Please join us at the AICafe on Tuesday 13 November 2012 from 7.30 p.m. for Just visiting: what Mahmoud Abbas is really saying and the Palestinian right of return with Palestinian refugee and activist Naji Owdah.
Refugee and activist Naji Owdah will speak about the Palestinian right of return (Photo: Rojo-Negro, CGT)
In a recent interview for Israeli television, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas seemingly accepted he had no right to live in Safed, the town of his birth and from which his family was forced to flee in 1948 during the Palestinian Nakba. "I visited Safed once before," he said. "I want to see Safed. It's my right to see it, but not to live there." Referring to the internationally-recognised pre-1967 border, he went on: "Palestine now for me is the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. This is now and forever ... This is Palestine for me. I am a refugee, but I am living in Ramallah. I believe that the West Bank and Gaza is Palestine and the other parts are Israel."
President Abbas' comments ignited widespread condemnation and anger in the Israeli occupied Palestinian territory and abroad. In this evening we will think together about the impact of his words, refugees, and why the Palestinian right of return holds such importance.
Naji Owdah is a Palestinian refugee born, raised, and living in the Deheisheh Refugee Camp. He is and has been a social and political activist for many years, arrested several times by Israeli forces due to his resistance of the occupation. Owdah was director of the al- Phoenix center for many years, a board member of the Ibda'a association, Badil, and a number of the community organizations within the Deheisheh Camp. Like all refugees, Owdah is fighting for his right to go back home.
Please join us for this important topic!
The AIC is a joint Palestinian-Israeli activist organization engaged in dissemination of information, political advocacy and grassroots activism. The AICafè is a political and cultural café open on Tuesday and Saturday night from 7pm until 10pm. It is located in the Alternative Information Center in Beit Sahour, close to Suq Sha’ab (follow the sign to Jadal Center ). We have a small library with novels, political books and magazines. We also have a number of films in DVD copies and AIC publications which critically analyze both the Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as the conflict itself.