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Film: Voice’s of the struggle.

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The art of film, broadcast, documentaries have always been a large interest of mine. Bringing your imagination to life, telling the many stories of the world, and the world’s people is in my opinion; the greatest way to inform the world.
With creativity, that sparks interest with viewers, brings out the imagined, and the imaginable.
Film has been a voice of the Palestinian struggle for some time now. It’s something I believe that should be fully supported by the community, because it’s a powerful voice of now, and WILL be a powerful voice of tomorrow.

Here are some film festivals worth checking out, that are dedicated to the voice of Palestine specifically. And if you’re a film maker why not give it a shot?! Tell your story, or a story of someone else. It’s amazing how powerful it could be if it wins an award or not…BE HEARD!

PALESTINE FILM FOUNDATION
Boston Palestine Film Festival
Toronto Palestine Film Festival
Chicago Palestine Film Festival ***NOTE THIS SITE IS NOT WORKING AT THIS TIME***
London Palestine Film Festival- I couldnt find an offical site for this festival, but they have information on the Palestine Film Foundation site.
Sidney Palestine Film Festival

I am surprised that there are no official festivals dedicated to the stories of Palestine in both New York, and California. Both NY and CA have large populations of Palestinians, and both states are very active when it comes to fighting for the Palestinian struggle, but also when you think of film, well…that is the two places you think of! Who knows, maybe someone might come across this and will start something up!

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RIP, Allah yerhamu – Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish

Darwish’s poetry has been translated into
more than 20 languages [GALLO/GETTY]

 

Hermann medical centre in Texas.

Ann Brimberry, Memorial Hermann’s spokeswoman, confirmed to Al Jazeera that Darwish died at 1.35pm (18:35 GMT).

Siham Daoud, a fellow poet and friend of the 67-year-old, had asked not to be resuscitated if the surgery did not succeed.

She said Darwish departed for the US ten days ago for the surgery, and he had undergone two operations for heart problems before Saturday’s surgery.

Best known for his work describing the Palestinian struggle for independence, the experience of exile and factional infighting, Darwish was a vocal critic of Israeli policy and the occupation of Palestinian lands.

Many of his poems have also been put into music – most notably Rita, Birds of Galilee and I yearn for my mother’s bread, becoming anthems for at least two generations of Arabs.

“He felt the pulse of Palestinians in beautiful poetry. He was a mirror of the Palestinian society,” Ali Qleibo, a Palestinian anthropologist and lecturer in cultural studies at Al Quds University in Jerusalem said.

Last year, Darwish recited a poem damning the deadly infighting between rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah, describing it as “a public attempt at suicide in the streets”.

Early life

 

I Come From There,
Mahmoud Darwish
I come from there and I have memories
Born as mortals are, I have a mother
And a house with many windows,
I have brothers, friends,
And a prison cell with a cold window.
Mine is the wave, snatched by sea-gulls,
I have my own view,
And an extra blade of grass.
Mine is the moon at the far edge of the words,
And the bounty of birds,
And the immortal olive tree.
I walked this land before the swords
Turned its living body into a laden table.

I come from there. I render the sky unto her mother,
When the sky weeps for her mother.
And I weep to make myself known
To a returning cloud.
I learnt all the words worthy of the court of blood,
So that I could break the rule.
I learnt all the words and broke them up,
To make a single word: Homeland….

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He was born in the village of Barweh in Galilee, a village that was razed during the establishment of Israel in 1948.

He joined the Israeli Communist Party after high school and began writing poems for leftist newspapers.

He was put under house arrest and imprisoned for his political activities, after which he worked as editor of Ittihad newspaper before leaving to study in the USSR in 1971.

Originally a member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Darwish resigned in 1993 in protest over the interim peace accords that Yasser Arafat, the late Palestinian leader, signed with Israel.

As a journalist, he worked for al-Ahram newspaper in Cairo and later became director of the Palestinian Research Centre.

In 2000, Yossi Sarid, Israel’s education minister, suggested including some of Darwish’s poems in the Israeli high school curriculum.

But Ehud Barak, the Israeli prime minister overruled him, saying Israel was not ready yet for his ideas in the school system.

In 2001, he won the Lannan prize for cultural freedom.

