International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People will be observed in Bangladesh and elsewhere across the world today.
This date, which was chosen because of its meaning and significance to the Palestinian people, is based on the call by the United Nations General Assembly for an annual observance of the resolution on the partition of Palestine. What has become known as the Partition Plan or the Resolution 181 (II)(link is external), intended to establish an Arab State and a Jewish State, and was adopted on November 29, 1947.
The Palestinian people have yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly, namely, the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property, from which they have been displaced.
Since 1986, UNESCO has been celebrating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People through the development of education, culture, sciences and freedom of expression.
It is also traditionally the day that the United Nations General Assembly undertakes its annual debate on the question of Palestine.