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UNfair, UNequal and UNacceptable

Posted by Exile on May 21, 2008

If you believe the UN is an impartial organisation, then you are sadly mistaken. Concerning the 60th anniversary of the birth of the state of Israel, the UNWRA has released this:

UNRWA’s commemoration theme is “I Come from There… and Remember” – a line by the beloved Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish. A photo exhibition based on this theme will feature the faces, lives and landscapes of pre-1948 Palestine, illustrating how permanently the fabric of Palestinian life was torn asunder by Al-Nakba.

The exhibit, conceived and curated by Gina Benevento and Dr. Issam Nasser, will be held in cooperation with the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre in Ramallah, the French Cultural Centre, Dar Al-Tifl (The Children’s House) museum in East Jerusalem and the Bethlehem Peace Centre.

With a view to changing the iconic image of Palestine refugees, “I Come from There… and Remember” will show them not as a desperate people fleeing, but rather as men, women and children with deep roots to their cities and villages and a rich culture prior to 1948 — thereby re-humanising the “Palestinian refugee” who is all too often presented as a victim with no active past. The photographs and related exhibits will also show that the land of Palestine in the early twentieth century was prosperous, with a developed trade and infrastructure network and a vibrant social and intellectual scene.

Poignantly, most refugee family albums stop in May 1948: these photographs, taken just before people began to flee, are all the more striking as they portray a normality that was never to be regained.

Oh. How sad.

So much for impariality. Now, who attacked whom in 1948?



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