Leaves of Olives was published in 1964 when Darwish was 22-years old. Since then more than 20 volumes of his works of poetry have been published.

[Al-Awda-SF]

 

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Students for Justice in Palestine 8th Annual Palestine Awarness Week- UC Davis

Students for Justice in Palestine invites you to join us in our 8th Annual Palestine Awareness Week at UC Davis.

We are dedicating this week to the remembrance and recognition of those Palestinians that have been murdered, oppressed, made to be refugees and ethnically cleansed by Israeli Occupation in the last 60 years.

We will be hosting events this week in an effort to spread awareness regarding the atrocities that have been committed against the Palestinian people by the Israeli government.

Monday May 19th, Nora Barrows
Wellman 6 at 7pm

Tuesday May 20th, Dick Platkin
Wellman 2 at 7pm

Wednesday May 21st, Ghada Karmi
Wellman 2 at 6:30PM

Thursday May 22nd, Night of Palestinian Remembrance with Amir Sulaiman and David Rovics
Buehler Alumni Center (UCD) at 7:30PM

Monday, May 19th- NORA BARROWS
Wellman 6 at 7PM

Nora Barrows-Friedman, 29, is the Senior Producer and co-host of Flashpoints, a daily investigative newsmagazine on Pacifica Radio. Since 2004, she has been reporting regularly from the occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip and from inside historic Palestine (Israel) for Flashpoints and as a correspondent for Inter Press Service, a news agency based in Europe. While in Palestine, Nora is based in the Dheisheh refugee camp where she volunteers with the media committee at the Ibdaa Cultural Center, working with refugee youth in journalism and digital media arts. She is also a contributor to Left Turn Magazine and ElectronicIntifada.net. Nora is also a mother, a photographer and a musician. Her website is http://www.norabf.com, and she can be heard on http://www.flashpoints.net

TUESDAY MAY 20TH- DICK PLATKIN
Wellman 2 at 7PM

Mr. Platkin will be speaking on behalf of LA Jews for Peace. His presentation will touch upon the US strategic interest in the Middle East and the 2008 Presidential Election.

WEDNESDAY MAY 21ST- Ghada Karmi
Wellman 2 at 6:30PM

Ghada Karmi is the author of several books, including a much acclaimed memoir: In Search of Fatima. She has also worked on a major Israel-Palestine reconciliation project for the Royal Institute of International Affairs. On the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, Dr. Ghada’s new book, Married to Another Man: Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine, explores the Israel/ Palestine conflict; in particular the One-State solution.

THURSDAY MAY 22ND- A Palestinian Night of Remembrance
Buehler Alumni Center @ UCD at 7:30

This night of remembrance will feature the world-renowned Amir Sulaiman and critically acclaimed David Rovics!!! Authentic Palestinian food will be served.

To see biographies for Amir Sulaiman and David Rovics please see the specific event for Thursday night at:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=14737038854

Also find more information about Amir Sulaiman at http://www.AmirSulaiman.com

More information is available about David Rovics at www.DavidRovics.com

Contact Info
Phone:
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THE PALESTINIAN AMERICAN NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Palestinian American National Conference

The convening of a Palestinian American National conference that is inclusive of every Palestinian living in America is long overdue.
We are coming together as American Palestinians
to commemorate the 60th anniversary of
Al-Nakba (forced eviction of our people from
our ancient homeland).

The American Palestinian people are an important
and integral part of American Society and
as such should be empowered to become an
effective force in US policy towards a free
Palestine. Therefore, as responsible American
citizens we have a duty and a right to convince
our government that “there will be no peace in
the Middle East without the Palestinian Right
of return”.

On May 23rd, 24th, and 25th of 2008, we are
planning this conference to be held in Chicago
at the Crowne Plaza Hotel with recognized
International and American speakers, panel
discussions and a full range of activities.
This conference will be held to appeal to a wide
audience to help rescue our people from the
slums of the refugee camps and the brutality ofthe Israeli Military Occupation.

