The following statement and Call for practical actions on the UN International Solidarity Day with the Palestinian People has been issued by the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA and the YWCA of Palestine.
In 1977, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly called for the annual consideration of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People based on the UN General Assembly resolution 181.
After decades of proposed 'peace talks' and various UN resolutions that were neglected by Israel, Palestinian rights remain usurped. With the collapse of political negotiations with 'Israel' in late 2014, and the escalation of Israeli colonization (settlement) activities and apartheid measures, the Palestinians turned to the international community, demanding the respect of their right to self-determination.
On this International Solidarity Day, we call on our partners in the YMCA and YWCA movements, Churches, Christian and ecumenical organizations, friends and justice-loving people worldwide to take the following actions in support of the unalienable Palestinian rights:
- Call on your policy makers to support the Palestinian rights as articulated in the UN resolutions and mainly the right to freedom, independence and return and to recognize the Palestinian State of the borders of 1967.
- Organize candle vigil in front of the Israeli embassy and consulate in your countries demanding that Israel respects of international law and the rights of the Palestinian People.
- Show actual solidarity with the Palestinian people by sponsoring olive trees through the YMCA-YWCA ongoing Olive Tree Campaign to keep the Palestinian hope alive.
- Take further actions by supporting and getting involved in the call of Global Kairos for Justice Coalition to BDS.