Sunday, May 22
Creekside Park (by Science World)
Join us for a stand for outreach: flyer distribution, petitions and info for justice in Palestine at Creekside Park near Science World in Vancouver on Sunday, May 22 at 2 pm.
As we commemorate 74 years of ongoing Nakba targeting the Palestinian people, inside all of occupied Palestine and everywhere in exile and diaspora, we also recall and celebrate 74 years of ongoing Palestinian resistance, revolution and struggle to liberate Palestine and confront imperialism, Zionism and reaction. In homes, community centers and the streets of cities, towns, villages and refugee camps in Palestine, in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, and in the cities of the world, we remember the ongoing theft of Palestinian land, massacres of Palestinians, and the mass dispossession of the Palestinian people. And yet, Palestinians continue to fight back for liberation and return, for the vision, reality and implementation of liberated Palestine, from the river to the sea.
That the Nakba is not a historical event but an ongoing reality facing the Palestinian people is just as clear as it has ever been. Thousands of Palestinians in Masafer Yatta are confronting a new series of expulsions, “legitimized” by the occupation court regime, while Palestinians from Jerusalem to the Naqab continue to fight back against land confiscations and home demolitions. Just days before the commemoration of the Nakba, occupation forces assassinated Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, a beloved voice known in the homes of Palestinians and Arabs everywhere, shooting her in the head as she covered their invasion of the Jenin refugee camp, home to those who remain displaced by the ongoing Nakba.
The brutality of declining colonial powers is vicious and evident. From the assassination of Shireen Abu Aqleh — part of a long line of assassinations targeting truth-tellers of Palestine — to the beating of mourners at her funeral, to the daily news of martyrs’ lives taken in the struggle for liberation, the human cost to Palestinians has been devastating and overwhelming. Yet, despite all, the Palestinian people have never been defeated. Palestine lives, the resistance lives and builds its power, and a liberated Palestine is on the horizon, to bring an end to the ongoing Nakba and defeat, overcome and dismantle the Zionist colonial project. This vision must compel us all, now more than ever, to organize, mobilize and act for freedom for the prisoners, freedom for Palestine, and return and liberation, from the river to the sea.
Join us! Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!