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FILM AND DEBATE | Palestinian Earth Day | Alfama | FREE

March 30, 2019 @ 16:00 - 18:00


In today’s crazy world, few things perpetuate such heated debates and awkward dinner conversations — not to mention the bloody onslaught of World War 3 — like Israel and Palestine.

The Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East (MPPM), a local, self-explanatory, nonprofit organization, invites you to ask some difficult questions and debate some inconvenient truths this Saturday.

Here’s what they tell us:
“Debate moderated by Carlos Almeida, a researcher at FLUL and Vice-President of MPPM.

On March 30th, 1976, Israeli repressive forces killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel protesting against the expropriation of Palestinian-owned land in northern Israel to build Jewish communities there. About 100 people were injured and hundreds were arrested during the general strike and major demonstrations that took place that day in different Palestinian locations in Israel.

‘Palestinian Earth Day’ (‘Dia da Terra Palestina’) symbolizes the determination of Palestinians – on both sides of the Green Line, in refugee camps and in the diaspora – to preserve their history and land as an essential element of their identity and their very existence as a people.

In 2018, March 30th acquired a new and important meaning. Precisely to coincide with Earth Day, on that day the demonstrations of the Great March of Return began in the Gaza Strip, a target of the bloody repression of Israeli forces. During a year of persistent and courageous weekly protests, Palestinians in Gaza suffered more than 200 dead and many thousands injured, in what an independent UN Human Rights Council investigation commission has denounced as war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Israel. Protesters are calling for an end to the criminal blockade that the Gaza Strip has been subjected to for 12 years and the right of refugees (70% of Gaza’s inhabitants are refugees) to return to their homes in present-day Israel.”

The film The Land Speaks Arabic, based on quotes from Zionist leaders, unpublished archival films, newspaper clippings of the time, official documents, interviews with historians, and former Palestinian testimonies from 1948, tells the history of the progressive occupation of Palestine. More than trying to prove a point of view, the film gives voice to one of today’s leading Palestinian historians, Nur Masalha, who explains the history of his country before the creation of the State of Israel in a clear and thoughtful way.


Here’s a trailer.


March 30, 2019
16:00 - 18:00
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