Call for Public Mobilization for the Palestinian Right of Return

The Emergency Committees composed of all Palestinian national and Islamic forces in the 1967 occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip have publicly rejected US President Clinton's recent proposal which is to serve as the basis for the renewal of Israeli-Palestinian final status negotiations. "Clinton's proposal reflects Zionist aims and proposes the cancellation of Palestinian refugees' right to return to their homes and properties."

On 6 January 2001, the Emergency Committee/Bethlehem region issued a call to the Palestinian people to demonstrate by all available means that the Palestinian people clings to its right of return and to participate in the following events:

1. "DAY OF THE PALESTINIAN REFUGEE" (Tuesday 9-1-2001): At 1:00 pm., Right of Return Marches will be launched from various locations in the Bethlehem area, especially from the three refugee camps. They will join and rally together in front of the UNRWA office at the Bab al-Zqaq intersection on the main Bethlehem-Hebron road.

2. POPULAR CONFERENCE FOR THE RIGHT OF RETURN: will be held at the A'ida camp girlss school on Friday 12-1-2001, 2:00 pm.

The Emergency Committee/Bethlehem Region calls upon Palestinian refugees inside and outside the camps and on right-of-return initiatives in the region to organize similar events in order to ensure respect for the Palestinian national constitution and the refugees right of return.