International Conference on Supporting Palestine Intifada
International Conference on Supporting Palestine Intifada
After the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in February 1979, in light of the ideals promoted by the Leader of the Revolution, the late Imam Khomeini, the slogans chanted by Iranian revolutionaries in their combats in favor of and in solidarity with liberation and anti-colonialism struggles in other oppressed nations, glimmers of hope were radiated into the hearts of revolutionary and freedom fighters across the globe, particularly Muslim and struggling Palestinian people.
The oppressed Palestinians felt disillusioned with bombastic pan-Arabist slogans and a shadow of disenchantment was weighing heavy on combatants after years of almost fruitless struggle and the then Egyptian regime’s treacherous compromise with Israel (Camp David Treaty). Now the victory of the Islamic Revolution had brought fresh blood into their struggles. In the very heady days of the Islamic Revolution, the late leader of Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat travelled to Tehran and met with Imam Khomeini. Concurrent with this event, the slogan of “Today Iran, Tomorrow Palestine” reverberated across the occupied territories and Palestinian refugee camps.
This sacred cause of the late imam and the Islamic Revolution was enshrined in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran under titles “The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Brotherly Commitment to All Muslims and Unflinching Support for the Oppressed in the World”, “Defending the Sovereign Rights of All Muslims” and “Supporting the Rightful Struggle of the Oppressed Against Arrogant Powers Anywhere in the World”.
Although Iran’s material and spiritual support for liberation movements, particularly Palestine’s liberation movement, continued incessantly despite eight years of imposed war, after the end of the conflict, focus on international developments related to the Muslim world became more evident in the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. To that effect, the 3rd Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) adopted the “Law on the Islamic Revolution’s Support of People of Palestine” on May 9, 1990.
While announcing support by Iranian people and the Islamic Republic of Iran for the oppressed, homeless and struggling Palestinians until they regain their sovereign rights, the Law tasks the Presiding Board of the Islamic Consultative Assembly to “deepen and broaden this support through different methods and convenes representatives of Muslim countries and pundits on appropriate occasions.”
Following this Law, the Islamic Consultative Assembly has so far organized five international conferences attended by parliamentary speakers and MPs as well as political, cultural and scientific figures from across the globe.
First Conference: “International Conference on the Islamic Revolution’s Support for People of Palestine”
Tehran, October 19-22, 1991
The first pro-Palestine conference was held in Tehran under the title “International Conference on the Islamic Revolution’s Support for People of Palestine” in support of the first Palestinian Intifada and simultaneously with the Madrid Peace Conference in the final year in office of the 3rd Islamic Consultative Assembly and two days after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued an important statement about the Madrid Conference.
The Tehran conference was opened on Saturday, October 12, 1991 at the Islamic Consultative Assembly with the recitation of verses from the Noble Quran, playing of the national anthem of the Islamic Republic of Iran and praising five years of Intifada and incessant resistance by the Palestinians against Zionist occupiers. After that, the participants met with Ayatollah Khamenei and heard his influential and revelatory remarks about the persistence of Intifada and the objective of compromisers.
At the inauguration of the conference, then President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani expressed the Islamic Republic of Iran’s viewpoints and positions about the Palestinian Intifada and the process of compromise. The secretary general of the conference, Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour, presented a report about the organization of the conference and its objectives.
In the afternoon of the first day, the General Assembly of the Conference held a meeting at Esteqlal Hotel of Tehran with the presence of parliamentary speakers and MPs from Muslim states, representatives of Palestinian parties and groups, as well as revolutionary, political, cultural and scientific figures from 49 countries. Mehdi Karroubi, then speaker of Iran’s parliament, was elected chairman of the Conference.
During the two following days, parliamentary speakers, MPs and other participants expressed their views about the oppression of the Palestinian people, hailing Intifada and how to support this movement.
On the final day of the Conference, based on the views of the participants, the final communiqué of the International Conference on the Islamic Revolution’s Support for People of Palestine” was issued.
In the 28-point communiqué, the participants while reiterating the necessity of all-out support for Intifada and working out practical mechanisms for supporting the heroic resistance of the Muslim Palestinians, heaped praise on the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution for his valuable attention to and wise guidelines on the issue of Palestine, and endorsed Ayatollah Khamenei’s address to the Conference as well as his October 17, 1991 message as two official documents of the Conference.
Second Conference: “International Conference on Supporting Palestinian Intifada”
Tehran, April 24-25, 2001
The second conference in support of Palestine was held under the title “International Conference on Supporting Palestinian Intifada” in Tehran during the final days of the first year in office of the 6th Islamic Consultative Assembly.
The significance of this conference stemmed from the Israeli embarrassing withdrawal from south Lebanon in 2000, which the Palestinian Intifada movement considered a big victory of its own.
