Harare – UNIC joined the Embassy of the State of Palestine and the international community in commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the People of Palestine.
The commemoration was held at Mutare Polytechnic College, 300 kilometres east of Harare.
The event started with the singing of the national anthems of Zimbabwe and Palestine. This was followed by the reading of a statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of this day by UNIC Officer-in-Charge, Tafadzwa Mwale. In his statement, the Secretary-General said the “establishment of a Palestine State, living in peace next to a secure Israel is long overdue.
“The need to resolve this conflict has taken on greater urgency with the historic transformation taking place across the region. I call on the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to show courage and determination to seek an agreement for a two-State solution that can open up a brighter future for Palestinian and Israeli children. Such a solution must end the occupation that began in 1967, and meet legitimate security concerns. Jerusalem must emerge from negotiations as the capital of two States, with arrangements for the holy sites acceptable to all. And a just and agreed solution must be found for millions of Palestinian refugees scattered around the region,” he said.
The Secretary-General urged the international community to help steer the Palestinian situation towards a historic peace agreement.
The Ambassador of the State of Palestine His Excellency Hashem Dajani gave his speech which was followed a Palestinian Dress Fashion show. The Guest speaker at this event was the Governor for Manicaland Province Christopher Mushowe.
The highlight of this event was the screening of a Palestinian Documentary film, entitled “Our story” which describes the Palestinian situation from 1948 to the present. The documentary gives special emphasis to the Apartheid Wall and the evolution of the Israeli apartheid system.
The day’s events were capped by an exhibition of photographs of Palestine by Majdi Hadid.