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International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is annually observed on November 29. The day is also known as Solidarity Day.

November 29 is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, also known as Solidarity Day.
November 29 is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, also known as Solidarity Day.
This illustration is based on artwork from ©iStockphoto.com/Joel Carillet & ©iStockphoto.com/Benoit Roussseau

What Do People Do?

Special meetings may be held to observe Solidarity Day in some UN offices, councils, government bodies and organizations that have a special interest in the issues encompassing the event.  The day may also be publicized through newspapers, magazines, radio and television news, and online media.  Some topics that may be publicized or discussed include the status and plight of Palestinian refugees, as well as general information on Palestinian culture and society.

Public Life

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine (resolution 181 (II)). On December 2, 1977, it was recorded that the assembly called for the annual observance of November 29 as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (A/RES/32/40 B). On December 1, 2003, the assembly encouraged member states to continue to provide support and publicity to observe the day. So the day was observed on December 1 in 2003.

The assembly also requested that the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat should continue to organize an annual exhibit on Palestinian rights or a cultural event with the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations.

Symbols

The UN logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, inscribed in a wreath consisting of crossed conventionalized branches of the olive tree. The olive branches symbolize peace and the world map depicts the area of concern to the UN in achieving its main purpose, peace and security. The projection of the map extends to 60 degrees south latitude, and includes five concentric circles.

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010MonNov 29International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian PeopleUnited Nations observance
2011TueNov 29International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian PeopleUnited Nations observance
2012ThuNov 29International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian PeopleUnited Nations observance
2013FriNov 29International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian PeopleUnited Nations observance
2014SatNov 29International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian PeopleUnited Nations observance
2015SunNov 29International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian PeopleUnited Nations observance
2016TueNov 29International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian PeopleUnited Nations observance
2017WedNov 29International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian PeopleUnited Nations observance
2018ThuNov 29International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian PeopleUnited Nations observance
2019FriNov 29International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian PeopleUnited Nations observance
2020SunNov 29International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian PeopleUnited Nations observance

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