Time and Dates of the events

Friday, May 23, 2008

                                *Registration 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm*

6:00 pm………… Networking

7:00 pm…………Masters of Ceremony….Mrs. Amani Ghouleh,
                               Editor of Aloffok Alarabi Newspaper
                                                       &
                               Mr. Imad Da’boob
                               United Holy Land Fund Board Member

7:10 pm…………kicking off with Dr. Quaseem Blan
                                                          Chairman of the Convention 
7:20 pm………… Mr. Abdelatif Ghaith
                                 Palestinian National Congress
8:00 pm…………Dinner
                                 Amjad Hamdan and Natheer Hamayel on the Oud

9:00 pm…………Endorsement Messages
                               
9:30 pm………….Lets Stand with Dr. Sámi Elaryan
Mrs. Alaryan
9:45 pm………..Yalla Vote ‘08
                   Robert Aboud,
                                Democratic candidate, IL.-16th District

10:05 pm………..Mr. Fuad Atteyeh
                           Palestinian American Congress former president

10:15 pm……..Dr. James Zogby,
                              President- Arab American Institute

 

11:00 pm……….Dallas Folklore Group

11:30 pm……….Conference’s Organization meeting (session-1)

 

 

 

Saturday, May, 24, 2008

                                      *Registration 9:00 am- 5:00 pm*

9:00 am ………………Continental Breakfast

9:30 am ……………. Panel discussion (1)
                            Empowerment…our community and beyond
                                       Mr. Samir Tuffaha, Moderator

Guest Panelist:  Mr. Nihad Awad,
                                      Executive Director of Council of American Islamic Relation
  Rev. Dr. Don E. Wagner,
  Director of Center of Middle Eastern Studies, North Park University
11:00 am… …………..Break…….. (15) Minutes
********

   11:15 ………………Life in Occupied Palestine: Eyewitness Stories & Photos,” Presentation
                                    Ms. Anna Baltzer-International Women’s Peace Service
                                                      ********
12:00 pm …………Lunch………and “Palestine in Slides”
                                                    
                                                      ********
01:00 pm………….Panel Discussion (2)
                                    Palestine….Past, Present and Future
                                    Dr. Hesham Tellawi, Moderator
Guest Panelist:           Dr. Abdallah Abdallah,
                                    Member of Palestinian Legislative Council
                                       Mr. Abellatif Ghaith,
                                       Member of Palestinian National Congress
02:30…..………….Break….… (15) Minutes
                                                      ********
02:45-04:15 pm…Panel Discussion (3)    
                          We Hold the Key
Emad El-Khatib, Moderator
Guest Panelist           Dr. Ghada Talhami,
                          Professor of Third World Politics and Women’s Studies, Lake Forest College, IL
                                  Mr. Abe Hayeem,
                          Peace activist and founding member of Architects & Planners for Justice in
                                  Palestine, (APJP)
                                  Mr. Husam Bajis, Executive Director – Comitê Brasil-Eiro de Interesse
                                     Natcional Palestino, (Brazilian-Palestinian National Interest Committee)
04:15……..………Break….… (15) Minutes

04:30 pm……….Conference’s Organization meeting (session-2)

                                                     

Banquet

6:00 pm…………….Social Hour
 
7:05 pm………….Welcoming Remarks,
                               Mr. Khairi Shadid,
                               Vice- Chairman, Palestinian American Congress
                                            &
Ms.Yara Shadid,
                               Host Committee Member, Palestinian American National Conference

7:10 pm…………A word from Honorary Convention Chairman, Mr. Afif Safieh
                                Palestine Ambassador to the United States of America, Washington, DC    
                                Honorary Chairman of the Convention

7:15 pm…………”Palestine, a gateway to Heaven”,
                                Shaikh Jamal Said, Imam of Mosque, Bridgeview, Illinois
                                   

7:30 pm…………Shaikh M. Tayseer Tamimi,
                               Chief Judge of the Islamic Supreme Sharia’a Court, Palestine

8:00 pm…………Dinner
                                Amjad Hamdan and Natheer Hamayel on the Oud

9:00 pm………….Dr. Ali Kutom,
                               Children of Palestine Society

9:15 pm………..“God Bless Palestine”,
                                   Very Rev. Fr. Nicholas Dahdal,
                                St. George Antiochian Church, Cicero, Illinois

9:30 pm…………Archbishop Attalla Hanna,
                               Bishop of Sabaste, Palestine

10:00 pm………..Fundraising for United Holy Land Fund Educational Grant

10:30 pm……….Dr. Abdallah Abdallah,
                               Member of Palestinian Legislative council

 

11:00 pm……….Dallas Folklore Group

 

 

  

 

Sunday, May 25, 2008

10:00 am……………Q. & A.  Guest Speakers and Gust Panelist
                                     Moderators …. Mr. Salah Asaad
                                     Chairman, Palestinian American Congress
                                                                &
                                      Ms. Nadia Blan
                                      Host Committee member, Palestinian American National Conference
 
12:00 Noon……….. Conference Declaration

 

Next Year in Palestine….Insha’a ALLAH
Have a safe return…..

