Sunday, May 09, 2010

Nakba week

*** Nakba Week 2010 ***

PalSoc, Arab Cultural Society, Oxford PSC and Oxford Society for Medicine have organised a week of events to commemorate the Nakba and show our solidarity with the Palestinian struggle:

Monday 10th May: An evening with acclaimed Israeli director Eyal Sivan and his latest film 'Jaffa, the Orange's Clockwork'.
Place: Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College
Time: 8pm - 10.30pm

Tuesday 11th May: Oxford Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) meeting -
with a report from a member of the Viva Palestina convoy to Gaza.
Place: Oxford Town Hall
Time: 7.30pm

Wednesday 12th May
: Palestinian 'Dabke' dance class - learn how to dance this traditional Palestinian dance, for absolute beginners!
Place: Meet at the Lodge, Wadham College
Time: 8pm beginners, 9pm intermediates

Thursday 13th May: Healthcare Under Siege - panel discussion on the experiences of leading surgeons and medical experts on the challenges facing healthcare in Palestine.
Place: Bernard Sunley Theatre, St Catherine’s College
Time: 6 - 8.30pm

Saturday 15th May:
Supermarket picket - leafleting to raise awareness of illegal settlement goods sold in British supermarkets.
Place: Waitrose, 9-11 Old High Street, Headington OX3 9JT
Time: 2pm

Nakba Vigil - Candle-lit vigil and public reading of the names of villages destroyed in 1948
Place: Cornmarket Street, adjacent to St. Michael's church
Time: 6pm

*** Nakba Week 2010 ***

This week marks the 62nd anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the catastrophic events of May 1948 when Zionist colonisers ethnically cleansed 750, 000 Palestinians from their land and declared the creation of the state of Israel. Now, 62 years later, Palestinians continue to suffer at the hands of this brutal colonial power: having massacred 1500 civilians in Gaza last year, Israel continues to tighten its strangulating blockade on the territory, systematically starving 1.5 million people in an act of collective punishment that has been condemned across the world; in the West Bank Palestinian civilians protesting the continued occupation are shot dead for taking part in non-violent protests; while in occupied East Jerusalem Israeli planners have approved 50,000 new homes for illegal settlers intent on colonising what remains of Palestine.

Join us for Nakba week 2010.