"Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population."
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From the Information and Projects Department of CPRR
28 September 2000 -- Every four years, the panoply and excitement of the Olympics remind us of the universality of the human striving for excellence and the commonality of the experiences of victory and defeat. Only nation states send teams to the Olympics, however, so refugees, among whom Palestinians now comprise the oldest and largest group, never get the chance to share in the excitement and glory of the Olympics.
The Council on Palestinian Rights and Restitution, working with its affiliates in Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan, has organized a first-ever event for Palestinian refugee youth: The Palestinian Refugee Olympic Games, which will be held held on the week-end of September 30-October 1 with the help of Palestinian NGOs and the Jordanian Ministry of Youth.
The Refugee Olympic Games will enable young people in various refugee camps, who currently, in Lebanon and Gaza, lack access to any sports facility, to learn about the spirit and principles of the Olympics while participating in wholesome athletic activities with their peers. Most refugee children in Lebanon do not know how to swim, since they are not allowed out of the camps in which they must spend their entire lives.
Children and youth will compete in a number of sports, including swimming, racing and a variety of ball games.
These Olympic Games will be the first, but not the last, such competitions for refugee youth. In an effort to extend the opportunity to participate in the Olympic spirit to more refugee youth, CPRR is asking for donations of sports equipment and uniforms.
CPRR also calls on all interested persons and groups to consider sponsoring the Refugee Olympics:
Please help us give Palestinian children in refugee camps a semblance of a normal life.
Make the check to: Beit Atfal al Somoud/Olympics
Beit Atfal al Somoud (National Institution for Social Care and Vocational Training)
Contact in Lebanon: (01)816-115
Make the check to: Amari Youth Center/Olympics
Amari Youth Center, Ramallah, Palestine
P.O.Box 21520, Washington D.C. 20009, USA
Contact in Palestine: (02) 675-3101
Talbia Camp Youth Club/Olympics
29 Ishbilia St, Radwan
Contact in Jordan: (06) 567-5905