Register now to be part of a historic and unique event. The Sixth Annual International Al-Awda Convention will aim to recapitulate Palestinian history with the help of those who have lived it.
Together, we will strengthen our ability to educate the US public about the importance and justness of implementing the unconditional right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands.
The focus of the convention will be on education that leads to strategies and mechanisms for expanding the effectiveness of our advocacy for the return.
This year’s 6th Annual International Al-Awda Convention is our most important one to date!
Confirmed speakers include Bishop Atallah Hanna (Palestine), Supreme Justice Dr. Sheikh Taiseer Al Tamimi (Palestine), Dr. Adel Samara (Palestine, economist, author, founder of Al-Mashriq Al-A’amal Center for Cultural and Development Studies), Dr. Salman Abu Sitta (writer/researcher, founder of Palestine Land Society), Dr. Ghada Karmi (London, academic, researcher/writer), Dr. As’ad Abu Khalil (professor, Politics and Public Administration, CSU Stanislaus), Dr. Saree Makdisi (professor, English and Comparative Literature, UCLA), Ramzy Baroud (Seattle, journalist, former Al-Jazeera producer and editor of PalestineChronicle.com), and Dr. Ilan Pappe (History Professor at Exeter University, England). Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar, Dr. Isam Nassar (Assistant Professor of History at Illinois State University), Haneen Zoabi (member of the political bureau of Balad), and others have also been invited.
Special book signing with Dr. Ghada Karmi (author of "Married to Another Man: Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine" and "In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story"), Dr. Saree Makdisee (author of the upcoming book "Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation"), Ramzy Baroud (author of "The Second Intifada"), Dr. Salman Abu Sitta (author of "The Return Journey"), Dr. Ilan Pappe (author of the "Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine") and we hope Dr. Issam Nassar (author of "Different Snapshots: The History of Early Local Photography in Palestine, 1850-1948")
In addition to the general meetings and lectures, we will be hosting an exhibit organized by Dr. Fayeq Oweis about The Return and Palestinians in Lebanon.
We will also have a series of film showings including the soon to be announced winner of this year’s Al-Awda Alternate Focus worldwide film contest. We have also scheduled several specialty meetings and workshops to include for example discussions of the following projects: Media, The Palestine Library, and Refugee Support; as well as Funding and Institutionalizing Al-Awda’s Work for the Return. The convention will culminate in a mass protest and march.
Host Organizations of this year’s convention include Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Palestinian American Women Association, Free Palestine Alliance, National Council of Arab-Americans, Middle East Cultural and Information Center – San Diego, The Arab Community Center of the Inland Empire, Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid – Southern California, Palestine Aid Society, Palestinian American Congress, Bethlehem Association, Al-Mubadara – Southern California, Union of Palestinian American Women, Birzeit Society, El-Bireh Society, Arab American Friends of Nazareth, Ramallah Club, A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, International Action Center, Students for Justice in Palestine at CSUSB, UCLA and UCR, Students for International Knowledge at CSUSB, Muslim Students Association at Palomar College, UCSD, and Mira Costa, and The Arab American Council.
We invite all members and supporters of the implementation of the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes of origin and to reclaim their lands to join us in this landmark Al-Awda Convention on the 60th year of al-Nakba.
Mass Rally for the Return to Palestine
The convention will culminate in a major mass rally and march to mark 60 years of Nakba and to call for The Return to Palestine. The demonstration will be held in solidarity and coordination with our sisters and brothers who continue the struggle in our beloved homeland.
Join us for the largest annual gathering of Palestinians and their supporters on this most important occasion of the 60th year of the Nakba.
For more information, please go to http://al-awda.org/convention6 and keep revisiting that page as it is being updated regularly.
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC) is the largest network of grassroots activists and students dedicated to Palestinian human rights. We are a not for profit tax-exempt educational and charitable 501(c)(3) organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States of America. Under IRS guidelines, your donations to PRRC are tax-deductible.
Save the Date!
Sixth Annual International Al-Awda Convention
On The 60th Year of Al Nakba
May 16-18, 2008
Embassy Suites Hotel Anaheim South,
11767 Harbor Boulevard
Garden Grove, California, 92840