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SIXTH AL-AWDA CONVENTION TO MARK 60 YEARS OF PALESTINIAN NAKBA

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For Immediate Release
February 4, 2008

SIXTH AL-AWDA CONVENTION TO MARK 60 YEARS OF PALESTINIAN NAKBA
May 16-18, 2008, Anaheim California

The 6th Annual International Al-Awda Convention will mark a devastating event in the long history of the Palestinian people. We call it our Nakba.

In May of 1948, with the support of the governments of the United States, Britain, and other European powers, Zionists declared the establishment of the state of Israel on stolen Palestinian Arab land and intensified their full-scale attack on Palestine. They occupied our land and forcibly expelled three quarters of a million of our people. This continues to be our great catastrophe, which we, as Palestinians with our supporters, have been struggling to overcome since.

The sixth international Al-Awda convention is taking place at a turning point in our struggle to return and reclaim our stolen homeland. Today, there are close to 10 million Palestinians of whom 7.5 million are living in forced exile from their homeland. While the Zionist state of Israel continues to besiege, sanction, deprive, isolate, discriminate and murder our people, in addition to continually stealing more of our land, our resistance has grown. Along with our sisters and brothers at home and elsewhere in exile, Al-Awda has remained steadfast in demanding the implementation of the sacred, non-negotiable national, individual and collective right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands.

The sixth international Al-Awda convention will be a historic and unique event. The convention will aim to recapitulate Palestinian history with the help of those who have lived it, and to strengthen our ability to educate the US public about the importance and justness of implementing the unconditional right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands. With symposia and specialty workshops, the focus of the convention will be on education that lead to strategies and mechanisms for expanding the effectiveness of our advocacy for the return.

INVITATION

We invite all Al-Awda members, and groups and individuals who support the implementation of the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes of origin, and to reclaim their land, to join us in this landmark Sixth Annual International Convention on the 60th year of Al-Nakba. Among the confirmed speakers so far are Bishop Atallah Hanna (Orthodox Church Jerusalem), Dr. Adel Samara, Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, Dr. Asad Abu Khalil, Dr. Saree Makdisi, and journalist author Ramzy Baroud. Sheikh Rafiq Al Tamimi, The Imam of Al Aqsa Mosque, has also been invited.

MASS RALLY FOR THE RETURN TO PALESTINE

The convention will culminate in a major demonstration in remembrance of 60 years of Nakba and to call for The RETURN TO PALESTINE. The demonstration will be held in solidarity and coordination with our sisters and brothers who continue the struggle in our beloved homeland.

Registration: http://www.al- awda.org/ convention6/ reserve.html
Sponsorship: http://www.al- awda.org/ convention6/ sponsor.html
Advertising: http://www.al- awda.org/ convention6/ ads.html
Exhibitors: http://www.al- awda.org/ convention6/ table.html
Accommodation: http://www.al- awda.org/ convention6/ hotel.html
Directions: http://www.al- awda.org/ convention6/ maps.html
Media: http://www.al- awda.org/ convention6/ media.html
Host Organizations: http://www.al- awda.org/ convention6/ hosts.html
Points of Unity: http://www.al- awda.org/ pou.html

For more information, please go to http://al-awda. org/convention6 and keep revisiting that page as it is being updated regularly.

To submit speaker and panel/workshop proposals, write to: info@al-awda. org or convention6@ al-awda.org

Until return,

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-685-3243
Fax: 360-933-3568
E-mail: info@al-awda. org
WWW: http://al-awda. org

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