As the world marks the 76th anniversary of the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine, Resolution 181, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to challenge the international community. The plan, passed on November 29, 1947, proposed the partition of the British Mandate of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states. However, the path towards peace in the region remains tumultuous, fraught with political, historical, and social complexities.
Remembering the U.N. Partition Plan
On Wednesday, November 29, 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed Resolution 181 by a vote of 33-13 with 10 abstentions and one absentee. Israel's U.N. ambassador, Gilad Erdan, is set to launch an exhibition at the U.N. headquarters in New York. The exhibition, displaying photos of meetings during the Holocaust between Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini, is intended to highlight the continuation of antisemitic ideologies by the Hamas group in Gaza.
Pushback Against Anti-Israel Resolutions
Simultaneously, Palestinians and their supporters plan to hold a solidarity event at the U.N. headquarters and attempt to pass a series of anti-Israel resolutions. However, following the October 7 massacre, many European nations have expressed their inability to support these resolutions due to fears of escalating tensions and radicalization. The U.N. Security Council is also scheduled to discuss the war in Gaza, led by China, the council's current president.
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
The U.N. commemorates the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People every November 29. This year, the U.N. marked this occasion with an exhibit titled "Palestine: A Land with People", showcasing the Palestinian Nakba, their forced displacement, and subsequent refugee status. The exhibit counters the narrative of "a land without people for a people without land", often used to justify the occupation of Palestine.
Global Solidarity Movements
Across the globe, from Johannesburg to Uganda, groups of activists, political parties, trade unions, and human rights defenders are mobilizing to express solidarity with Palestinians and call for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. However, the road towards lifting the Israeli occupation and fulfilling the rights of Palestinian people, including national independence and sovereignty, remains long and full of obstacles.