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1948 Nakba

Direct from the Refugee Camps

Tree of Life Educational Fund
Westmoreland UCC Mideast Committee
and the
2019 North America Nakba Tour

invite you to

The Exiled Palestinians
Stateless Palestinians from the Camps in Lebanon


On May 14, 1948, as Zionist leader David Ben Gurion was proclaiming a Jewish state in Palestine, his troops drove out the inhabitants of the ancient Palestinian town of al-Zeeb. 18-year-old Mariam Fathalla was one of them. She and her young husband fled to Lebanon. By year’s end the 4,000-year-old community had been leveled. More than half of all Palestinians were killed or expelled and more than half the cities, towns and villages disappeared, a crime that Palestinians call al-Nakba (the Catastrophe).

Amena & MariamNow 89 years old, Mariam has spent the last 71 years in crowded, makeshift refugee camps in Lebanon. She has raised three generations, all waiting to return to Palestine. She has seen five Israeli invasions of Lebanon, as well as the 1976 Tel al-Zaatar camp massacre that killed more than 2000 refugees there.

Mariam wants to meet you. So does Amena Ashkar, the great granddaughter of other Nakba survivors. They have a different message. They do not live in Palestine. They have no citizenship anywhere. They do not live under Israeli occupation. Israel does not allow them to visit their homes, much less live there. Amena never met an Israeli before the Nakba Tour, and Mariam not since 1948. They have a different perspective.


VENUE:                    Westmoreland Congregational UCC

TIME:                        Monday, March 4th – 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION:            1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, Maryland

                                 Free and open to the public. Donations welcomed.


DIRECTIONS:         Parking is limited due to construction and small lot, but street parking is available. The church is a little over a mile from Friendship Heights Metro stop. Metrobuses run between Friendship Hghts and Westmoreland Circle.

CONTACT:              For more information email Maryn Goodson at

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