The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is a UN-organized observance. It is observed on 29th November each year.
Who are Palestinian People?
The Palestinian people or Palestinian Arabs are a group comprising the modern descendants of the people who have lived in Palestine over the centuries and today are largely culturally and linguistically Arab. It includes Jews and Samaritans. Despite various wars (such as that in 1948), roughly one half of the world’s Palestinian population continues to reside in historic Palestine, the area covering the West Bank, the Gaza Strip (eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers and Israel on the east and north along a 51 km border), and Israel.
Why Is This Day Celebrated?
Established in 1977, it marks the day in 1947 when the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution partitioning Palestine into an Arab State and a Jewish State.
Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains one of the toughest challenges facing the international community, UN Secretary-General António Guterres observed in his message for the day.
Special commemorative activities are organized by the Division for Palestinian Rights of the United Nations Secretariat, in consultation with the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
More than 8 million Palestinian people live in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel. This territory has been occupied since the six-day war in 1967, when Israel defeated Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. The occupied territory consists of East Jerusalem in Israel, neighboring Arab states, and refugee camps.
How Is It Celebrated?
Ceremonies and actions on November 29 every year are directed towards activation of the world community towards the issue of the rights of Palestinians.
Special meetings are held to observe Solidarity Day in UN offices, councils, government bodies and organizations. The day is also publicized through newspapers, magazines, radio and television news, and online media. Topics that are publicized or discussed include the status and plight of Palestinian refugees, as well as general information on Palestinian culture and society.