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21,915 BLACK BALLOONS OVER JERUSALEM

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AL NEKBA EVENTS IN YOUR CITY!

 

MAY EVENTS:

 

May 12, 2008: Los Angeles , CA
What: The Sacrifice of Peace and Justice Speakers: Cindy and Craig Corrie
Where: Humanities A65, UCLA
When: 6:00pm
Contact(s): Randa Wahbe rwahbe@ucla.edu
Organizer(s): Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA

May 12, 2008: Columbia , MD
What: The Nakba: What Happened to the Palestinians When the Israeli State Was Established?
Where: Howard County Public Library, East Columbia Branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way , Columbia , MD21045
When: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Contact(s): Joanne Heisel hcceio@yahoo.com
Organizer(s): Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
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May 13, 2008: St Louis, MO
What: St. Louis, MO Women in Black Remembering the Nakba Vigil
Where: Near the Bread Co., on Delmar, in the U-City Loop, St Louis, MO
When: 11:30am-1:00pm
Contact(s): Hedy Epstein hedy@hedyepstein.com

May 13, 2008: Cleveland, OH
What: Press Conference and Panel  Discussion
Where: St. Joseph Center/River’s Edge 3430 Rocky River Dr. Cleveland, OH
When: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Contact(s): Liz Lavelle alex9913x@juno.com
Organizer(s): Interfaith Council for Peace in the Middle East

May 13, 2008: Victoria , BC
What: Screening of Ilan Pappe talk ‘The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine’
Where: BCGEU hall 2994 Douglas St , Victoria , BC v5h2l9
When: 7:00pm
Organizer(s): CAIA-Victoria. [Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid]
Contact(s): George Mc Fetridge georgemcfetridge@gmail.com

May 13, 2008: Washington , DC
What: Expressions of Nakba: The Exhibit Opening Reception
Where: Josephine Butler Parks Center 2437 15th Street NW
When: 7:00pm
Organizer(s): US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
Contact(s): Suha Dabbouseh organize@endtheoccupation.org  202-332-0994

May 13-15, 2008: Washington , DC
What: Nakba Commemoration
Where: Josephine Butler Parks Center 2437 15th Street NW
When: 7:00pm
Organizer(s): US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
Contact(s): Suha Dabbouseh organize@endtheoccupation.org  202-332-0994
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May 14, 2008: Los Angeles , CA
What: U Assume I Witness: Accounts of Palestine Anna Baltzer, Jewish American Activist and Author
Where: Franz Hall 2258, UCLA, Los Angeles , CA
When: 6:00pm
Contact(s): Randa Wahbe rwahbe@ucla.edu
Organizer(s): Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA
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May 15, 2008: Washington , DC
What: “Palestinians and the Jewish State: 60 Years of Exile and Dispossession”
Where: The Palestine Center 2425 Virginia Ave NW
When: 11:30am-2:00pm
Organizer(s): The Palestine Center
Contact(s):  rsvp@palestinecenter.org  202-338-1985 x 11

May 15, 2008: Eugene, OR
What: Nakba 60th Commemoration
Where: 500 E. 4th Ave Eugene , OR 97401
When: 3:00pm-6:00pm
Organizer(s): Al-Nakba Awareness Project/Palestine: JustJustice!
Contact(s): Marian Leung HappyHeartMom@comcast.net

May 15, 2008: Memphis , TN
What: Protest the Israeli Occupation
Where: Highland and Poplar intersections
When: 3:00pm
Contact(s): Dania Helou Missflyingcow@hotmail.com

