Invitation to Right of Return March - "Israel's Independence Day is Our Nakba!"

Fwd. from: National Association/Internally Displaced in Israel

As every year, so especially in 2002, Palestinians inside Israel protest past and current Palestinian displacement and dispossession on the occasion of Israel's independence day on 17 April, the day on which - based on the Hebrew calendar - celebration ceremonies are held by Israel's official institutions.

BADIL encourages broad participation and media coverage of the below Palestinian protest event.

Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Internally Displaced, 11 April 2002

Invitation to the Press

The Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Internally Displaced, in cooperation with the Local Committee of the Residents of al-Birweh and several Jewish and Arab-Jewish initiatives, will conduct the fifth al-Awda
(Return) March. The march will be held on the lands of the depopulated Palestinian village of al-Birweh on Wednesday, 17 April 2002.

Participants will gather at 3:00 p.m. at the eastern entrance of al-Birweh village (in the Siklon industrial area on the Akka-Safad road) and will raise signs carrying the names of the depopulated Palestinian villages. The popular
march will then proceed through the lands of al-Birweh and conclude with a rally. Speakers at the rally will feature, among others, representatives of the High Arab Monitoring Committee, the Association for the Defense of
the Rights of the Internally Displaced, the Local Committee of the Residents of al-Birweh, as well as Jewish and Jewish-Arab initiatives.

The Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Internally Displaced has invited the public, political parties, and all activists in political and community organizations to participate in this march.

For further information please contact:
Wakim Wakim, 06-4441407, 04-9924569
Muhammad Kayal, 053-216514