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Bibi and Obama, Al Awda 2009, Al Nakba 61 Years on

Posted by uscsjp on May 18, 2009

The following is the tentative program of the Freedom For Palestine 7th Int’l Al-Awda Convention. This program may be subject to change:

“Friday May 22, 2009

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Meet and Greet – New friends, old friends and all attendees
Appetizers/Arabic food provided courtesy of Anaheim’s Victory’s Bakery and Restaurant, Alsanabel Restaurant and Bakery, and Sahara Falafel

7:00 pm – 7: 15 pm – Convention Opening and Welcome

7:20 pm – 8:20 pm – Solidarity organizational reps: Richard Becker, John Parker, Michael Prysner, Todd Chretien

8:20 pm – 9:05 pm – Special guest solidarity voices: Cindy Sheehan, Fernando Suarez Del Solar and Marta Rodriguez

9:15 pm – 10:45 pm – ‘Salt of This Sea” – Fu’l-feature film by Annemarie Jacir starring Suheir Hammad and Saleh Bakri

10:45 pm – 11:00 pm – Closing

Saturday May 23, 2009

8:00 am – 10:00 am Embassy Suites Breakfast Cart (items available for purchase outside main hall)

9:00 am – 9:10 am – Introductory Welcome

9:10 am to 9:25 am – Palestinian Refugees – Background and Current Status, plus Al-Awda Refugee Support programs – by Dr. Jess Ghannam

9: 30 am – 10:10 am  – ‘Present Absentees In Galilee Clinging to their Land – a Testimony’ – Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh, Galilee Society and Ittijah founder and author of ‘A Doctor in Galilee’

10:20 am – 10:30 am – Palestinian Refugees in Iraq – Alan Santistevan

10:35 – 11:10 pm – Boycotts Divestment and Sanctions with Lubna Hamad (Adalah New York)

11:20 am – 12:00 pm – Academic Freedom with Professor William Robinson, UCSB Sociology Professor

12:10 pm – 12:50 pm – Recent Media Coverage of Palestine – Al Jazeera correspondent Khaled Dawoud

1:00 pm – 2:40 pm Lunch with Keynote address “ The Palestinian Struggle in the Aftermath of the Gaza Attack” by Dr. Jamal Nassar, Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at CSUSB; “The Daily Struggle in Jerusalem” by Yacoub Odeh, former political prisoner, human rights worker, and national coordinator for the Palestinian Popular Committees against Zionist house demolitions.

2:45 pm – 4:05 pm – Forum: Palestinian Political Affairs and Structures with Ghassan Elias, Dr. Masad Arbid and Muna Coobtee

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm – Viva Palestina US Forum with George Galloway MP, Ron Kovic and Kevin Ovenden

7:30 pm – midnight – Banquet with Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark ‘War Crimes in Gaza’ – and ‘Growing our Global Movement – Freedom For Palestine’ with George Galloway; Fundraising and National Dabke Contest…”

–Al  Awda Palestinian Right to Return Coalition

Netanyahu in the US: See The Following Commentary From Jeff Warner, LA Jews for Peace

“Commentary on Monday’s Obama – Netanyahu meeting

In my view, there are two key issues, both indicating good news:

  1. This suggests to me that there was serious disagreement in the meeting, which in turn suggests that Obama did not cave-in to Netanyahu.
  2. In the post-meeting press conference, Obama said that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will help diplomatic negotiations with Iran, and Netanyahu said Iran diplomacy and I-P peace should be pursued in parallel.
  3. Obama did not give a timetable for diplomacy to end Iran’s nuclear program, although he did say the diplomacy will be evaluated at the end of the year.

On the bad news side:

  1. Netanyahu called for Palestinian self-government and for peace talks to resume promptly, but not a Palestinian state.

We will learn more about what actually happened over the next weeks from leaks to the press and as we watch how the parties act.  Look to this service for links to key articles.

Link to video of press conference

–Jeff Warner, LA Jews for Peace Email, 18 May, 2009

Also, from The Electronic Intifada


By Daniel Machover and Adri Nieuwhof, The Electronic Intifada, 14 May 2009

Fair criminal trials in EU member states, especially if
they result in convictions, could provide genuine
deterrence and begin to provide justice for Palestinian
victims of Israeli actions. The EU has a massive role in
that regard. Instead of paying lip service to injustices
inflicted upon the Palestinian people by issuing
statements “deploring the loss of life” and promises to
“follow closely investigations into alleged violations of
international humanitarian law,” EU countries would
achieve much more by applying the rule of law to Israel,
starting with making their laws match their obligations
under the 1949 Geneva Conventions. Daniel Machover and
Adri Nieuwhof comment for The Electronic Intifada.


By Rami Almeghari, Live from Palestine, 18 May 2009

“Only if we return to our homeland, can there be peace.
But as long as [Israel] keeps us refugees, we have no
choice to resist them now and for generations to come,
until we are back in Beir al-Saba,” said 75-year-old
Suleiman Abu Jazzar in his home in the Brazil refugee camp
in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. Rami Almeghari reports for
The Electronic Intifada.

By Jonathan Cook, The Electronic Intifada, 18 May 2009

The United Nation’s watchdog on torture has criticized
Israel for refusing to allow inspections at a secret
prison, dubbed by critics as “Israel’s Guantanamo Bay,”
and demanded to know if more such clandestine detention
camps are operating. In a report published on Friday, the
Committee Against Torture requested that Israel identify
the location of the camp, officially referred to as
“Facility 1391,” and allow access to the International
Committee of the Red Cross. Jonathan Cook reports.

By Mel Frykberg, The Electronic Intifada, 18 May 2009

RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) – Israel has found a
cheap and easy way to get rid of its waste, much of it
hazardous: dump it into the West Bank. “Israel has been
dumping waste, including hazardous and toxic waste, into
the West Bank for years as a cheaper and easier
alternative to processing it properly in Israel at
appropriate hazardous waste management sites,” Palestinian
Environmental Authority deputy director Jamil Mtoor told

By Jonathan Cook, The Electronic Intifada, 17 May 2009

Pope Benedict XVI urged the Christian and Muslim
communities of Nazareth, the largest Palestinian city in
Israel, to “reject the destructive power of hatred and
prejudice” as he addressed 40,000 followers on 14 May at
his final public Mass in the Holy Land. His message of
peace and reconciliation for Nazareth, renowned as the
town where Jesus grew up, was delivered amid a heavy
Israeli security operation that angered many residents.

And Finally, See the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation’s 2009 Remember Al Nakba Page:

2 Responses to “Bibi and Obama, Al Awda 2009, Al Nakba 61 Years on”

  1. Cederash said

    Классная статья – спасибо!

  2. Avertedd said

    Подскаите, где купить новый iPhone? Никак не могу найти в Москве…

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