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64th Anniversary of Deir Yassin Massacre

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64th Anniversary of  Deir Yassin Massacre

Geneva, NY - April 9th at 10:00 a.m. a memorial service will be held at 9 One Mile Point, Geneva, NY to commemorate the attack on the village of Deir Yassin on April 9, 1948. Additional services will take place in Great Britain and Israel.

9 One Mile Point is the site of the only monument in the United States dedicated to the Deir Yassin massacre.  In 2003  a bronze sculpture by internationally renowned Arab-American artist Khalil Bendib depicting an uprooted olive tree, was dedicated in remembrance of the victims of the massacre.

Khalil's sculptures and  ceramics  have been exhibited on three continents - in the United States, Europe, as well as in his native North Africa.

Deir Yassin was a Palestinian village of approximately 600 people. The attacks by Irgun  and the Stern Gang, Zionist paramilitary forces resulted in the killing of over 200  Palestinians men,  women and children according to the head of the International Red Cross Delegation.

This attack is cited as the reason  thousands of Palestinian villagers fled the advancing Jewish irregular forces.

Albert Einstein along with 27 other Jewish intellectuals signed a letter sent to the NY Times Dec. 4, 1948 condemning the massacre.

The original  copy (see below) of a private letter dated one day after the Deir Yassin massacre signed by Albert Einstein referring to terrorist acts of the Jewish Forces was purchased by Dan McGowan, Executive Director of Deir Yassin Remembered at an auction at  Sotheby's in 2007. 

In Israel

Monday, April 9 the Zochrot (The Remembering, will commemorate the 64th anniversary of the Dayr Yassin massacre. They will walk along the main street of the village, learn about Deir Yassin and pass some of the Palestinian buildings that are still standing along the road as well as the Kfar Shaul mental hospital, whose buildings were once the core of the village.

They will stop at the remains of the Palestinian cemetery and end the tour in the grove behind the hospital. Zochrot is an NGO whose goal is to introduce the Palestinian Nakba to the Israeli-Jewish public. Signs bearing the names of the victims of the massacre will be carried.

The tour will begin at Kanfey Nesharim 22, Jerusalem, at 16:00, and will end at 18:00.
For more information contact Exec. Dir.  Eitan Bronstein, or call 052/874-3099

Great Britian

Deir Yassin Day 2012

Monday, April 23 at The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, London, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The General Union of Palestinian Students and Deir Yassin Remembered will host a reception to mark the 64th anniversary of the massacre at Deir Yassin on April 9,  1948

Guest of Honour: Abu Ashraf - Deir Yassin resident, aged 8, in April 1948.

For more information contact Paul Eisen, or call  07919871845

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Novi, Mich. – March 2012 – The Syrian American Medical Society of Michigan (SAMS-MI) will host its Syria 911: Medical Crisis fundraiser on Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the Suburban Collection Showplace. The fundraiser will be held in an effort to boost awareness of the medical crisis that is plaguing the country of Syria, and to raise funds to purchase vital medical supplies for clinics that offer medical treatment to severely injured civilians.

Due to daily violence and on-going attacks, doctors and health care personals are struggling to provide proper medical care to civilians that are suffering from life threatening wounds; and the medical staff  are also being targeted for simply trying to care for the injured.  “In the past year, approximately 10,870 Syrians have been killed, and  more than 35,000 have been injured. The medical staff in Syria are in desperate need of our help in saving the innocent victims of this humanitarian crisis," said Dr. Opada Alzohaili, president of SAMS-MI. “Thousands of injured people could easily be treated and saved throughout the country, but the doctors do not have the means of doing so.” For this reason, the Syrian American Medical Society have launched a national and global program called the “Save Syrian Lives Campaign.” This new campaign will coordinate efforts to distribute donations, medical equipment, and medications to areas in dire need of the supplies within Syria, as well as the borders of neighboring countries. 

Now more than ever, the medical staff providing medical care to Syrians in the troubled country requires help from all humanitarians, community partners and the government.  Join SAMS-MI during its Syria 911: Medical Crisis fundraiser, which is part of the “Save Syrian Lives Campaign,” all proceeds raised will help alleviate Syria’s medical crisis.  The event will include keynote speakers Dr. Reza Nassiri, director of Institute of International Medicine, Michigan State University, Dr. Randy Hillard, professor of Psychiatry, Michigan State University and Dr. Robert Rutha Simon, founder and Chairman of the board of the International Medical Corps (IMC). 

Due to limited seating, on-line registration will be required.  On-line registration is $100 per person and $125 at the door; $50 per medical student/resident and $60 at the door; $20 per child and $25 at the door for on-site child care.  To register, visit  To receive additional information on the Syria 911: Medical Crisis fundraiser, contact Dr. Opada Alzohaili (313)580-4512.

About the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a non-profit, non-political, educational and humanitarian organization. Its members are medical professionals of Syrian descent. The objectives of SAMS encompass a range of professional, educational, humanitarian and cultural activities.  For more information, visit

About the Suburban Collection Showplace
The Suburban Collection Showplace, a state-of-the-art Exposition, Convention and Conference Center in Novi, Michigan, is owned and managed by Blair M. Bowman. The Suburban Collection Showplace offers approximately 320,000 square feet of space, including 30,000 square feet of meeting space. Other attractive amenities include a full-service kitchen capable of serving a sit down meal to 1,500 people, formal banquet halls, full service concession areas, two major atrium style entrances with 25,000 square feet of lobby space for pre-function and registration activities.  For more information about the company, visit