Solidarity with Palestine

The situation in Gaza, Palestine, in the current onslaught by Israeli forces, has resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians, including mostly children and women. The Israeli forces have unleashed indiscriminate attacks on medical facilities, hospitals, civilians, and civilian infrastructure, including cutting off essential human supplies like food, water, medicines, fuel, etc. 

UCLG-MEWA is determined to advocate and support the rights of Palestinian people as part of its broader constituency in the Middle East and West Asia Region. 

As an International organization of local and regional governments (LRGs), UCLG-MEWA stands with the LRGs in Gaza and elsewhere in Palestine, which have been at the forefront in the face of this military offensive by Israel and are resolute in addressing the local needs. 

Historical Background

The current situation in Palestine, particularly in Gaza, did not start after the unprecedented events of October 7, 2023. The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, in a statement while addressing the UN Security Council on October 24, 2023 said, 

“The Attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum. The Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation.”

Please check these sources out to learn more about the origins and evolution of the Palestine issue: [1] [2

Abdullah Anati, Director of APLA, participated online in the UCLG World Council held in Konya on October 26-28 and informed the participants about the tragedy in Palestine: UCLG World Council’23

Attending the UCLG-MEWA Extraordinary General Assembly online, Yahya Sarraj reported on the latest situation in Gaza: UCLG-MEWA Extraordinary General Assembly’23

Speaking at the 5th UCLG Cultural Summit in Dublin, Ireland on 28 November – 1 December 2023, Issa Kassis, Mayor of Ramallah, discussed cultural resilience in the context of occupation: 5. UCLG Culture Summit

Abdullah Anati, Director of APLA, participated online in the UCLG-MEWA Retreat Istanbul’23 held on December 19-21 and spoke about Palestinian local governments: UCLG-MEWA Retreat Istanbul’23

UCLG-MEWA has adopted several declarations and calls on behalf of the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, Palestine.

October 17, 2023: “Standing Together for Gaza: UCLG-MEWA’s Call sor Solidarity”

November 1, 2023: “UCLG-MEWA Statement on the Current Situation in Palestine”

November 22, 2023: “UCLG-MEWA General Assembly Gaza Statement”