OIC commemorates International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Palestinian Hamas militants take part in a rally in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.(AFP / MOHAMMED ABED)
Updated 07 December 2017
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OIC commemorates International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) celebrated International day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in Jeddah on Thursday, December 7, which is observed on November 29 annually.

The event was attended by the secretary-general of the organization, Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen; Ambassador Mahmoud Al-Asadi, consul general of the State of Palestine in Jeddah; Dr. Maher Karaki, permanent representative of Palestine to the organization; and a number of members of the diplomatic corps and local journalists.

Each participant expressed that this day comes as a firm and constant commitment to support the struggle of the Palestinian people and their efforts to restore their full legitimate national rights. Global solidarity with the just Palestinian cause is based on the principles of justice, freedom, equal rights and dignity.

For the event, the General Secretariat organized a photo gallery about the Israel-Palestine conflict, and a folklore exhibition on the sidelines of its presentation.

The event also included viewing an award-winning documentary called “Roadmap To Apartheid,” as the first-time directors took a detailed look at the apartheid analogy commonly used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Narrated by Alice Walker, “Roadmap to Apartheid” is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them.

The secretary-general welcomed the positive developments concerning Palestinian national reconciliation, including the assumption by the Palestinian Reconciliation Government of its responsibilities in the Gaza Strip.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on or around November 29 each year, in accordance with General Assembly mandates contained in the resolutions of December 2, 1977, and December 12, 1979, and subsequent resolutions adopted under agenda item titled the “Question of Palestine.”

November 29 was chosen because of its significance to the Palestinian people. On that day in 1947, the General Assembly adopted a resolution, which came to be known as the Partition Resolution. That resolution provided for the establishment in Palestine of a “Jewish State” and an “Arab State,” with Jerusalem as a corpus separatum under a special international regime.

Of the two states to be created under this resolution, only one, Israel, has so far come into being.

The International Day of Solidarity traditionally provides an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine remains unresolved and that the Palestinian people have yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly, namely, the right to self-determination without external interference; the right to national independence and sovereignty; and the right to return to their homes and property, from which they have been displaced.


King Salman’s support vital to national heritage achievements

The program aims to protect, promote and develop cultural heritage and make it part of the life and memory of citizens. (Supplied)
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King Salman’s support vital to national heritage achievements

  • The Saudi leadership made key decisions to protect antiquities and historical sites
  • Saudi Arabia aims to conduct awareness campaigns, establish museums and develop them in a modern way to attract citizens and visitors

JEDDAH: The achievements made in Saudi Arabia’s national heritage sector, and the prizes and awards that have been won as result, are thanks to the support and efforts of King Salman, said Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
His comments came as the king received the Sharjah International Award for Cultural Heritage, which was awarded in recognition of the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques cultural heritage program.
King Salman oversaw the creation of the antiquities and heritage sector 50 years ago and stood firmly against the elimination or extinction of archaeological and heritage sites, Prince Sultan said, and has made historical and important decisions to protect antiquities since the era of the late King Saud.
This support culminated in the adoption of the innovative Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques for the Care of Cultural Heritage program, implemented by the commission to bring about a qualitative shift in projects and programs devoted to national cultural heritage.
Prince Sultan said: “The award is a result of King Salman’s follow-up and support to the program, which the SCTH and our team have translated into projects and initiatives carried out in cooperation with highly professional partners, in order to preserve, restore and develop the national heritage and make it a reality that connects citizens to their country’s history and heritage.”
He said the SCTH has built upon the great efforts of the institutions that preceded it in taking care of the nation’s antiquities, as well as individual efforts to preserve national heritage.
“Today, we reap the fruits of these efforts: The culture we have learnt from King Salman and previous leaders, which has taught us to complete the work and loyalty of all those who built and achieved before us,” he said.
Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, a member of the Federal Supreme Council and ruler of Sharjah, announced that the Sharjah International Award for Cultural Heritage had been awarded to the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Program for the Care of Cultural Heritage during a ceremony on April 22, 2018.
The program aims to protect, promote and develop cultural heritage and make it part of the life and memory of citizens. It also conducts awareness campaigns, establishes museums and develops them in a modern way to attract citizens and visitors, prepares Islamic historical sites to welcome visitors, and preserves culturally important buildings and towns to showcase the role of the Kingdom as a crossroads for civilizations through the ages and achieve a qualitative shift in the field, contributing to economic growth.