May 15, 2013 marks the 65th anniversary since al-Nakba (the catastrophe). As part of our commemoration of the over 6 decades of dispossession of the Palestinian people, we are featuring a number of education resources.
- Electronic version of Al-Nakba commemoration photo exhibit - "Our Story 1948-2013"
- Palestinian Forced Labour Camps
- Essay by Dr. Marc Ellis - Pursuing Justice in Israel/Palestine: Jerusalem and the New Interfaith Solidarity
- Voices of Dispossession: Interview with Dr. Ismail Zayed
- Palestinians in Lebanon
"Our Story 1948-2013"
This photo exhibit commemorates the history of the dispossession of the Palestinian people, through 65 photos.
The exhibit is produced by Canadian Friends of Sabeel with Sabeel Jerusalem (www.sabeel.org)
Click here to download and view the exhibit.
You can also view the exhibit on YouTube
Palestinian Forced Labour Camps
The following information was compiled by Palestinian researcher Salman Abu Sitta.
"This important subject is rarely mentioned, labor camps were indeed set up in Palestine. Typical expulsion pattern of a Palestinian village followed these lines:
The village is attacked and besieged from 3 sides leaving the fourth open to facilitate expulsion. Men and women were separated in two groups. The women with children were expelled to Lebanon, Jenin, Ramallah or Gaza (depending on location) after being stripped of their valuables. Young men, about 20 - 100 in number, were selected, shot and killed in groups of 4 - 6, after an earlier group had been ordered to dig mass graves for them. Other able-bodied men were taken to labor camps. Their immediate task was to bury the dead in other villages, to demolish Arab houses, to remove the debris from already demolished houses and carry salvaged items to Jewish homes. Generally they did arduous and dangerous jobs. They were fed a slice of bread daily. They were kept in crammed concentration camps. Their conditions improved after Red Cross (ICRC) visits.
The International Red Cross visited the labor camps. Their report on 06 February 1949 (No. G59/I/GC), now released 50 years later, gives the following list:
1. Camp No. 791 in Ijlil, near Herzlia, 1991 prisoners, Israeli Commander Mosedale.
2. Camp 792 in Atlit, near Haifa, 1640 prisoners, Israeli Commander Weissbach.
3. Camp 793 in Sarafand, near Ramle, 1360 prisoners, Israeli Commander Rappaport.
4. Camp 794 in Tel Litvinsky, near Tel Aviv, 1310 prisoners, Israeli Commander Kossovsky.
Click here to read more on the Palestinian Forced Labour Camps.
Pursuing Justice in Israel / Palestine: Jerusalem and the New Interfaith Solidarity
by Dr. Marc Ellis
As an exclusive to NECEF Sabeel Canada and Canadian Friends of Sabeel, Dr. Marc Ellis has written an essay on the the current state of affairs in the interfaith dialogue and the new interfaith solidarity networks that are together, pursuing a just and comprehensive peace in Israel / Palestine.
Click here to read Dr. Ellis' essay.
Dr. Marc H. Ellis has lectured around the world on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, and is available for lecture tours and other opportunities. He is retired University Professor of Jewish Studies, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor University. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation. Currently he is Senior Visiting Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. His daily blog. "Exile and the Prophetic" can be found atwww.mondoweiss.net
Voices of Dispossession
Interview with Dr. Ismail Zayid of Halifax