March 31, 2017 a solemn event dedicated to the 41st anniversary of “the Day of the Palestinian Land” took place in the meeting room of Odessa Regional Council. The organizers were the International Congress on the Protection of rights and freedoms of citizens “Shield” and the Palestinian Diaspora in the city of Odessa. At “the Day of the Palestinian Land” were: the high-ranking officials, representatives of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, the Consulate General of Romania in Odessa, Odessa Regional Administration and Odessa City Council. Also there were representatives of various public organizations, national and religious minorities (Afghan, Georgian, Gagauz, Pakistan, Syrian and etc.) from different cities of Ukraine, the Arab and Palestinian diasporas in Ukraine, as well as the media and others.
The first who greeted the guests and opened the event were the organizers: the Authorized Representative of the Palestinian Diaspora in the city of Odessa – Hussein Walid and the Head of the International Organization “Shield” – Professor Daher Saleh Mohamed. They thanked the audience for the presence and support of the Palestinian people. Then the floor was given to the respected guest of the event – the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Palestine in Ukraine – Mr. Muhamed Al-Asaad. In his speech, the Ambassador congratulated on his behalf the Palestinian people, wished them prosperity, and at the end of his speech expressed gratitude to the organizers for the productive work, including the work for Palestine and the Palestine people.
During the event the speakers were: the Head of the public organization “Arabic House” – Dr. Zakut Salah, the Chairman of the Chechen Diaspora in Odessa – Keloev Musa Magomedovich, representative of Odessa Regional Administration and Head of the Public Council – Maksimovich Vladimir Yaroslavovich, the Representative of Odessa City Council and Head of the Internal Policy Department – Alexander Sergeevich Zhiltsov, the Head of Odessa regional organization of the National Union of Ukrainian Journalists – Rabotin Yuri, the Head of the public organization “National-cultural autonomy” of the Afghan Diasporas “Justice” – Abdalla Bayani, Plenipotentiary representative of the International Staff Academy in the Odessa region –Osipov Valery Borisovis, and also the Supreme Ataman of the Black Sea military Cossacks – Petko Anatoly Ivanovich, who gave the gratitudes and memorable presents about the Cossacks to Mr. Ambassador – Muhamed Al-Asaada and the Head of the organization “Shield” – Daher Saleh Muhamed.
For the guests were presented vocal-instrumental items from Honored artists of Ukraine – Alexander Dmitriev and Igor Pakhomov. Also during the event were poems about the Palestinian land, proclaimed by children, and playing the violin. At the end of the event, each could examine the pictures presented in the hall, united by a single subject – the Palestinian land.