This year's commemoration took place at The Royal Geographical Society in London and was directed by Nadim Sawalha. Along with our usual star-studded (Michael Rosen, Nabil Wehbe, Susan Wooldridge, Andy de la Tour) collage of readings, poetry and music, it featured a play by Razanne Carmey – Shooting with parsley. While writing the play Razanne reflected on and wrote about the meaning of Deir Yassin for her and for Palestinians. Read her reflections below:
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There was also a surprise appearance by young Israeli busker Hadar (‘Star’ in Hebrew), whom Deir Yassin Remembered discovered singing on the London Underground. Hadar delivered Knocking on heaven’s door by (her words) “that great Jew Robert Zimmerman”. This year also saw the first of many appearances at Deir Yassin commemorations of Palestinian singer Shadia.
The evening concluded with an arresting avant-garde dance/drama In the shadow of the wall, by dance/theatre group Company Collisions, recently discovered by Nadim. To read a review of the whole evening, which appeared online, click here.
Deir Yassin Remembered has always paid close attention to promotional material, but we feel those of 2004 were particularly good. Deir Yassin Day in 2004 fell on Good Friday and we commissioned a cartoon from Khalil Bendib, which featured on a Passiontide card and gained a lot of attention. We also produced a leaflet entitled From Deir Yassin to the wall, alongside promotional postcards. You can read the texts of these materials below:
From Deir Yassin to the wall Passiontide card
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We continued our practice of holding post-
performance receptions, which this year
included Rabbi Solomon, good friend of Deir
Yassin Remembered Afif Safieh, and also HRH
Prince Turki of Saudi Arabia. These receptions
were beginning to be used for some interesting
cultural and even political contacts.
And we continued to get some national press
attention including more from Robert Fisk and a
piece by Giles Fraser. Deborah Maccoby also
wrote about Deir Yassin from a Jewish point of
view. View some of the press coverage here.
Visit the 2004 gallery to see a selction of photos
from the commemoration.