Al-Nakba Commemoration, Oak Lawn, Il.

Al-Nakba Commemoration, Oak Lawn, Il.
May 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am – May 5, 2018 @ 11:00 pm
Hilton Hotel in Oak Lawn
9333 S. Cicero Avenue.
in Oak Lawn
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Al-Nakba Commemoration, Oak Lawn, Il.

The Palestinian American Community Center will sponsor the 71st Annual Al-Nakba Commemoration, memorializing the occupation of Palestine in 1948 and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Arabs by Israel.

The conference, co-hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace and the United Holy Land Fund will feature panel discussions, entertainment and fundraising to support both the United Holy Land Fund and the and the UHLF Orphans support program.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Oak Lawn, 9333 S. Cicero Avenue., in Oak Lawn, Illinois on May 4 and May 5, 2018.

For more information, call 708-430-7375.

Speakers include Bishop Attallah Hanna, Shaikh Raed Da’na, the Rev. Donald Wagner National Director of the Friends of Sabeel, author and professor Ghana Talhami, and New York attorney and Human Rights Activist Lamis Week.

71st Annual AL-Nakba Conference, Hilton Hotel, Oak Lawn, May 4 and 5, 2018

71st Annual AL-Nakba Conference, Hilton Hotel, Oak Lawn, May 4 and 5, 2018

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