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Memorial for Victims in Iraq and Palestine

from Group - 29.04.2003 15:03

We are not just numbers

For the sake of humanity and the freedom of the peoples of the world, we invite you to participate in a memorial for victims of aggression in Iraq and Palestine on April 30, 2003, the 40th-day remembrance of the brutal attack on Iraq.

Our presence at this event will preserve the memory of these victims in our minds and collective conscience, and will raise our voices against occupation, aggression and destruction.


IDF fighting a terrorist in Ramallah
IDF fighting a terrorist in Ramallah

A group of women from different organizations in Beirut have come together to organize a 40th Day Memorial for Victims of Aggression in Iraq and Palestine this Wednesday, April 30, 2003 from 6 to 9pm in Martyrs' Square, Beirut - the 40th day after the start of the war on Iraq. The event is a collective memorial to mourn the human and cultural loss as a result of the US war on and occupation of Iraq, and of Israeli aggression in and occupation of Palestine. The organizers include Lebanese, Iraqis, Palestinians as well as Americans and Canadians.

The memorial takes the form of a traditional Arab wake, with participants invited to sit in a circle, with candles. The program for the event includes a poetry reading by Iraqi singer Sahar Taha (reading poems by el-Jawahiri and Badr Shakr el-Sayab), Umayma Khalil singing "Mohammed el-Durra" (a poem by Mahmoud Darwish), a number of short videos about the human and cultural costs of the conflicts in Iraq and Palestine, and testimonials from Iraqi women, read by actress Dareen el-Jundi and a Lebanese woman who traveled to Iraq prior to the war. In lieu of passing out the customary cigarettes, the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel will distribute information on Philip Morris (a major cigarette manufacturer) and other companies that support Israel. Organizers will hand out information on the victims in Iraq and Palestine. As night falls, candles will be lit to mark the presence of the mourners.

The event is open to all, and the organizers encourage broad public participation. Attendees are asked to come in mourning dress and bring a candle.

Organized by:
- Lebanese Women's Council
- Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel
- Nadi al-Saha
- Solidarity Against the War
- Americans Against the War
- Members of the Iraqi Community in Lebanon
- Lebanese Families in Solidarity with Palestinian Families
- Arab Campaign for Truth (ACT)
- The Arab Follow-Up Committee
- Arab NGOs Development Network
- Collectif des ONGs au Liban
- Coordination Forum of NGOs Working in the Palestinian Community
- Palestinian Committee for the Disabled in Lebanon
- National Union of Associations and Organizations for the Mentally Disabled in Lebanon

For more information call Tima Khalil: †03/654997.


        
 
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