On the 29th of November 1947 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution No.181 which stated that Palestine that was under the British mandate is to be partitioned. The original idea was that partition would be a solution to the conflict which had arisen as a result of several waves of Jewish immigration before and after the Second World War. In what had once been a territory with a large Arab Palestinians majority, the resolution divided it into two states, with 55% of the land given to the quickly expanding Jewish minority.
When the war dust settled by 1948 the Jewish minority had seized 78% of the Palestine and the State of Israel was declared on the rubbles of some 500 Palestinian villages that were erased and the suffering of 750,000 Palestinians who were ethnically cleansed and became refugees to mark the Palestinian Catastrophe( Nakba). Today the Palestinian population counts 11 millions and are scattered allover the world, including in Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the surrounding Arab states and other countries.
This catastrophe (Nakba) was followed by occupying the remaining (22%) of the Palestinian territories in 1967. This is now being heavily colonized by some 220 Israeli settlements and outposts with mass land grabbing and the construction of bypass roads for the settlers and the Apartheid Wall, leaving only 12% of Historic Palestine for the Palestinians. This policy of changing facts on the ground, that are all illegal under international Law, will make the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to have their own state looks impossible.
In 1977 the UN called for the annual observance of the 29th of November as the International Day of solidarity with the Palestinian people. In December 2005, the UN General Assembly requested from the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Division for Palestinian Rights, as part of the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 29 November, to continue to organize an annual exhibit on Palestinian rights or a cultural event in cooperation with the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the UN. It also encouraged Member States to continue to give the widest support and publicity to the observance of this Solidarity day.
On the International Solidarity Day with the Palestine People, the Joint Advocacy Initiative(JAI) of the East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine is calling for stopping the policy of double standard when dealing with the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories. JAI encourages its partners, friends, groups, organizations concerned all over the world to take a series of influential actions to advocate for the restoration of the rights of the Palestinians as stated in the international law and work for peace with justice.