May 15, 2008: Cleveland , OH
What: People’s Occupation at Federal Building Plaza
Where: A.Celebrezze Federal Bldg 1240 East Ninth Street Cleveland , OH
When: 4:00pm-5:30pm
Contact(s): Don Bryant donmbryant@yahoo.com
Organizer(s) :Middle East Peace Forum, Beit Hanina Social Club and Interfaith Council for Peace in the Middle East

May 15, 2008: Los Angeles , CA
What: To Resist is to Exist: Ethnic cleaning Of Palestine Ilan Pappe, Israeli Historian
Where: Rolfe 1200, UCLA, Los Angeles , CA
When: 6:00pm
Contact(s): Randa Wahbe rwahbe@ucla.edu
Organizer(s): Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA

May 15, 2008: Ann Arbor, MI
What: “Deir Yassin” screening
Where: Michigan Union, Pond Room 530 S. State St.Ann Arbor, MI 48104
When: 7:00pm
Organizer(s): Ann Arbor Middle East Film Society, Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE), Detroit-Ann Arbor SABEEL
Contact(s): Shirley Zempel, Zempel.shirley@gmail.com
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May 16, 2008: New York , NY
What: Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Nakba (Palestinian Catastrophe)
Where: Dag Hammarskjöld Park
When: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Contact(s): Nakbah60th@gmail.com

May 16, 2008: Woodstock , NY
What: Presentation on Palestinian “Nakba” refugees
Where: Woodstock Community Center 56 Rock City Road
When: 7:30pm-9:00pm
Contact(s): Harriet Malinowitz hmalinowitz@yahoo.com

May 16 – 18, 2008: Anaheim , CA
What: 6th Annual International Al-Awda Convention on The 60th of Al-Nakba and Struggle to Return
Where: The Embassy Suites Hotel Anaheim – South, 11767 Harbor Boulevard , Garden Grove , CA
When: May 16 – 18, 2008
Contact(s): info@al-awda.org
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May 17, 2008: Denver , CO
What: Remember al-Nakba: Palestine 60 Years Later
Where: West Lawn Capitol Denver, Lincoln & 14th   
When: 11:00A-3:00P 
Organizer(s): Friends of Sabeel-Colorado, Colorado Progressive Jewish News, Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center
Contact(s): Joy Lapp, lappj@earthlink.net, 303-494-2338

May 17, 2008: Boston , MA
What: Commemoration
Where: Winthrop Park
When: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Contact(s): numarray@comcast.net 

May 17, 2008: Minneapolis , MN
What: Al-Nakba – No More Massacres
Where: Loring Park , Minneapolis
When: 1:00pm
Contact(s): Sarah Martin scsm@yahoo.com 612-437-0222
Organizer(s): Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Anti-War Committee

May 17, 2008: Washington, DC
What: Nakba Commemoration: 400 Villages
Where: West of the Reflecting Pool in view of the U.S. Capitol, Jefferson Dr SW and 3rd St SW
When: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Contact(s): Brian Hennessey bhennessey@bluecrab.org 202-378-0868
Organizer(s): Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, Vineeta Foundation

May 17, 2008: Portland , ME
What: The Nakba Conference
Where: University of Southern Maine in Payson-Smith Hall, Room 302.  Payson Smith Hall is located at 96 Falmouth Street in Portland .
When: 6:30pm
Contact(s): Wells Staley-Mays wells369@hotmail.com
Organizer(s): Peace Action Maine, Pax Christi Maine, Maine Veterans for Peace
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May 18, 2008: Portland , ME
What: The Nakba Conference
Where: University of Southern Maine in Payson-Smith Hall, Room 302.  Payson Smith Hall is located at 96 Falmouth Street in Portland .
When: 11:00am-3:45pm
Contact(s): Wells Staley-Mays wells369@hotmail.com
Organizer(s): Peace Action Maine, Pax Christi Maine, Maine Veterans for Peace

May 18, 2008: Oak Park , IL
What: Seventh Walk for a Just Peace
Where: 848 Lake Street , Oak Park , IL60301
When: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Contact(s): Caren Levy Van Slyke justpeace1@aol.com 312-427-2533 x 18
Organizer(s): CJPIP

May 18, 2008: Los Angeles , CA
What: Branch out to Peace! Fundraiser Banquet for Children in Palestine (Benefiting Palestine Children’s Relief Fund)
Where: Ackerman Grand Ballroom, UCLA, Los Angeles , CA
When: 6:00pm
Contact(s): Randa Wahbe rwahbe@ucla.edu
Organizer(s): Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA

