Address by Dr Salman Abu Sitta at MEMO's 'Jerusalem: Legalising the Occupation' conference held in London on March 3, 2018.
Salman Abu Sitta is a prolific writer and activist on Palestinian refugees and the Right of Return.Founder and president of the Palestine Land Society – UK for the purpose of documenting the land and people of Palestine, Abu Sitta is also the General Coordinator of the Right of Return Congress.
Panel: Exploring the Historical Context
Throughout history, Jerusalem has always been the cultural, administrative and commercial centre of Palestine. Palestinians regard it as their capital city. Yet from the onset of their movement Zionist leaders set their eyes on the city.
In a letter to Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour dated 30 May 1918 Chaim Weizmann wrote: "Only one [holy place] which is…left to us…our most sacred monument, in our most sacred city, is in the hands of some Maghreb religious community… "