INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE - November 29

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People - November 29

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

Every year, November 29th marks the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. It’s a day to remember that the Palestinian people have not yet attained certain inalienable rights, including national independence and sovereignty.

More than 8 million Palestinian people live in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel. This territory has been occupied since the six-day war in 1967, when Israel defeated Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. The occupied territory consists of East Jerusalem in Israel, neighboring Arab states, and refugee camps. More familiar terms for these areas include the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights. This occupation is the longest in modern history.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SolidarityWithPalestinianPeople

Government officials, educators, and civil society organizations hold a variety of events demonstrating solidarity with the Palestinians on this day. These include the issuance of special messages, meetings, dissemination of publications, and film screenings. A special meeting is held each year at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The United Nations offices in Geneva and Vienna host meetings on this day.

To participate:

  • Learn about the history between Israel and the Palestinian people
  • Sign a petition to end the occupation of Palestine.
  • Donate to a charity that is helping children in Palestine.
  • Watch movies about the six-day war including In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem, Six Days in June, and Azimuth.

When spreading the word about this day on social media, use #SolidarityWithPalestinianPeople.

HISTORY

On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 181 (II). This resolution became known as the Partition Resolution. It called for the establishment of a Jewish State and an Arab State in Palestine. The partition plan was never fully implemented and civil war broke out shortly after the adoption of the resolution. Following that, Israel became a country in 1948. An Arab state was never formed.

In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly called for an annual observance of the resolution on the partition of Palestine. The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People serves as a reminder that the question regarding the Palestinian people and Palestine has yet to be resolved.