Goodbye 2011

To a year that was good beyond imagination, I say thank you. 2011 was not any normal year that passes by, it’s a year when history was re-written. A year that for anyone who lived the events and changes it brought to us will never forget, I never thought or imagined I would witness revolutions sweeping the Middle East not even in my wildest dreams, apparently 2011 stated it was time for the change everyone was waiting for so long.
On a personal level 2011 had its ups and downs, it’s the year that changed my life, I started my blog, and found myself in writing, it’s the year I became active on twitter, it’s the year I met many people who inspired me, changed me, I had hope restored to me.

Thank you 2011 for being that great year we all were waiting for, but more importantly I want to thank the people who took their destinies in their hands, demanding their stolen rights, demanding the better living they deserve, thank you Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain for showing us what the simple citizen can do. Thank you you brave humans who refused to keep living in the shadows of life, thank you for bringing back to me the hope that I had lost. Thank you for proving the world wrong, that we are not a dead nation, that we are alive just like anyone else, that we are free, thank you from the future generations who will look back and realize that the freedom, democracy, and decent living they have, were nothing but the result of the sacrifices made during this year.

In 2011 the first refugee came back to Palestine though for a short period of time, but it proved that the right of return is nonnegotiable, and is not some fairy-tale, it proved to the world that 63 years later and we haven’t forgotten, it proved that Ben-Gurion who said that in two generations we will forget was wrong, it proved that the right of return will seize to being a dream and become a reality.

I hope that 2012 goes on the same tracks like its predecessor 2011, and becomes the year of Democracy for the countries that revolted, and to help the Syrians win their country back and remove the dictatorship that was established on their bodies.

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Palestine Refugee Revolution #MAY15

New website #NAKBASURVIVOR

Website with video testimonies or stories of / about Nakba Survivors

Announcements #Mar15 – Middle East

GAZA
May 10, 2011: 8 PM
Screening “This is my picture when I was dead”
FLYER OF GAZA ACTIVITIES #MAY15

PALESTINE – Al-QUDS
Palestine Freedom March – JERUSALEM
http://www.facebook.com/Free.Palestine.March.May15?sk=info

PALESTINE – Al-DAMUN | Al-RUWAYS
Tuesday,  May 10 2011 at  3:00 PM
قريتي الدامون والرويس الهجرتين
نقطة التجمّع: مدخل قرية كابول ( عين الدامون ) الساعة الثالثة بعد الظهر تنطلق المسيرة في تمام الساعة الثالثة والنصف بعد الظهر

May 14, 2011
Israeli Arabs invited to take part in Nakba march

PALESTINE – RAMALLAH 
Date : May 12, 2011  starting at 7:00PM
Location: Friends International Center in Ramallah (FICR)
A Poem and Musical Event to commemorate the Nakba

PALESTINE – RAMALLAH
Several cultural events in honor of the Nakba
http://bit.ly/mKN2cL

AMMAN – JORDAN
Several cultural events in honor of the Nakba
http://bit.ly/mKN2cL

LEBANON 
THIRD PALESTINIAN INTIFADA
All Arabs to March on Israel on May 15th
more info


EGYPT
Egyptians to mark Nakba with a march to Palestine
More info and participating organisations

EGYPT – CAIRO
May 15-21, 2011
Street: Tahrir Square – Cairo
more info 1more info 2

EGYPT – ALEXANDRIA
Friday, May 13, 2011
Qaed Ibrahim Mosque
Alexandria MB’s Organizes Conference Supporting Palestine
http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28557

LEBANON
May 15,  12:00 PM
Maroun Al Ras


ISTANBUL – TURKEY
Sunday, May 15 · 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: ISRAELI EMBASSY | İSRAL KONSOLOSLUĞU

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=203488316349247

SOFIA | BULGARIA

Seminar:
Date: Sat. May 14, 2011 8 PM (20h)
Location: Serdika cultural hause, Krakra str, 2A

Protest in solidarity with Palestine:
Date: Sun. May 15, 2011 4PM-6PM (16h)
Location: Metro station “Serdika” near the mean branche of “Unicreditbulbank”
The procession will start at 4:30PM and will reach NDK (The National Palast of Culture)

For updates : Join our profile in Facebook in Bulgarian language –“Third Palestinian Intifada Bulgarian Supporters” and in Arabic – “Third Palestinian Intifada Bulgaria”
e-mail: alhafid@abv.bg

