Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Nakba remembered in London

By New Worker correspondent

Supporters and activists from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) gathered on Sunday 15th May for a cultural event to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the Nakba catastrophe, Registered Alive, at the Courtyard Theatre in London’s Hoxton district. The performances included a Dabke dance by the Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre, the renowned actor Maxine Peake reading from Masoud’s latest play [The Shroud Maker], a reading by British Egyptian poet Sabrina Mahfouz (pictured right), a live score from musician and composer Dave Randall, and the comedian Mark Thomas reading from his book [Extreme Rambling], about his walk along the entire length of the Israeli Separation Barrier in 2010. Introducing the event, Hugh Lanning, chair of the PSC, said: “the Nakba catastrophe isn’t just history, it’s ongoing and continuing today. Colonisation of the West Bank by Zionist settlers is actually accelerating and there are now over 600,000 settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.” The Nakba evening was one of 80 events organised by the PSC across Britain. Lanning said that over 1.5 million people had viewed the PSC’s new Twitter hashtag in the last 6 months.

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