Palestine House

Palestine House

May 07, 2008 12:58 ET

Media Advisory-Palestine House: No Cause for Celebration

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 7, 2008) -

Members of Toronto's Palestinian community remember Al Nakba

Six decades of Ethnic Cleansing is No Cause for Celebration

What: Toronto Al Nakba Press Conference

When: Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Time: 10:30 am

Where: Trinity United Church, 425 Bloor Street West, Chapel Room

On May 8th, Palestine House will host a press conference to launch a week of Toronto events commemorating Al Nakba. Palestinian refugees will recount their experiences, and joined by community supporters will reflect on the legacy of six decades of displacement and dispossession.

Throughout the month of May, celebrations are being held to mark the 60th birthday of the state of Israel. In Toronto, the main "Israel at 60" event is being promoted with the slogan, "Let's party like it's 1948!" For Palestinians and people of conscience around the world, Israel's birthday party coincides with Al Nakba - "the catastrophe" - and it is no occasion for celebration.

Sixty years ago, from 1947 to 1948, over two-thirds of the Palestinian population was driven from their land to make way for the state of Israel. Over 500 Palestinian villages and neighborhoods were destroyed. Today, over 7 million Palestinian refugees live in exile, denied their right to return to their homes and homeland as it is enshrined in international law and UN resolution 194.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Palestine House
    (647) 831-5516
    Email: media@caiaweb.org
    or
    For interview requests:
    Dr. Farid Ayad
    Palestine House
    (905) 270-3622
    or
    Palestine House
    Naji Farah, Nakba Survivor
    (416) 739-6270