Tuesday, June 26, 2012

International Refugee Day 2012

House of Commons, The British Parliament

Room No. 12, International Refuge Day: Palestine Refugees Issue at British Parliament

The meeting commences:

Sir Gerald Kaufmann, MP Manchester, hosts the event.
Tells us that the newspaper 'The Jewish Chronicle' writes about this meeting saying 'Hamas gets a hearing in House of Commons'!! Jokes, and asks the hamas amongst us to stand up!

Mohammed Al Hamid (Chair of PRC board of Trustees) 'No one chooses to be a refugee'.

Dr Arafat Shoukri, Director of the Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR), talks of 'Right of Return'

Dr. Tariq Tahboob (Association of Palestinian Doctors in Europe) delivers a compelling speech and sings 'We Shall Overcome Someday'. Inshaallah!

Andrew Love, Labour and Co-operative Party Member of Parliament for Edmonton, talks of how there is hope that Lebanese authorities are considering review of conditions and rights of Palestinian Refugees.

Ms. Linda Ransom, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (http://www.icahd.org/), provided astounding statistics, 536 villages were destroyed in 1947, 26 million palestinian homes have been demolished since 1964...

A palestinian now living in Manchester tells the story of the one time he went to visit his family home in Tel Aviv

An Irish supporter of Palestinian Cause - says the Irish need not go to Gaza to understand their plight, they know it since they tasted it in the past. People of Ireland prevailed, People of Cyprus Prevailed and People of Palestine shall also Prevail. Solidarity with Palestine.

An israeli supporter who thought 'palestinians in refugee camps do not want their situation to change, since if 'right to return' was assured then UN and its relief would be pulled out, which they don't desire'.
Andy Slaughter, Member of Parliament for Hammersmith

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP for Islington North, says the way to peace is only thru justice. And admits that due to Balfour Declaration of 1917, UK had special responsibilities.

A palestinian girl, now residing in UK talks of her family in Gaza. 'We exist, whether you recognize or not. We shall be free. Justice shall prevail, whether you like it or not'.

A palestinian from the Shatila camp in Lebanon speaking about his experience

Speaks about Arabs and how Religions like Judaism, Christianity and Islam were born in his soil.

1 comment:

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