65 years of exile—commemorating the Palestinian nakba
Today marks the 65th anniversary of al-Nakba—the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
Today marks the 65th anniversary of al-Nakba—the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. 750,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes when the state of Israel was established in 1948. Today there are 7 million Palestinian refugees living in exile around the world, and 450,000 Palestinians internally displaced within Palestine.
The ethnic cleansing of Palestine wasn’t a one-off event—it continues today. Israel is still displacing Palestinians in the West Bank and in the 1948 territory—the area that became Israel in 1948. Meanwhile the Gaza Strip functions as an open-air prison.
To commemorate the Nakba, and the ongoing Palestinian struggle to return to their homeland, Students for Justice in Palestine and Wellington Palestine Group are hosting a screening of 5 Broken Cameras—an Academy-shortlisted documentary about the effect of Israeli colonisation—especially the separation wall—on director Emad Burnat's family and his community in the West Bank village of Bil'in. This moving film makes it clear that the ethnic cleansing of Palestine didn't end in 1948, it continues today.
Director Emad Burnat was scheduled to speak at the screening, but he was unable to get a visa in time. This is one of the many ways that Palestinians' freedom is suppressed by Israel's apartheid policies. Israeli citizens receive a visa waiver when they visit New Zealand. Palestinians who live under Israeli control but are denied citizenship are not eligible for a visa waiver. In this sense, New Zealand is implicated in upholding Israeli apartheid.
Please join us at Paramount Cinema at 8:30 on Monday 20 May. And please join in the global campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) of Israel until it stops apartheid and ethnic cleansing.