The Free Palestine Movement, International Solidarity Movement-Northern California and al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition announce the
2017 North America Nakba Tour 69 Years without a Country
Stateless Palestinians from Lebanon
Khawla Hammad has been a stateless refugee in Lebanon for 69 years. At the age of sixteen, she was expelled from her village of Kabri, in Palestine. Now she is 84 years old, and and still a refugee in Lebanon, with no citizenship in any country at all. Israel expelled most of the population in 1948, and has prevented them from returning to their homes. Kabri and hundreds of other towns and villages were levelled to the ground, a crime that Palestinians call al-Nakba (the Catastrophe).
But Israel did not stop there. It repeatedly attacked Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, killing three of Khawla’s children among many others. Before the Nakba, Khawla’s father also lost his life as a Palestinian freedom fighter. Khawla has a message that she wants to bring to North America. So does 23-year-old Palestinian refugee, journalist and translator Amena Elashkar, whom many of you know from the 2016 Nakba Tour. She and her parents were born as stateless refugees in Lebanon and have never lived in their own country.
Khawla and Amena have a different message from other Palestinians. They are not living under Israeli occupation. Israel does not allow them to visit their homes, much less live there. As exiles, they have a different perspective from Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and the part of Palestine that became Israel.
Invite Khawla and Amena to speak in your community.
The Free Palestine Movement, ISM – Northern California and the al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition are bringing these women to North America for two months starting in late May, 2017. They will fly to Washington, DC for the March 26 al-Awda National Rally for Palestine and then travel in the eastern US and Canada by car for two months before returning to Lebanon.
We need your help to tell their story.
– Book a spot along the Nakba Tour route (included below).
The local sponsors of the event will be the primary organizers, but we will help and advise you with protocol, advice, logistics and outreach, including advertising. We will make sure the speakers and field coordinator / tour driver / videographer Samir Salem are able to travel to your venue. We will need $200 in advance to reserve your event and another $300 or more at the event itself to support our costs. We also ask you to provide lodging and meals (homestays and shared rooms are very acceptable). Universities are asked to provide a $500 honorarium and make similar housing and meal arrangements. We will also make informational materials available.
– And, most importantly: forward this announcement to all of your lists and follow us on Facebook!
Last year, the Nakba Tour brought Amena El-Ashkar and Nakba survivor Mariam Fathalla to speak at 26 venues across the United States. Footage of one of their talks can be found here.
Prospective Nakba Tour Itinerary:
Mar 23 DC Arrive from Lebanon (no events)
Mar 24 DC Israel Lobby conference
Mar 25 DC R&R (no events)
Mar 26 DC al-Awda National Rally for Palestine
Mar 27 travel day
Mar 28 Miami preparation day
Mar 29 Miami preparation day
Mar 30 Miami preparation day
Mar 31 Miami available for speaking
Apr 1 Miami available for speaking
Apr 2 Miami available for speaking
Apr 3 travel day
Apr 4 Tampa/Orl available for speaking
Apr 5 Tampa/Orl R&R
Apr 6 Tampa/Orl available for speaking
Apr 7 travel day
Apr 8 Jaxville available for speaking
Apr 9 Jaxville available for speaking
Apr 10 travel day
Apr 11 Tallahassee available for speaking
Apr 12 Tallahassee R&R
Apr 13 travel day
Apr 14 Montgomery available for speaking
Apr 15 travel day
Apr 16 Atlanta available for speaking
Apr 17 Atlanta available for speaking
Apr 18 Atlanta available for speaking
Apr 19 Atlanta R&R
Apr 20 travel day
Apr 21 Charlotte available for speaking
Apr 22 Charlotte available for speaking
Apr 23 Charlotte available for speaking
Apr 24 Charlotte available for speaking
Apr 25 Charlotte available for speaking
Apr 26 Charlotte R&R
Apr 27 travel day
Apr 28 Richmond available for speaking
Apr 29 Richmond available for speaking
Apr 30 travel day
May 1 DC available for speaking or visiting Congressional offices
May 2 DC available for speaking or visiting Congressional offices
May 3 DC available for speaking or visiting Congressional offices
May 4 DC R&R
May 5 travel day
May 6 Pittsburgh available for speaking
May 7 Pittsburgh available for speaking
May 8 travel day
May 9 Detroit available for speaking
May 10 Detroit available for speaking
May 11 Detroit R&R
May 12 Detroit available for speaking
May 13 travel day
May 14 Toronto available for speaking
May 15 Toronto available for speaking
May 16 Toronto available for speaking
May 17 travel day
May 18 Montreal available for speaking
May 19 Montreal R&R
May 20 Montreal available for speaking
May 21 travel day
May 22 Boston available for speaking
May 23 Boston available for speaking
May 24 travel day
May 25 Hartford available for speaking
May 26 Hartford R&R
May 27 Hartford available for speaking
May 28 travel day
May 29 NYC available for speaking
May 30 NYC available for speaking
May 31 NYC available for speaking
June 1 NYC R&R
June 2 NYC Return to Lebanon
Remember to forward this announcement to all of your lists!
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