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  • Max Ediger
    Friends: Please note this message about solidarity with our friends in Palestine........max *(Mailing List Information, including unsubscription instructions,
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 27, 2008
      Friends:  Please note this message about solidarity with our friends in Palestine........max

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      The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
      29th November

      In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly called for the annual observance of the 29th of November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On the 29th of November 1947 the United Nations adopted resolution 181 which stated that the British mandate of Palestine was to be partitioned. The original idea was that the partition would be a solution to the conflict which had arisen from several waves of Jewish immigration before, and after, the Second World War. In what had once been a territory with a large Arab Palestinians majority, there were now to be two states, with 55% of the land given to the quickly expanding Jewish minority.

      When the dust settled by 1948 the Jewish minority had seized 78% of the former Palestinian territory and the State of Israel was declared. The new Israeli state ethnically cleansed its new territories, destroying 450 Palestinian villages and turning the Palestinian nation into a Diaspora people. Today the Palestinians number more than eight million and are scattered throughout world, including inside Israel and the Occupied Territories, the surrounding Arab states and other countries.

      This was followed by the seizure of the remaining Palestinian territories (22%) in 1967, and is presently being heavily colonized by Israeli settlements and infrastructure, with mass land seizures and the construction of the Apartheid Wall. This is a policy of changing facts on the ground and when this process is complete the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to have their own state, as laid out by numerous United Nations resolutions, will be lost forever.

      On December 1st 2005, the Assembly requested the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Division for Palestinian Rights, as part of the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29th, to continue to organize an annual exhibit on Palestinian rights or a cultural event in cooperation with the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the UN. It also encouraged Member States to continue to give the widest support and publicity to the observance of the Day of Solidarity.

      On the International Solidarity Day with the Palestine People, the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine is calling for stopping the usage of double standard of international law enforcements and commitments concerning the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and encouraging our partners, friends, groups, and individual peacemakers all over the world to take serious practical actions to advocate an end to the Israeli occupation and all injustice and to work actively for the establishment of Free and Independent Palestinian state.

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