“Al Nakba” is the name for the day that marks the start of the dispossession, ethnic cleansing, apartheid… for the Palestinian people, officially commencing in 1948. It’s commemorated each year on the 15th May. Al Nakba is the Pealestinian equivalent of Invasion Day and is translated as “the Catastrophe”.
In 2012 Justice for Palestine Brisbane is asking for folks to come forward to help remember al Nakba by participating in a procession through Brisbane holding the name of one of the villages destroyed in al Nakba. Village names can be found here:
At the end of the procession the names of the villages will be written on a banner which will be sent to Palestine for display.
The situation in 2012: Palestinians make up the largest group of refugees in the world. There is a 760km wall around the West Bank that has a concrete wall up to 8 metres high, compare this to the 155km Berlin Wall. The Gaza Strip is the most densely populated place on earth and has been under an (increasingly intense) siege by Israel since 2001. The swallowing of Palestinian land since 1948 can be seen here:
Still resistance continues. Currently around 2000 Palestinians prisoners are on hunger strike in response to Israel’s policy of arbitrary and harsh imprisonment, some are close to death. This story has been all but ignored by the mainstream media.
Please join Justice for Palestine on Friday 18th May at King George Square at 5pm to show solidarity with those struggling for justice in Palestine.