US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation Commemorates Al Nakba
Posted by uscsjp on May 15, 2016
As Palestinians Mark 68 Years of Nakba, We Must Step Up Our Work
Today Palestinians worldwide commemorate the Nakba, the catastrophe, when more than 750,000 Palestinians were deliberately expelled from their homes by Zionist forces to create the state of Israel. There are now more than seven million Palestinian refugees waiting to return to their homeland, unable to do so because Israel refuses to honor their right of return.
While we commemorate the events of 1948, it is important to understand that the Nakba is not a onetime event andimpacts Palestinians everywhere on a daily basis. Palestinian refugees in Gaza, where 70% of the population are refugees, and Syria, where more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed by bombardment from the Syrian regime, face constant military assaults.Ethnic cleansing in historic Palestine continues. In 2015 alone, 221,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced as Israel pursues its colonization project.
Below are some resources about the Nakba and the importance of thePalestinian right of return for establishing a just and lasting peace. Please use them in your organizing for Palestinian rights.
Before Their Diaspora: A Photographic History of the Palestinians, 1876-1948 from the Institute for Palestine Studies.
The Making of Israel, a new interactive map produced by Visualizing Palestine that animates 68 years of Nakba and 143 years of colonization.
Videos to watch and share: Maximum Land with Minimum Palestinians from the BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights; Nakba by the Numbers from the Institute for Middle East Understanding; Najawa: A Story of Palestinefrom Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel; and Chronicles of a Refugee, a six-part series produced in 2008 looking at the plight of Palestinian refugees all over the world.
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We must step up our work in support of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. And there is something you can do right now!
The United Methodist Church General Conference is happening now in Portland, OR and US Campaign member group United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR) is pushing for several divestment resolutions that will end the church’s involvement in the occupation. UMKR needs you to help launch a social media storm to show the church that support for Palestinian rights and divestment is widespread!
If you are on Facebook, like UMKR’s page and share their updates.
If you are on Twitter, tweet your support using #UMCGC. Follow and retweet tweets from @UMKairosResp, @fosnalive, and #KairosGC2016. These accounts will also let you know when you can watch live stream of the resolutions being discussed and voted on.
You can also click on the tweets below to post them automatically. Each tweet includes a link to more information.
- #UMC strongly opposes occupation of Palestine! Why put $$ into companies that maintain it? #UMCGC #KairosGC2016
- See #UMC investments in brutal illegal occupation. #UMCGC #KairosGC2016 Why grow church pensions from this misery?
- #UMC missionaries speak from the heart http://bit.ly/1TykfQs #UMCGC #Kairos2016 #notwithmypension
- Death, destruction & despair since GC2012 yet #UMC invests in companies that create this. #KairosGC2016 #UMCGC
- How can the #UMCGC support apartheid with investments in companies helping the Israeli occupation?! @MFSAVoices
Help the Methodists become the latest church body to divest from occupation and apartheid to bring us one step closer to ending the Nakba.