5th Palestinian Refugees' Conference concludes with right to return
The 5th Palestinian Refugees' Conference with a number of high level politicians and intellectuals from around the world recommended that joint Palestinian efforts should be coordinated at an international level, in the service of the Palestinian cause an
The one day conference aims mainly at giving a chance to Palestinians living in Europe to express their opinions and make their voices heard particularly to the Palestinian leadership and to the international community, along with asserting their rights to return to the motherland, the sponsor and Secretary General of the Conference of Palestinians refugees living in Europe Adel Abdullah said.
Thousands of pro-Palestinian protestors in Rotterdam
Thousands of pro-Palestinian protestors gathered in Rotterdam on Netherlands's Liberation Day Saturday to demonstrate against Israel, drawing parallels between the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during World War II and Israel's occupation of the West Bank.
Keynote speaker former Dutch prime minister Dries Van Agt addressed the protestors and voiced his regret over Holland's biased pro-Israeli stance and boycott of the Hamas.
"The European and Dutch boycott of Hamas is wrong and even stupid," Van Agt said. "We automatically pardon the occupier and sanction the occupied nation."
the Prime Minister Ismael Haneyeh delivered speech in the inauguration of the fifth annual conference of Palestinians in Europe gathered in Rotterdam of Holand on Saturday.
Addressing the conference on a TV screen via a satellite connection, Haneyeh thanked the Holland's ministers who requested him to join the conference" this expresses the voice of mind and conscious and solidarity with us, though ongoing embargo is still profound."
He added" such attempt fail after the elected government alongside together with the Palestinian people afforded too much burden until clinched Mecca pact for forming unity government stick firmly with inalienable rights and protect the democratic option of the Palestinian people."
Breaking the embargo a goal
Breaking the embargo is a paramount goal of government's platform, Haneyeh elaborated; underscoring "the role played by the Palestinians in Europe" we are fully aware of the big efforts played by the son of the Palestinian people in Holland and other countries in addition to the media and institutional loop."
Among other issues the government's agenda is interested with "is the Palestinian refugees right to return to their homeland and belongingness," Haneyeh said.
In his address, PM asserted the legitimate right of The Palestinian people to resist the occupation and stressed the need to preserve the Arab and Islamic depth of the Palestinian cause and that the Palestinian people is indispensable part of his nation, and commitment to protect the liberation project from the occupation in addition to building and reconstruction of havoc wrecked by the occupation.
The PM, closing his address, recalled to the memory that today (Saturday) marks Netherlands's Liberation Day of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during World War II "Rotterdam which celebrates its independence of Nazism, gives us the power to to work for our independence as we(the Palestinians ) are commorating the anniversary of Nakba," Haneyeh said.
At the end of its sessions Saturday in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, the 5th Palestinian Refugees' Conference asserted the right of return to the motherland.
A final statement by the conference said that such matter was "nonnegotiable", adding that the conference's previous recommendations should be reactivated by establishing a follow-up committee.
The conference also recommended that joint Palestinian efforts should be coordinated at an international level, in the service of the Palestinian cause.
The final statement, with 17 recommendations enclosed, requested that free and unbiased elections should take place among Palestinian refugees, especially those in Europe, urging the European Union and Parliament to help lift the "unjust" siege on the Palestinian people and its elected government.
Furthermore, the conference expressed deep concern and annoyance over the status of Palestinian refugees in Iraq, strongly denouncing violent acts targeting them in the war-torn country.
At least 21 European countries participated in the one-day event which aims mainly at giving a chance to Palestinians living in Europe to express their opinion. Last Mod: 06 Mayıs 2007, 15:30