The Centre for Middle East & Africa (CMEA) in collaboration with the Middle East Monitor (MEMO), London organized a webinar titled “Kashmir & Palestine: The destruction of indigenous cultural heritage” on September 10, 2020.
The distinguished panel of speakers included: Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK); Dr Salman Abu Sitta, Founder and President Palestine Land Society; Ms Mushaal Hussein Mullick, Wife of detained Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman; Mr Kevin Chamberlain, Former Deputy Legal Adviser, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office & the Palestinian Authority; Dr Salma Malik, Assistant Professor Quaid-e-Azam University; Dr Mahmoud Hawari, founder member of Oxford Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and Dr Khuram Iqbal, Head of Department of International Relations (IR), National Defense University (NDU).
In her introductory remarks, Ms. Amina Khan, Director CMEA outlined that there are several parallels between two of the most protracted and deadliest conflicts- Kashmir, where the people have been struggling for the right of self-determination in the face of Indian atrocities and Palestine, where its people have been striving against brutal Israeli occupation. The United Nations Resolutions, 194 and 242 in the context of the Palestine-Israeli dispute; and UN Resolutions of August 13, 1948 and January 5, 1949 in the context of the Kashmir dispute, advocate the right of self-determination for Palestinians and Kashmiris, respectively. However, they have not been implemented to date.