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[02 Jun 2012]

With the participation of the Chairman of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN


The Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and the Peace in the Middle East MPPM) held on June 2, in the Auditorium Armando Guebuza of Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, in Lisbon, an International Seminar on "The Question of Palestine and the Peace in the Middle East".

On the occasion, visited us at the invitation of our Movement, a delegation of the United Nations composed of Ambassador Abdou Salam Diallo, Ambassador of Senegal to the United Nations and Chairman of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN, and by Mrs. Eleonore Kopera, responsible for the Political Affairs at the Division for Palestinian Rights of the United Nations.

In the morning, the delegation of the United Nations was received in the Parliament by members from all parliamentarian groups, to whom it explained the work of the UN in defense of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people - self-determination; independence and sovereignty; return of refugees with recovery of their properties -, commented on the present situation and the risk of the settlement expansion derailing the two-state solution advocated by the United Nations, and called on Portugal to support the admission of Palestine to the United Nations.

The seminar, held in the afternoon, was directed by the President of MPPM, actress and theater director Maria do Céu Guerra, and the participants were greeted by the Dean of the University, Prof. Mário Moutinho.

General Ramalho Eanes, former President of the Republic, sent a message that was read by Maria do Céu Guerra.

Intervened, then: Ambassador Abdou Salam Diallo; Ambassador Riyad Mansour; Dr. Silas Cerqueira, Investigator and Secretary for International Relations of the MPPM; Prof. Dr. Pedro Pereira Leite, Professor at Universidade Lusófona and Investigator at CES, Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra; Colonel Carlos Matos Gomes, Army Official in reserve and José Manuel Goulão, Journalist.

Dr. Carlos Almeida, researcher and member of the National Directorate of MPPM, closed the works by reading the following statement:

On 29 November 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 181 providing for the creation of two states in Palestine under the British mandate territory: an Arab state and a Jewish state. A few months later, was proclaimed the State of Israel. But six and a half decades later, the Palestinians are still awaiting the recognition of their independent state.

Throughout sixty-five years followed up massacres, ethnic cleansing, destruction of houses and fields, plunder, wars. Israel occupied the whole of Palestinian territories and neighboring Arab countries. Millions of Palestinians today comprise the largest refugee community in the world, in many cases living in miserable conditions. Promises, business processes, agreements ensued. UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions pledged respect for the national rights of the Palestinian people and the return of refugees. But these resolutions remained on paper. On the Palestinian side were made concessions on concessions. The right to existence and security of the State of Israel was recognized. It was accepted that the future Palestinian state would only occupy one fifth of the territory of Palestine. But not even so did the Palestinian state emerge. With the permanent connivance of the United States and other major powers, Israel continues the occupation and the building of new settlements in the occupied territory. Despite the condemnation of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Israel lifted the shameful apartheid wall that divides the Palestinian territories. The military assault on the civilian population of Gaza in 2008 clearly shows that to power in Israel, barbaric violence is the only way to "dialogue." Thousands of Palestinians are still imprisoned in Israeli jails, including parliamentarians and political leaders. The recent hunger strike, which imposed a setback to the government of Israel, faced a general wall of silence in the so called "international community", and the situation of Palestinian prisoners, despite the imposed setback, continues to claim the world's attention, by violating all humanitarian norms of international law.

In 2011, the Palestinian Authority sought that Palestine be accepted as a full member of the United Nations. The announcement by the U.S. that it would use its right of veto prevented any approval in the Security Council. The consideration of the case in the General Assembly drags on with no end in sight. Today there is not even the fiction of a negotiation process. The stagnation in seeking a solution to the Palestinian question contradicts the spirit in which was created the United Nations Organization and the principles of its Charter.

The situation of the Palestinian people is an affront to all humanity, to international law, to the inalienable right of peoples to self-determination. But it is also a threat to peace in the entire region, as evidenced by six and a half decades of history. There can be no peace in the Middle East without a just and lasting settlement of the Palestinian question. Nor will there be just and lasting settlement of the Palestinian issue without peace in the Middle East. The current escalation of threats, open or covert aggression, betting on acts of war, will only lead to the drama that the Palestinian people live for decades becoming the drama of all the peoples of the region. As has been proven by the facts, with each new war, more countries are destroyed, lives cut short, refugee camps are filled, and the problems that allegedly motivate them, far from being resolved, only get worse. It is imperative and urgent to halt the rush to war and aggression, and the appetites of imperialist domination over the region and its vast energy resources.

The Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and Peace in the Middle East (MPPM), following the International Seminar on "The Question of Palestine and the Peace in the Middle East", which it organized in Lisbon on June 2, 2012,

  • appeals to the Portuguese people and their social and political organizations, to raise their voice in defense of peace in the Middle East, the political solution of the conflicts, the satisfaction of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, redoubling their solidarity at all levels .
  • demands that the Portuguese government meets the constitutional requirements to which it is bound and defend the principles of peaceful coexistence, the refusal of war in international relations, respect for the sovereignty of all countries. In particular, demands that the Portuguese government - which now occupies a seat on the UN Security Council - vote for the recognition of Palestine as a UN member-state and promote, in all forums, a coherent and consistent policy favorable to full accomplishment of the national rights of the Palestinian people and peace in the Middle East.

