As regular readers of my blog will know by now, Nakba or catastrophe is the term used to describe the expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and the razing of their villages to make way for the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Of course, many Nakba survivors have died by now but I was interested to spot this piece on Peter Larson’s blog about an upcoming Canadian tour by some of them. No doubt the shameless JDL and its ilk will be there to harass and bully those who attend but I’m sure the opportunity to hear these survivors’ stories first-hand will be worth the trouble.

In a decade or so, the voices of the original Nakba survivors will be extinct. But 86 year old Mariam Fatallah remembers clearly being expelled from her village in 1948. She wants to be sure that others know what happened to her and hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees. She is making a tour of the USA and Canada to share her memories of expulsion and of living as a refugee in Lebanon.

Read more: Original Nakba survivors to visit Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in May