The world stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people today… will you?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 13:41

The world stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people today… will you?

Every year since 1977 the United Nations has observed the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 29 November.

In 1977, the UN General Assembly called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (resolution 32/40 B). On that day, in 1947, the Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine (resolution 181 (II))

According to the UN General Assembly resolution 181, historical Palestine was to be divided into two states, one Jewish, covering 54% of the total area of mandate Palestine and a Palestinian state covering 46% of Palestine with Jerusalem to be put under international administration.

However, the resolution, that was fairly deemed unfair by the Palestinians, did not come out with the intended results; the Palestinians, who were the majority of the population at the time (around 70 %) felt that their lands are being taken away from them, as a result, they rejected the resolution and revolted.

Fighting broke between Palestinians militants and the better organized, better equipped and better trained Zionist militias and the outcome of the fight was obvious before it began.

Zionist military groups took over 78% of Palestine, way more than the intended 54 % and in doing so, expelled hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. Around 700,000 Palestinians fled their homes in search for safety; 69 years later, those who ran away, their children and grandchildren are still refugees hoping that one day, they might be able to go back home.

Israel was established on May 15, 1948, a day that Palestinians refer to as the Nakba (the catastrophe).

19 years later, in June 1967, Israel launched a “preemptive” attack on targets in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt occupying the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, areas that are known today as the “occupied Palestinian territory”; in addition they took over the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula.

Though the Palestinians have suffered a lot and given up even more, their hopes for independence, for living in peace and for establishing their own sovereign state have been hampered by the Israeli settlement expansion. Over 230 Israeli settlements and over 600,000 Israeli settlers are living illegally in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The UN, various international organizations and governments have called upon Israel to stop its settlement expansion and return to the 1967 borders to no avail and the occupation has taken its toll on the Palestinians’ economic, social and political lives.

If you have been wondering why there is a day for solidarity with the Palestinians?  Maybe you should ask yourself, why are they still under occupation? Why is Israel expanding on Palestinian lands? Why is Israel denying the Palestinians their basic human rights? Why and why?

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