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In 1947, after many years of a conscious colonial venture and a campaign of violence from Zionist groups, the European and American powers that then made up the majority of the UN General Assembly members resolved to partition Palestine: a Jewish state was to be established on 56 per cent of the most fertile areas of Palestine. At the time Jews constituted only one third of the population, and owned 6 per cent of the land. Jerusalem was to be an international zone. The brutal massacres, evictions and destruction of whole communities that accompanied these events is known by the Palestinians as the Nakba (catastrophe). Its commemoration coincides with the anniversary of the day that the state of Israel was created and the Palestinians were evicted from their homeland.
The Land Speaks Arabic, an award-winning documentary, uses Zionist leaders’ quotations, original source documents, rare archival footage, testimonies of witnesses and interviews with historians to show that the Zionist movement’s expulsion of the indigenous Arab population from Palestine was far from an accidental result of the 1948 war.
Speakers after the screening will be:
Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf, who is the Programme Director, Department of Religion, Graduate School of Philosophy and Religion, Assumption University. He specializes in Religion with a focus on Islam in Thailand and Southeast Asia and also Muslim-Buddhist dialogue. Dr. Yusuf is currently, Senior Fellow, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Mr. Nick Ferriman, Lecturer in the Humanities and Languages Division of Mahidol University International College and Vice-Chairperson of PSC Thailand.
Dr. Yusuf will speak on a subject related to the “Arab Spring” whilst Mr. Ferriman will speak on a subject related to the consequences of the recent events in the Middle East for the Palestinians.
- Penthouse, Maneeya Center 518/5 Ploenchit Road Bangkok Patumwan 10330