NJP/I Holds 11th Annual Nakba Remembrance in Northfield

The Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel held their 11th annual Nakba Remembrance event at Bridge Square, commemorating the 1948 Palestinian catastrophe. Approximately 80 people attended, reading the names of destroyed villages and marking them on a map with Palestinian flags.

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NJP/I Holds 11th Annual Nakba Remembrance in Northfield

NJP/I Holds 11th Annual Nakba Remembrance in Northfield

The Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel (NJP/I) held their 11th annual Nakba Remembrance on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at Bridge Square in Northfield, Minnesota. Approximately 80 people attended the event commemorating the 1948 Palestinian catastrophe known as the Nakba.

Nakba, which means "catastrophe" in Arabic, refers to the ethnic cleansing that destroyed half of the Palestinian population and 418 of their villages in 1948. During the remembrance event, the name of each destroyed Palestinian village was read in Arabic, followed by the ringing of a bell tone. Attendees marked the 418 villages on a map of the region with small Palestinian flags.

Why this matters: The commemoration of the Nakba serves as a powerful reminder of the ongoing struggle for justice and human rights in the region, highlighting the need for continued advocacy and awareness-raising efforts. By acknowledging the historical injustices faced by Palestinians, we can work towards a more equitable and peaceful future for all parties involved.

Following the Nakba Remembrance, a Mothers March was held in solidarity with Palestinian mothers. Photos of the event were taken by Margie O'Loughlin to document the annual commemoration.

The Nakba Remembrance serves as an important reminder of the ongoing struggle and displacement faced by Palestinians. By commemorating this catastrophic event each year, the NJP/I aims to raise awareness about the Palestinian experience and advocate for justice and human rights in the region.

Key Takeaways

  • NJP/I held 11th annual Nakba Remembrance in Northfield, MN, on May 11, 2024.
  • Approximately 80 people attended to commemorate the 1948 Palestinian catastrophe.
  • Nakba refers to the ethnic cleansing that destroyed 418 Palestinian villages in 1948.
  • The event aimed to raise awareness about the Palestinian experience and advocate for justice.
  • A Mothers March was held in solidarity with Palestinian mothers following the remembrance.