International Day of solidarity with Palestinians
The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people is a United Nations organised observance. It is generally observed on the 29th November of each year to mark the anniversary of resolution 181. In fact it was in 1977 that the general assembly of the United Nations called for the annual observance of the 29th November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people as per the resolution 32/40B. It is apposite to note that it was on the 29th November 1947 that the general assembly of the United Nations voted the resolution (resolution 181 (11)) on the partition of Palestine. The resolution on the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people has a main objective to encourage member nations to give the widest support to the observance of the Day of Solidarity.
According to Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, resolving the Israeli Palestinian conflict remains one of the most intractable challenges facing the International community.
The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinian people have endured more than 70 YEARS of all sorts of tragedies and crises and yet have remained and remain steadfast. President Mahmoud Abbas also said: “Despite decades of disappointment and setbacks we remain committed to a multilateral order that respects and ensures respect for international law. The State of Palestine will continue engaging its efforts aimed to advance the rule of international law, including through the building of our national institutions, spreading the culture of peace and empowering our people, especially women and youth”.
What is interesting this year is the presence of hundreds of Israelis in Ramallah West Bank joining Palestinians to “unify forces” for peace.
Yes, hundreds of Israelis defied all forms of restrictions to attend an event marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people. Where did the meeting take place? At the Palestinian Authority presidential headquarters in Ramallah. The message to the Israelis was read by Fatah central committee secretary general who said inter alia:
“This is a significant message that there is an Israeli partner. I say to the Israelis: understand us well. Many Palestinians only see Baruch, Marzel, Smortrtich and those faces who do not represent. Let’s unify our forces, join hands and fight together against the continuation of the occupation. Israelis and Palestinians should work together for mutual recognition and the establishment of a Palestinian State along the 1967 border”. (See Times of Israel dated 29th November 2019).
But will the Zionists give peace a chance?
Will the Zionists and all those hawks in the Trump administration allow for a two state solution?
Will the Zionists renege the occupied territories and go back to the pre 1967 frontiers?
Will the fascists supporting the Zionists support the notion of Jerusalem as capital of Palestine?
Will the Zionists say no to “greater Israel”?
But we must never stop striving for peace.