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International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Palestinian refugees following the psychological project © EC/ECHO/Maria Jose Pallares Paredes
28/11/2011  - 

Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, stated :

"On this day in 1947 the UN Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine, and in 1977 this symbolic date became "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People". I therefore take this opportunity to reiterate Europe's solidarity and support of the Palestinian people who continue to rely on humanitarian assistance.

Access remains one of the main issues for Palestinians, particularly in Gaza: access to food, access to clean water, access to healthcare, and even access to jobs. I call again for the immediate, sustained and unconditional opening of crossings for the flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods and persons – in the interest of all.

The other main concern is protection: many people, including women and children, live under the constant threat of harassment, eviction and disruption of their lives. The European Union continues to call for an end to evictions and house demolitions in occupied Palestinian territory.

We fully support the legitimate right of the Israeli people to live in peace and security but would remind the authorities that this right does not relieve Israel from its obligation to respect international humanitarian law. This said, International Humanitarian Law must be respected by all parties involved.

My heartfelt wish is that over the next few years, peaceful development and stability will be achieved, so that humanitarian aid is no longer needed. Until then, the European Union will continue to staunchly support the most vulnerable Palestinians."