you live in the New Orleans area, contact NOLAPS at [email protected]
to find out about our next meeting, event, or to be put on
our list. Otherwise, check the resources section to find out
about groups in your area.
NOLAPS is proud to announce that it has published its first book, Witnessing Resistance: Voices From the New Orleans Human Rights Delegation to Occupied Palestine. Please email us if you'd like to order one for $15 plus shipping. You can also purchase one at a NOLAPS event. Online order form coming soon. Until then, preview the book here.
us for the next meeting time and place.
NOLAPS is considering a 2005 summer delegation. If you are interested, please contact us for more information. To read about previous years delegations, see below.
In the summer of 2004, NOLAPS
sent nine New Orleanians to Palestine to act as witnesses
to the occupation and to bring that information back to New
Orleans. Check out this
link for their reports.
PLUS - SHAHEED-New Orleans' Palestinian hip-hop artist is now up on the NOLAPS site. Check him out here.
Right of Return for Palestinian Refugees
Palestinian refugees are the indigenous Arab inhabitants of
historic Palestine, which today is comprised of Israel proper,
the West Bank and Gaza. Israel forcibly and illegally expelled
the larger part of the Palestinian population from its land
when the state of Israel was established in 1948, and continued
this during the 1967 Israeli Arab wars. Palestinian refugees
are categorized into three main groups: Palestinian refugees
displaced in 1948 outside the areas of historic Palestine
that became the state of Israel, internally displaced Palestinians
who remained within the areas that became the state of Israel
and Palestinian refugees displaced for the first time in the
1967 war from the West Bank and Gaza. For the past 55 years
and counting, Palestinian refugees have been denied their
right of return to their ancestral villages and homes. See
website for more information.
the Apartheid Wall: Land theft and forced expulsion
Upon completion of Israel's Apartheid Wall, the West Bank
will be divided into three non-contiguous ghettos, each
isolated and at the will of Israeli policy. The Wall's "first
phase" has already stolen approximately 30,000 square
acres of the West Bank, and has disrupted or destroyed the
livelihoods of over 200,000 Palestinians.