The University of Jordan (UJ) last Thursday concluded a conference on the 70th anniversary of Nakba titled “The Palestinian Issue, Where To?” which saw the participation of 60 researchers from Jordan and 15 other countries.
HRH Prince Hassan inaugurated the conference on last week, delivering a lecture on Palestine.
On the last day of the event, the preparatory committee of the conference issued a statement and several recommendations praising the Jordanian role, led by His Majesty King Abdullah’s endeavours at the regional and international levels, in highlighting means to reach a solution to the Palestinian issue.
The statement commended the Kingdom’s role in supporting holy sites and its stances towards the latest developments in Jerusalem.
Participants in the conference highlighted the importance of seeking a just and fair solution to the Palestinian issue, stressing that peace cannot be reached without considering justice as a prerequisite and without Israel’s commitment to all relevant international resolutions.
They reiterated the need to respect all Abrahamic religions, the rights of their followers and their holy places, calling for keeping such places away from political, ideological and racist conflicts.
The forum commended the stances expressed by all countries, peoples, individuals and institutions that support the rights of Palestinians and their right to peace, also praising the role of Palestinian refugees’ relief institutions inside Palestine and abroad, in their endeavours to empower and support refugees.
As part of its recommendations, the conference suggested publishing the work papers discussed in the event, so as to make them available for those interested in the issue.
It also called for preparing a university book, whether compulsory or as a reference at Jordanian and Arab universities, based on the outcomes of the work papers, to keep students acquainted with developments in the Palestinian issue.
Participants also suggested preparing short video clips from some of the sessions to use them in integrated education materials related to Palestine, in addition to uploading these clips to Youtube.
Another recommendation included coordination with participants and other researchers to prepare a research book in English, so as to acquaint international researchers with the Arab and world point of view on the Palestinian issue.
Finally, they discussed the possibility of holding the conference periodically (every three years) to discuss developments and recent studies.
Jordan Times : May 14, 2018