The two-day conference kicked off on April 24, 2001 after recitation of verses from the Holy Quran and the playing of the national anthem of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with a hope-inspiring and guidance-endowed speech by the Supreme Leader.
In his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei extolled the heroic resistance of the Palestinian people against the Zionist mercenaries’ savage crimes and reiterated the Islamic Republic of Iran’s firm and continued support for the Intifada and the resistance of the Palestinian people. The Supreme Leader also emphasized the realization of divine promise regarding the final victory of the oppressed and the defeat of the Zionist regime and its supporters and allies.
The inauguration of the conference ended with a speech by then president Mohammad Khatami, presentation of a report by the Secretary General of the Conference on the performance of Secretariat and following up on the decisions of the first Conference.
Then, participants in the conference – including parliamentary speakers and delegates from national and advisory assemblies, leaders and representatives of different Palestinian groups, scientific, cultural and political figures and pundits from different countries elected Mehdi Karroubi, speaker of Iran’s parliament, as Chairman of the Conference.
At the end of the two-day Conference, the final communiqué of the Conference, summing up views of participants, was adopted as the closing statement in 20 points.
In the communiqué, the participants paid tribute to the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the late Imam Khomeini, who pioneered a firm strategy against the Zionist entity and called for the revival of International Quds Day to be marked on the last Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan every year.
The Conference also praised efforts and positions of the Islamic Republic of Iran, under leadership of Ayatollah Khamenei, and approved his historic and strategic speech at the inauguration of the conference as an official document.
The communiqué also underscored support for the Palestinian nation’s right for forming an independent Palestinian state with holy al-Quds as its capital, and announced the establishment of the “International Association of MPs Supporting the Issue of Palestine” as a non-government organization bringing together former and current MPs. The final statement also stressed the need for the establishment of a permanent secretariat to follow up on the conclusions and recommendations of the Conference.
Third Conference: “International Conference on Quds and Supporting Palestinians’ Rights”
Tehran, April 14-16, 2006
The third international conference on Palestine was held under the title “International Conference on Quds and Supporting Palestinians’ Rights” in Tehran while the Islamic Consultative Assembly was in the middle of its mandate. It coincided with the Zionist regime’s destruction of the Dung Gate in the western part of al-Aqsa Mosque.
Like the previous two conferences, this Conference was attended by parliamentary speakers and delegates from national and advisory assemblies, representatives of different Palestinian groups, resistance leaders as well as revolutionary, political, cultural and scientific figures from different countries.
In his enlightening remarks to the Conference, Ayatollah Khamenei said the performance of Islamic awakening movements is measured based on their stances vis-à-vis the issue of Palestine. The Supreme Leader said the tragedy of Palestine is a combination of massacre, terrorism, destruction, usurpation and desecration of Islamic sanctities.
“Anybody who refuses to accept the slogan of freedom of holy al-Quds and the salvation of the Palestinian nation and territory or marginalizes it and turns his back to the resistance front will be held accountable,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The participants in the conference elected Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, then speaker of parliament, as the Chairman of the Conference.
The participants in this three-day Conference, whose objective was to reiterate all-out support for the Palestinians’ rights and protection of religious sites particularly Quds, discussed developments in the region and the world and the intensification of unjust pressures on the Palestinian nation. In the end, they issued a 35-point final statement showing solidarity with the resistance of the oppressed Palestinians.
In the final communiqué, the participants in the Conference threw their weight behind the January 2006 democratic election in Palestine and the government born out of that election, and called on all Muslim and Arab states to provide it with material and spiritual support.
The Conference also condemned the Zionist regime’s demographic plans, construction of a racist separation barrier and development of settlements and called for urgent action by international organizations and bodies to prevent such actions by the Zionist regime.
This communiqué reiterated solidarity with the government and people of Syria, called for an end to the occupation of Iraq by foreigners and underlined support for jihad and resistance of Palestinian resistance groups, with Hezbollah at top, against the Zionist occupiers.
The participants at the Conference offered congratulations on the success of Iranian scientists in completing uranium enrichment cycle, saying this success is an achievement for the Muslim community. They also condemned any attempt for preventing Iran from acquiring peaceful nuclear knowhow.
The communiqué also extended gratitude to the Supreme Leader for his presence and opening speech, calling for Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks as an official document of the Conference.
Fourth Conference: “International Conference on Palestine, Symbol of Resistance; Gaza, Victim of Crime”
Tehran, March 4-5, 2009
The fourth international conference in support of Palestine, with the motto of “Palestine, Symbol of Resistance; Gaza, Victim of Crime”, was held in Tehran on March 4-5, 2009 when the 8th parliament of Iran was in its first year in office. The event followed the Palestinians’ 22-day resistance against the Zionist regime’s brutalities in Gaza.
