Thursday, 29 November 2012, marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
Sixty five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted Resolution 181, also known as the partition resolution, which recommended the portioning of historic Palestine into two states, one Arab and one Jewish.
However, the Palestinian state remains nonexistent due to Israel’s denial of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination.
This date stands for the international protest against the injustice inflicted uponthe Palestinian people.
This occasion comes at a time when 4,610 Palestinian detainees continue to languishin Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 203 child prisoners, 31 of them are under 16 years old.
Palestinian detainees continue their struggle against arbitrary detention.
Ayman Ash-Sharawnahas been onahunger strike for the 152ndconsecutive day while his health condition continues to deteriorate critically.
Meanwhile, Samer Al A’isawihas been on a hunger strike for 121stconsecutive day and his health condition continues to deteriorate critically.
This is in addition toOdaiKilaniwho enters the 37thday of his hunger strike.
Kilani has been arrested 20 months ago.
This occasion coincides with the end of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip codenamed “Pillars of Cloud”.
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) has committed war crimes against civilians and civilian property,both public and private, particularly residential houses.
According to the initial documentation of the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, within eight days the IOF killed 168 including 36 children and 14 women.
The IOF injured 1,046, including 301 children and 105 women.
Moreover, 893 houses have been damaged.
Of those, 53 houses were directly targeted; including 35 roof-knocking cases.
The IOF attacks caused damageto varying degrees to 13 health centers, 66 schools, 2 universities, 16 NGO offices, 39 mosques, 14 media offices, 87 industrial and commercial facilities, 1 UNRWA Food Distribution Centre, 9ministerial offices, 14 police/security stations, 4 banks, 32 vehicles, 3 hotels, 2 cemeteries, 2 bridges, and 3 youth clubs.
On this occasion, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights asserts the justice of the Palestiniancause and the legitimacy of theirstruggle to achieve their rights, particularly the right to self-determination.
Al Mezan reiterates its calls upon the representatives of the Palestinian people all over the world to exert more efforts to ensure solidarity with the Palestinian people, and to direct all effort towards pursuingaccountability mechanisms in the face of Israel’s continuous violations of Palestinians’ human rights.
ThePalestinian representative at the United Nations and at other international forums can enhance the success of the international solidarity with the Palestinian people in its pursuit fora just solution, which must be solved on the basis of international law.
Moreover, this occasion isan invitation to unite Palestinians, which can only be achieved through bringing the Palestinian internal splitto an immediate end.
Al Mezan reiterates its call on the international community to immediately intervene to end Israel’s grave breaches of international law, to provide due protection for the Palestinians in theoPt, and to work earnestlytowards lifting the Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.