The PPRC weekly rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square this Friday, at 5:00 p.m., will join with the Islamic Center of Portland to observe November 29, declared by the United Nations as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. "In addition to this day of solidarity with the Palestinian people, this Friday is the convergence of the first day of Chanukah, "Buy Nothing Day" and the lighting of the city's Christmas tree at Pioneer Courthouse Square," said Will Seaman, a volunteer with the PPRC.
In 1977, the General Assembly called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (resolution 32/40 B). On that day, in 1947, the Assembly had adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine (resolution 181 (II)).
On 3 December 2001, the Assembly noted the action taken by Member States to observe the Day, and requested them to continue to give it the widest possible publicity (resolution 56/34).
Reaffirming that the United Nations had a permanent responsibility with respect to the question of Palestine until it was resolved in a satisfactory manner in accordance with international legitimacy, the Assembly, on 3 December 2001, authorized the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to continue to promote the exercise of these rights, to adjust its work programme in the light of developments, and to emphasize the need to mobilize support and assistance for the Palestinian
people (resolution 56/33). The Committee was requested to continue to cooperate with Palestinian and other NGOs in mobilizing international support for the achievement by the Palestinian people of its rights, and for a peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine.
"We're in for an exciting afternoon and evening of holiday cheer, celebration of faiths, and community activism."
"To mark this first day of Chanukah, Portland's Jews for Global Justice will be holding a special contemporary ceremony at 4:00 p.m.," said Seaman. "So we will have a very hopeful coming together of many faiths at the Square,
diverse peoples sharing the hope for justice and freedom for the Palestinian people, and for a peaceful future for all of humankind." The city menorah at Pioneer Courthouse Square will be lit earlier in the afternoon at 3:00 p.m.. The general public is invited to take part in all of the events at Pioneer Courthouse Square this Friday, starting with the 3:00 p.m. lighting of the city menorah and culminating in the lighting of the Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m..
"Buy Nothing Day" is a protest against commercialism started by the Canadian culture-jammers group, Adbusters. Each year the protest targets the day after Thanksgiving, the busiest shopping day of the year and the Christmas commercialism frenzy.
"We'll be marking a wonderful convergence of faiths, cultures and social activism this Friday in Portland's living room," said Seaman. "And we are looking forward to the spirit of Peace on Earth and Good Will Towards all
People inspiring all who join us in celebrating the holiday season."