2001 News Story

Kingdom expresses continued support for Palestinians

Governor of Riyadh Province Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, speaking at the inaugural ceremony yesterday of a seminar on Saudi aid to the Palestinian cause, reiterated the Kingdom's support for the Palestinian people in their struggle against Israeli occupation and for restoration of their legitimate rights. The seminar, organized by the King Abdulaziz Center, has fifteen sessions reviewing a total of 64 working papers, to be presented by academicians, researchers, historians and political analysts from both Saudi Arabia and overseas.

Prince Salman, as chair of the Center, has received a message from a number of intellectuals in Palestine, expressing appreciation for the Kingdom's stance against the vicious Israeli aggression. The message stressed the role that can be played by the media in shedding light on, for example the significance of Al-Quds [Jerusalem] to the Arabs, pointing out that it was through media that the Zionists were able to spread their views, and declaring: "We, the owners of usurped rights, would like to draw attention to the genuine situation in Palestine and to the importance of resisting Israeli presumption  …..  as well as making well-documented facts about Arab and Muslim rights available thorough the strongest of modern information media, which play a very influential role on public opinion in the western world."
Meanwhile, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz has approved the issuance of a postage stamp and a postcard, in a number of languages as well as in Arabic, that reflect the Palestinian intifada (uprising). These will be available worldwide. King Fahd also endorsed observance of December 9 every year as a day for Arab information media solidarity with the Palestinians. This step comes in line with the Kingdom's continuing support for the Palestinian cause in all its aspects, and in accordance with the decision of the Arab information ministers at the extraordinary meeting held on November 25, 2000.