November 29 – International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Posted in Gaza, Human Rights, Humanity, Israel, Occupation, Palestine, United Nations, USA, West Bank by ed~ on November 24, 2007

How will it be marked this year?

On November 20, 2007, U.S. Department of State’s spokesman Sean McCormack announced to the press details of the upcoming Annapolis Conference: “[O]n Tuesday, November 27th, the United States will host Israeli Prime Minister Olmert, President — Palestinian Authority President Abbas, members of the Arab League Follow-on Committee, permanent members of the UN Security Council, members of the G-8 and other key international actors, for a conference in Annapolis, Maryland to take place at the U.S. Naval Academy.”

He specified that the Annapolis conference “is essentially three days. On Tuesday, that will be the conference that actually takes place at Annapolis. President Bush, Prime Minister Olmert and President Abbas will open up the proceedings in the morning, then they go to a lunch hosted by Secretary Rice and a series of plenary sessions in the afternoon and will finish up with a press availability at the end.”

But, before that, on Monday, November 26, “President Bush will host Prime Minister Olmert and President Abbas separately for bilateral meetings. There will be a Quartet meeting hosted by Secretary Rice and Secretary Rice will host a dinner here for the delegations on Monday night. President Bush is expected to deliver some remarks at that dinner.”

On Wednesday, November 28, “President Bush will host, once again, Prime Minister Olmert and President Abbas for bilateral meetings at the White House.”

Thursday, November 29, is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Last year, various events occurred at the United Nations, some of which are listed below that give some sense of the scope and involvement of the UN in commemorating that occasion:

A press releases on November 28 here.

November 29 was very busy. There were many meetings at which statements and messages were presented while others were devoted to very serious discussion.

Message from then Secretary-General Kofi Annan

A debate on the question of Palestine

Various messages from the UN office at Geneva

A session of The Human Rights Council

The Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People

And then, there is the Special Bulletin on the Commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2006, which lists statements and messages delivered on that occasion from countries around the world. You can check to see whether your country is listed. Mine isn’t for which I am very ashamed and deeply saddened.

President Putin sent a telegram.

On November 29, 1947: Resolution 181

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