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Narrated by Alice Walker, “Roadmap to Apartheid” is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an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


Women’s Bowling Championship 2018 wraps up in Jeddah

Dr. Razan Baker, 3rd left standing, with participants at the Third Women’s Bowling Championship 2018, in Jeddah on Saturday. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 21 October 2018
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Women’s Bowling Championship 2018 wraps up in Jeddah

  • Sixty-three competitors, many of them amateurs, participated in the competition which consisted of four rounds

JEDDAH: The first Women Bowling Championship in Saudi Arabia took place in October in three cities, Riyadh, Alkhobar, and Jeddah, where it finished at Ice Land Bowling Center on Saturday. Gada Nemer, 42, from Riyadh, who came first in the competition, told Arab News: “I participated in all three tournaments, in Riyadh, Alkhobar, and today in Jeddah. I won first place in Alkhobar too. “I am not a professional bowler, but I used to bowl with my kids. Two of them bowl on the national team. I am very glad to have the chance to participate in these tournaments, and look forward to future ones.”
It was the first tournament of its kind in the Kingdom, as the country is rapidly developing sporting facilities for women and increasing women’s involvement in sports by making reforms that have included allowing physical education for schoolgirls and opening female-only gyms. Sixty-three competitors, many of them amateurs, participated in the competition which consisted of four rounds. All competitors took part in the first round, 33 made it into the second round and 16 qualified for the third.
Participants were between 11 and 56 years of age. Nemer received a cash prize of SR5,000 ($1,335) and those in second and third place received SR3,000 and SR2,000 respectively.
The last round had the best three competitors competing for first place with Nemer winning first prize, followed by Meshael Alabdulwahed (second) and Wissam Al-Harbi (third).

Growing interest
Bowling is still a growing sport for women in Saudi Arabia. The first female bowling team officially registered in the Saudi Bowling Federation, and the Eastern Province bowling team is only seven months old, according to Dr. Razan Baker, member of the board of directors and head of media and women’s participation at the federation.
Baker told Arab News: “We were surprised by the excitement of the participants. The numbers were beyond our expectations.
“Many participants would like to become professional bowlers. With this high turnout I expect bowling centers to start supporting new female bowling teams.”
Abeer Abdulmalik, from Al-Qassim, participated in the tournament. Although she is new to bowling, she made it to the third round.
“I never bowled before in my life, and I did not prepare myself for the game. I am surprised and happy with what I scored, although I was hoping to be in the final round,” she told Arab News. “I would like to take part in future championships.”
Aminah Khan, who participated in the tournament with her two sisters, told Arab News: “I came here for fun, and to try my luck before I go to my midterm exam.”
Khan did not make it to the second round, but said she would start working to improve her skills and take bowling more seriously as a sport.
The championship was organized by the Saudi Bowling Federation, the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, and General Sports Authority, and in partnership with Arab News as the exclusive English media partner for the event.