29 November 2011

Lest we forget: today is The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, a United Nations sponsored event, has been observed every year on November 29th since 1977, 30 years to the day after the partition of Palestine.

The UN General Assembly has requested that the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Division for Palestinian Rights organize an annual exhibit on Palestinian rights or a cultural event in co-operation with the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the UN, and to encourage member states to give the widest support and publicity to the observance of the Day.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement saying, "Let us, on this International Day, reaffirm our commitment to translating solidarity into positive action. The international community must help steer the situation towards a historic peace agreement."

This is an appropriate time to wish the Palestinians luck in their bid to become full members of the United Nations and all that entails.

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