Presided over by Majlis speaker Ali Larijani, the two-day Conference was attended by a large number of parliamentary speakers and MPs, leaders and representatives of different Palestinian groups and resistance movement, international lawyers and other officials and activists from more than 80 countries. Three committees – Resistance Legal and Judicial Issues, Resistance and Sharia, Resistance and Political Issues – discussed the issue of resistance from the legal, sharia and political perspectives. Muslim, Jewish and Christian scholars and pundits sat at the committees.
Like the previous ones, the Fourth Conference also kicked off with a speech by the Supreme Leader.
Referring to Israel’s heavy and embarrassing political and military defeat in the 33-day war on Lebanon and also in the 22-day war in Gaza, Ayatollah Khamenei said resistance and steadfastness were the only way to salvage Palestine.
Ayatollah Khamenei underscored the need for putting criminal Zionist rulers on trial, saying: “Iran’s solution for the settlement of the issue of Palestine is holding a referendum in which all Muslims, Christians and Jews living in the occupied lands as well as Palestinian refugees would partake so that within the framework of a democratic process, a system favored by the Palestinian nation will be chosen and established.”
In another part of his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei said the United Nations Security Council’s treatment of the issue of Palestine was scandalous.
Concluding his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei said reconstruction of Gaza was the most urgent matter in Palestine. “The Hamas government, which is elected by the absolute majority of Palestinians and whose epic resistance in Gaza marks the most brilliant spot in the century-old history of the Palestinian territory, must be the center of all activities related to Gaza reconstruction. It would be appropriate that Egyptian brethren open the way so that all Muslim countries and nations would fulfill their obligations in this regard.”
After Ayatollah Khamenei’s inaugural speech, followed by a speech by then president, the Conference started work. After two days of exchanging views, the participants agreed on the 27-point Tehran Declaration as the closing statement of the Conference.
In this Declaration, the issue of Palestine was referred to as the main issue in the Muslim community and the international community was demanded to urgently take necessary action for bringing an end to the three-year-old unjust siege on Gaza and the reopening of ground, air and maritime routes.
The participants in the Conference paid homage to Imam Khomeini and heaped praise on Ayatollah Khamenei for his jihadi, exalted and pro-Palestine spirit, and called for the registration of his speech as an official document of the Conference.
Fifth Conference: “Fifth International Conference on Supporting Palestinian Intifada”
Tehran, October 1-2, 2011
The fifth international conference on Palestine was held in Tehran, October 1-2, 2011, under the theme “Fifth International Conference on Supporting Palestinian Intifada” during the final year in office of the 8th Islamic Consultative Assembly. The Conference, whose motto was Palestine for All Palestinians, coincided with regional developments and the repercussions of the UN recognition of Palestine state.
The high-level conference kicked off with a speech by the Supreme Leader. The heads of three branches of government, chairman of the Assembly of Experts, secretary of the Guardian Council, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, a large number of members of the Expediency Council, ministers, MPs and prominent Iranian figures, and more than 50 international delegations and representatives from 80 countries were in attendance.
Like in the previous conferences, Ayatollah Khamenei used the most influential words and phrases in his speech and said: “The entire Palestine for all Palestinians.”
That was the key point highlighted by the Supreme Leader in the fifth international conference in support of the Palestinian Intifada and in elucidation of the Muslim community’s strategy on the issue of Palestine.
With his appreciable remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei dismissed suspicious measures under way at the UN by the Palestinian Authority.
“Any plan that would divide Palestine is rejected downright. The two-state plan covered under the UN recognition of the Palestinian state is nothing but bowing to the Zionists’ demands, i.e. accepting a Zionist state in the Palestinian land,” said the Supreme Leader.
After the inauguration, the Conference started by electing Ali Larijani as its Chairman.
The two-day conference ended with a 23-point final communiqué.
The final statement underlined the necessity of joint efforts by all Muslims and freedom-seeking people for restoring the historical, national and legal rights of the resistant Palestinian nation and condemned Judaization, destruction of religious sites, threatening of al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock and drilling operations beneath the mosque.
The statement called on Muslim governments and countries and freedom-seekers across the world to boycott Zionist products and companies. It also reiterated support for the struggles by the nation and the resistance movement of Lebanon, particularly Hezbollah, against Zionist occupiers, and their efforts for freeing up the rest of the country’s soil from the Zionists’ claws.
The communiqué also offered gratitude to the Supreme Leader for his stances and foresight for safeguarding and bolstering the resistance of the Palestinian people and demanded that his speech be registered as the covenant of the Conference.
 Clause 16 of Article 3, and Articles 152 and 154 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran
 The Law on the Islamic Revolution’s Support for People of Palestine, drawn up in 8 Articles and 1 Note, was adopted in the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) on May 9, 1990. The Law was revised by the 8th Majlis. After amendments, it was adopted under title “Amendments to the Islamic Revolution’s Support of Palestinian People, Adopted in 1990” on June 9, 2010 and endorsed by the Guardian Council.