Brussels, Berlin, Rotterdam
29 November 2018
On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which falls today, Thursday, November 29, Conference of Palestinians in Europe affirms that this day represents an opportunity to strengthen all efforts of solidarity with the Palestinians people. This is a chance to unite all the efforts of the Arab and Islamic communities that aim at publicizing the suffering of the Palestinians in the inside and outside. The occupation is targeting all the Palestinians and continues to haze the religious shrines, especially Jerusalem. It also violates the Palestinians rights, continues expanding the illegal settlements and wages military aggression on the Palestinian people. Israel managed to do these violations through an unprecedented wave of normalization with some Arab parties.
For his part, Adel Abdullah, Secretary General of the Conference of Palestinians in Europe, stresses the importance of the Arab and Islamic role in Europe practiced by institutions, communities and European groups that work to support the Palestinian cause and to recognize the suffering of the Palestinian people in various European countries. He also refers to the effective contribution of the Arab communities throughout the last 16 years, in the presence of active Arab figures including former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, current Prime Minister Saad Eddin Othmani, and former Jordanian Prime Minister Taher Masri. He also highlights the contributions of many Arab figures trade unions from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and the Gulf in the establishment of the first trade union conference held in conjunction with the Conference of Palestinian in Europe 16 in Milan, Italy.
Form his side, Hussein Khader, president of the Palestinian Forum in Denmark, recognizes the positive and supportive role played by all the workers of the Palestinian cause from all backgrounds and nationalities, especially the people of the Arab Maghreb, as well as all Danish communities. In the crucible of these efforts, many events have been launched to support the Palestinian people during the repeated Israeli aggressions in 2008, 2012 and 2014 on the Gaza Strip.
Mohammed Hannon, president Association of Palestinian in Italy, notes that the joint interaction of the Arab and Islamic communities in Europe achieved a qualitative development in the West political class awareness about the injustice practiced against the Palestinians. Hannon points out that his reflected on the number of European Parliament delegations that organize visits to check out the conditions of the Palestinian people. Hannon highlights the two visits of two European delegations to Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon as well as the distinguished European reaction to Trump’s decision to move the Embassy. Hannon also applauds the high-level attendance of the solidarity rallies with the Palestinian people in Milano streets, despite the opposition of the Zionist lobby.
From the Netherlands, Amin Abu Rashed, head of the Palestinian House, says that the Palestinian people have the right to be proud of the system work of support for the Palestinian cause in Europe and in the Netherlands in specific. Maghreb community’s support is an outstanding example of the strong belief in the Palestinian cause which is translated into continued charitable support all over the year. Abu Rashid commends the work of the Dutch groups that support the Palestinian cause, pointing out to its role in the campaigns of breaking the siege on Gaza as well as supporting Alwafa charity campaigns to support Palestinians in Syria.
The Conference calls on to make of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People an opportunity to activate the supporting work of Palestine in Europe. This is done by means of more coordination between the institutions and the working groups that expose the narrative of the occupation and support the Palestinian people in their liberation process towards achieving their historical and legitimate national rights, which the United Nations has supported by many international resolutions.