Activists held a “70 Years Too Long: Nakba Vigil” and rally Tuesday afternoon in Washington DC’s Dupont Circle.
The event commemorated the 1948 Palestinian exodus, also known as the Nakba, where 700,000 Palestinian Arabs fled or were expelled from their homes, during the 1948 Palestine war. The activists condemned Israel’s current treatment of Palestinians, particularly in light of President Trump’s recent decision to move the American-Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
On one side of the group, dozens of posters of Ahed Tamimi were picketed into the ground. Tamimi is a Palestinian teenager whose angry altercation with an Israeli soldier outside her West Bank home left her with an 8 month prison sentence. Tamimi slapped an Israeli soldier after her cousin was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet.
“70 years of Israeli occupation on Palestinian land,” was the motivation for the protest, said Kareem El-Hosseiny. “We’re protesting the indiscriminate actions of the Israeli government against the Palestinian People in Gaza and saying this cannot stand.”
According to the event’s Facebook page:
“Performers and storytellers include: Oud and vocals by Fuad Foty, Poetry by Samar Najia, Poetry by Zeina Azzam, Nakba education by Philip Farah, Storytelling by Nora Burgan, Storytelling by Jamal Najjab.”
The event’s cosponsors were listed as:
“Ad Hoc Committee for the Nakba, Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace (WIAMEP), US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN), Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace – PCAP (PCAP), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Jewish Voice for Peace – DC Metro, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).”