CITIZENS OF NOWHERE

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REVISITING SABRA AND SHATILLA 30 YEARS LATER
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This past Monday evening the Hunter College branch of Students for Justice in Palestine held a commemorative gathering, to recall the horrors of the massacre at Sabra and Shatilla. The meeting was addressed by Hunter College student volunteers who spoke about their experiences with Palestinian children in Shatilla. They took part in a Leap Programme, Summer 2011. They are planning on returning this coming summer and hope other students will join them.
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Commentary by Chippy Dee, Photos © by Bud Korotzer
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The speakers…
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A view of the audience…
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We were shown a film with one of the young men living at Shatila giving a guided tour.  It is a horrible, ugly, dirty place with many problems, social and physical.  However people there, including the very young, are dedicated to moving back to Palestine, “home”.  The kids are like all kids, they laugh and play.  The young Americans participating in the program as teachers are very enthusiastic and dedicated.
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In the video that was shown, the sense of Palestine was displayed when the oldest of the young people explained that even though they had never lived in Palestine, but born in Lebanon, the sense of being Palestinian was passed on through the generations, directly from the grandparents and parents. As one participant said; “Lebanon was a second home, but Palestine was the first home”.
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There was a scene in the video: on Nakba Day, various generations of the refugees went to the border of Lebanon/Palestine and looked across the fields towards Palestine while an older person explained the lay of the land where Palestine began.
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They made it perfectly clear that ‘The Right of Return’ was not being abandoned, rather it was the hope that keeps them going.
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From the video …
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Letters from the child refugees…
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Infrastructure of the camps…
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Organised by…
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2 Comments

  1. benny hill said,

    February 9, 2012 at 18:52

    Alience of regimes US and Zionist Israel is very strong in every field. Till bitter end will this duo of “Truth axis of Evil” on this planet continue policy of terrorism, wars and murder. Zionism represent “Visiable satanic organization on planet Earth” and Israel is really “brat child” of this World evil. Only Russia and China togheter with policy of Iran is guarante of World Peace. Unfortunaly for Palestine people their freedom and end of Nagba will end after the conflict of powers settles….its horible what I write, I hope to be wrong, but these Zionist banksters with their corporations WANT desperately their Orwell style NWO….If people allow this to happened, then whole World will be locked in something like in Palestine – only “World occupaid territories”. World is turned upside down. Palestine people are terrorists, while those murders behind tragedy of “Mankind incl Palestine people” are freedom fighters? Its sick, but all can be changed – we must believe that and continue oppose Zionist Goebles like propaganda. With thoughts on slotered palestine innocent childern during massacre on Gaza 08/09 I wish to all succes in surching for truth..
    One more … Was God Almighty some kind of Real Estate agent?. Would anybody belive that “He” would protect and support what this bunch of former Khazars does in ME? “He” will kick them out like always in history of mankind – this time forever. Only then will be People of the World work on some kind of Universal Moral Codex for lasting peace.


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