RAMALLAH, Wednesday, July 31, 2019 (WAFA) - The Socialist International (SI), which concluded today its conference held in Ramallah, affirmed its solidarity and stand by the Palestinian people in facing the American "deal of the century", which is aimed at liquidating the Palestinian cause, according to Nabil Shaath, advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas on International Relations and Vice President of SI.
Shaath said in a telephone interview with WAFA that the participants in the conference unanimously condemned the violations and crimes of the Israeli occupying power against the Palestinian people, including killings, arrests, home demolitions and expansion of the illegal Israeli settlements, and affirmed the right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state on the 4 June 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
He pointed out that the conference was held specifically to support the struggle of the Palestinian people against the Israeli occupation and “all conspiracies” aimed at the liquidation of the Palestinian cause, explaining the importance of positions issued by members of the Socialist International, particularly since some of them govern in their countries.
"The convening of the conference in Palestine with the participation of dozens of the ruling Socialist parties and the opposition from different countries of the world serves as an important international support for the Palestinian people and their leadership at this difficult stage in which the Palestinian issue is facing the most dangerous liquidation plans," Shaath said.
He noted that the Israeli Meretz Party participated in the conference and approved all the decisions contained in its final communique.
"The Palestinian issue has been on the agenda and events of the Socialist International since its inception in 1951, which re-affirmed during its conferences all international resolutions related to Palestine," said Shaath.
He noted that Fatah becoming a full member in the SI in 2011 and with the National Initiative and the Popular Struggle Front joining it have contributed to great deal in introducing the Palestinian narrative and position from various developments, which prompted SI to adopt dozens of important decisions on Palestine.
Shaath said that the most important decisions of SI were to invite its members to play a role with their governments to unconditionally recognize the state of Palestine on the borders of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, in addition to its clear position on Israeli settlement activities in the Palestinian territories, which it said constitute a flagrant violation of international law and an obstacle to peace.
Socialist International is a political organization with 162 member organizations and political parties from around the world.