International Day of Solidarity with Palestinians

The United Nations declared November 29 the International Day of Solidarity  with  the  Palestinian  People  in  1977. 

The move was aimed at soothing Palestinian people for the UN’s  role in approving  resolution  181  (II)  on  November  29, 1947, which came to be known as the Partition Resolution.

Undoubtedly, this day has been one of the darkest days in Palestinian history.The resolution recommended the creation of “independent Arab and Jewish states” and a Special International Regime for the city of Jerusalem, Al-Quds. In May 1948, Zionists waged a bloody war against Palestinians and occupied 78 percent of Palestinian territory.

They displaced nearly one million Palestinians and established  their  “state”  in  more  than  two  thirds  of  Palestinian soil.  The selection of November 29 by the UN sought to overshadow  the  body’s  negative  role  in  the  establishment of Israel.

Nonetheless, November 29 is observed in various countries  every  year.  Special  ceremonies  are  also  held  to  condemn the occupation of Palestine and highlight the plight of Palestinian people. Presently,  Palestinians  are  still  under  occupation  and they  are  deprived  of  the  most  basic  health  facilities.  The violence  of  Israeli  forces  toward  Palestinians  and  their children has added insult to injury.

According to the UN, Tel Aviv has posed serious threats to  Palestinians,  particularly  children,  byarresting,  torturing and murdering them. For instance, UN reports say Israeli forces severely hit children on the head, or use shock devices  which  result  in  Palestinian  children  falling  into  a coma. Official reports indicate that 85 percent of children in Israeli jails are tortured.

Children have special rights in all countries, which have laws to defend the rights of children.

Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Childstipulates that:

*  No  child  shall  be  subjected  to  torture  or  other  cruel, inhumane  or  degrading  treatment  or  punishment.  Neithercapital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below the age of eighteen.

* No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully  or  arbitrarily.  The  arrest,  detention  or  imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort, and for the shortestappropriate period of time.

* Every child deprived of liberty shall be treated with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, and in a manner which takes into account the needs of persons of his or her age. In particular, every child deprived of liberty shall be separated from adults, unless it is considered to be in the child’s best interest not to do so, and the child shall have  the  right  to  maintain  contact  with  his  or  her  family  through correspondence and visits, save in exceptional circumstances.

*  Every  child  deprived  of  his  or  her  liberty  shall  have the  right  to  prompt  access  to  legal  and  other  appropriate assistance, as well as the right to challenge the legality of the deprivation of his or her liberty before a court or other competent,  independent  and  impartial  authority,  and  to  a prompt a decision on any such action.

Unfortunately,  international  laws  are  not  observed  universally and we are facing double standards.

The  Israeli  regime  is  an  example  which  violates  international laws and continues to commit crimes. The arrest,murder  and  repression  of  Palestinian  children  by  Israelis demonstrate  that  this  regime  has  never  complied  with  international laws and the demands of the international community.

Meanwhile,  the  international  community  has  ignored atrocities  perpetrated  by  the  Israeli  regime.  Tel  Aviv’s crimes against humanity do not draw any proper reactionsfrom the UN and human rights groups.

On aggregate, based on UN reports, the situation of Palestinian  children  is  worrisome  and  their  basic  rights  areviolated.  This  necessitates  that  human  rights  bodies  take urgent  action  to  prevent  rther  violations  of  children’s  rights.

The occupying Israeli regime turns a blind eye to international laws, disobeys the decision of international institutions, including the UN Security Council and the General Assembly, and violates conventions and global resolutions.

In  addition  to  committing  war  crimes,  ethnic  cleansing as well as systematic and massive violation of human rights,  Israel  is  expanding  its  settlements  and  displacing  more Palestinians.

It  has  also  turned  into  a  troublesome  and  problematic phenomenon   by   acquiring   nuclear   weapons   and   other  weapons of mass destruction.

Tel  Aviv  has  explicitly  threatened  global  peace  and  security. Apart from observing the International Day of Solidarity  with  the  Palestinian  People,  the  international  community should spare no efforts to inform people across the globe  of  the  plight  of  Palestinian  children  as  well  as  the  grave violation of human rights in the occupied territories. Such  measures  are  essential  to  restoring  the  rights  of  the  oppressed Palestinians.


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