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The Final Statement of the 11th Palestinians in
Europe Conference in Brussels
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June 10, 2013
The 11th Palestinians in Europe
Conference ended in Brussels, on Saturday, 18th May 2013. The conference was
convened under the title, “Signs of Return is blossoming”. Thousands of
Palestinians participated in the annual event, which was attended by
delegations from various European countries. A number of Palestinian
politicians, community leaders and public figures participated in the event.
They came from locations either in the occupied Palestinian territories or
the Diaspora. European MPs, activists, journalists and representatives of
various NGOs also took part in this year’s event.
The conference was
organized by the General Secretariat of the Palestinians in Europe
Conference, the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), and the Palestinian
Assembly in Germany.
The conference reaffirmed declarations from the
previous years: London 2003, Berlin 2004, Vienna 2005, Malmo 2006, Rotterdam
2007, Copenhagen 2008, Milan 2009, Berlin 2010, Wuppertal 2011 and
Copenhagen 2012, and added new ones.
After a day of engaging
discussion, workshops, lectures and debates, the conference concluded the
1- We reaffirm our adherence to the
Right of Return for Palestinian Refugees. This right is inalienable and
non-negotiable. It can’t be vetoed, circumvented, supplanted or altered.
The Right of Return is a collective and individual right that is
irrevocable. Our people will continue their struggle until it is achieved.
2- We are proud of the struggle and resilience of
the Palestinian people who continue to make great sacrifices, 65 years after
the Nakba, against occupation and oppression for their dignity freedom and
3- We express our deep concern over the Israeli
aggressions on Jerusalem and its indigenous Palestinian residents,
especially in the light of growing deportation. We warn against the
systematic discrimination against Jerusalemites which sees them besieging in
their residential areas by settlements and the apartheid wall.
We also warn against the assault on historical Muslim and Christian sites in
4- We are proud of the sacrifice and determination shown
by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, especially their bravery against
unjust Israeli policies. The issue of Palestinian prisoners is one of our
main priorities and we ask the international community to demand an end to
5- The conference affirmed the need to intensify
efforts to face the systematic expulsion of Palestinians in the West Banka
and occupied Palestine in 1948 territories. The policy of apartheid,
segregation, annexation of land trough the illegal wall and settlements
should come to an end so people can live freely.
6- The conference
salutes the steadfastness of the people of Gaza. Despite Israeli aggression
and a long siege they remain strong. We vow to continue exposing Israel and
its crimes against the people of Gaza.
7- We condemn the call for
land swap between the state of Palestine and the Israeli regime. We warn
that such a step will jeopardize Palestinian rights and legitimatize Israeli
occupation. It also endangers the rights of Palestinians inside
occupied lands of 1948. We totally reject such plans and reaffirm our
inalienable and legitimate rights.
8- We declare our solidarity with
the Syrian people in their plight. We are extremely fearful of their future
and very concerned over the growing humanitarian crisis where thousands have
died and millions have been displaced. We also call on all sides in
Syria to refrain from dragging the Palestinian refugee into their internal
differences. The camps should always remain neutral. Humanitarian aid should
be offered to Palestinian and Syrian refugees freely without any
9- In light of the dreadful conditions that Palestinian
refugees experience in Arab countries, including those fleeing Iraq and
Syria; we call on all Arab countries to treat Palestinian refugees justly
and fairly. We invite the Arab League to investigate the extent of Arab
countries’ commitment to the Casablanca Protocols of 1965 concerning the
treatment of Palestinian refugees. This should be in accordance with their
right of return to occupied Palestine.
10- We stress the importance
of achieving National Palestinian Unity Agreement between all Palestinian
parties. This should include reforming the Palestinian Liberation
Organization (PLO). This is an indispensable building block within the
internal Palestinian community. This unity would ultimately help to protect
our national rights. Such measures will unite the Palestinian people and
enable them to face Israeli occupation. Additionally, we call for
democratic representation of the Palestinians in Europe. The conference also
calls on Palestinian parties to enforce the civil NGO work wherever the
Palestinian people exist. In this regard, we call on Europe and the
International community to respect the democratic choices made by the
11: The conference stresses historical
responsibility of Europe for the Palestinian Nakba and displacement of 1948.
Generations of Palestinian people are still paying the price of Europe’s
mistake and still Europe continues to assist in the expansion of the state
of Israel and its illegal policies. We announce our full support for
the International Campaign demanding an apology from Britain for the Balfour
declaration which marks the beginning of Palestinian suffering.
12- We commend all efforts by everyone helping the Palestinians in
challenging and confronting Israeli wars, siege and illegal practices. We
urge everyone to remain steadfast and develop these efforts that support the
Palestinian people for their fight against occupation and injustice towards
freedom, justice, human rights and a democratic Palestine.
The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC)
The Palestinian Return Centre is an independent consultancy
focusing on the historical, political and legal aspects of the Palestinian