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International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
November 30, 2017

On 29 November each year, we observe the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, declared by the UN General Assembly in 1977. And solidarity with the Palestinian people is needed now more than ever:

In 2017, Israel’s parliament continued to promote new discriminatory and anti-democratic legislation that threatens land use and ownership, freedom of expression, and civil and political rights. And we’ve witnessed a further erosion of the rule of law: state institutions are taking actions without any legal authority. The Knesset legislated issues of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (since 1967) over which it has no jurisdiction; the Israel Prison Service prohibited lawyers from visiting prisoners on hunger-strike despite their fundamental right to counsel; and police illegally held bodies Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces, in violation of the right to dignity.

Israel also continued with its racist plans to uproot Bedouin communities in the Naqab desert (Negev, occupied since 1948), using methods similar to those used in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, for the sole benefit of Israeli Jewish families.

In West Bank and East Jerusalem, occupation forces continue to kidnap and arbitrarily imprison Palestinian civilians, including children, women and the elderly; continue to demolish Palestinian homes and steal their properties to implant illegal colonial settlements; continue to destroy agricultural crops and tree plantations; continue to prevent free movement by blocking routes and roads; and continue to apply an apartheid system for the benefit of their illegal colonial settlers.

In Gaza Strip, occupation forces continue their criminal land, air and sea blockade, preventing free movement of people and goods, and continue their constant attacks on fishermen, farmers and other defenseless civilians, including children.

Israeli occupation forces also continue to use torture and cruelty, inhuman and degrading treatment, inside and outside their dungeons, where more than 6,000 Palestinians, men, women, children and the elderly, healthy, sick and disabled people languish while the "civilized world" does nothing to prevent it…


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