“71 Years Without a Country” will take place on Monday, April 22, 7 p.m. at the Old Red Gym, 716 Langdon St. on the UW-Madison campus.
Mariam Fathalla was just 18 years old in 1948 when her 4,000 year old village was leveled and she was forced to flee Palestine along with hundreds of thousands of others to make way for the establishment of the State of Israel. For the past 71 years, she has lived in crowded, makeshift refugee camps in Lebanon. Now an 89-year-old great-grandmother, she has seen five Israeli invasions of Lebanon, as well as the 1976 Tel al-Zaatar massacre that killed more than 2000 refugees. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to hear Mariam’s eye-witness story and learn the true story of the event that Palestinians call the Nakba (catastrophe).
Fathalia will be joined by 24-year-old Palestinian journalist and translator Amena El Ashkar, herself the great-granddaughter of Nakba survivors. Co-sponsored by Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, UW-Madison Students for Justice in Palestine, and WUD Society and Politics. Welcomed by WORT Radio.
For more information visit Madison-Rafah.org or see the face book event.