No Time to Celebrate: Protest an Israeli Independence Day Event
Thursday, May 8
10 am - 1 pm
Library Mall, UW-Madison
This May, Israel is marking 60 years of statehood with celebrations. Here in Madison the University Hillel Foundation plans a public party with a "moon bounce", "Bedouin tents" and a birthday cake on Library Mall. Meanwhile Palestinians around the world will mark 60 years since the Nakba ("Catastrophe") of 1948, when over 400 Palestinian villages were destroyed and 800,000 Palestinian people were made refugees to create a Jewish state in a land where the majority was not Jewish.
In response to calls from Palestinian civil society and progressive Jewish groups, a local coalition invites you to join a NO TIME TO CELEBRATE rally commemorating 60 years of resistance to Palestinian dispossession, expulsion, and repression.
Please come for all or part of the demonstration, and bring signs so that we can be witnesses to the other side of the "celebration." While the atrocities continue, it is best to keep our signs around the memory of 1948 and its legacies.