Sumud

Association for anti-imperialist voluntary work - the art of resistance
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The name comes from a very ancient Arab root, with many meanings: samda means a rock firmly planted in the earth; mismâd is a camel which goes on giving milk in a drought.

Sumud proposes no model from the towering heights of a superior culture. Sumud wants to simply listen and provide support to those who struggle, in the dominated countries, against poverty and for liberation, through a kind of voluntary commitment which is neither sentimental nor condescending, rejecting any kind of complicity with those who think volunteer associations should provide sedation against rebellion.

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"We are an opposition to both authorities"

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Leila Khaled visits „Sumud“ in Ein-Elhiweh
Mohammad Aburous
Tue, 08/17/2010
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The brigade had a long day filming and interviewing the reality in the camp, as in the late afternoon the news arrived: Leila Khaled is surely coming this evening. Delegation participants were excited to meet what they saw as a Palestinian living legend, who performed two aircraft hijacks within less than two years (1969 and 1970), attrackting the world attention to the Palestinian cause and becoming an icon who personified Palestine in the minds of two leftiest generations.

28.07.2010

Beirut and South Lebanon: Sumud visits memorials of martyrdom and victory, Part II

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South Lebanon: on the footsteps of the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance
Mohammad Aburous
Tue, 08/03/2010
Hezbollah victory exposition in Mlita
Martyrdom and victory are the two faces of the same coin, mostly. The rather sad visits to the martyrs memorials in Beirut were necessary to understand the historical process the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance had to pass through, until a victory could be realised in 2000 by the Israeli unconditional withdrawal from South Lebanon. The war of 2006 was a second victory of the resistance, who was able to humiliate the Israeli army and survive its fierce offensive. In this spirit, the delegation moved on to the South on Friday morning 30th July.

First stop was the village Maghdusheh up the hill above the camp. In 1986, the village had witnessed one of the most crucial battles of the Palestinian resistance against the then pro-Syrien Amal militia. The Palestinian counter-attack to take over the hill put an end to months of a starvation siege imposed by Amal, forcing a cease-fire and free access to the camp.

Beirut and South Lebanon: Sumud visits memorials of martyrdom and , Part I

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Beirut: Martyr memorials and the load of history
Mohammad Aburous
Tue, 08/03/2010
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On the morning of Thursday, July 29th, Sumud’s delegation, Nashet’s activists and the young participants of the short-film workshop headed to Beirut, where visits of specific places and Palestinian and Lebanese political forces were scheduled.

The first station was the Market of Sabra. Sabra is a poor district of Beirut, which has merged together with the Palstinian refugee Camp Shatila. In Sabra, the population is mixed: Lebanese of all confessions, Palestinian and other poor foreigners live there. Sabra and Shatila are considered as one and the same place, in particular when mentioning the 1982 massacre.

Film workshop hunts every-day-life in the refugee camp

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2nd report by the int'l Sumud brigade 2010 in Ein el Hilweh, Lebanon
Elisa, Ulrike & Mohammad
Fri, 07/30/2010
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Already on Sunday evening, the first brain storming supplied the basic idea of the documentary film. The link between the short film workshop for the youth and the documentary film of the international participants could be elegantly established by the idea of turning selected teenagers into the main film character: Show me YOUR camp!

In this way, the teenager, also making his own short film, will show the place which formed his personality and options: the camp. Along with two selected teenagers, the every-day-life of youth in the camp is to be shown. By this the audience can get an impression of the situation, the daily struggles and they ways and means to succeed them.

Sumud gives first signals of solidarity and starts film workshop

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First Report from the international brigade 2010 in Ein el Hilweh, Lebanon
Elisa Wiener and Mohammad Aburous
Fri, 07/30/2010
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Members of the Sumud 2010 Delegation arrived in Beirut and Sidon, where Nashet activists were awaiting them to accompany them to the Palestinian refugee camp Ein el Helweh. 17 participants had made their way from Austria, Germany and Italy to Lebanon to send a signal of constructive, creative and political solidarity. The delegation is accommodated in the Sumud Centre, which was renovated in 2009 in the course of the first Sumud volontary mission.

Straight after the arrival work began. The missing facilities for the multi media centre were purchased. After a first get together, Nashet organised a tour through the Camp. Those delegation members who had already taken part in the mission 2009 were immediately recognised by the inhabitants who welcomed them warmly. This first tour through the Camp allowed for an important impression of the Camp’s intensive political history and present. Posters and pictures of martyrs are everywhere, as well as symbols of Palestinian organisations and banners with political slogans.

New Sumud mission to Palestinian refugee camp

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Ain el Hilweh, Lebanon, summer 2010: Creative, constructive and political solidarity
Sun, 05/23/2010
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In August 2009, an international youth brigade visited the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein El-Hilweh starting the joint project of Sumud and the Palestinian-Lebanese association Nashet.

Palestinian and European youth worked jointly in renovating a building, which had been destroyed in the successive sieges and bombardments of the camp. The restored building became a multipurpose community centre, a place of interchange, memory and civil commitment, a meeting point for all the young Palestinian of the refugee camp: the Cultural Centre “Sumud”.

Final Programme Haifa II Conference

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For the return of Palestinian refugees and the democratic secular state in historic Palestine
The Preparatory Committee to the 2nd Haifa Conference
Sun, 05/23/2010
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In recent years there were a number of conferences concerning the subject of the right of return, which had a basic role in expressing and consolidating a growing political and public consensus in support of the return of the Palestinian refugees to their lands and homes from which they were forcibly displaced during and after the Nakba. The Haifa conference is a qualitative addition to these efforts, proposing a specific political framework, logical and moral, for the implementation of the right of return.

28-30 May 2010, Haifa, Al-Midan Theater

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