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Mark December 8th - UN Day of Solidarity with Palestinians


An evening of discussion, music, poetry and featuring Jewish Theologian Mark
Ellis, and the Ottawa premiere of Edward Said’s BBC documentary: In Search of

Tuesday, December 8, 1998
7:30 pm
Railway Room (Rm 253D), Center Block,
Parliament Hill

An evening event to mark the United Nations Day of Solidarity with
Palestinians will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 1998 at 7:30 pm in the
Railway Room (Rm 253D), Center Block, Parliament Hill. The evening will
feature the Ottawa premiere of Edward Said’s BBC documentary, In Search of
Palestine. Guest speakers will include Jewish theologian Mark Ellis, Peyton
Lyon, Nahla Abdo, John Sigler, Senator Marcel Prud’homme, Svend Robinson, MP
Burnaby-Douglas, and a first hand account of life in the Palestinian refugee
camps in Lebanon by CEPAL volunteers Mark Zeitoun and Andrea-Kirsten Becker.
The event will also feature live music, poetry reading, a photo display, and
Arabic finger foods! For more info call CEPAL at (613) 232-0410.

This event is sponsored by CEPAL – the Canadian Educational Exchange with
Palestinians, The National Council on Canada-Arab Relations, Canadians
Concerned for the Middle East, and Libby Davies, MP-Vancouver East.
Co-sponsors include the Palestinian Women’s Association of Ottawa, the
Canadian-Arab Federation, the Arab Students Union– Carleton University, the
Palestine Solidarity Committee of McGill University, and many others.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed
by the United Nations each year in accordance with mandates given by the
General Assembly in resolutions 32/40B of 2 December 1997 and 34/35D of 12
December 1979. The official day of solidarity is November 29th. This date
was chosen because of its significance to the Palestinian people. On that
date in 1947 the General Assembly adopted resolution 181 (II), which came to
be known as the Partition Resolution and provided the establishment of a
Jewish State and Arab State in Palestine, with a special international
regime for Jerusalem. Of the two states intended by this resolution, only
one, Israel, has come into being.

On May 14, 1998, 50 years following the date of the establishment of the
State of Israel, Palestinians around the world commemorated fifty years of
dispossession. According to Amnesty International, Palestinians account for
the largest refugee population currently dispersed throughout the world.

CEPAL – the Canadian Educational Exchange with Palestinians – works to
assist Palestinian refugees in the pursuit of their basic human rights by
increasing their access to education and by raising public awareness in
Canada about their struggle.