Statement from the Global Palestinian Refugees Network and BADIL
The international Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People Must Not Whitewash Our Stolen rights
The Partition Plan of Palestine Is Still Illegitimate
In 1977, the United Nations transformed the anniversary of the Partition Plan for Palestine, Resolution No. 181 (D) of 1947, into a day of international solidarity with the Palestinian people. However, the festive activities that the United Nations annually organizes under the banner of international solidarity cover up that this is the day Palestine was illegitimately divided.
According to its founding documents and under international law, the United Nations has neither the right nor the mandate to divide a homeland or to grant part of it to any party. Further, International Humanitarian Law prohibits the occupying power from acquiring sovereignty over the territory it occupies, which remains under the sovereignty of the occupied people regardless of the duration of the occupation. Therefore, the full sovereignty over a land belongs to its people only. It cannot be transferred, in full or in part, even by means of a UN Resolution.
Today, 75 years after the illegal and illegitimate Partition Plan, the United Nations must admit that it is null and void, like the Balfour Declaration, also devoid of any legal value, instead of organizing such celebrations of solidarity intended to justify the historical crime of Israel’s colonialism. Moreover, the UN must recognize "Israel" as a colonial and apartheid regime that third states must work individually and/or jointly towards dismantling.