[Dateline: New York | Author: DPA]
The General Assembly designated 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in its resolution 32/40 B of 2 December 1977 (A/RES/32/40 B).
The date of 29 November was chosen because on that day in 1947, the General Assembly adopted resolution 181 (II), known as the Partition Resolution, which provided for the establishment in Palestine of a “Jewish State” and an “Arab State,” with Jerusalem as a corpus separatum (separated body) under a special international regime [(A/RES/181(II)].
Of the two States to be created under this resolution, only one, Israel, has so far come into being.
The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People provides an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine is still unresolved.
In New York, the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People will hold a special meeting in observance of the Solidarity Day on Monday, 24 November 2008, in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at 10:30 a.m.
The invited speakers include the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General, the President of the Security Council, a representative of Palestine, the Chairman of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territory.
Other speakers are representatives of several intergovernmental organizations, and a civil society representative. The meeting will be webcast.
Other events in New York on 24 November, sponsored by the Committee, include a screening of a film entitled La terre parle arabe ("The Land Speaks Arabic") in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium at 1 p.m.
At 6 p.m. there will be an opening ceremony for a Palestinian photo exhibit entitled: “The Palestinians: 60 years of struggle and enduring hope,” at the north-east corner of the Public Lobby of the General Assembly Building.
The exhibition will feature a collection made available by Anne Paq, a freelance French photographer based in Bethlehem. The exhibit is presented by the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations under the auspices of the Committee. All United Nations delegates and staff members are welcome to participate in the events.