Last week, Islam Hirzallah became the 32nd Palestinian protester to be killed by Israeli snipers in Gaza while participating in the historic, ongoing #GreatReturnMarch. On Wednesday, 4/18, a "Celebrate Israel at 70" event was planned at the Harris Theater by the Israeli Consulate to the Midwest and the Jewish United Fund. Jewish Voice for Peace members gathered outside this event to demand an end to Israel's targeting of Palestinian protesters in Gaza and mark 70 years since the Nakba (“Catastrophe” in Arabic), the forced displacement of approximately 750,000 Palestinians during Israel’s establishment in 1948. We believe a very simple idea: Palestinians should be free. The Israeli military's ongoing killing of protesters in Gaza is only the most recent instance of an 70 year process of dispossession. Participants read the names of villages destroyed in 1948, as well as each of the names of Palestinian protesters killed in Gaza over the past three weeks, and heard testimony from Palestinian Chicagoans about their personal and family stories of expulsion and exile. (Photos by Li Palombo)
In commemoration of Nakba Day, on May 11 we rallied outside of Anshe Emet to note some of the Villages that had been destroyed by the nascent State of Israel in the shadow of the end of the British Mandate.
On June 8 we had our first session of a possible series of educational programs on the Nakba. This session was a well attended introductory session.