ismail Fawzi, Nabil Kheir, Sami Hallac, Yousef Salman, Ahmed Dawud, Ma’moun Al Barghouti, Hakeem Abu Jaleela, Mohammed Hamdan, Mariagiulia Agnoletto (Salaam ragazzi dell’Olivo – Milano), Enzo Apicella (cartoonist), Goretta Bonacorsi, Enzo Brandi, Sergio Cararo (direttore di Contropiano), Andrea Catone (direttore di Marx XXI), Antonietta Chiarini, Tullia Chiarini, Blanca Clemente, Mimmo Colaninno, Geraldina Colotti (Monde Diplomatique), Comitato Fasano per la Palestina (Fasano, BR), Marinella Correggia (giornalista, attivista per la pace), Tonia De Guido (Comitato Palestina – Bologna), Eliana Ferrari, Mirca Garuti (laboratorio multimediale Alkemia – Modena), Rodolfo Greco ( – Milano), Luciano Ianni (attivista pro-Palestina – Roma), Enzo Infantino (attivista pro-Palestina – Calabria), Kalamu (gruppo musicale calabrese), Tonio Leone (attivista per la Palestina – Fasano), Alessia Leonello, Stefania Limiti (giornalista, Comitato per non dimenticare Sabra e Chatila – Roma), Pati Luceri (docente e attivista pro-Palestina – Lecce), Francesco Maringiò (presidenza internazionale Centro Studi Correspondances Internacionales), Miriam Marino, Marcella Masperi, Mariano Mingarelli (Associazione Italo Palestinese – Firenze), Nicol? Monti (direttore Labaro TV), Maurizio Musolino (giornalista, Comitato per non dimenticare Sabra e Chatila – Roma), Loretta Mussi (attivista pro-Palestina – Roma), Flavio Novara (Laboratorio multimediale Alkemia – Modena), Gustavo Pasquali (Comitato per non dimenticare il diritto al ritorno – Roma), Ivano Poppi, Laura Pugnaghi (Rete 1° marzo), Roberta Ravoni, Carmen Ricci, Dominique Sbiroli (Comitato con la Palestina nel cuore – Roma), Massimo Sgarzi, Elio Teresi (direttore Radio Aut per l’antimafia sociale – Palermo), Ornella Terracini, Marta Turilli (Comitato con la Palestina nel cuore – Roma), Jacopo Venier (direttore Libera TV), Maria Raffaella Violano (Presidente Amici della Mezza Luna Rossa Palestinese), Lucio Vitale.


thanks to: Forum Palestina

On Nakba Anniversary, Refugees Make almost Half of Population

RAMALLAH, May 14, 2013 (WAFA) – On the eve of the Nakba (catastrophe) 65th anniversary, the refugees make almost half of the total Palestinian population, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said Tuesday.

While statistical data show that refugees constitute 44.2% of the total Palestinian population in Palestine, records by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) showed that there were 5.3 million registered Palestinian refugees by mid-2013, constituting 45.7% of the total Palestinian population worldwide, said the PCBS.

It said 59% of the refugees live in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, 17% in the West Bank and 24% in Gaza Strip.

About 29% of registered refugees live in 58 refugee camps, of which 10 are in Jordan, nine in Syria, 12 in Lebanon, 19 in the West Bank, and eight in Gaza Strip.

The PCBS said, however, that these estimates represent the minimum number of Palestinian refugees, given the fact that there are many non-registered refugees.

These estimates also do not include Palestinians who were displaced between 1949 and the 1967 war and do not include the non-refugees who left or were forced to leave as a result of the war in 1967.

The number of Palestinians who remained in their towns and village in 1948 after the Nakba was estimated at 154,000. Their number is now estimated as 1.4 million on the 65rd anniversary of the Nakba.

In 1948, 1.4 million Palestinians lived in 1,300 Palestinian towns and villages in historic Palestine. The Israelis controlled 774 towns and villages and destroyed 531 Palestinian towns and villages during the Nakba.

More than 800,000 of the population were driven out of their homeland to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, neighboring Arab countries and other countries of the world.

The Palestinian population worldwide is estimated 11.6 million by the end of 2012, said the PCBS. This means that the number of Palestinians worldwide has multiplied eight-fold in the 65 years since the Nakba.

A total of 5.8 million live in historic Palestine and this number is expected to rise to 7.2 million by the end of 2020, based on current growth rates, said the PCBS.


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