Al Nakba Commemoration speakers and events

CJPP has commemorated Al Nakba (the Catastrophe) since 2006. Al Nakba is the term that Palestinians use to describe the forced displacement and expulsion of Palestinians from their homelands with the creation of the Israeli State in 1948. Some 750,000 Palestinians were forced to flee their homes as a result of the violence of Israeli military forces and the Zionist paramilitary groups in the months of April and May 1948. There are now over 7 million Palestinian refugees and the Nakba continues with the growth in illegal Settlements in the Occupied West Bank where there are now over 600,000 illegal settlers as well as the ongoing displacement of Palestinians from their lands in the Occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and within Israel.

  • The lateTanya Reinhart, Professor Emeritus, Tel Aviv University (Oct. 2006)
  • Dr Ghada Karmi, Palestinian author and academic (Oct. 2007)
  • Mr Ali Abunimah, Research Fellow with Palestine Centre, Washington DC, author, founder/editor of Electronic Intifada (May 2008)
  • Dr Sara Roy, Senior Research Scholar, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University (Oct. 2008)
  • Mr Jeff Halper, Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) (March 2009)
  • Ms Haneen Zoabi M.K., Member of the Knesset, al-Tajamu al-Watani al-Dmqrati (National Democratic Assembly) (May 2009)
  • Prof. Saree Makdisi, professor of English Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles (Sept. 2009)
  • Prof. George Bisharat, Professor of Law, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, USA (May 2010)
  • Ms Anna Baltzer, awarded 2009 Rachel Corrie Peace & Justice Award, former Fulbright Scholar (Oct. 2010)
  • Br. Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor, Bethlehem University (Dec. 2010)
  • Ms Ghada Abu Ghalyoun, International Coordinator, Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) (May 2011)
  • Mr. Shawan Jabarin, Director General, Al Haq (Nov 2012)
  • Dr. Mona el Farra,?Director of Gaza projects for the Middle East Childrens Alliance and the health chair of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society of the Gaza Strip (May 2013)
  • Professor Bassam Dally, Professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Adelaide. He is the co-founder and executive member of the Australian Friends of Palestine Association, and is the founder and convener of the annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture in Adelaide (May 2014)
  • Memories and Media Representations of Palestine, video interviews with Palestinian elders, Fortune and Ibrahiem Jahshan, now resident in Australia. The Australian TV documentary Days Of Destiny (John Dixon), the 2007 documentary feature, Leila Khaled Hijacker by Palestinian-Swedish filmmaker Lina Makboul (May 2015).

Al Nakba references

The Ongoing Nakba: The continuous forcible displacement of the Palestinian people

The Question of Palestine – Edward Said

From Palestine to Israel – a photographic history

Visual history of the Nakba

Award-winning 4 part film series on the Nakba by Al Jazeera