29th November 2016 marked the 39th United Nations annual Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On 29th November 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 181, partitioning Palestine. In 1977, a decade after Israel had completed the full occupation of Palestinian land, the General Assembly passed Resolution 32/40 B, declaring the day of solidarity with the Palestinian people.
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.
It is in line with this, that we decided to do a short recording in the SU Lobby in the Strand campus. This will be added to other messages of love and solidarity from other students around the UK and put together in a video which will be shared with students in Gaza and the West Bank.
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.
Today and every day we stand with Palestinians and send our message of solidarity to all those fighting for justice, freedom and equality.
We also wanted to share this beautiful video made by the Manchester Palestine Society!