Nakba Rally and Vigil

May 14, 2018 5:00 pm

Pliny Park

Intersection of Main & High Streets

May 15th, 2018 marks the 70th year of al Nakba, The Catastrophe, when 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly removed from their homes, today exceeding 8 million refugees worldwide.

Join us on Monday, May 14th, as we stand in solidarity with the tens of thousands of Palestinians who have organized the Great March of Return. Since March 30th, Palestinians have been protesting nonviolently each week at the Gaza boundary to end the siege and demand their right to return to their homeland. These protests have been met by extreme violence, with the Israeli military declaring a “shoot to kill” policy. Over 2,000 of the 6,400 injuries were caused by live ammunition, 530 of them children, while 51 people have been killed (stats from the month of April, Electronic).

A 2017 United Nations report found that Gaza is “unlivable” due to the now 12 year Israeli blockade. The lack of livelihood, employment, adequate healthcare, education, electricity and clean water are testament to the urgency of the situation. Of note, the report found that Gaza’s only water source is predicted to be “irreversibly depleted” by 2020 unless immediate action is taken. The United States must not sit back and watch while Palestinians are killed.

Our vision and action is to stop violent actions against Palestinians, Black people, Indigenous peoples, and poor people. Land and resources must not divide human community.

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