Announcements #Mar15 – Europe



Malmö, Sweden

Here is the call for the events
http://natverket.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/nakbah-dagen-2011-berattelser-om-det-som-varit-och-om-vad-vi-gor-nu/

And the Facebook event page
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198997170144914

DUBLIN  –  IRELAND
Dublin | May 15, 2011
Nakba Day Demo in solidarity with Palestinian people

LONDON – UK
Date: 29/04/2011 to 11/05/2011
The 2011 London Palestine Film Festival
Venue: The 2011 London Palestine Film Festival
http://www.palestinefilm.org/festivals.asp

London May 14, 2011: 12 Noon
Bust the Blockade with Barenboim
Assemble opposite Downing Street on Whitehall
Jews For Justice for Palestinians will be assembling with the banner outside Westminster tube station at 11.50
http://jfjfp.com/?p=23149

London | May 14, 2011 at noon
UK Protest at Downing Street to urge the UK government to take actions to stop Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine

London | May 15, 2011
Demonstration in Solidarity with Palestinian Third Intifada
Outside Israeli Embassy, London

BRISTOL – UK
Location: Special vigil in Bristol Center
Date: Sunday May 15, 2011
Time: All Day
Organised by Bristol PSC

AMSTERDAM – THE NETHERLANDS
Datum:      zaterdagmiddag 14 mei 2011, 14:00 uur
Plaats:       Singelkerk, Singel 452, Amsterdam-Centrum
http://www.palestina-komitee.nl/NPK-berichten/295

BRUSSELS – BELGIUM
Sunday, May 15 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Israëlische ambassade, Sterrewachtlaan 40 1180 Ukkel – Avenue de l’Observatoire 40 1180 Brussel (UCCLE)
http://act4palestine.blogspot.com/2011/04/belgium-brussels-demonstratie-in.html ( NL | EN | FR )

BERLIN – GERMANY 
Sonntag, 15. Mai 2011 12:00 – 15:00 Uhr | Sunday, 15 May 2011 12:00 – 15:00 clock
Ort: Israelische Botschaft | Israeli Embassy, Auguste-Viktoria-Str. 74-76 – 14193 Berlin
Massenkundgebung aus Solidarität mit Palästina | Mass rally in solidarity with Palestine

FRANKFURT – GERMANY

Saturday, May 14, 2011 – 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Frankfurt Central Station

BERN  –  SWITZERLAND 
Sunday, May 15, 2011 , 3-6 PM
Location: Israeli Embassy, Alpine Road
BERN Rally in solidarity with the 3rd Intifada

ROME  –  ITALY
Sunday, May 15, 2011 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Embassy of Israel
Street: Via Michele Mercati 12 ,  Roma

In risposta alla chiamata del popolo Palestinese per una sommossa popolare il 15 maggio, manifesteremo dinanzi all’ambasciata Israeliana a Roma lo stesso giorno, in sostegno del popolo palestinese e per richiedere l’espulsione dell’ambasciatore Israeliano alla luce del continuo disprezzo d’Israele nei confronti il Diritto Internazionale!!!

In response to the call of the Palestinian people for a popular uprising on May 15, will demonstrate before the Israeli embassy in Rome the same day, in support of the Palestinian people and to demand the expulsion of Israel in the light of the continuing contempt of Israel against international law!
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178215672227437

PARIS – FRANCE
Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Rdv Dimanche 15 Mai à la Place de l’Opéra à Paris à 17h.
Dating Sunday, May 15 at Place de l’Opera in Paris at 17h.
The General Union of Palestinian Students in France commemorating the 63th anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe).
http://bit.ly/k2Q8AP

BARCELONA – SPAIN
12, 13 i 15 de Maig: commemorem  la Nakba Palestina
És per això que durant els dies 12, 13 i 15 de Maig, la Coordinadora d’entitats catalanes “Amb Palestina al Cor” realitzarem una sèrie d’activitats per a commemorar la Naqba. Contacte per premsa: Berta Alarcó, Marta Molina 651 34 14 06

http://bit.ly/lUI5xX


Announcements #Mar15 – Canada

MONTREAL –  CANADA
Sunday, May 15, 2011 , 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Métro Mont-Royal ,  470, av. du Mont-Royal Es

