International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2018
The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People takes place each year on the 29th November. This particular day holds significance as, on the same day in 1947, the General Assembly adopted resolution 181, otherwise known as the Partition Resolution – the establishment of a ‘Jewish State’ and an ‘Arab State’ in Palestine.
The situation in Palestine today remains unresolved with its people still being forced out of their homes, having restricted access to water resources and being subjected to ethnic cleansing. The Jordan Valley, which used to home more than 250,000 Palestinians, exemplifies this; now under the control of illegal settlers, only 60,000 Palestinians live there and this number is likely to reduce. People are yet to attain the right to national independence and sovereignty or the right to return to their homes and property.
Each year, the United Nations offices around the world respond to this observation with messages of solidarity, dissemination of publications and film screenings. Speeches are also given by the Secretary-General as well as the President of the General Assembly, all highlighting the plight of the Palestinian people.
These events are taking place this week:
- Yesterday (28th November), a special meeting was held by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, which was webcast live on UN Web TV (http://webtv.un.org).
- Today (29th November), they will consider the four draft resolutions recommended by the Committee to the General Assembly concerning the ‘Question of Palestine’.
- The opening of ‘Unrealised Rights, Unfulfilled Promises: 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of the Palestinian People’s Nakba’ photo exhibition will also take place today in the Visitor’s lobby of UN Headquarters, and it will remain there until 4 January 2019.
Participants around the world are encouraged to show their support by using the hashtag #Rights4Palestine.
Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is a UK-based organisation focused on securing Palestinian human rights and freedom. They aspire to build a movement for Palestine, promoting democratic rights and social justice. They are also looking to take on the corporations who profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine, various governments for not holding Israel accountable for their actions, and the media for not reporting the truth.
PSC functions through donations from their members and supporters, without which it would not exist. Funds are spent on campaigns, organising protests and meetings, and paying for leaflets, equipment, their office and members of staff.
For further information on PSC, head to their website
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