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An evening of tribute, discussion, music, poetry and featuring dedicated
Middle East activist and Carleton University Professor Dr. John Sigler.

     Tuesday, December 7, 1999
          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 7, 1999 at 7:30 pm in the
Railway Room (Rm 253D), Center Block, Parliament Hill. The evening will
feature a special tribute to Dr. John Sigler, a dedicated activist and
retired Carleton University Professor.    Guest speakers will include Dr.
Atif Kubursi, Nahla Abdo, Nader Hashemi and a first hand account of life in
the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon by CEPAL volunteers.  The event
will also feature live music and poetry reading by John Asfour, a photo
display, Arabic finger foods… and more!  For more information or to reserve
a seat contact cepal@cyberus.ca.

This event is presented by CEPAL – the Canadian-Palestinian Educational
Exchange.  Co-sponsors include: The National Council on Canada-Arab
Relations, Libby Davies, MP-Vancouver East, Mark Assad, MP- Gatineau, the
Palestinian Women’s Association of Ottawa, the Canadian-Arab Federation, the
Middle East Discussion Group-Carleton University, and the Association of
Palestinians in Ottawa.

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.

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