The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on the 29th of November each year, in accordance to UN mandates. It is in line with this, that we decided to carry out a little commemoration today, on Friday the 27th of November at Chapters, King’s College London, Strand Campus.
This day has traditionally provided an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the unresolved issue of Palestine, and the fact that they are yet to attain their inalienable rights; namely, the right to self-determination, the individual human rights of all people, and the right to return to their homes and land from which they have been displaced.
We believe that as residents of the United Kingdom, and as students from King’s College London, we have a responsibility and duty to show our support and actively support the Palestinian struggle through the tactics of Boycotts, Divestments, and Sanctions (BDS). This is especially true, seeing as both the UK and our university are complicit and have invested in the likes of arms companies that are actively used by Israel, to maintain and prolong the decades-long occupation and dispossession of the Palestinian people.
Moreover, 99 Palestinians have been killed and more than 800 Palestinians have been arrested over the past two months, as protests continue and as Israel forcibly intensifies its brutal expansion of illegal settlements and ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem. Hence showing solidarity with the oppressed today is as vital as ever.
The date of 29 November was chosen because of its meaning and significance to the Palestinian people. On this day in 1947, the General Assembly adopted resolution 181(II), which came to be known as the Partition Resolution. This provided for the establishment of a “Jewish” and “Palestinian State”, with Jerusalem as a city governed under the protection of the UN. Of the two States to be created under this resolution, only one (Israel), has so far been established on 72% of what once was historical Palestine.
The Palestinian people, who now number more than 8 million, live primarily in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967 (including East Jerusalem and Gaza), within Israel itself, in neighbouring Arab States, and in refugee camps throughout the region.
According to Al Jazeera, political organisations across Palestine have called for a “day of anger” taking place today. Latest reports indicate 43 Palestinians have already been shot in clashes. Today we stand with them and send our message of solidarity to all those fighting for justice, freedom and equality.