May 18, 2008: Marin , CA
What: The Nakba: The Palestinian Experience of the Creation of Israel as a Jewish State
Where: San Anselmo Inn, 339 San Anselmo Ave , San Anselmo, Marin, CA94960
When: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Contact(s): Jane Jewell 14friendsofpalestine@gmail.com
Organizer(s): 14 Friends of Palestine , Marin Peace and Justice Coalition
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May 19-23, 2008: Los Angeles , CA
What: Jerusalem Dispossessed: Photo Exhibit 
Where: Kerckhoff Art Gallery
When: 6:00pm
Contact(s): Randa Wahbe rwahbe@ucla.edu
Organizer(s): Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA
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May 21, 2008: Brooklyn , NY
What: May 1948 – A New State for Israelis, Al-Nakba (Catastrophe) for Palestinians
Where: Brooklyn Friends Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn, Brooklyn , NY
When: 7:00pm
Contact(s): Naomi Allen Naomi@brooklynpeace.org
Organizer(s): Brooklyn For Peace
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May 23, 2008: Chicago , IL
What: The Palestinian American National Conference
Where: Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road , Rosemont , IL
When: May 23 – 24, 2008
Contact(s): Hesham Tillawi tillawi@aol.com

May 23, 2008: Chicago , IL
What: Rally to Commemorate 60 years of the Palestinian Nakba
Where: The Federal Plaza in Downtown Chicago ( Dearborn St and Adams St )
When: 5:00pm
Contact(s): Ramsey info@palestineactivistnetwork.com
Organizer(s): Palestine Activist Network
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May 24 -25, 2008: Milwaukee , WI
What: Al Nakba exhibits and speakers
Where: Milwaukee Ramada Inn South, 6401 S 13th St.
When: Afternoon and Evening
Organizer(s): Muslim American Society www.masnet.org
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May 31, 2008: Portland , OR 
What: Commemorating 60 years of Palestinian dispossession, 40 years of Israeli occupation
Where: Hoffman Hall Portland State University 1833 SW Eleventh, Portland , OR 97201
When: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Contact(s): Peter Miller info@auphr.org
Organizer(s): Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights
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To Die In Jerusalem

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To die in Jerusalem.  The story of to women.  One Palestinian. One Israeli. One born in raised in a refugee camp in Gaza. One born in raised between the United States and Israel.  Both students. Both teenagers. Both lost their lives together.  The two girls shared a very clear resemblance. Similar features and all, but not similar lives.  This film showed the story of their two lives.  What drove 18 year old engaged Ayat to blow herself up at a supermarket killing one…Rachel.  I real did not care for the film that much.  It was interesting about the two daughters and all, but I just got annoyed towards Rachel’s mother.  Most of the film was just her crying over her daughter, and yes I don’t agree with the death of anyone, and I am truly sorry for her loss.  But the whole movie was basically turned into her trying to contact Ayats parents.  When she gets the chance of going to Ayats refugee camp, she turns back out of fear. (Obviously a refugee camp is not a living condition nor an area an Israel women would go near).  Two years later (four years after the loss of their daughters) They finally get contact of one another, over a video phone kinda thing.

. It changes from the story of the two girls, to the story of their parents.  The story of Rachel’s mother, trying to contact Ayats parents. And the story of Ayats parents trying to bring understatement to Rachels mother; that she had no idea of her daughters plans, and nor does she support the act of suicide bombing. She stated “why would any mother be happy that their child blew themselves up.” She tries to Rachel’s mother that the life Ayat was living in, was not a happy one.  That she wouldn’t understand because she wasn’t living under occupation.  Rachel’s mother constantly repeats that she does not want to talk politics, and refuses to take any talk from Ayats father. After much frustration she decides to end the conversation.  Ayats mother tells her that she feels sorry for Rachel’s mother that she lost her daughter, that they are both at loss. But instead of accepting the fact that they live different lives, and that was the reason for Ayats drive to blow herself up that day, Rachel’s mother continues to argue, only wanting Ayats mother to apologise for her daughters action (which again she had no idea of, nor did she support).

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