Is a Palestinian State Still Possible?

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Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 3:00pm

Separation Wall

Separation Wall

Palestinian children stand near the Separation Wall built by Israel.

Samar Sarhan and Fayiz Ahmed Abusharkh

Today, 63 years after the Nakba – the “catastrophe” – wherein 750,000 Palestinians were forced to leave their homes to make way for the newly proclaimed state of Israel, new hope emerges. The United Nations is planning to vote on Palestinian statehood in September 2011.

Samar Sarhan and Fayiz Ahmed Abusharkh will share personal stories of the Nakba – what it meant to them and their families, and what it would mean today to have Palestine declared a state.

Yashar Vasef, Director of the United Nations Association – Iowa, will offer insights into the UN role – then and now. He will discuss the obstacles standing in the way of such a vote as well as the possible impact of a UN vote for Palestinian statehood.

Sandwiches and tea will be served following the program.

For more information, please contact Kathleen McQuillen, Iowa Program Coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee, KMcquillen@afsc.org or 515-274-4851, ext. 22.

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