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History Of Ethnic Cleansing In Palestine: The Nakba (The Catastrophe)

Every year on May 15, Palestinians around the world, numbering about 12.4 million, mark the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, referring to the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the near-total destruction of Palestinian society in 1948.

The Palestinian experience of dispossession and loss of a homeland is 71 years old this year.

On that day, the state of Israel was declared. The creation of Israel was a violent process that entailed the forced expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland to establish a Jewish-majority state, as per the aspirations of the Zionist movement.

Between 1947 and 1949, at least 750,000 Palestinians from a 1.9 million population were made refugees beyond the borders of the state. Zionist forces had taken more than 78 percent of historic Palestine, ethnically cleansed and destroyed about 530 villages and cities, and killed about 15,000 Palestinians in a series of mass atrocities, including more than 70 massacres.

Though May 15, 1948, became the official day for commemorating the Nakba, armed Zionist groups had launched the process of displacement of Palestinians much earlier. In fact, by May 15, half of the total number of Palestinian refugees had already been forcefully expelled from their country.

Israel continues to oppress and dispossess Palestinians to this day.

In commemorating this date we are showing “Where Should the Birds Fly”

On May 18 there will also be a Canada Cross-Day of Action as the following poster shows.


Help Cuba Recover from Tornado Damages

Our Victoria Friends of Cuba committee extends our heartfelt sympathy and solidarity with the families of the six people who died and almost 200 people who were injured after the sudden tornado that hit Havana’s municipalities. Dr. José Rubiera, renowned Cuban meteorologist, states that in Havana’s 500 years of existence this year, a tornado has never been known as that which hit on Jan. 27. 

The damage is extensive and has greatly set back the situation for the Cuban people in the tornado’s path. 

Our committee is now collecting funds to help out with the rebuilding of damages caused by the tornado and to show our solidarity with Cuba.

To contribute please make cheques out to the “Victoria Friends of Cuba” fill the memo line with “For Tornado Damages” and send it to: 

Victoria Friends of Cuba

1584 Strathcona Heights
Shawnigan Lake, BC
V0R 2W2

Cheques can also be brought to our Social Justice Film night event which takes place on the 3rd Thursday of every month – 7pm – 2994 Douglas (BCGEU).

All collected funds from our committee will get to Cuba by transferring them to the Tornado Relief Account in Cuba. We do not retain any portions of what we collect.

Always in Solidarity,
Victoria Friends of Cuba