PLEASE SAVE APRIL 25th for our SAN REMO 101 Commemoration. Details will follow soon
WHY IS SAN REMO IMPORTANT RETROSPECTIVE OF PAST COMMEMORATIONS THE SAN REMO RESOLUTION WAS CALLED ISRAEL’S MAGNA CARTA BY LORD CURZON, UK’s FOREIGN SECRETARY (1920)
It took 90 years – 9 decades – To Remind the World of the San Remo Resolution, proclaimed by CHAIM WEITZMAN : “This is the most momentous political event in the history of our movement and in the history of our people since our exile from our homeland." And in 2021, eleven years thence, we are appealing to the Government of Israel, to declare, April 25th -- or Iyar 1st -- San Remo a National Holiday, naming it:
YOM SAN REMO
RECAP OF THE 90TH COMMEMORATION OF THE SAN REMO RESOLUTION April 25, 2010
The commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the San Remo Conference was organized by the European Coalition for Israel-ECI in collaboration with Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights (CILR), a group of concerned Zionists based in Toronto and chaired by Goldi Steiner. In recent years several respected international lawyers and scholars, among them Dr.Jacques Gauthier and Howard Grief, have helped raise awareness of the legal foundation of the modern State of Israel which came into effect when the Balfour Declaration (1917) was incorporated into international law by the Supreme Council of the Allied Powers in San Remo in 1920. Unfortunately, the Jewish people’s legal rights to its homeland continues to be subjected to unrelenting political challenges from the International community in concert with a hostile mainstream media. Since 1920, the San Remo Resolution, which restored hope to a persecuted people and bestowed honor on its signatories, has dropped from the memory of the nations of the world.
COMMEMORATION OF THE EVENT April 25, 2010
A new page was turned on April 24th and 25th, 2010, in San Remo, Italy, when Jews and Christians came together to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the 1920 San Remo Conference. Please, see below the Proceedings of the commemoration event . At the invitation of Tomas Sandell, founding Director of the European Coalition for Israel (ECI), and Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights (CILR) under the chairmanship of Goldi Steiner, co-organized this historic event. The intent was to bring global awareness of Israel’s legal rights under international law to the public at large, and to political leaders worldwide. *Note: In the absence of Dr. Jacque Gauthier due to the 2010 volcano eruption, Salomon Benzimra delivered the keynote address. We were honored with the presence of MK Danny Danon, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. Closing remarks were delivered by Tomas Sanell of EC4I and Goldi Steiner of CILR who expressed her gratitude for the collaboration between Jewish and Christian groups: Tomas Sandell-EC4I: "At a time when even the core existence of Israel as a Jewish state is being challenged by its enemies it is of vital importance that we take a closer look at international law." Goldi Steiner - CILR: "Together, with resolve and dedication, and with God’s help, today will mark a turning point in the public perception of Israel and its rightful claim to the land." At the ceremony on April 25th held at the Villa Devachan -- the very place of the signing of the original San Remo Resolution in 1920, a second declaration was created, called:
The Second San Remo Declaration
April 25, 2010, Villa Devachan, San Remo, Italy (Copy of the original is on file by CILR)
(It was signed by representatives of the original signing countries- See below) "Reaffirming the importance of the San Remo Resolution of April 25, 1920 - which included the Balfour Declaration in shaping the map of the modern Middle East, as agreed upon by the Supreme Council of the Principal Allied Powers (Britain, France, Italy, Japan, and the United States acting as an observer), and later approved unanimously by the League of Nations; the Resolution remains irrevocable, legally binding and valid to this day.
"Emphasizing that the San Remo Resolution of 1920 recognized the exclusive national Jewish rights to the Land of Israel under international law, on the strength of the historical connection of the Jewish people to the territory previously known as Palestine.
"Recalling that such a seminal event as the San Remo Conference of 1920 has been forgotten or ignored by the community of nations, and that the rights it conferred upon the Jewish people have been unlawfully dismissed, curtailed and denied.
"Asserting that a just and lasting peace, leading to the acceptance of secure and recognized borders between all States in the region, can only be achieved by recognizing the long established rights of the Jewish people under international law."
The ceremony adjourned after a solemn rendition of Hatikva led by Rebekkah Nassanian’s enchanting voice, under a bright blue sky. A flock of birds flying above. The interpretation and emotional rendition of Hatikva stirred everyone in the audience. A lavish reception followed.
*Note to the readers: Please look for our next bulletin on April 1st, when we will re-publish consequent Commemorations.
With Pesach around the corner we wish everyone a Joyous Pesach, surrounded by family, and better next year.
Goldi and Irving