Closing Statement of
The Beirut International Forum for Resistance, Anti-Imperialism Solidarity
between Peoples and Alternatives
UNESCO Palace – Beirut
January 16, 17 & 18th, 2009
Upon the initiative of the Consultative Center for Studies and
Documentation in Beirut and in collaboration with the National Gathering
to Support the Choice of Resistance in Lebanon, the International Campaign
against American and Zionist Occupation (Cairo Conference), the
International Anti-Imperialist and Peoples' Solidarity Forum (Calcutta
Conference - India), and the “Stop War Campaign” (London), with the
participation of around 450 international and Arab bodies, in addition to
social movements and figures from 66 countries, “The Beirut International
Forum for Resistance, Anti-Imperialism, Solidarity between Peoples, and
Alternatives” was held at the UNESCO Palace on January 16th, 17th and
This forum coincided with the terrorist and criminal attack launched by
“Israel” against the Palestinians in Gaza, at a time when the whole world
is facing financial, economic and political crises resulting mainly from
the policies of war and hegemony. The forum aimed at reinforcing the
possibility of building an alternative world based on the principles of
respecting humanity as a whole and defending the vulnerable and oppressed
in the world.
Rights and principles:
The Forum reinforces the importance of adopting the following rights in
building the alternative world:
· The right of peoples to resistance as an inalienable principle, choice
and culture, a primary condition to peoples’ freedom and the rejection of
the imposed policy of the world order, are the only way to protect social
· The resistance against the occupation is an integral part of the world’s
liberal and revolutionary movements’ fight against imperialism and
neoliberalism, hegemony and militarization policies, and the destruction
of social achievements accomplished throughout more than two-hundred years
of righteous struggle.
· Reinforcing the right of peoples to sovereignty over their natural
resources, to the management of their own affairs, based on the principle
of solidarity between peoples and creating alternatives enabling them to
face markets dictatorship and rights violating policies adopted by some
international financial organizations.
· The right of peoples to food sovereignty, health and education; these
rights should stay above all market considerations while democratic
practices should embrace the economic axis.
· The rejection of intellectual and cultural stereotyping and the
recognition of the right to intellectual and religious differences.
· Developing and disseminating the fight against neoliberal globalization,
and working for a world with more solidarity and humanity which requires
the rejection of the big industrial countries hegemony and building
another axis between the North and the South (South America, the Islamic
Arab region, Asia and Africa) in order to reach equitable political and
Decisions and recommendations
The participants to the forum salute the Palestinian resistance and the
endurance of the citizens of Gaza, condemn “Israel” for its continuous
terrorism, its horrifying crimes and violations of human customs and
values, and call for:
1- Imposing strict sanctions on “Israel” to include: severance of
diplomatic relations, abolishing treaties and imposing an embargo to
selling arms covering the whole district.
2- Calling the EU to put an end to the economic, political and cultural
cooperation with “Israel” and to abolish treaties signed with it.
3- Supporting the Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and the Bolivian
president Morales for their decisive decisions in supporting the rights of
peoples to resistance.
4- Reinstating UN resolution 3379 which considers that Zionism is a form
of racism and expel “Israel” from the UN.
5- Organize an international conference to document Israel’s war crimes
and crimes against humanity and the environment, prosecuting its leaders
collectively and individually particularly for their crimes in Gaza and
6- Supporting the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance in their struggle
against the Zionist occupation, and the Iraqi resistance in its fight
against the American occupation.
7- Following-up and activating the advisory opinion of the International
Criminal Court about the Apartheid Separation Wall in the Palestinian
8- Insisting on the follow-up of International Citizens' Tribunal to
criminally prosecute the Israeli war criminals in European countries.
9- Creating a global parliamentary league to defend peoples’ rights to
resistance, self-determination and resistance to aggression; activating
and broadening existing parliamentary frameworks and calling for more
members to join.
10- Creating a media network for the truth aiming at disseminating all
information regarding “Israel” and its crimes, in as many languages as
11- Prosecuting countries and companies selling weapons to “Israel” and
bringing all their leaders to justice, in addition to countries
facilitating the transfer of these weapons.
12- Launching an international campaign for the reconstruction of Gaza,
lifting Gaza’s siege and freeing all prisoners.
Participants agreed on the following:
1- The rejection of international agreements and policies allowing big
companies to control food markets.
2- Emphasizing on the fact that poverty and starvation are mainly a
political issue that cannot be solved unless new principles are adopted in
the management of natural resources based on social, cultural and
religious values unaffected by the market’s considerations.
3- Reinforcing the importance of South-South equitable trade and
4- Establishing a global coordination framework between local authorities
in order to promote development and strengthen mutual support in times of
aggressions and crises.
5- Face all American and Zionist attempts to cripple the Public
International Law and human rights, especially with regards to peoples’
causes and right to self-determination; protect and help resistance
movements and reject their classification as terrorists.
6- Support the right of Iran to develop a peaceful nuclear program
according to the international standards.
7- Reject the American policy that is based on war threats, especially
against Iran, and that targets Syria and Sudan both militarily and
8- Reinforcing our support to the Iraqi people in its fight against
occupation and its efforts to maintain the country’s unity and freedom,
and liberate all prisoners.
9- The right of the Afghani people to fight against NATO and the American
occupation, and its right to freedom and self-determination.
10- Call for lifting Cuba siege and freeing the five Cubans held in
American prisons; and stop targeting Venezuela and liberation movements in
11- Call for the biggest participation in the Durban II conference to be
held in April 2009 in Geneva, and the Cairo conference to be held at the
end of March 2009.
12- Participants are seeking to make the Beirut International forum a
recurrent periodical event.