Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Palestinians Protest 53 Years of Dispossession

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Palestinians Protest 53 Years of Dispossession

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PALESTINIANS PROTEST 53 YEARS OF DISPOSSESSION

Several hundred Palestinians and their supporters, including a large contingent of Jews against the Israeli occupation of Palestine, assembled for a march down Connecticut Avenue to the White House on May 15, the 53rd anniversary of the Nakba--the catastrophe--when Israel began its program of ethnic cleansing.

A coalition of groups sponsored the demonstration, including the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Al-Awda-DC, DC Coalition to Stop the War Against Iraq, El-Bireh Society, International Socialist Organization, Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel, Muslim Public Affairs Council, and the Network of Arab Alumni and Professionals. American Muslims for Jerusalem executive director Khalid Turaani addressed demonstrators, updating them on Israel's efforts to obtain extra U.S. military aid to help them quell the Palestinian uprising.

Along the march route, most onlookers who reacted to the demonstration did so with signals of solidarity: honking horns, thumbs-up gestures, and shouts of support. The numbers of those participating swelled. Upon reaching the White House there were close to a thousand people in attendance. The demonstration also attracted a sizeable number of tourists--many of whom accepted literature concerning the Nakba. …

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