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Announcement :: Human Rights
Protest Sunday Framingham 3-5pm Al Nakba
14 May 2005
Modified: 10:24:41 PM
*note: the address in the radi calendar for this demo is not correct. This one is.

On the 57th aniversary of Al Nakba, The catastrophy in Palestine...

Come protest Israeli Independence day Celebration at >>Temple Beth Am 300 pleasant St. Framingham Ma.<<

Join us in a spirited rally to support justice in Palestine by remembering the the lives and land lost in the ongoing struggle for freedom. Down with the annexation wall! Down with aparthied! Up with your fist.

See you there.


How do I get there?

What are the Zionist up to?

Who are you?
Some friends of Palestine...

What should I bring?
Signs, friends and and other such fun.


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Re: Protest Sunday Framingham 3-5pm Al Nakba
16 May 2005

Temple celebrates Israel's birthday
By Kathy Uek / Daily News Staff
Monday, May 16, 2005

FRAMINGHAM -- The political divide in the Middle East played out at Temple Beth Am yesterday. Supporters of Israel marked the 57th anniversary of the Jewish state, while across Pleasant Street, Palestinian backers protested what they termed continued Jewish occupation.

Inside the temple, children held multi-colored balloons, danced to traditional and classical Jewish music to the delight of their parents and grandparents, while outside four demonstrators held signs saying "Free Palestine" and chanted: "1, 2, 3, 4, occupation no more -- 5, 6, 7, 8, Israel is an apartheid state. From river to sea, Palestine will be free."

"It's the 57th anniversary of 'Al Nakba,' Arabic for (the) catastrophe that displaced 700,000 Palestinians from their homes," said Pete xxxxxx, one of the demonstrators, from Valdez, Ala., visiting family in Newton. "We just want to show and remember the tragedy in Palestine that forced 700,000 people into refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza Strip three and four times over."

Many of the 300 temple members continued the celebration of music and dance, eating stuffed grape leaves, falafel and hummus and stood to sing the Israeli national anthem, "Hatikvah," ("The Hope").

"The national anthem is a song about hope and peace," said Scott Shuster, music teacher at the temple, who played at the celebration. "It's very emotional, especially when everyone stands up. During my lifetime there has been turmoil, fighting and dying, but the reality is we want peace. We want a homeland, as do the Palestinians, but there's only so much land."

Caraline Levy of Framingham, chairwoman of yesterday's event, chose to ignore the protesters and enjoy the celebration.

"I want to listen to the beautiful music of our heritage that my family listened to in Europe," said Levy. With tears in her eyes, she thought about her father, Harry Rowins, previously of Framingham, who came here from Poland in 1952 speaking nothing but Yiddish.

"My father came with the remaining members of his family. There were 11 of my grandmother's side and 10 of my grandfather's side, who all perished in the Holocaust. We want to celebrate that we made it. It feels good to be with everybody (at the event). There's an instant bond because of our Jewish heritage."

Hannah Marmor, 2, of Marlborough, was right at home dancing to the klezmer music of Klezical Tradition according to her mother, Stacey Marmor.

Dalia and Zvi Ron provided the food people customarily eat growing up in Israel. "Falafel in Israel is like hog dogs in America," said Zvi Ron of Framingham.

Britt Frenkel, 6, of Belmont, who attends school at Temple Beth Am, put her experience into practice yesterday as she led the other children in dance.

"We listen to Israeli music all the time at home and speak only Hebrew," said her mother, Ifat Frenkel, who came to America seven years ago from Israel and participated in the anniversary with her husband. But Frenkel had conflicting emotions, being so far away from her homeland.

"It's hard to celebrate from a distance with family and friends in Israel," she said. "The situation is still the same. There is an insecurity about peace and the future of Israel."

Orly Bejerano of Natick attended the Israel Independence Day celebration with her three children, Gal, 7, Dar, 5, and Shai, 3.

Orley Bejerano particularly enjoyed the the CHIK-CHAK Jewish Educational Puppet Theatre, which performed "Exodus 1947," a historical re-enactment of events that occurred before Israel declared itself a state.
Re: Protest Sunday Framingham 3-5pm Al Nakba
18 May 2005
May 15, Nakbe day
Sunday, 15 May 2005

Palestinians, across the globe, will commemorate Sunday the 47th anniversary of the Nakbe day. In the year 1948, Jewish armed groups forced the majority of Palestinians to leave their cities, villages and towns, and later razed to ground around 438 Palestinian localities.

Around a million Palestinian became refugees in neighboring countries, enduring unlivable conditions in dozens of refugee camps most of them were established in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

Since then, most of Palestinian refugees have been living on the hope of being allowed to return back to their lost towns and villages.

Despite the fact that the United Nations' resolution 194, issued in 1948, called for allowing Palestinian refugees back to their localities, 47 years passed and refugees are still waiting.

The issue of Refugees' rights is the hardest among all disputed Palestinian-Israeli issues. Israel, backed by the United States, insist that no refugee will be allowed back into Israel in any final status solution, Palestinians insist that refugees' right to return is a sacred human right that no one can relinquish.