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[17 May 2012]



The announcement that the Israeli authorities were forced to accept the end of the "administrative detention", the end of the containment isolation in prison and visits from family members of detainees, among other claims, means the success of the fair and courageous struggle of thousands of Palestinian political prisoners, who conducted a hunger strike in Israeli jails.

Given the strength of Palestinian political prisoners and the growing solidarity with their heroic struggle, the Israeli authorities were forced to yield.

However, as history sadly demonstrates, there are so many agreements signed by the Israeli authorities with the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority and Israel as those they do not fulfill.

As pointed out, the struggle of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails illustrates the tragedy of the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation, the crushing of their identity and of the fulfillment of their legitimate rights.

In fact, without the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails there will not be a just solution to the Palestinian question.

In solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle, the signatory organizations took the following position, which is open for subscription, and that was delivered to the embassy of Israel on May 17, in a public ceremony attended by the representatives of the underwriters and many people sympathetic to the cause of the Palestinian people:

The hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails was a cry of alarm about the condition of the martyred Palestinian people.

With their courageous actions, more than two thousand Palestinian prisoners denounced the violence of Israeli occupation and their determination to continue the struggle for the realization of their legitimate rights.

About 5,000 Palestinian prisoners, many of them imprisoned for years without having been pronounced against them a single charge, are subject to inhumane and undignified conditions, isolation, sometimes for years, the ban on family visits or their own lawyers , beatings, torture and blackmail.

The health status of many Palestinian prisoners - some having gone beyond seventy days of starvation - is extremely serious.

The condition of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails illustrates the tragedy of the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation, the violence of an everyday life made of systematic repression, of continuous dispossession of land, of destruction of houses and fields, of expulsions, of the continuous expansion of settlements, of the meticulous application of a policy aimed at crushing their identity and the suppression of their rights, namely the constitution of a state in the territories occupied in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and a just solution to the situation Palestinian refugees.

Thus, the signatory organizations:

- Express their solidarity with Palestinian prisoners who carried out the hunger strike and, through them, with all the Palestinian victims of Israeli occupation

- Demand from of the Portuguese sovereign bodies a firm and determined action to blame Israel for the situation of Palestinian prisoners and requiring compliance by that state with the principles and norms of international and humanitarian rights that is required by its condition as  of the United Nations

- Appeal to the Portuguese public opinion to be mobilized in the denunciation of the crimes of the Israeli occupation and assert its solidarity with the people and the Palestinian political prisoners, fighting for their liberation

- Decide to promote a public act of solidarity for delivery of that decision, on 17 May, at the Israeli Embassy in Lisbon.

Lisbon, May 15, 2012

Subscribing Organizations:

Associação de Intervenção Democrática - ID

Associação dos Agricultores do Distrito de Lisboa

Casa do Alentejo

Colectivo Mumia Abu-Jamal

Confederação Geral dos Trabalhadores Portugueses - Intersindical Nacional

Confederação Portuguesa das Colectividades de Cultura Recreio e Desporto

Conselho Português para a Paz e Cooperação

Ecolojovem - Os Verdes

Federação dos Sindicatos de Agricultura, Alimentação, Bebidas, Hotelaria e Turismo de Portugal

Interjovem - CGTP/IN

Juventude Comunista Portuguesa

Movimento Democrático de Mulheres

Movimento pelos Direitos do Povo Palestino e pela Paz no Médio Oriente

Sindicato dos Trabalhadores Civis das Forças Armadas

Sindicato dos Trabalhadores do Comércio, Escritórios e Serviços de Portugal

União de Resistentes Antifascistas Portugueses

União dos Sindicatos de Lisboa - CGTP/IN

Voz do Operário

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[15 May 2012]


MPPM and CPPC jointly promoted the celebration of the 64th anniversary of Nakba at a public meeting held today, at the bookstore Ler Devagar.

Ambassador Mufeed Shami, the Palestinian diplomatic representative in Portugal, Carlos Almeida, member of the National Directorate of MPPM, and José Baptista Alves, Vice President of the National Directorate of CPPC, were the speakers at the well attended meeting.

The Nakba, which means catastrophe in Arabic, is commemorated annually on May 15, to mark the beginning of the tragedy that befell on the Palestinian people, persecuted, massacred and expelled from their land by the new Jewish occupants. The independence of the State of Israel proclaimed unilaterally on May 14, 1948, meant for the Palestinians the beginning of the devastation of their society, the emergence of a collective and individual drama that continues to this day. To evoke this date is an act of respect and solidarity with the courage and determination of a people who do not give up their dignity and that resist and keep alive the struggle for their inalienable rights.

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