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70 Years of Nakba: Refugees, Return, and International Solidarity with the Palestinian People

May 15th marks the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (Arabic for catastrophe), which resulted in the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland. Since then, the process of colonization and dispossession has been ongoing. While the Nakba is commonly referred to as a specific day, the reality is the Nakba is an ongoing reality for Palestinians.

This is particularly true for the Palestinian refugee community in Lebanon where Palestinians are forced to reside in crippling and suffocating conditions scattered throughout 11 refugee camps. Lebanon is “home”/host to some 450,000 Palestinian refugees who are denied their most basic of rights and face systemic discrimination. For youth, growing up in the camp means attending an overcrowded and inadequate school with a deteriorating education system.

While Palestinian refugees are granted the right to return under international law--as any refugee population--any attempt to exercise that right is denied, thwarted, and met with violent response. The recent and incredible Great Return March is the latest demonstration of Palestinian steadfast determination to return and resist.

How can Palestinians in the diaspora and those in the solidarity community support in advancing the struggle of justice in Palestine? How can we ensure the voices of the exiled community are centered in these movements? How can we create a participatory and representative collective of voices that honor Palestinians in their fragmented and scattered realities to ensure any movement captures the voices of all Palestinians?

Join the LEAP Program for a panel discussion featuring Palestinian activist and academic, Mezna Qato, witer and activist Amjad Iraqi, and the LEAP Program Director, Basma Eid.

We will also be screening Razan AlSalah's acclaimed short, "Your father was born 100 years old, and so was the Nakba أبوكي خلق عمره ١٠٠ سنة، زي النكبة " View the preview here.


About the panel:

Mezna Qato is Junior Research Fellow at King's College, University of Cambridge, and Spencer Fellow at the National Academy of Education. She is writing a book on the history of education for Palestinians after 1948.

Basma Eid has been involved with the LEAP Program since 2012 and currently serves as the Program Director. She is based in New York City where she works as the Lead Trainer at Enlace Intl., an alliance of worker centers and community organizations across North America.

Amjad Iraqi is a writer for +972 Magazine, a Policy Member of Al-Shabaka, and was an International Advocacy Coordinator at Adalah. He is currently completing an MA in Public Policy at King's College London.


http://www.leap-program.org/


**This event is FREE and open to the public, however seating is limited to so please RSVP to ensure your spot. Sugested £5 donation at door **


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