Wednesday, May 4: The Exiled Palestinians

Come to Northampton for an evening of food, music, and talks from Mariam Fathalla, an 86 year old Palestinian woman who has been stateless since the 1948 Nakba and Amena Ashkar, a grand- and great-granddaughter of survivors who has lived her entire life in Palestinian refugee camps. Al Nakba (Arabic for ‘The Catastrophe’) occurred on May 15th, 1948, and remains one of the most tragic humanitarian disasters in recent history as it left over half of the Palestinian population dead or expelled; over 750,000 Palestinians lost their homes on this fateful day, still holding onto the right to return 68 years later.

Food provided by Pita Pockets, Amanouz Café, and Mosaic Café. Free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. Donations are appreciated.

Please join us in commemorating this horrific event in which Zionist forces committed 33 massacres and destroyed 531 Palestinian towns. Nearly 70 years later, the Palestinian voice remains largely unheard in the United States. It is an honor and a privilege to bring to our community two women who can speak not only to the original catastrophe, but to the painful consequences that leave today’s youth, including Amena, living in refugee camps three generations later.

North America Nakba Tour organized by the Free Palestine Movement, International Solidarity Movement-Northern California, and al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition. Co-sponsored by Western Mass Coalition for Palestine, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, Peace & Justice Committee of First Churches, the Western Mass chapters of Code Pink, Jewish Voice for Peace and American Friends Service Committee, and by Arise for Social Justice, the Islamic Society of Western Mass, Kairos/Franklin County Justice for Palestine, Mount Toby Friends Peace & Social Concerns Committee, and the Northampton Committee to Stop War.