August 5, 2011

Youth and Peace forces demand recognition of Palestine now!

WFDY Poster in Solidarity with Palestine

Common Statement of the World Peace Council (WPC) and the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) on the recognition of the independent State of Palestine

The World Peace Council and the World Federation of Democratic Youth are uniting their voices with the hundreds of millions of peace loving people, the Youth and Students in all corners of the world, in solidarity with the people of Palestine which is suffering a slow genocide under the occupation of its territories.

The case of the ongoing occupation of Palestine by the Israeli regime constitutes a crime against humanity and a flagrant provocation against the thousands who suffered and struggled heroically for the noble goal of freedom and justice. Despite the many concessions made from Palestinian side during the years in order to find a viable and just solution, the governments of Israel and the current one, refuse to accept the right of the Palestinian People for their independent State alongside Israel.

We express our sincere and full-hearted solidarity with the Palestinian men and women, the youth and the students in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem in their desire to end the humiliation, the discrimination and the occupation. We condemn the support US imperialism is giving throughout the years to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the hypocritical policy of the E.U. which is keeping “equal distance” from the aggressors and the victims.

We consider it to be the high time to have this year in September the recognition of the independent State of Palestine within the borders of 4 th June 1967 and with East Jerusalem as its capital.

We call upon the Member States of the UN to adopt in the General Assembly this proposal and the United Nations as such, to proceed with the necessary steps toensure this demand which is being embraced by the vast majority of the nations in the world. We underline our demands for the release of all Palestinian political prisoners from Israeli jails and the right for Palestinian refugees for their return according to the UN Resolution 194. We furthermore salute the peace loving forces inside Israel who struggle sideby side with the Palestinians for their just cause and reiterate our solidarity to all peoples in the region who are struggling against imperialism, its mechanisms and policies.

Lastly we underline our categorical rejection to the foreign occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and to the ongoing imperialist aggression against the people of Libya as well as against any foreign intervention in the internal affairs of the countries of the region. The peoples have the sovereign right to determine and fight for their freedom, democracy and social justice.

Under this light WFDY and the WPC will undertake a common initiative and organize a solidarity mission to Palestine during September 18-22, 2011 to meet with Youth and Peace organizations in order to express our strong support to the campaign for the recognition of the independent State of Palestine and our concrete solidarity with the peoples under occupation.

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