Feminist organizations in Haifa (the Gender Studies Program in Mada al-Carmel, Assiwar, Kayan, Muntada – The Arab Forum for Sexuality, Education and Health, Aswat and al-Fanar) commemorated the Nakba by holding a screening of the film Salt of this Sea at the al-Medan Theatre in Haifa. The event was opened by Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Director of the Gender Studies Program at Mada al-Carmel. Dr. Shalhoub-Kevorkian spoke about the case of Ameer Mahkoul and Dr. Omar Saeed, stating that, “We meet today to commemorate the Nakba, which was waged against our people and has not yet ended, just as the system of persecution, domination, and attempted silencing has not ended. For Ameer and Omar continue to be imprisoned by this state, reminding them and reminding us of the continuing Nakba, and of our unending efforts to reject and resist it.”
She further stated that the evening was intended to allow for an exchange of knowledge and remembrance. “We remember that it is women upon whom the role of preserving memory, identity, reality and work falls, in spite of exile and the physical disconnection from the land and the place.”
Following these opening words was a screening of the film Salt of this Sea, directed by Annemarie Jacir. The film tells the story of a young Palestinian woman called Soraya (Suheir Hammad) who was born in Brooklyn, New York and who decided to return to her homeland, Palestine.