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April 4, 2001
For immediate release:
 

Canadians for Equality and Peace for Palestinians (CEPPal) announces:

“Palestinian Refugee Right to Return March”

to be held in Edmonton on Saturday April 7, 2001

Supporters are asked to gather at 2:00 p.m. at Corbett Hall  (112 street & 82 Avenue) at the University of Alberta.  The march will proceed down Whyte Avenue to the Farmer’s Market.  Speeches will be made at Gazebo Park.

On April 7, 2001 – the 53rd Anniversary of the Deir Yassine Massacre – we’ll march to demand the RIGHT of the Palestinian refugees to return to the homes they left.

Parking available at Corbett Hall.  Free shuttle service from Farmer’s Market back to Corbett Hall after Rally.

For rally flyer, see http://ceppal.tripod.com/CEPPal/events/al_awda_flyer.pdf

For more information about CEPPal, see our website at  http://ceppal.tripod.com



Background Info:

CEPPal has organized this event in solidarity with the Palestine Right to Return Coalition (known by its Arabic name, Al-Awda).  On April 7, 2001, thousands of Palestinians and people of conscience will march and rally in New York City and in other cities around the world to reaffirm the right of Palestinian refugees to return to homes and lands from which they were expelled in 1948 and thereafter.

The rallies will coincide with the fifty-third anniversary of the massacre of Palestinians in the village of Deir Yassin. This massacre is one of many atrocities committed in 1948 and thereafter, and which forced Palestinians to leave their homeland.

The rallies and marches on April 7 are intended to draw the public's attention to the human rights abuses and suffering inflicted on the Palestinian people. They are also intended to send a strong signal of support to Palestinian Christians and Muslims who continue to suffer human rights abuses under Israeli occupation. More than four hundred Palestinian civilians have been killed and over 12,000 injured by Israeli forces in the past few months. A large majority of these injuries and deaths have been of refugees.

Palestinian refugees, numbering more than 5 million in this year 2001, represent the oldest and largest refugee population in the world.  Their suffering is magnified by Israel's continued denial of their legal, historical and legitimate right to repatriation and restitution, as required by international law, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Conventions and United Nations Resolution 194.