International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

 

       The world celebrates the 29thof November from each year the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in an international gesture approved by the United Nations General Assembly on December 2, 1977 to shed light on the Palestinian cause and support the Palestinian people in their self-determination and building their state.

       Global solidarity with the Palestinian people, even on a ceremonial level, affirms the rights of the Palestinians as well as their struggle and sacrifices for more than seventy years.

        The Palestinian people, inside the occupied territories and in the diaspora, are striving with great valor to obtain their rights that are sanctioned by International Law and affirmed by numerous international resolutions issued by United Nations institutions, and for that they are paying dearly.

        For example, but not limited to, we mention the sacrifices made by the Palestinians for decades. Among them, we mention the attacks, incursions and repeated Judaization attempts in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as the arbitrary arrests of Palestinian civilians in the occupied Palestinian territories, especially the administrative ones.

         The construction of the settlements is also going on a non-stop manner. It is no secret that the Gaza Strip is subjected to a siege, the like of which has not been recorded in modern history, for nearly 15 years, as well as the launching of aggressive wars that crushed the bones of children and women and left horrific destruction in civilian objects.

         As for the suffering of the Palestinian refugees in the diaspora, it is beyond words… In Lebanon, for example, the refugee suffers from extremely difficult living conditions, in light of chronic deprivation of basic rights (work, property, housing...). With the difficult economic crisis that Lebanon has been experiencing for nearly 3 years, the suffering of refugees has dramatically exacerbated. The same applies to the suffering of Palestinian refugees in Syria, whose camps are still healing and awaiting reconstruction, and tens of thousands of refugees are still either displaced inside Syria or in the diaspora.

         At the level of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), risks still threaten its work and sometimes its existence, especially since the Palestinian refugees have experienced a significant decline in the provision of basic services in light of the reduction in support from donor countries, in addition to the so-called framework agreement that was signed recently, between the United States and UNRWA, which threatens the work of the latter on several aspects.

Ø  On the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian people, the Palestinian Association for Human Rights (Witness) calls for : 

1.      International Community, in particular, the United Nations, for practical solidarity with the Palestinian people, and for making the necessary contributions to enable the Palestinians to live in dignity. In addition to calling for confronting the blatant violations of International Law by the occupation and taking all necessary measures in this regard.

2.      The international community to take firm decisions to end the longest occupation in modern history, and to fully recognize the rights of our Palestinian people in accordance with the resolution adopted by the United Nations, bearing the number 3236 of the 22nd of November, 1974.

3.      The necessity of upholding the basic rights of Palestinian refugees by the host countries especially Lebanon so that they can live in full dignity.

 

 

 

Beirut 29/11/2021

 

Palestinian Association for Human Rights (Witness)

 

 

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