Discussion: Seeds of Nakba: The Continued Plight of Palestinian Refugees

Wed, May 18, 2011 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Join us for an evening to both remember and discuss the continued plight of Palestinian refugees, particularly focusing on legal and humanitarian issues.

Proceeds will be donated to the LEAP Program—the first US-based volunteer program for Palestinian refugee-youth in Lebanon. LEAP is an educational empowerment program that aims to re-inspire and motivate refugee-youth to become their own agents of change through education by supporting their intellectual and creative growth and facilitating college exchange and scholarship programs. LEAP is strictly a volunteer-run program and all donations go directly to support opportunities for its youth.


Awad Abdel Fattah, Secretary General of the National Democratic Assembly (NDA), Altajamoa, will discuss the plight of Palestinians in Israel. The NDA, a democratic political party that operates among Palestinians in Israel, holds three seats in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. It was established in 1995 with a platform that emphasizes the rights of the Palestinian minority in Israel to full civil and national equality. It calls for a state of all its citizens, the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, and the Right of Return of the Palestinian refugees.

Nada Khader, Executive Director of the WESPAC Foundation, will discuss the Nakba, then and now.

Lamis Deek, Esq., will discuss the legal context of Palestinian refugees under international and humanitarian law and refugee conventions.

Jennifer Loewenstein,
Professor at the University of Wisconsin, will discuss the humanitarian conditions of Palestinian refugees, particularly in Gaza and Lebanon.

Mirene Ghossein, cultural and political activist, will discuss The Art of Palestinian Children, a traveling exhibition of paintings by Palestinian children living in Lebanon. Paintings will be sold.

A closing reception will follow with a live Oud performance.

Last updated: 2011-05-15 22:37:23

Palestinian Refugees, 1948
Palestinian Refugees, 1948

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