Tomorrow is the 11th anniversary of the liberation of (most of) the South from Israeli occupation.
Tomorrow is the 11th anniversary of one of the critical shifts in narrative and thought: an Arab people can liberate their land from Israeli occupation without a surrender.
May 25, 2000. A beautiful day.
Is it symbolic that the Day of Resistance and Liberation (May 25) is in the same month as the Nakba (May 15)?
Tomorrow, as we remember and celebrate the strength of the resistance (both armed and civilian), let us also remember the ongoing struggle for liberation of Palestine, for our right of return.
So, tomorrow, there will be a candle light vigil to commemorate the martyrs killed on the Right of Return March on May 15 by Israeli snipers.
Here is the notice:
ESCWA, Riad el-Solh
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
On the May 15 Nakba Commemoration at Maroun al-Ras, on the borders of Palestine, Israeli soldiers opened fire using live ammunition on thousands of unarmed protesters, killing six.
This ‘March of Return to Palestine’ marked the 63rd year since the mass expulsion of Palestinians from historic Palestine in 1948, commemorated in the Arab world as the Nakba. Over 70,000 people from across Lebanon made their way to the Lebanese-Palestinian border, demanding the rightful return to their homeland. Many of the participants made their way down to the border fence to demonstrate their collective desire for return. Israeli soldiers stood on the other side of the fence and snipers were stationed on a nearby hill. The Israeli soldiers commenced fire on the protesters, killing 6 and seriously wounding 123.
The Israeli government and military must be held accountable for the brutal killing of the unarmed demonstrators, for its killing of thousands of Arabs and internationals over the sixty three years that it has occupied the Palestinian homeland, for every Palestinian who it has denied the right to go home. We will continue to support the right to resistance until return, and hope that the sacrifices made last Sunday will fuel future actions of resistance in the struggle to liberate Palestine.
A candlelight vigil will be held on Liberation Day, Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 7:30PM at ESCWA, and we urge all to join us in remembering the following martyrs of last Sunday, and being part of the movement and the cause for which they gave their lives.
Martyrs of Lebanon:
Imad Ahmad abou Shakra (Ain Al hilwe) – Jwaya – 1993
Mohammad Ibrahim Abou Chleih (Mie w Mie) – Yafa – 1992
Mohammad Samir Al Saleh (Burj al shamali) – Naa’me – 1994
Khalil Ahmad Mohammad (jalil – Baalbek) – Tiberias – DOB 1989
Mohmoud Mohammad Salem (Al Buss) – Im al faraj – 1994
Abdel Rahman Saeed Sabha (Ain Al hilwe) – Safsaf – 1990
Martyrs of Syria:
Qais Abu Alheija (from Houd, Haifa district)
Bashar Ali Shahabi (from Lubya, Tiberias district)
Samer Khartabeel (from the town of Tiberias)
Abadah Zaghmout (from the village of Safsaf, Haifa district)
Martyrs of Palestine:
Milad Ayyash – Silwaan, East Jerusalem – 1995