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Sonya E Meyerson-Knox,, 929-290-0317

Thousands Register for Online Rally Marking Palestinian Nakba Day on May 15

Virtual gathering with Roger Waters, Ken Loach, Chief Mandla Mandela, Janna Jihad and DAM


As Palestinians around the world mark the 72nd year of their resistance to Israeli dislocation and dispossession, thousands will gather online for a virtual rally to commemorate Nakba Day - and stand in opposition to land theft and annexation.

What: An online rally featuring performances by Roger Waters, DAM, Remi Kanazi, Allan Kolski and Adnan Joubran, and speeches by Ken Loach, Chief Mandla Mandela, Diana Buttu, Janna Jihad, Yara Hawari and Ghada Karmi. Participants will be led in sign-making and call their elected officials.

Who: Organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the BDS Movement, Jewish Voice for Peace and the South African BDS Coalition.

When: May 15, 2020 (2-3:30 EST, 9-10:30 Palestine,)

Where: Register HERE to attend the rally

Why: Justice, equality and dignity in Palestine/Israel must include Palestinians realizing their right to return home. Nakba means catastrophe in Arabic, and Nakba Day refers to the destruction of hundreds of Palestinian villages and the violent expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians that began with Israel's founding, and that continues to this day.

The catastrophes of the Nakba continue through ongoing land theft and expulsion. Israeli annexation will mean even more deeply entrenched apartheid, more home and village demolitions, and the further loss of Palestinian land, livelihoods, and connections. We stand together in resistance!

Media welcome - Visuals include thousands of participants on Zoom call and watching live on Facebook, holding signs and making calls to elected officials.

Jewish Voice for Peace is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. JVP has over 200,000 online supporters, over 70 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists.

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