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Resistance is Remembrance
Sat. 13 May 2017, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm AEST
For Palestinians, 15 May 1948 marks the 'Nakba' or the 'Catastrophe', since it was the date in which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were brutally forced out of their homes.
An estimated 700,000 Palestinians were expelled, and hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages were occupied and destroyed. This is an event in history which cannot be forgotten since it has impacted on many lives today. Palestinian refugees and their descendants number several million people today, divided between Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip with at least another quarter of a million internally displaced Palestinians in Israel and many more around the world.
The expulsion of the Palestinian people from their land is frequently described as ethnic cleansing.
What can we do about it?
Apart from financial and humantiarian aid, remembering the plight of the Palestinian people is crucial.
Hence, the Gaza Childrens Fund presents 'Resistance is Remembrance ' - a night dedicated to remembering and raising awareness about Palestine's forgotten people.
Be sure to join us on Saturday 13 May 2017 at the Bryan Brown Theatre Bankstown along with an amazing lineup of speakers to share their take on Palestine. The night will also feature moving stories from some Palestinian elders who will share powerful moments in which they experienced in Palestine during their youthful years.
**Sara Saleh is an Arab-Australian human rights and refugee advocate, activist, creative artist and regular media commentator. Her belief in the power of storytelling as resistance and as healing has taken her from the refugee camps of Lebanon and occupied Palestine, to performing her poetry nationally and internationally, from Sydney to New York. She was recently named a Board Member of WestWords, a Western Sydney based organisation that fosters art and skills amongst young people, and a Board Member at a national advocacy organisation GetUp!.
**Ibrahim Abdo is a Palestinian Australian who was voluntarily smuggled into Gaza through the Rafah tunnels in 2012. Having experienced a subtle identity crisis during his teenage years because of the Palestinian Diaspora (his mother being Lebanese, his father Palestinian, but born in Egypt with a Lebanese mother) - now as a 28 year old, Ibrahim understands that this is the story of many Palestinians. His trip to Gaza changed his outlook on human rights and on how charities should operate in environments such as Gaza.
** Sameeha Elwan has recently returned from a visit to Gaza in March this year. Sameeha is an English literature graduate from the Islamic University of Gaza and is currently a PhD candidate at Murdoch University. She was born and raised in Gaza City, Palestine, and was granted a Visa to travel to Australia in March 2014. She also began blogging in 2010 after the Israeli military attack on Gaza known as Operation Cast Lead. Her writings have been published on Mondoweiss, openDemocracy and the Electronic Intifada.
**Mahmoud (Abu Hani) Sultan is a Palestinian Australian who is the eptome of resistence and survival. Abu Hani was born in Yaffa, Palestine 1944. He and his family escaped to Gaza in May1948 when the occupation forces invaded his local area. He later graduated from the University of Beirut with a Bachelor of Arts major in History, got married and subsequently migrated to Kuwait in 1963. Despite building a life in Kuwait and despite all his children being born and raised in Kuwait, Abu Hani was yet to flee another war- the Gulf War- in 1992, where he and his family migrated to Australia.
**Randa Abdel-Fattah was born in Sydney and is of Palestinian and Egyptian heritage. Randa has worked as a lawyer, human rights advocate and community volunteer with different human rights and migrant and refugee resource organisations. Randa has used her opinion editorials in newspapers and TV and radio media appearances as a medium for expressing her views about racism, multiculturalism, human rights, the occupation of Palestine and asylum seekers.
***Event is open to brothers, sisters & families
***Light refreshments available
***ALL ticket proceeds go towards Gaza Childrens Fund projects and initiatives