Nakba Campaign: 1948 – present
Nakba is the Arabic word used to describe the events of 1948, when over 700,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes, civilians were massacred & hundreds of their villages deliberately destroyed. 60 years later they are still waiting to return.
UN Resolution 194 states:
[Palestinian] refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for … under the principals of international law.
Throughout 2008, the IPSC plans to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba through a broad based public awareness campaign. Ireland needs to know about the Nakba, the tragedy that began the middle east crisis, and know that the historical injustices of 1948 have lead to the denial of peace until this day.
We plan to have awarness events, demonstrations, exhibits etc. to mark the massacres and incidents of ethnic cleansing, etc. that happened in 1948. Our primary aim is to show that what happened in Palestine was premeditated ethnic cleansing, which began before any Arab armies set foot on Palestinian soil.
Keep an eye on our events page for our Nakba commemoration events throughout 2008.
Report from Balfour Declaration Demo at British Embassy in Dublin on Saturday 6th November 2008.
Video from Al Nakba National Demo in Belfast on Saturday 17th May 2008
Report from Protest at ‘Israel at 60’ event in Ballsbridge Court Hotel, Dublin on Wednesday 7th May 2008.
Report from Deir Yassin/Gaza National Demonstration in Dublin on Saturday 12th April 2008.
Report from Deir Yassin comemoration event in Belfast on Saturday 12th April 2008.
Report from our first Nakba comemoration event in Howth on Sunday 17th February 2008.
Facts on Quisarya:
1. Walid Khalidi, Palestinian historian, author of ‘All That Remains’: copy available at the Institute for Palestinian studies http://www.palestine-studies.org/, or a copy can be forwarded to you from our library.
Oral history records, photos and documents are available at:
United Nations records:
4. UN Resolution 194, section 11:
[the General Assembly of the United Nations] resolves that the [Palestinian] refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for the loss of or damage to property which, under the principals of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.
This document may be viewed by clicking on 194(111) at the United Nations web archive: http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/3/ares3.htm.
5. Illan Pappe, Israeli academic, author of ‘The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine’, published by One World, available at http://www.oneworld-publications.com, or Amazon.
6. Zochrot: an Israeli organisation dedicated to the recognition of the Nakba. http://www.zochrot.org and look for the English button on the right.