Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Nakba Events at UCLA

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Nakba Events at UCLA

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ZIAD ABU-RISH discussed the Zionist colonization of Palestine at a May 16 program on the Nakba at UCLA, where he is a doctoral candidate in history. He pointed out that two of the conditions set by the United Nations to admit Israel into the world body were for it to produce a Constitution and to observe U.N. Resolution 194, calling for the return of Palestinian refugees or for compensation.

Israel has met neither condition. Abu-Rish stressed that an Israeli Constitution has not been forthcoming because it would have to spell out the treatment of Palestinian refugees.

A May 19 program entitled "U.S. Policy and the Palestine Question" featured attorney Noura Erekat and Dr. Bassam Haddad of George Mason University as part of UCLA's Palestine Awareness Week.

Erekat, who is the legal advocate for the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, said the strength of the Israeli lobby lies in the absence of an effective Arab lobby in the U.S. The Israeli lobby enjoys an influence that is 200 times stronger than its adversary's, she declared. …

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