On MAY 15th of this year, thousands of Palestinian refugees, Egyptians, Lebanese, Syrians, Jordanians and many others will participate in peaceful protest in Palestine in hope to end the violent Zionist Regimen of Israel’s occupation.
Montreal’s Palestinian Refugee Revolution

OTTAWA –  CANADA
Protest| Palestinian Refugee Revolution| 63rd Anniversary- Nakba
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://on.fb.me/jkCNnq

OTTAWA – CANADA
William Nassar Protesting Concert May 15th
Sunday May 15th, 2011, 2pm at the Human Rights Monument, Ottawa
Artists against Apartheid
Flyer

TORONTO  –  CANADA
Protest in Solidarity with Palestinian Refugee Revolution 63rd Anniversary- Nakba
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Endorsed By:Canadian Arab Federation ,Canadian Boat to Gaza,Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid ,Educators for Peace ,Middle Eastern Student Association, Palestine House,Palestinian Cultural Association,Risalah Theatrical Group,Saudi Student Association Downtown,Students Against Israeli Apartheid,Toronto Coalition to Stop the War

http://on.fb.me/kBVjjJ
http://www.caiaweb.org/2011/05/08/697/

QUEBEC –  CANADA
Protest| Palestinian Refugee Revolution| 63rd Anniversary- Nakba| Montreal, Quebec, Canada
http://on.fb.me/jjdIah

VANCOUVER – CANADA
Canada Boat to Gaza supporters will join Sunday May 15 rally for Palestinian freedom in Vancouver, starting 1pm at Van Art Gallery
http://canadaboatgaza.org


CôTE-dES-NEIGES – CANADA

Wednesday, May 11th 2011 – screening begins at 7pm
Maison de la Culture Côte-des-Neiges
5290 Côte-des-Neiges
Bus 165 or Metro Côte-des-Neiges
free event. Donations are welcome.

Film screening: Kafer Kassem


Announcements #Mar15 – Africa


TUNIS –  TUNISIA
Sunday, May 15 at 12:00pm – May 16 at 5:00pm
Tunis, Rue de Liberté
www.palestine.clanteam.com
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=192127047495033



Announcements #Mar15 – ASIA

BANGKOK| THAILAND
Thursday, May 12, 2011
8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
BANGKOK Commemoration of Palestinian Nakba
at Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (FCCT)



Announcements #Mar15 – USA

ATLANTA – USA
Sun, 05/15/2011 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location : Piedmont Park: WPA Picnic Shelter Atlanta, GA
http://www.meiag.org/
contact@meiag.org

NEW YORK  –  USA
New York | May 15, 2011
Al-Nakba Rally for Right of Return

CLEVELAND –  OHIO –  USA
Sunday, May 15 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm
CLEVELAND Protest supporting “The Third Intifadah” in Palestine!
TBD please stay tuned for updates from Al-Awda Cleveland
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198970843473366
http://shababnetwork.com/web/events/view/11-05-15/CLEVELAND_Protest_supporting_The_Third_Intifadah_in_Palestine.aspx

WASHINGTON DC – USA
May 10   12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Palestinian Political Movements in Israel and Israeli Repression
The Palestine Center 2425 Virginia Ave, NW
Washington, DC  20037

Date: May 15, 2011 , 1 PM
Location: White House Washington  DC
For details about joining the march on the UN in NY on May 15, please contact: may15rally@gmail.com
Organised by the US Palestinian Community Network | PDF

HOUSTON | TEXAS | USA
Sunday, May 15, 2011 |  3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Starbucks corner by the Galleria, Street: Post Oak Rd. Houston Texas
http://shababnetwork.com/web/events/view/11-05-15/HOUSTON_Commencement_of_the_3rd_Palestinian_Intifada.aspx
Flyer with contacts

LOS ANGELES – CALIFORNIA – USA
Sunday, May 15, 2011 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Demonstration at Israeli Consulate
Location: Consulate General of Israel – Suite 1700 , Street: 6380 Wilshire blvd.
Demonstration at Israeli Consulate

MIAMI – FLORIDA  – USA
Location: The Israeli Embassy in Miami
Sunday, May 15, 2011 , 1-4 PM
Street: 100 Biscayne Blvd

