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The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People ( November 28, 2008 )

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.
Palestinian women in Rafah

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 Right 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.

Suggested actions to commemorate this day:

●Sponsor Olive Trees, through our Olive Tree Campaign - Keep Hope Alive, or organize an event to fundraise for this campaign.

●Write letters to your elected members of Parliament or government officials and encourage them to Keep Hope Alive for the Palestinian people by sponsoring an olive tree, visit Palestine to witness reality and show solidarity, and initiate or join actions or resolutions concerning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign.

●Arrange a debate, workshop or public talk on the situation in Palestine. We would be glad to provide online resources and information for your use.

●Contact women’s groups in your area and organize a talk/workshop to raise awareness of how the occupation affects women and children.

●Organize a public demonstration or a candle-light vigil on the 29th of November. Use our "Solidarity Prayer Booklet" (or parts of it) in your meetings or church services in that week, to raise awareness of the Palestinian situation and to pray for Peace and Justice.

●Contact and communicate with human rights, international law and solidarity groups in your country or area as to unify efforts and create a local or national committee or movement that works for Justice in Palestine.

●Organize an eye-opening tour or program to Palestine, and/or participate and/or encourage others to participate in the JAI organized annual programs including the youth Journey for Justice Program, Olive Picking program and Olive Planting Program.

●Send volunteers and establish an exchange or internship program to join the Joint Advocacy Initiative team and advocacy efforts and program, as a means to create advocacy leaders.

●Join the Boycott - Divestment - Sanctions Campaign against Israel until it complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights.

●Pray for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land.

( November 28, 2008 )

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