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For Immediate Release
Novemeber 15, 2007

Update: Video Quilt Affirming Palestinian Right to Return

"I want to return home to Akka" ; "My home is in Haifa and I want to return" ; "I am from Yafa and I long to go home" ; "Our house is in Safad in Palestine. We want to go back." ; "I am from Tabaria. Its my right! I want to go home." ; "I am from Baraam and I want to go back to live in our village." ; "I am a Palestinian. We still hold the key and deed to our home in Lyd. WE WILL return!"

For nearly 60 years the Palestinian refugees' right to return to their land and homes of origin has been under attack from various forces that wish to rewrite the past and dictate the present and future of Palestine and its people. Despite these attacks, for nearly 60 years Palestinians and their supporters around the world have remained steadfast in not just supporting this right, but demanding and asserting that it is a right that must be implemented if justice and real peace are to be achieved. These voices unfortunately have all too often been deliberately muffled and fragmented ... It's time to collect these voices -- literally.

On the 60th year of the Nakba we will collectively create a Video Quilt demonstrating that among Palestinian refugees and their many supporters there remains a strong united voice for the Right to Return. This Video Quilt will stitch together the voices of refugees and supporters
around the world and will be premiered at the 6th Annual Al-Awda Convention on the 60th year of Al-Nakba. It will be shown online and at various exhibits and venues afterwards. Al-Awda's 6/60 Convention will be held May 16-18, 2008 in Anaheim, California.

In order to create this Video Quilt we need your help. We are looking for video submissions from around the world with SHORT MESSAGES supporting the right to return:

* Refugees (individuals and groups) affirming they have the right to return or that they WILL return
* Activists from around the world (every continent) supporting the right to return
* Famous personalities supporting the right to return
* Messages from every Al-Awda chapter, and every supporting organization
* Messages from student groups

All messages must be brief-- they should be just one or two short sentences, and these will be "stitched" together and edited to make a short exhibition video on the international support for the right of return. Videos should be submitted by March 31st, 2008 in mini-DV, DVD, or VHS format.

Additional information on how to contribute to the Video Quilt Project

Please send your video submissions to:

Al-Awda PRRC
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad CA 92013, USA

For those who would like to send their video messages online please send us an email to , and we will send you instructions on how to transfer your video in Quicktime format.

Credit will be given to all those who helped film, edit etc.

For more information, please contact

Al-Awda Media Center
The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-685-3243
Fax: 360-933-3568

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC) is the largest network of grassroots activists and students dedicated to Palestinian human rights. We are a not for profit tax-exempt educational and charitable 501(c)(3) organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States of America. Under IRS guidelines, your donations to PRRC
are tax-deductible. To make a donation, please go to

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