The Palestinians Abroad conference began in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Saturday morning, attended by thousands of members of the Palestinian diaspora and their supporters, representing a wide variety of backgrounds from across the political spectrum.
Since their calamity in 1948, the Palestinians, inside Palestine and abroad, carried the burden of their cause endeavoring to liberate their land and returning to it, and claiming their right of self determination according to their choices.
With all the developments that occurred after, especially after the Zionist occupation on the rest of the Palestinian territories in 1967, national activism and freedom fighting escalated among our people. The Palestinians abroad carried a massive share of the cause’s burden, and they continued to do so until the Zionist occupation to Lebanon in 1982, where their role was significantly affected by the exit of Palestinian resistance from Beirut at that time.
Goals of the conference
- Affirming our right of liberation and self determination and the role of Palestinian abroad in achieving it.
- Affirming the right of return for refugees and working on achieving it.
- Taking political actions to claim civil and human rights of our people.
- Building and strengthening the unity of the political stance of the Palestinian people abroad.
Political Contexts of the Conference
First Pivot: The Palestinian Cause
It is concerned with the Palestinian cause as a national cause, and as a means to achieving full legitimate rights of the Palestinian people including establishing their state and returning to their homeland and maintaining their right of self determination by using all legitimate means and methods.
The Second Pivot
It includes the right of return from legal, political and public aspects, the political, human and civil rights of the Palestinian people in Diaspora, and working on achieving it within the frame work of a national projects on the path of liberation and return.
The Third Pivot: Involvement / Participation
Involving all Palestinian people, forces and institutions in decision making in order to achieve effective and influential political role for all of them as well as contributing in preserving the national identity and their right to work for their cause without any hurdles or impediments. We also seek to activate the role of the Palestinian communities scattered around the world to protect their national identity and cause. Additionally, we aim at launching programs and projects that serve the above mentioned titles and secure political support to achieve it.
The conference calls for:
– Solidarity with the Palestinian people and solidarity with those in Jerusalem
– The right for return for all Palestinians after nearly 70 years of exile
– Solidarity with Palestinian women and recognition of their efforts in being the foundation of the Palestinian cause
– The Palestinian diaspora to unite
– Solidarity with Gaza and the end of the siege
The conference reaffirms:
– The Palestinian right to return
– The importance in the role of the Palestinian diaspora in actualising a Palestinian state
– The rights of the Palestinian people and the legitimacy of resistance against Israeli aggression