Blog About Palestine Day 2009

***UPDATE #1:*** A Facebook event for this initiative has been created. Please join the event and pass the message on to your friends (more info here).

***UPDATE #2:*** Topic Suggestions and a preliminary list of participating bloggers has been published here.

***UPDATE #3:*** A sample harvest list of blog posts contributed to this event has been published here.


Dear all,

It is my pleasure to invite you to this year’s second annual Blog About Palestine Day. Thanks to your efforts, last year’s event was a huge success with more than 70 articles published in at least 4 languages. I am confident that with your continued contribution and the contribution of new bloggers, this year’s event will turn out to be an even bigger success.

May 15th of this year is the 61st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba –which marked the beginning of the modern age Palestinian plight and suffering. This date is remembered annually on local, regional, and global levels.

I am certain that many in the blogosphere will dedicate some posts to commemorate this tragic event. However, inspired by last year’s success, I would like to start a formal initiative to encourage everybody to dedicate one post on Friday, May 15th, to talk about Palestine or the Palestinian Experience.

There are no restrictions on what you can write, or the language that you can use. Really, anything that talks about Palestine, or the Palestinians; in the past, present, or future; political, social, economical, or any other aspect is welcomed. The goal of this event will be to share thoughts, and raise awareness about the Palestinian situation. Hopefully, with everyone’s support, this will be such a spectacular event that it will catch the eye of the mainstream media (specially that the Palestinian situation is inadequately and incorrectly represented in most of the western media outlets).

Blog About Palestine Day

FAQ:

  • Do I have to be Palestinian / Arab to participate ?
    No, everybody is welcomed to join in on this effort.
  • Does it have to represent the Palestinian point of view (or be a positive article) ?
    No, you are free, and encouraged, to write whatever you want.
  • Does it have to be about the Nakba precisely ?
    No, you can talk about the history of the Palestinian plight, current internal and external affairs, or outlooks for possible future resolutions to this conflict and how do you think can we achieve and maintain peace.
  • Does it have to be a political article ?
    No, you are free to talk about any aspect of the Palestinian life inside and outside Palestine. You are free to talk about whatever you want.

I would appreciate it if you could help me spread the word about this event. For your convenience, i have created some simple counters and web buttons for this event. You can find their code below:

Thank you in advance for your help and support.






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64 Comments.

  1. It’s my honor to join… badges up and running.

    Thank you Za3tar for doing this

  2. Thanks Za3tar 😀
    I’ll join inshallah

  3. I’m in too!
    thanks za3tar.

  4. Looking forward to it 🙂

  5. Thank you Za3tar for the great event..
    it’s my 2nd participate … so proudly count me
    thanks again Za3tar

  6. Thank you all for your support and collaboration. I am looking forward to this event being an even better one than last year with your help.

  7. “The blogosphere and new media are another war zone and we have to be relevant there”. -Major Avital Leibovich, Israeli Army

    the above quote is in reference to Gaza. we need to make sure we come out bigger and stronger.

  8. But it doesn’t have to be political, I mean it doesn’t have to be about the conflict and resolutions, because to simply write about Palestinian culture and history, especially prior to 1948, since it all deals with the issue of identity and existence…

  9. There’s no such thing as “Palestine”- and never will be. 🙂

  10. Me & Yameen are definitely in 😀

  11. Untill 15 May - Nakba : Mohammad Badi’s Blog - pingback on May 1, 2009 at 7:34 pm
  12. I will participate!
    Wish you courage and luck!

    Greetings from Bulgaria!

  13. Done

    Allah Bless Palestine

  14. yess…thx for the initiative .

  15. Great initiative! We write about Palestine every day on Palestine Think Tank, but seeing even generalistic blogs write about it will be wonderful!
    Can’t wait to see all the new things to read!

  16. Just wondering what it is that you do endorse?
    http://www.vivapalistinia.org set up here in the U.K. is primarily a campaign for ACTION which is well understood by most on the European Continent and here in the U.K. Regarding the politics of it, well the volunteers for this work come from a variety of political persuasions, and indeed religions, as is evidenced by the make up of this organisation.
    On October 4th another convoy is to set out from the U.K. to Gaza in cooperation with our brothers in Gaza.
    What matters to us of course is how we are recieved by those Palestinians that are suffering in Gaza. That is what is important to us.

  17. Thank you Everybody for your participation.

    Ken Hammacott: I don’t understand your question.

  18. It’s not a queartion, it’s an observation.
    Is it usual between two or more organisations of common cause to want to distance themselves from each other ?
    I refer to the words ” no longer endorse or are associated” regarding http://www.vivapalestina.org.
    It seems odd to me!

  19. Here is another website which is actively engaged in breaking the continuing Israeli siege vested upon the Palestinian people.

    http://www.freegaza.org/

  20. Defenetly In.. great campaign !

    hope our voices will be heard..

  21. Count me in!!! Who ever thought of this is genius!

  22. Blog about Palestine day. « LongLivePalestine - pingback on May 10, 2009 at 4:14 pm
  23. Blog About Palestine Day 2009 - Middle East - pingback on May 10, 2009 at 6:35 pm
  24. Estanoneeeeeeeee…. O ana o ana o ana o ana :>

  25. Viva la paz y la justicia para Palestina. Desde Puerto Rico abrazamos a Palestina y atodos los niños en especial.

  26. THANKS for the good idea. I’ll join because i believe that we have to resist by all ways.

    I encourage all those who know english or french to speak about Palestine aroud the world.

    كل من يحذق لغة اجنبية يقاوم بها .

    والسلام.

  27. A site to organise any futer aid convoys from the U.S. to Palestine is now under way.
    This site can be found :-

    http://www.vivapalestina.org/usconvoy.html

  28. I feel like I am always behind on this! I have added the badge. I am getting ready for the event. I spread the news for you on my blog, and through Twitter @rebelliousgirl .. and I hope a lot more bloggers this year participate. If they were Palestinian or not, they should give their two cents. Why not? It’s still an Arab nation!

    Thanks again for this awesome event Za3tar!

  29. Sorry for being late, I saw the badge on another few sites and now have added them. I hope the event goes well. My thank you for the great idea.

  30. I am late, but I will be writing for sure.

  31. Palestine: Is the cause alive and well? « Silver Lining - pingback on May 15, 2009 at 11:41 am
  32. I’m sorry too for being late. I’ll add the badge and keep on writing.
    Ardente veritate, Urite mala mundi.
    Ardente veritate, Incendite tenebras mundi

    Salam dari Indonesia.

  33. Palestine - peace without justice | Syria News Wire - pingback on May 15, 2009 at 1:38 pm
  34. Done! The post is here: http://newsfromsyria.com/2009/05/15/palestine-peace-without-justice/

    Thanks for the great idea.

    Best wishes,

    Sasa.

  35. I’ll do what i can..
    actually I’ll happy to join..

    thanks

  36. You have my full support.

  37. [BAPD] Where is my homeland? | Rebellious Arab Girl - pingback on May 15, 2009 at 4:42 pm
  38. May 15th – Blog about Palestine Day « Sacred Beginnings - pingback on May 15, 2009 at 7:22 pm
  39. Palestine doesn’t exist — and never will. 🙂

    The Land of Israel, for the People of Israel, according to the Torah of Israel.

    Am Yisrael Chai!

  40. Hope i am not late 🙁

  41. nice post gan !!!
    keep posting gan !!!

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