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In Honor of Al Nakba

May 15, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

Hundreds of thousands of us took to the streets around the world in honor and memorial of Al Nakba, the Catastrophe, 15 May 1948.

In Los Angeles tens of people gathered at the Israeli Consulate on Wilshire. The wind was intense and kept the Palestinian flags flying high. Our pink signs demanded an end to the Israeli occupation and Human Rights for Palestinians while true to its name, Al Awda focused on the Right of Return.

Small children were among those sporting kaffiyehs. Al Awda, Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews for Peace, the Socialists and CODEPINK were represented along with more people of conscience throughout the city, including Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, a featured speaker at our upcoming Move Over AIPAC conference in DC, May 21 – 24.

Across the street was a pro-Zionist rally that denounced our call for human rights for Palestinians.

From the Israeli Consulate we moved on to demonstrate at the Museum of Tolerance in specific protest of the Israeli law that forbids Palestinians within current Israeli borders from marking the Catastrophe, or from even using the term Al Nakba.

Some of us PINKs wore our “We Will Not Be Silent” t-shirts, written in both English and Arabic, in protest of this next step in the continued process of ethnic cleansing.

Our sign, painted especially for the day, read, “In honor of Al Nakba, the Catastrophe, I Raise My Voice.”

Written by Kristen, CODEPINK LA

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