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The Migration and Refugee Studies MA program at An-Najah National University organized a momentous event on Sunday, May 7, 2023, to observe Palestinian Refugee Day, marking the 75th anniversary of the Nakba.


Distinguished guests including Mr. Anwar Hammam, Undersecretary of the Refugee Affairs Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and Mr. Raed Debiy, President's Assistant for Community Affairs, joined Dr. Asaad Taffal, Coordinator of the Migration and Refugee Studies MA program, representatives from national and community institutions, members of the University’s academic and administrative staff, and a large number of students.

During the event, Mr. Debiy warmly welcomed the attendees, emphasizing the significance of this day as a poignant tribute to the Nakba's 75th anniversary and a platform to raise global awareness of the just cause of Palestinian refugees. He shed light on the enduring hardships faced by the Palestinian people due to forced displacement resulting from the Nakba and the subsequent 1967 Naksa, as well as the ongoing occupation's relentless efforts to undermine the Palestinian nation and its identity.

Mr. Hammam expressed his appreciation for the event, underscoring its role in strengthening the fruitful partnership between An-Najah National University and the Department of Refugee Affairs. He commended the University's pioneering role in national and community engagement, highlighting its impactful initiatives implemented in collaboration with diverse institutions. He emphasized that Palestinian Refugee Day serves as a resolute affirmation of the Palestinian identity, standing against all attempts to erase it.

Dr. Taffal, in his address, underscored the significance and impact of the Migration and Refugee Studies Master's Program at An-Najah in supporting the just cause of Palestinian refugees. He emphasized the program's crucial role in conducting research studies that contribute to the preservation of Palestinian collective memory and its transmission across generations.

The event encompassed various cultural performances, including traditional dances such as Dabkeh. It also included an enlightening introductory video showcasing the MA program in Migration and Refugee Studies.

In conjunction with the event, an exhibition showcasing photographs and artifacts of Palestinian heritage was held, narrating the story of the Nakba and the plight of Palestinian refugees.

Notably, An-Najah National University and the Department of Refugee Affairs solidified their commitment to educational, societal, developmental, and cultural issues related to refugees and their just cause through the signing of a memorandum of understanding on Sunday, May 7, 2023.


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