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Remembering the 65th Anniversary of NAKBA, ‘The Catasthrope’

In 1948, the state of Israel was declared.  Over 700,000 Palestinians (2/3 of the entire population) were driven out of their homeland by Zionist forces and over 400 villages were destroyed.   I am a US citizen, a Christian.  I am human.  Today, I reflect on this. I pray for equal rights, for human rights and for an end to an unjust occupation.

Nakba - The Catastrophe

Remember the Nakba

Remi Kanazi, Palestinian Poet,  from ‘Nakba’:  “She is not forgotten. We have not forgotten”.

LISTEN/WATCH (2-minute poem)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlhCDRvr5_w

 

The Israel / Palestine region is fraught with complexity, differing opinions and views. Meaningful Trip founder, Joe Staiano, just returned from a visit here.   “I went to bear witness – to see & learn first-hand the complexities of this region. I tried to have an open and compassionate heart. The human rights abuses of Palestinians I saw every day made my head and heart hurt.  Palestinians suffer ethnic cleansing, displacement, illegal settlements and refugees.  All the while, the USA gives 3.1 billion dollars in foreign assistance each year to support Israel”.   Despite all of the above, this is one of the most fascinating regions in the world to visit… A concentration of the three largest monotheistic religions;  some of the most famous holy sites in the world; an area of simple desert beauty; of amazing cuisine; and some of the warmest and most hospitable people on the planet.

Remember the Nakba, HusunRemember the Nakba – Husun…

Husun fled at age 12. Today, she is an elderly grandmother… still a refugee.  “piles of stones are the only evidence of forgotten Palestinian lives”

WATCH 2-minute videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7QncdZBfc0

 

Organizations Working Towards Peace and Human Rights:

Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights,  www.auphr.org

Jewish Voice for Peace,  www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org

Palestine Information,  www.palestineinformation.org

NGO’s working for Peace in Israel and Palestine,  www.ngocdps.org

 

 

Upcoming Events:

For those in SEATTLE, WA, Joe Staiano will give two slide shows that will also encourage community discussion and dialog.


THUR. May 23rd. Ballard Public Library, 6:30 pm. 

RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/135359336653398/
or
TUES. May 28th. Fremont Public Library, 6:30 pm.

RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/154271151411709/

Quotes, Then and Now…

“We created terror among the Arabs and all villages around.  In one blow, we changed the strategic situation”.  April 1948, Menachem Begin, participant in attack of Deir Yassin village, later Prime Minister of Israel.

“A free and independent Israel has had no greater friend and ally than the United States.   Our two nations stand together because it makes our countries safer, stronger, and more prosperous and it makes the world a better place.”   April 16, 2013, Barack Obama, President of the United States, quoted in Huffington Post.

“Peace”.  Said by me just now 🙂

Other April 15 Facts…

1877 – The first telephone was installed (Boston)

1912 – The Titanic sinks

1955 – Ray Kroc started McDonalds

 

 

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About Joe Staiano

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