Each year, on Friday the 29th of November, people around the world mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, commemorating the adoption by the United Nations Assembly, on 29 November 1947, of resolution 181 (II), the resolution that provided for the partition of Palestine into two states.
Seventy two years on from resolution 181 and the Palestinian people are no closer to achieving statehood now than they were then. Just a few days ago, further harm was delivered to the aspirations of the Palestinian people when US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced that the United States considers the Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be legal.
This is, of course, part of the continuing rollout of Donald Trump’s so called “deal of the century”: a “deal” that includes declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights, and now the declaration that Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are not illegal. The “deal of the century” does not refer to a two state solution, nor does it aspire to a single, secular, democratic state. Rather, it reinforces a one state solution that privileges the Israeli state, supports settlement building, the demolition of Palestinian homes and the annexation of Palestinian land. The “deal of the century” is a solution guaranteed to marginalise, oppress and terrorise the Palestinian people.
Wellington Palestine marked the event by rallying outside the US Embassy in Wellington. Thanks to all of our comrades and friends who joined us.
“Justice is our demand! No peace on stolen land!”