Destroyed Palestinian villages remembered at events on May 14

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“Never forget” is a phrase used to encourage remembrance for wide-scale tragedies. People in the Northfield area will have the opportunity this month to participate in an event to remember a painful period in Palestinian history.

“Remembering the 1948 Nakba (the Catastrophe)” is a pair of public events that will explore the mass expulsion of Palestinian people and destruction of their homes in the late 1940s. Palestinians will tell how they and their families were impacted by the Nakba at a panel discussion to be held 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., May 14, 2016, at the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St., Northfield.

The second part of the commemoration will be held later that day at Bridge Square, Northfield (First UCC if weather is inclement). Audience members at the 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. event will be invited to place Palestinian flags on a 4-foot-by-8-foot map of Palestine/Israel as the names of destroyed Palestinian villages are read.

“Nakba” refers to events in 1947-48 that transpired when the British vacated Palestine and Israel became a state. What followed was catastrophic for the Palestinian people. Israeli forces pushed more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes, confiscated their land and destroyed more than 500 of their villages. The Nakba was part of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine that continues today.

The events are presented by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, an ecumenical group of community members who organize local events to educate and advocate for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel. Members of the committee are available to speak about their experiences in Palestine/Israel. For more information about the event or NJP, contact committee member Jenny Hartley at jdhartley1@aol.com or info@njpmn.org.