On May 11, 2020 the Palestine House, Socialist Action Canada, Independent Jewish Voices Canada and Courage issued the following statement:
On May 16, Palestinians and their allies around the world will mark the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba (The Catastrophe), the culmination of the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homes by Zionist forces.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will mark the occasion over Zoom! We have a great lineup of speakers and a list of endorsing organizations that we’ll announce in the coming days.
This year we’re strongly urging the Canadian government to break the siege on Gaza as medical supplies are urgently needed, now more than ever, as the spread of COVID19 would result in a humanitarian disaster.
Our demands include:
Lift the siege on Gaza
Right of return for Palestinian refugees
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel (BDS)
End the occupation
Tear down the Apartheid Wall
Rejection of the IHRA defenition of anti-semitism (anti-Zionism is not antisemitism)
Palestinian Canadian Community Centre – Palestine House
The list of speakers at the online event are:
Zahia El-masri, Canadian Palestinian Foundation of Quebec
Yafa Jarrar, Human Rights lawyer
Basdee’ Dwaik. Human Rights Defenders – Hebron
Leila Al Ali, Najdeh – Palestine Aid Society – Lebanon
Haneen Zaqout, We Are Not Numbers – Gaza
Hammam Farah, Palestinian Canadian Community Centre – Palestine House
Sheryl Nestel, Independent Jewish Voices – Canada
Dirka Prout, New Democratic Party (NDP), Candidate London North Centre
Sid Ryan, Former President of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)
Dave Bleakney, Natioal Office of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)
Mohammad Ali, Socialist Hip Hop
The Nakba Day (Arabic: يوم النكبة Yawm an-Nakba, meaning “Day of the Catastrophe”) is an annual day in which the Palestinian people commemorates the (voluntarily and forced) displacement of around 700,000 Palestinians that preceded and followed the attempt of the Arab Courtiers to destroy by an orchestrated military attack the nascent state of Israel, which declared its independence on May 15, 1948.
Independent Jewish Voices Canada calls itself a “Palestine solidarity group.”
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