Thousands of Palestinians from across Europe are expected to meet in Rotterdam, Holland, on Saturday for their annual conference held this year under the slogan “100 years on, a victorious nation and unbreakable determination”.
The Palestinians in Europe conference which enters its sixteenth year is expected to address a number of issues including the international right of return to Palestine, BDS as well as the present political situation in Palestine. The conference coincides with 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, in which the British government pledged its support for a Jewish national home in Palestine, at the expense of the Palestinian indigenous population.
Sameh Habeeb, head of communications at the UK-based Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) said this conference “will highlight the very loud call this year to the British government to apologise for the Balfour Declaration on the 100th anniversary”. A campaign started in February by the PRC to urge the British public to sign a petition under the name, The Balfour Apology Campaign .
The conference will feature several European Parliament speakers, such as Spanish politician Ana Miranda Paz, Dutch politician and member of the European Parliament Anne-Marie Mineur, Dutch politician Martinus Josephus Maria “Tiny” Kox, and Irish politician Richard Boyd Barrett.
“Palestinians in Europe are fully integrated citizens working positively and creatively within the European communities; and at the same time working vividly for the Palestinian cause,” Majed al-Zeer, chairman of Palestinians in Europe conference, told Al Jazeera.
Amin Abu Rashid, the conference’s general coordinator, agrees. “It is highly important that the Palestinian narrative is widely spread across Europe.”