File photo: Egyptians wave Palestinian flags during a 'Nakba' demonstration in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo, May 15, 2011 (Photo: Reuters)
Egyptian and Palestinian figures and groups have begun this year's commemorations of the 1948 Palestinian Nakba ('catastrophe') in Cairo.
On Tuesday, the Strong Egypt Party will hold a lecture in Cairo's Ramses Hilton hotel devoted to the Nakba and the historical rights of Palestinians. Among the speakers will be party leader and founder Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh and Egyptian poet Abdel-Rahman Youssef.
The party is also organising a human chain around the Arab League's Cairo headquarters next Thursday.
Meanwhile, a group of Egyptian and Palestinian activists and groups have launched a 'Return to Palestine' week, which kicked off on Saturday.
At its headquarters in downtown Cairo, the 'Mosireen' citizen-journalism collective will screen a documentary entitled 'The Roof' about a Palestinian family in Israel and its struggles since 1948.
The Socialist Popular Alliance Party, meanwhile, is organising a lecture on Tuesday afternoon at the party's Cairo headquarters devoted to the Palestinian cause. The lecture will be entitled 'Palestine through Egyptian eyes.'
And on Monday, a group of Egyptian graffiti artists began painting graffiti commemorating the Nakba on Cairo's Mohamed Mahmoud Street.
The General Federation for Palestinian Woman in Cairo, for its part, will hold a series of events on Wednesday, beginning with a rally outside Arab League headquarters to be followed by a march to the Leadership and Management Development Centre in the nearby Agouza district.
A conference will later be held at the centre entitled 'Palestine: An Arab land forever.' Among the speakers at the conference will be Egyptian Popular Current leader Hamdeen Sabbhi, Egyptian Journalists Syndicate head Diaa Rashwan, and leftist female activist Shahenda Makld.