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December 2017

Atlanta: 69 Years without a Country: Stateless Palestinians from Lebanon

December 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Columbia Seminary Harrington Center Auditorium, 701 South Columbia Dr
Decatur, GA 30030 United States
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Khawla Hammad has been a stateless refugee in Lebanon for 69 years. At the age of sixteen, she was expelled from her village of Kabri, in Palestine. Now she is 84 years old, and and still a refugee in Lebanon, with no citizenship in any country at all. Israel expelled most of the population in 1948, and has prevented them from returning to their homes. Kabri and hundreds of other towns and villages were levelled to the ground, a crime that Palestinians call al-Nakba (the Catastrophe). But Israel did not stop there. It repeatedly attacked Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, killing three of Khawla's children among many others. Before the Nakba, Khawla's father also lost his life as a Palestinian freedom fighter. Khawla has a message that she wants to bring to North America. So does 23-year-old Palestinian refugee, journalist and translator Amena Elashkar, whom many of you know from the 2016 Nakba Tour. She and her parents were born as stateless refugees in Lebanon and have never lived in their own country. Khawla and Amena have a different message from other Palestinians. They are not living under Israeli occupation. Israel does not allow them to visit their homes, much less live there. As exiles, they have a different perspective from Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and the part of Palestine that became Israel. Come hear Khawla and Amena speak! Please RSVP to Fahed Abu-Akel, 404-441-2702 or fabuakel@gmail.comĀ 

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Athens: From al-Kabri to Lebanon: Voices of the Nakba

December 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
University of Georgia, MLC Room 148, 48 Baxter Street
Athens, GA 30602 United States
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Supported and facilitated by The Free Palestine Movement, International Solidarity Movement - Northern California, the al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition, and Black4Palestine, we are proud to bring the 2017 Nakba Tour to the University of Georgia on December 5th, 2017 @ 7:00pm in the MLC, rm. 148. Join us as we host 84 yr. old Palestinian refugee Khawla Hammad (Umm Mousa) who will recount her experiences as a victim of the Nakba, or "The Catastrophe," having been displaced at the young age of 16 from her village of al-Kabri in the Galilee. Today, she is a reminder of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, having resided for 7 decades in Lebanon after her village was leveled, meant to be forgotten, by Zionists. She, however, remembers, and continues to speak on the sumud (steadfastness) of both her and her people as they continue to strive for liberation in the face of settler-colonialism. In addition, we will be joined by Amena al-Ashkar, a 23 yr. old Palestinian refugee working as a journalist and translator, whose great-grandparents were displaced in 1948. She herself has resided in refugee camps all her life. Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for $10 online (tinyurl.com/voicesofthenakba) and at the Tate Business Office until December 4th, although they will increase in price to $12 on November 28th (will also available at the door). Food will be provided. Please note that the event is open to students, faculty, and community members alike-- feel free to invite whomever you'd like! In Solidarity, Students for Justice in Palestine at UGA

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