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Sep 27, 2013 at 01:46 PM

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For Immediate Release: September 25, 2013

The “Disappearing Palestine” wall mural at the Vancouver City Centre skytrain station was stolen by vandals over the weekend. The mural was recently extended for a second month thanks to a special donation to the Palestine Awareness Coalition by Vancouver lawyer, activist and former city councillor Tim Louis. The mural will be replaced shortly.

“This disruption will not silence our ad campaign. It is striking that our campaign was chosen in an attempt to silence the simple truth,” said Marty Roth of the Palestine Awareness Coalition.

The “Disappearing Palestine” advertisement campaign was launched on Vancouver public transit on August 27, 2013 by the Palestine Awareness Coalition, formed by seven Vancouver-area peace and justice groups. It depicts the shrinking land of Palestine and Israeli expansionism over the past 65 years. For more information, please visit palestineawarenesscoalition.wordpress.com
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Toward the Establishment of a Palestinian Civil Society Defragmentation Strategy

Final Statement of the Palestinian Civil Society Conference,
Cyprus, 16–18 October 2007

As part of the effort by the Palestinian civil society organizations to overcome the state of forced Palestinian fragmentation and consolidate the national role of the Palestinian NGOs in all their places of residence, a conference titled "Toward the Establishment of a Palestinian Civil Society Defragmentation Strategy" was held in Agros, Cyprus, between 16 and 18 October 2007 at the initiative of Ittijah-The Union of Arab Community Based Associations. Forty-four participants representing a broad sector of Palestinian civil society networks, coalitions, and associations in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Kuwait, in addition to a number of international partner organizations supporting Palestinian rights, attended the conference. The Israeli occupation authorities banned the travel of a delegation representing civil society organizations in Gaza.

The conference discussed a number of issues, notably: The Palestinian situation and Palestinian, regional, and international developments, including the Annapolis conference; the collective Palestinian strategy against the forced fragmentation; the endeavors to rebuild terms of reference and assert the constant Palestinian principles; the strategy of collective Palestinian advocacy; Palestinian media strategies; and local and international coordination on the Palestinian question.

The participants in the conference set bases that would help strengthen the overall Palestinian struggle for liberation in all its contexts: the occupation, the displacement and uprooting, and the assault on Palestinian existence in the 1948 areas.

A draft of a collective organizational structure and an action plan were also devised, and a follow-up committee to implement this plan and lead the agreed process was set up.

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