As Diplomatic Mission to the UK we advocate a peaceful Palestinian state with secure and internationally recognised borders encompassing the West Bank and Gaza with East Jerusalem as the Capital of Palestine. We believe that through international support, recognition and advocacy of a self-governing and viable Palestinian state we can help to facilitate peace in the region. In order to establish the foundations of the state-building process it is necessary for Israel to end its Occupation over the Palestinian Territories, and return to the borders of 1967. The United Nations has since advocated this vision in its Security Council Resolution 242 and 383, which calls for respect and acknowledgement of the state’s integrity and sovereignty as a necessary requirement for the advancement of peace.
The Palestinian Mission in the UK now has its 5th representative in London, Ambassador Manuel Hassassian. Building on the work of his predecessors, Ambassador Hassassian continues to develop institutional and official links with the British government and the public, so that together we can facilitate the peace process and construct a viable solution that will see to the protection of, and reestablishment of the right of Palestinians to live freely once again in their homeland. The role of a Palestinian representative carries great responsibility and expectations as our struggle for statehood and independence continues. Our function as the Palestinian Mission consists of furthering political and cultural empowerment and generating awareness of the Occupation in Palestine, and to represent the interest of the Palestinians in the Diaspora. We recognise that the Mission plays an instrumental role in society and we will continue to improve and develop our bilateral relations with the government, parliament, political parties, diplomatic corps, partner organisations and the community at large.
We hope that the New Year will bring us closer to realising our vision of a Palestinian state and restore hope in the lives of Palestinians who have been suffering for too long under occupation, forced to flee from their homes and families, and the thousands of lives lost in protecting our homeland. The Occupation has lasted over 60 years: it remains our paramount duty to bring an end to the illegal Occupation and injustice inflicted upon our people, and hold Israel accountable for its policies and actions.
We welcome your support of our website as participants and members of the community; we hope you will find it to be a place where all opinions are considered and respected. Our website is constantly evolving into what we hope will be not only an important tool for all, by presenting news and vital information to the public, but also a forum in which academic research in the field of Palestine is shared and voiced. We hope that we can expand our network and engagement with the community and in doing so bring the issue of Palestine to the forefront.
Let us look to the future with determination and confidence about the work still to be done and what there is still to be achieved.