Commemorate al-Nakba this Friday, May 15th | Vigil Against Israeli Apartheid | Film screening: Jaffa, the Orange’s Clockwork

Friday, 15 May, 2015 marks the 67th Anniversary of al-Nakba, “the Catastrophe” in Palestine. This day commemorates the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their land in 1948 for the creation of the state of Israel. The trauma and memory of al-Nakba is still live as millions of Palestinians living inside and outside of Palestine wait to return to their ancestral lands, while thousands more continue to be expelled from their homes.

Palestine solidarity activists in Toronto will join thousands around the world to commemorate this day. We encourage all CAIA allies, supporters and BDS activists to show their solidarity by attending and participating in these events.

Vigil against against Israeli Apartheid
Friday, May 15th | 5 – 6 pm
Israeli Consulate | 180 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Bring your Palestinian flags and meet us at the northwest corner of Bloor and Avenue Road for a vigil against Israeli Apartheid!

TPFF Nakba Commemoration Film Screening: Jaffa, the Orange’s Clockwork
Friday, May 15th | 7 pm
Centre for Social Innovation | 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Admission: Free
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/474065599416486/

Join the Toronto Palestine Film Festival in commemorating the 67th year of al Nakba with a special free screening of Jaffa, the Orange’s Clockwork. This screening will take place May 15th at 7pm at the Centre for Social Innovation Annex, with director Eyal Sivan in attendance via Skype.

Film synopsis:

This film narrates the visual history of the famous citrus fruit originated from Palestine and known worldwide for centuries as “Jaffa oranges”. The history of the orange is the history of this land. Through photography and cinema, poetry, paintings, workers of the citruses’ industry and historians, memory and present mythologies, Palestinians and Israelis cross and combine.

The close reading of the “Jaffa” brand’s representation is a reflection on western orientalist phantasms surrounding the ‘holy land’ and the ‘State of Israel’ and a way to reveal the untold story of what was once a commune industry and symbol to Arabs and Jews in Palestine.

Jaffa’s orange is one of the symbols that helped build the Zionist discourse about Palestine: a “desert we have made bloom”.

Based on photographic and cinematographic documents, some going back as far as to the 19th century, Eyal Sivan’s film shows the orange groves at a time when Arab Jaffa was one of Palestine’s most populated and thriving cities.

From the picking of the fruit to its packaging before exportation, the orange was a source of revenue for thousands of peasants and workmen, not only from Palestine, but from Egypt, Syria and Lebanon too. Jews and Arabs worked together in the orange groves. These images were progressively replaced by socialist realist images, Israeli style, depicting labor and songs, emancipated women in shorts, etc.: it was the spreading of the “Jewish Labor”, the socialist call to action, excluding the Arabs. In 1948, Jaffa was ruined under the bombs and most of its population was gone. Jaffa’s orange then became the symbol of an Arab-free Israel. An international advertising campaign imposed the name “Jaffa”, like a trademark, concealing the city of Jaffa, its more than a hundred-year-old orange groves, and the history of the Jewish Arab cooperation over this legendary fruit.