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Centre in UK Honors UN Rapporteur on Palestine, Richard Falk
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, October 28, 2013
Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) hosted an event in honor of Professor
Richard Falk, the current UN rapporteur on Palestine.
Professor Falk was met by a packed audience and a host of speakers who
all paid tribute to him for the tremendous service and commitment over the
years for the just cause of the Palestinians.
Ambassador, Manuel Hassassian, Former Labor Minister, Claire Short, Jeremy
Corbyn MP, Mr. Majdi Aqeel, PRC board of Trustees, Vice chairman of PRC
Board of Trustees and Ziad al alool, Chairman of the Palestinian Forum of
Britain, applauded the Professor in their brief statements.
Falk, currently serving his last term as UN rapporteur, engrossed the
audience with reflective comments on the ongoing occupation of Palestine. He
emphasized the disastrous imbalance between the parties and cited the fact
that Palestinians made their biggest concession, by recognizing Israel
within 1967 borders and ended their claim to historic Palestine. This was a
monumental concession and a monumental opportunity that should have been met
with similar reciprocity. But instead, Israel continued its policy of
colonialism and ethnic cleansing.
He went on to lament the
fact that time is not politically neutral for Palestinians as with every
moment Israel continues to strengthen its grip on Palestine while stripping
Palestinians from more of their rights.
He perceptively noted that
Israel has made tremendous gains from two strands of its grand strategy:
politics of fragmentation and the politics of deflection. Israel uses
fragmentation to internally divide, weaken and make Palestine pliant for
Israeli occupation and rule and deflection is used internationally to repel
attention from Israeli crimes to other issues global issues.
extremely proud to have hosted such an event in honoring a global figure and
a moral authority who, in the face of tremendous campaign against his good
name, is unwavering in exposing the grave human rights abuse in Palestine”,
said Mr Al Zeer, general director of PRC.
The event ended with
presentation of an award from the PRC and the Palestinian community in UK
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