“Catastrophe” in Palestine topic for book group’s May 7 meeting

May 7 2019 7:00 pm
Location: 
St John's Lutheran Church

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"Times New Roman";color:black;mso-bidi-font-style:italic">Anyone interested in Palestine/Israel is invited to attend a discussion of current events and the book, “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine” by Ilan Pappe. color:black;mso-bidi-font-style:italic">The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in the Fireside Room at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. W., Northfield. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 8, 2019.

“The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine” describes events that are known collectively as the “Nakba,” Arabic for catastrophe, in which more than 700,000 Palestinians were pushed from their homes by Israeli troops. A commemoration of the Nakba will take place at 2 p.m., May 11, 2019, at Bridge Square in Northfield.

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black;mso-bidi-font-style:italic">From amazon.com: “Renowned Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe’s groundbreaking book revisits the formation of the State of Israel. ... Denied for almost six decades, had it happened today it could only have been called ‘ethnic cleansing.’ Decisively debunking the myth that the Palestinian population left of their own accord in the course of this war, Ilan Pappe offers impressive archival evidence to demonstrate that, from its very inception, a central plank in Israel’s founding ideology was the forcible removal of the indigenous population.”

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black;mso-bidi-font-style:italic">The group will discuss the first half of this challenging book at its May gathering. The second half will be the topic for the next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 8, 2019. Future meetings will focus on “Blood Brothers” by Elias Chacour and “Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East” by Rashid Khalidi.

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black;mso-bidi-font-style:italic">No prior knowledge of the subject or of the broader issues surrounding Palestine/Israel is necessary, nor is attendance at previous sessions. Anyone willing to learn, listen and discuss the issue is welcome, including those who have not read the book. Attendance is free but participants are responsible for providing their own book if desired. Contact Darlene Hand at 507-645-5078 for information about the book group.

Formed in 2007, Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel is an ecumenical group of community members who organize local events to educate and advocate for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel. For more information about NJP, visit the website at www.njpmn.org or write to info@njpmn.org.

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