NY Mysteries May 15, 2020


Nakba Day was held yesterday, May 15. it commemorates the 1948 Israeli expulsion of the Palestinians from their ancestral land. The 2020 rally was carried on Facebook and sponsored by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK/ the BDS Movement/ the South African BDS Coalition/ Jewish Voice for Peace. It celebrates Palestinian solidarity through native speakers and performers of all ages. Ben Jamal and Stefanie Fox were the narrators. Jamal is of Palestinian descent and an English citizen. Fox is the Jewish Voice for Peace Director. Several young Palestinians spoke about their grandparents recalling May 15, 1948 when over 700,000 Palestinians were expelled and hundreds of Palestinian villages were destroyed. Yara Hawari speaking from Nabi Saleh, Palestine, talked about the ongoing control of her people and the annexation of their land. Ghada Karmi described being kicked out of their  Palestinian house in 1948. Her family fled to England where she was raised on her grandmother’s talks about England being the country that allowed the takeover. Janna Jihad, a very young Palestinian, likes to listen to her elders dreaming of going back to their land. She has never been to the sea and can’t go there because of the occupation. Remi Kanazi talks about his grandmother in 1948, seven months pregnant, being ordered and forced out of her house. Diana Buttu described her blindfolded father being driven from his home. Two years later Diana and her family fled to Lebanon. When they returned to Palestine their land had been confiscated. Their lease was not honored.


William Shoki, a South African student, spoke about similar treatment of black south Africans. They too were disenfranchised in 1948. The Israeli leader, Arial Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister, approved and aided in establishing the South African apartheid. Shaki proclaimed that the young will never forget. Chief Zwelivelle Mandella of South Africa spoke of his support for the Palestinians. Stefanie Fox talked about being taught as a young Jew that the Palestinians were driving the Israelis into the sea. She discovered it’s the reverse:  Israelis  were and are driving Palestinians off their land. She  Invited her fellow Jews to support the Palestinian movement. 

Nakba, 2020


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Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. 

Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a  dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.

Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who  accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie. 

Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college.