Palestinians across Europe are holding the 16th consecutive Annual Conference in Milan.
Organized by the Europe Palestinians Conference Organization, The Palestine Return Centre (PRC) and The Palestine Coalition in Italy (PCI), this is the largest gathering of Palestinians in Europe.
Themed 70 years on and we shall return, it included academics, journalists, filmmakers, actors, prominent Christian and Muslim leaders and legislators from various countries including Italy, Tunisia, Jordan and elsewhere.
The seminars discussed very important issues and themes, such as Jerusalem, prisoners, refugees and the siege imposed on Gaza.
It also featured many sessions and side-events, covering topics such as the internal Palestinian situation, future prospects, Arab and international roles in the service of Palestinian political aspirations.
Other events were dedicated to the political and media role of Palestinian women, creative ways in approaching and educating global audiences about Palestine and Palestinian culture and folklore.
The organizers also wanted to allow space for children, a job entrusted to the Palestinian Child Forum.
The Palestine Chronicle interviewed some of the children who were in the audience, asking them what Palestine represented for them and the meaning of their presence at the conference. (See video below ..)
Maryam, also 11, told The Palestine Chronicle:
Fausia, 12, said:
During the conference, children sang and preformed traditional Palestinian dance, the Dabka.
Source: Palestine Chronicle