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Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals, these are the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man whose legacy we commemorate today.

The General Delegation of the PLO to the US recalls his eloquent expression of that timeless human aspiration for freedom and equality. His famous words “I have a dream” resonate deeply with our dream for independence and freedom in Palestine.

We remember the difficulties that Dr. King and those with him endured for so many years and yet they did not tire or give up. We are inspired by their courage and resilience.

Dr. King symbolized the universal value of human dignity. His struggle for the rights of African-Americans did not touch the lives of an oppressed minority here in the United States alone. It transcended to defend the rights of all oppressed peoples in the world.

The General Delegation of the PLO to the US believes that the commemoration of Martin Luther King Day should not only be an American occasion, but one for the whole world to celebrate.

Statement in PDF.