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Damascus, 29-30/11/2014 – Activities of the 3rd General Conference of the General Union of Palestinian Communities in Europe kicked off Saturday at Dar al-Assad for Culture and Arts in Damascus.
Representatives of Palestinian resistance factions, Syrian national parties, political and popular unions and gatherings in Syria and Palestine are taking part in the two-day conference.
Assistant regional secretary of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party Hilal al-Hilal stressed in a speech the importance of convening the conference in Damascus given that it represents a “cultural center for the Levant and the heart of Arabism.”
“The Syrian people only knows victory, and will never lose the compass in defending national and pan-Arab causes,” he affirmed.
He indicated that the scheme at work in Syria seeks to set up the so-called “New Middle East” on the wreckage of a nation “that history has always known as a leading nation and civilization.”
Syria’s Grand Mufti Dr. Ahmad Badr-Eddin Hassoun, for his part, said the crisis in Syria is “a retribution for its stances in support of the Arab causes, particularly the Palestinian cause.”
“Syria’s main goal will remain the liberation of Palestine and every inch of the occupied Arab lands,” he pointed out.
Addressing the Palestinian communities in Europe, Hassoun said “You’ve come here to convene this conference in Syria which does not recognize the boundaries set up by the ominous Sykes-Picot agreement.”
Participants indicated in speeches delivered during the conference that they came to Syria to prove to the whole world “that we are one nation through thick and thin, and to say that we disown those who have used religion in service of an organization bereft of all values and ethics.”
Occupied Jerusalem, 30/11/2014 – International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is annually observed on November 29. The peculiarity of this day is stemmed from the fact that on November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted an unjust resolution 181 on the partition of Palestine which provides for the establishment of a “Jewish State” and an “Arab State”, with Jerusalem as “a corpus separatum under a special international regime.”
With all the injustice and bias against the Palestinians implied in the resolution-having their homeland getting usurped by the Israeli enemy-, only the Zionist Israeli entity came into existence with full western and international collusion.
Dozens of resolutions stressing the right of Palestinian people to self-determination and the establishment of their independent state on their territories have been adopted, yet these resolutions have remained mere ink on paper because of the US and western stances in support of the Zionist occupation entity.
This year, the commemoration of Solidarity Day coincides with the Zionist occupation’s continuous efforts to consolidate its racism, recently manifested in a new bill approved by the occupation government last week which provides for bringing together all Jews from all over the world in Palestine and granting them citizenship.
The Israeli bill ignores the Palestinian refugees’ right to return home, which has been confirmed by the UN Security Council resolution no. 194 for 1948.
Added to that are the vast expansion of Israeli settlements, the confiscation of Palestinians’ territories and the escalation of crimes and transgressions committed against people and properties in the Occupied Jerusalem and other cities in the West Bank. Moreover, the international community’s suspicious silence and unlimited support to the Zionist entity make things worse.
Against all odds, the Palestinian people are determined to spare no effort in resisting the Israeli occupation. Besides their armed struggle and the continuous popular uprisings, new forms of popular resistance emerge today with the aim to achieve the Palestinians’ goal of liberating their land and establishing their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.
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