With the middle east amidst many political reforms and humanitarian uprisings, the Palestinian people have every right to claim their stolen land and the rest of their basic humanitarian needs. Egypt had a tyrannical ruler for 30 years, Libya 40 years, Tunis 32 years and the Palestinians have been deprived of their freedom for 63 years. It is time to put an end to this…
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113229285427304
http://shababnetwork.com/web/events/view/11-05-15/MIAMI_-_Third_Intifada_rally_for_Palestine.aspx

OLYMPIA – WASHINGTON
Sunday, May 15 · 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Organised by Orca Books
509 E 4th Ave. Olympia, WA
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=143401642398312&ref=nf

ALLSTON – BOSTON – MASSACHUSETTS  – USA
Date: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 6:00 pm
Location: Palestinian Cultural Center for Peace • 41 Quint Ave • Allston
Call Congress this week 202-224-3121. Tell them STOP U.S. aid that supports Israel’s siege on Gaza, illegal settlement building, and violations of International Law and the human rights of Palestinians.”
http://www.justicewithpeace.org/node/2689

SACRAMENTO – USA
Remembering the Nakba – Celebrating Palestine.
Sunday, May 15, 2011,12 noon to 3pm,
North Steps, State Capitol, 11th & L, Sacramento
http://sacramento.craigslist.org/eve/2350541058.html
http://www.sacramento365.com/event/detail/441222363/Remembering_the_Nakba_Celebrating_Palestine

LIVONIA – MICHIGAN  – USA
May 14: Saturday, May 14, 2011 6:30 PM
Nakba Commemoration in Michigan with Awad AbdelFattah, Noura Erakat & Helen Thomas
at Burton Manor, 27777 Schoolcraft, Livonia, MI 48150
http://wp.me/p16sn9-6T8

NEWARK – USA
May 15, 2011
AMP Bay Area Fundraiser
http://www.chandnirestaurant.com
5748 Mowry School Rd
Newark, CA
510-668-1051
American Muslims for Palestine invite you to its annual fundraising event:
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi
Dr. Hatem Bazian
Dr. Osama Abuirshaid

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/165679


SEATTLE – USA

Sunday, May 15 · 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Westlake Plaza, 4th & Pine, Seattle, WA
www.voicesofpalestine.org
Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign www.stop30billion-seattle.org
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=143188592419482

Announcements #Mar15 – AUSTRALIA



BRISBANE – AUSTRALIA
Rally for Palestine – Remembering Al-Nakba
Friday 13 May   5.00 pm
Brisbane Square, top of Queen St mall (outside Casino)
www.justiceforpalestinebrisbane.org

SYDNEY – AUSTRALIA
14-15 May 2011
PALESTINE CONFERENCE IN SYDNEY
International guest speakers include Ms Ghada Abu Ghalyoun, representing the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions, based in Nablus, and Dr Ibrahim G. Aoudé, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
http://sydpalconf.wordpress.com/



FACEBOOK | INTERNET EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Facebook Page: RETURN TO PALESTINE | #May15
Facebook Event: A VIRTUAL MARCH OF MILLIONS TO FREE PALESTINE | #May 15 | Whole Day

Facebook & Twitter Event:  WHEN I RETURN–A collective celebration of hope and promise | Starting May 14, 2011


Let’s not forget the 15th of May

The 15th of May, a day that is known to the Palestinians as Al-Nakba (The Catastrophe). On that day hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to leave their homes, their possessions, their memories behind them and run for their lives. Some were kicked out by the Zionist militias such as the Haganah, Stern, or the Palmach, and some simply left out of fear for their lives but they were forbidden to return.

Those who stayed suffered from the martial law that was imposed upon them, forbidding them from many rights including the right to move freely, and the army didn’t hesitate to kill those who defied the curfew that was imposed after the 1948 war, such as the Kafr Qasim massacre, that resulted in the death of 48 Arab civilians, including 6 women and 23 children aged 8–17.

This year amongst the Arab Spring calls have risen for a true peaceful revolution on the 15th of May. These calls suggest that all the Palestinian refugees attend demonstrations on the borders their countries share with Israel, these calls also asks the people to try and break into the border if they can, if such a thing happens this could be the first serious attempt to march in thousands to the land they were kicked out from.

The right of return is sacred no one has the right to give that up, this will show both Israel and those accept the partial solutions (the PLO and Hamas) that the right of return will not die. It maybe a dream but someday will come true, and that day is close.