“On this International Day of Solidarity, I call on the parties to step back from the brink. The mindless cycle of destruction must end. The virtuous circle of peace must begin.” – Secretary General – Ban Ki-Moon
The 29th of November is traditionally known as ‘International Day of Solidarity with Palestine’. This date was chosen because of its meaning and significance to the Palestinian people. On that day in 1947, the General Assembly adopted what is known as the Partition Resolution. That resolution provided for the establishment in Palestine of a Jewish and Arab State.
The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People has traditionally provided an opportunity for the Muslim community as part of the wider International community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine remains unresolved. The Palestinian people are yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly; the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property from which they had been displaced.
Various activities are undertaken each year by Governments and civil society in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. These activities include special messages of solidarity with the Palestinian people, the organization of meetings, the dissemination of publications and the screening of films.
The International Day of Solidarity provides the perfect opportunity for the Muslim Community and Muslim Leadership to continue their good work towards establishing peace in the region. Our Imams and Scholars continue to engage with wider community in their unrelenting resolve to find a solution for lasting peace between Palestine and Israel.
As always, we continue to pray for all those that are vulnerable and suffering at the hands of injustice and misfortune so that we may see a stronger, more united world.