In line with the goals of the Islamic Republic of Iran establishment to support the people of Palestine, the Islamic Parliament of Iran has held six parliamentary conferences in support for people of Palestine since its third term.
After the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in February 1979, in light of the ideals promoted by the Leader of the Revolution, the late Imam Khomeini, the slogans chanted by Iranian revolutionaries in their combats in favor of and in solidarity with liberation and anti-colonialism struggles in other oppressed nations, glimmers of hope were radiated into the hearts of revolutionary and freedom fighters across the globe, particularly Muslim and struggling Palestinian people.
The oppressed Palestinians felt disillusioned with bombastic pan-Arabist slogans and a shadow of disenchantment was weighing heavy on combatants after years of almost fruitless struggle and the then Egyptian regime’s treacherous compromise with Israel (Camp David Treaty). Now the victory of the Islamic Revolution had brought fresh blood into their struggles. In the very heady days of the Islamic Revolution, the late leader of Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat travelled to Tehran and met with Imam Khomeini. Concurrent with this event, the slogan of “Today Iran, Tomorrow Palestine” reverberated across the occupied territories and Palestinian refugee camps.
This sacred cause of the late imam and the Islamic Revolution was enshrined in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran under titles “The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Brotherly Commitment to All Muslims and Unflinching Support for the Oppressed in the World”, “Defending the Sovereign Rights of All Muslims” and “Supporting the Rightful Struggle of the Oppressed Against Arrogant Powers Anywhere in the World”.
Although Iran’s material and spiritual support for liberation movements, particularly Palestine’s liberation movement, continued incessantly despite eight years of imposed war, after the end of the conflict, focus on international developments related to the Muslim world became more evident in the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. To that effect, the 3rdIslamic Parliament of Iran (Majlis) adopted the “Law on the Islamic Revolution’s Support of People of Palestine” on May 9, 1990.
While announcing support by Iranian people and the Islamic Republic of Iran for the oppressed, homeless and struggling Palestinians until they regain their sovereign rights, the Law tasks the Presiding Board of the Islamic Parliament of Iran to “deepen and broaden this support through different methods and convenes representatives of Muslim countries and pundits on appropriate occasions.”
Following this Law, the Islamic Parliament of Iran has so far organized six international conferences attended by parliamentary speakers and MPs as well as political, cultural and scientific figures from across the globe.
-First Conference: First Conference: “International Conference on Support for the Islamic Revolution of People of Palestine", Tehran: October 19-22, 1991
-Second Conference: “International Conference on Supporting Palestinian Intifada”Tehran, April 24-25, 2001
-Third Conference: “International Conference on Quds and Supporting Palestinians’ Rights”Tehran, April 14-16, 2006
-Fourth Conference: “International Conference on Palestine, Symbol of Resistance; Gaza, Victim of Crime”, Tehran, March 4-5, 2009
-Fifth Conference: “Fifth International Conference on Supporting Palestinian Intifada”Tehran, October 1-2, 2011
- 6th Conference; Tehran February 21-22, 2017