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NYC: Rally to demand Palestinian Refugees Right to Return Home
07 Mar 2001
Right to Return Rally to demand a just resolution of the plight of the Palestinian Refugees
For Immediate Release
6 March 2001

THOUSANDS RALLY WORLDWIDE TO DEMAND REFUGEES' RIGHT TO RETURN

On 7 April 2001, thousands of Palestinians and people of conscience will take part in marches and rallies to demand implementation of the right of Palestinian refugees to return to homes and lands from which they were expelled.

Marches and rallies will take place in New York (US) and other cities including those in Palestine, Canada, Spain and Australia. Protestors will call for an end to five decades of exile and demand that Palestinian refugees be permitted to return to their properties and homes of
origin. These events will coincide with the fifty-third anniversary of the massacre of Palestinian civilians committed by Zionist forces in the village of Deir Yassin.

Organizers intend to draw the public's attention to the human rights abuses and suffering inflicted on the Palestinian people. They also plan to send a strong signal of support to Palestinians in territories occupied since
1948 and 1967. More than three hundred and fifty Palestinian civilians have been killed, and over 11,000 injured by Israeli occupation forces in the past few months. Many of those injured and killed are children.

The April 7 marches and rallies follow from those successfully held in September 2000 simultaneously in Washington DC, London, Lebanon and Palestine. These events, spearheaded by Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, are co-sponsored and endorsed by thousands of
individuals and over one hundred and fifty organizations.

Palestinian refugees, numbering more than 5 million in this year 2001, represent one of the oldest and largest refugee populations in the world. Their suffering is magnified by Israel's ongoing denial of their right to repatriation and restitution, as required by international law and UN
Resolution 194.

Among the confirmed speakers for the forthcoming rally in New York City are Dr. Souheil Natour, Muna Hamze, Dr. Sami el-Aryan, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Sarah Flounders and son of Deir Yassin massacre survivors Abbas Hamidah. The rally will also include a statement by George Habash former Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Internationally renowned musicians Marcel Khalife and Simon Shaheen have been invited to take part.

For further rally related information, please visit
http://al-awda.org:

For media interviews, please visit our Press Room at
http://al-awda.org/pressroom.htm

To help defray costs associated with the rally, please address tax-deductible donations to:
Al-Awda - Palestine Right To Return Coalition-USA
PO Box 401
Hummelstown, Pa 17036
Fax: (717)832-1123
Email: prrc (at) mail.com
WWW: http://al-awda.org
See also:
http://al-awda.org
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One of the star speakers...
11 Mar 2001
Of course Mr. Hasbash will just have to 'phone it in', as he is wanted for murder, kidnapping, etc....

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
From: Patterns of Global Terrorism, 1999. United States Department of State, April 2000.

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Description
Marxist-Leninist group founded in 1967 by George Habash as a member of the PLO. Joined the Alliance of Palestinian Forces (APF) to oppose the Declaration of Principles signed in 1993 and suspended participation in the PLO. Broke away from the APF, along with the DFLP, in 1996 over ideological differences. Took part in meetings with Arafat's Fatah party and PLO representatives in 1999 to discuss national unity and the reinvigoration of the PLO but continues to oppose current negotiations with Israel.

Activities
Committed numerous international terrorist attacks during the 1970s. Since 1978 has conducted attacks against Israeli or moderate Arab targets, including killing a settler and her son in December 1996.

Strength
Some 800.

Location/Area of Operation
Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and the occupied territories.

External Aid
Receives safehaven and some logistic assistance from Syria.