Lebanon Commemorates the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Today, in commemoration of the International Day for Solidarity with Palestinian People, observed on November 29 every year, the Lebanese Palestinian Dialogue Committee (LPDC) in partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) launched today a cultural exhibition titled “Palestinian Moments” at the Beirut Souks in Downtown Beirut.

“Palestinian Moments” is centered on the concept of time: the Solidarity Day is an occasion for the world to show its solidarity with the Palestinian people, and the exhibition is a testimony of the time that has passed, showing moments of inspiration, despair, destruction, and the lives of Palestinian people through years of displacement.

It features the moments that Palestinians have lived and still go through, in the refugee camps and areas of displacement, from the struggle for rights, to the artistic expression of beauty, suffering and resilience.

The exhibition expresses support for and solidarity with the Palestinian people, provides support to the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, and raises awareness about the situation of the Palestinian people, their struggle and their identity. 

It is a stark testimony to the many challenges that generations of Palestinians have faced and bears witness to incredible resilience in the face of adversity.

Dr Hassan Mneimneh, President of the LPDC, welcomed the attendees and emphasized the solidarity of the Lebanese population with Palestine refugees. “Today, in this public space, and in the heart of Beirut City, we emphasize the rights of Palestine refugees and people to return to their homeland and keeping the memory alived” he said.

“Today is a day to showcase the world’s solidarity with Palestinian people and to highlight the moments in their lives that have forged their identity, resilience and determination.  It is also a day to reiterate UNRWA’s ongoing support and solidarity with Palestine refugees and an occasion to express appreciation for the generosity of the Lebanese people with Palestine refugees. Lebanon continues to be a haven for people fleeing violence and war” said UNRWA Director a.i. Hakam Shahwan.

Ms. Rima Khalaf, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia said “Proclaiming the day that marks the adoption of the partition plan as a day of solidarity with the Palestinian people is an implicit recognition by the international community of the injustice that has befallen this people since that day.”

“This exhibition provides a snapshot of the plight and suffering of the Palestinian people, but also their steadfastness, ingenuity, and determination to lead dignified lives and restore their rights” she said.

This event was made possible through the efforts of multiple partners among them the Swiss embassy in Beirut, Visualizing Palestine, The Union of Arab Photographers, the artist Abdul Rahman Katanani, and several Palestinian NGOS in Lebanon…

Background Information 

The General Assembly resolution 32/40B of 2 December 1977 called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. 

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