Cindy and Craig Corrie, whose daughter Rachel was killed in Gaza by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003 will be in Abbotsford, B.C. on Saturday, November 26th. They will be among the many featured speakers at an all-day “Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” to be held at the University of the Fraser Valley. Read more…
November 29th marks the date on which in 1947, the UN voted to partition British mandate Palestine, giving a little more than half of it to create a new Jewish State mostly for European Jews. The remainder was to be an Arab state. Thirty years later, in 1977, with the creation of the Arab state still unfulfilled and with Israel occupying now all of mandate Palestine, the United Nations General Assembly called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
At the time of the original UN vote, there were only 57 members of the United Nations. While all the countries in the region, including non-Arab Greece and India, voted against it, Western countries like the USA, Britain and Canada were dominant and the vote passed easily. (Ironically, Palestine did not have a vote as it was a British colony at the time.)
However, by 1977, UN membership had grown to 149, including many developing countries. Today there are almost 200 member states. It seems highly unlikely many of those new states, themselves former European colonies, would have approved the original plan to divide Palestine in two..
The UN encourages all member states to give the widest support and publicity to the observance of the International Day of Solidarity. For the last 39 years, solidarity events have been taking place across Canada and around the globe.
One such event will take place on Saturday November 26th in Abbotsford, British Columbia. A coalition of civil society groups in the BC town is organizing a Day of Solidarity at the University of the Fraser Valley.
The keynote speakers are Cindy and Craig Corrie whose daughter, human rights activist Rachel Corrie, was crushed to death in 2003 by an Israeli military bulldozer as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home in Gaza. Motivated by their daughter’s example, the Corries established the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice. The Corries are currently leading an interfaith delegation in the West Bank and Gaza. They will speak of their experiences.
In addition to the Corries, other speakers will include representatives from Independent Jewish Voices, and the Palestinian Canadian community.
Canada Talks Israel Palestine (CTIP) spoke to Colter Louwerse, one of the organizers of the event about what they hoped to achieve. Here is a short video of that conversation
More information can be found at the event’s Facebook site.
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