Nakba Day 2019

Nakba Day  May 18 Toronto  

12 noon .Meet at Yonge-Dundas Square.

As Jews and other people of conscience, we must face this dark history and mourn with them.

Together we mourn not only those who were killed in 1948. We mourn the loss of their ancestral lands and the destruction of Palestinian cities, villages and society.

At the same time we celebrate the steadfastness of the Palestinian people, the sumud of those who live under military occupation, blockade, exile, in refugee camps and as third class citizens.

Marching in the streets across Canada to remember the Nakba and honour the strength of Palestinians who have never stopped resisting colonial violence and apartheid… Across Canada there is a silent majority against Israeli war crimes; against the occupation; for the right of return for Palestinian refugees; for boycott, divestment and sanctions; to end Canadian complicity with Israeli apartheid; and for self-determination for the Palestinian people.  Take it to the streets, to every working class and progressive organization, to demonstrate in solidarity.”

 Independent Jewish Voices Canada. https://ijvcanada.org/

Nakba Day , Yawm an-Nakba, meaning “Day of theCatastrophe” is generally commemorated on 15 May. The day was inaugurated by Yasser Arafat in 1998. For the Palestinians it is an annual day of commemoration of the displacement that preceded and followed the Israeli Declaration of independence in 1948.

During the 1948 Palestine War, an estimated 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled , and hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages were depopulated and destroyed. These refugees and their descendants number several million people, divided between Jordan (2 million), Lebanon (427,057), Syria (477,700), the West Bank (788,108) and the Gaza Strip (1.1 million), with at least another quarter of a million internally displaced Palestinians in Israel. The displacement, dispossession and dispersal of the Palestinian people is known to them as an-Nakba, meaning “catastrophe” or “disaster”.05/14/18