07 June 2015
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29.11.1981
The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is organised each year on November 29 recognising the need for the greatest possible dissemination of information on the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and on the efforts of the international community to promote attainment of these rights. The celebration attracts and focuses world attention on the struggle of the Palestinian people and demonstrates international solidarity with their cause. The Palestinian people are inheritors of one of the world’s oldest civilisations. In fact, the name Palestine derives from “Philistines’” one of the three peoples that inhabited the ancient land of Canaan more than 4,000 years ago.
In 1980, India accorded diplomatic status to the Palestine Liberation Organisation which is the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. In 1980 also, the Chairman of the PLO, Mr. Yaser Arafat, visited India. In supporting the Palestinian struggle, India stands tied to the principles and ideals which have been the vital part of our own ethos. The Palestinians are now a people in exile. But they are by no means bereft of hope. Under the leadership of the PLO, they are firm in their resolve to recover their legitimate and inalienable rights. The fulfillment of their aspirations is only a matter of time.
The stamp, designed by Badar Makhmoor, shows the flags of India and Palestine Liberation Organisation.