During the Nakba of 1948, two-thirds of the Palestinian people were forcibly displaced, with nearly 800,000 becoming refugees who are still denied their right to return home. The commitment of Palestinians to their individual and collective rights ever since has been a major source of inspiration for Palestinian and wider Arab culture, through art, poetry, music, films, and literature. Designed by Palestinian community organisers, academics, poets and artists, this event will introduce the Palestinian culture of return, which carries important lessons for the British left on the vital role cultural production plays in progressive political movements. A traditional Palestinian breakfast will be provided at the event! Speakers TBC
Dr Mezna Qato is an academic and campaigner
Akram Salhab is a Palestinian organiser, refugee and migrant rights campaigner. He is the Campaigns Officer at Migrants Organise and a coordinator of the Patients Not Passports campaign.
Professor Karma Nabulsi is a writer, academic and former Palestinian representative
Omar Shweiki is a campaigner and education charity worker
Alia al Ghussein is Palestinian organiser, charity worker and executive committee member of the Arab Labour Group