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Tales from the United Nations Archive: The beginnings of #PalestineDay
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Tales from the United Nations Archive: The beginnings of #PalestineDay

Why was November 29 chosen? This date marks the adoption of a resolution by the UN General Assembly in 1947 regarding the partition of Palestine.

At the celebration of the establishment of the international day, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kurt Waldheim stated a belief shared by subsequent secretaries-general that recent events have highlighted the importance of the Palestinian people and their rights for finding a resolution in the Middle East.

Observe the UN’s establishment of the global day in this video, featured in our #ThrowbackThursday series highlighting significant events in UN’s past, sourced from the UN Audiovisual Library’s extensive collection of over 49,400 hours of video and 18,000 hours of audio recordings.

Explore UN Video’s playlist “Stories from the UN Archive” and our series “Podcast Classics” here. Don’t forget to join us next Thursday for another journey through history.

When this picture was taken at Khan Younis in 1955, the tented refugee camp in the Gaza Strip had just been replaced by cement block houses. These youngsters were happy to have more weatherproof shelter against the summer sun and winter rains.

© UNRWA/J. Madvo

In 1955, when this photo was captured in Khan Younis, the refugee camp in the Gaza Strip was transitioning from tents to cement block houses. The children in the picture were delighted to have sturdier housing to protect them from the harsh summer heat and winter rain.