At the opening of the first session of the second day of the forum, screening of a short film about the suffering of the prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons and the flagrant violations of human rights in breach of international laws and conventions. Afterwards, Coordinator of the National Campaign for the Recovery of the Bodies of Arab and Palestinian Martyrs held by the Israeli occupation, Salwa Rizkallah, said that the number of martyrs’ bodies held is more than 235.
“We started legal action to retrieve a group of martyrs several years ago, and in 2010 we were able to retrieve the body of martyr Mashhour al-Aruri after 34 years of retention,” she said. Later, a short film about the Palestinian martyr Mohammed Abu Khudair, who was kidnapped, tortured and burned alive by Israeli settlers in 2014, was shown.
As part of the forum events, a video report showing the violations by the Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian children was played. The report pointed out that since 2000, about 2031 Palestinian children have been killed according to DCI statistics, while some 10,000 Palestinian children have been arrested during these years. The largest part of them hailed from Al-Quds.
A short film about Israeli settlement in various parts of the occupied territories, especially in occupied Al-Quds and the West Bank, which confirms the Zionists’ intention to take full control over Palestine and emptying it of its people.
On the settlement issue, an activist from the occupied territories, Bakr Abdul Haq, said during the forum: “The goal of the settlements is to create large population centers in the vicinity of Palestinian cities and force the Palestinians to expand vertically, leading to a low economic level and social problems.”
He added, “There is a settlement plan extending from southeast Nablus to the area of Kafr Qasim in the West, which includes large settlement blocs and would divide the West Bank into two sections in which the occupation seeks to dissolve the Palestinian presence,” considering that what Palestinians are living today is the consequences of the American recognition that Al-Quds is the capital of “Israel”.”
Hussein Abu Khudair, the father of the martyred child, spoke at the forum describing the crime of the Israeli occupation against his son as “a brutal act that cannot be tolerated.” “If it were not for our surveillance cameras, which documented the kidnapping of my son, the case would have been brought against an unknown person,” he said, adding that there was no support for the martyr’s family during the trial.Afterwards, two short films, the first about the suffering of Palestinian refugees in the camps and the second about the 12-year siege of the Gaza Strip were shown.
In the first session as well there were contributions by a number of prominent figures that are regarded as freedom fighters for the Palestinian cause, which focused on exposing the violations of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people.
After that, the second session of the International Forum started, where Belgian volunteer Miriam de Lee said “There are problems that we are facing in Europe that is governments are trying to stop activists, so we are trying to create an environment that allows people to express their boycott of Israel,”
Founding member of the Global Campaign to Return of Palestine Dr. Haidar Daqmaq hailed the ethical Palestinian resistance against the occupation and the great efforts exerted by the civil society and NGOs around the world to support the cause.
“We have cooperated with the Christian Eastern influential figures to activate communication between Eastern and Western churches to support the cause and face the winds of destruction and chaos that plague the Arab and Islamic world,” he added.
He pointed to the need to work on programs and events that entrench the principle of struggle for Palestine.
Member of the Blacks for Palestine Foundation, Christian Davies Bailey said, “We have published a solidarity and support statement for Palestine that was signed by activists, students and political detainees. On the basis of the statement, we have developed our relationship with the Palestinians in the United States and most parts of the world,”.
“We focus in our work on building community relations between African and Arab peoples to be able to liberate from American and Zionist hegemony,” he added.
For his part, Coordinator of the Global Campaign to Return to Palestine in Latin America, Edgardo Robin Assaad, addressed the forum and talked about the necessity of establishing a media bloc that is fast in spreading news, praising the importance of working in civil society organizations and its effectiveness.
Website | For her part, Yasmine Najjar, a Palestinian girl with a prosthetic leg, spoke during the forum about her suffering as for the installation of the artificial limb because the Zionists prevented her from traveling for treatment abroad on the grounds that this poses a threat to “Israel”.
Najjar pointed out that there is a large number of people with disabilities in Palestine, who were injured as a result of successive wars in Gaza, noting that the occupation entity focused during the first intifada on targeting the eyes of children with sniper fire.
Later, Palestinian freedom fighter Wael Jodi described the day of February 26, 1988 as “an unforgettable day,” as it was the day the prime minister of “Israel” asked his soldiers to break the bones of the stone children.
Facebook | Palestinian freedom fighter Wael Jodi describes the day of February 26, 1988 as “an unforgettable day,” since it is the day the prime minister of “Israel” asked his soldiers to break the bones of the stone children.
Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Tushar Gandhi, former Union Minister Shankar Aiyar, Palestinian activist Shujaat Ali Qadri, President of All India Tanjim Ulmya Islam, Mufti Ashfaq Hussain, senior journalist Akhlak Usmani and Feroz Mithiborwala are participating in this conference from India. Shujaat Ali Qadri will be awarded for his work for Palestinian solidarity in India.