World comes together to show support for Palestinians on International Day of Solidarity. In a show of unity, the international community marked the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People on November 29th. This annual observance was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1977 and serves as a reminder of the resolution on the partition of Palestine adopted on the same day in 1947. The UN encourages member states to give widespread support and publicity to this important occasion.
As part of the commemoration, the UNGA has organized an exhibit to honor the Nakba, a catastrophic event that occurred during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. This event resulted in the mass expulsion and displacement of over half of the Palestinian population, rendering them refugees.
The Nakba, meaning "catastrophe" in Arabic, represents the displacement and dispossession suffered by Palestinians during the Arab-Israeli war. Prior to this tragedy, Palestine was a diverse and multicultural society. The conflict between Arabs and Jews escalated in the 1930s due to increased Jewish immigration and the Zionist movement's aim to establish a Jewish state in Palestine.
The UN General Assembly called for refugee return, property restitution, and compensation as early as December 1948. However, despite numerous UN resolutions over the past 75 years, the rights of Palestinians remain unfulfilled. The Nakba serves as a poignant reminder that almost 6 million Palestinians are still classified as refugees and scattered throughout the region.
Tragically, in recent times, this displacement and suffering continue. The 2023 Gaza war has resulted in hundreds of thousands of Palestinians experiencing forced displacement and thousands losing their lives. The UN Secretary-General has described the current situation as a "humanitarian catastrophe." Israel's relentless bombing of Gaza in an attempt to eradicate Hamas has led to the deaths of at least 20,000 Palestinians, while retaliatory attacks have caused significant casualties.
Even as the world comes together to show solidarity with Palestinians, violence against them persists. In Vermont, United States, three young Palestinian men were shot while on a walk. Hisham Awartani, Kinnan Abdalhamid, and Tahseen Ali Ahmad, all 20 years old, were targeted by a white man with a handgun. Local authorities are investigating the incident.
The International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People serves as a crucial reminder of the ongoing struggles faced by Palestinians and the need for global support and action to address their plight.