Italian lawmakers visit Hebron, meet mayor
Published Wednesday 30/04/2014 (updated) 03/05/2014 12:24
HEBRON (Ma’an) – During a visit to the municipality of Hebron Tuesday, chairman of Italy’s Left Ecology Freedom party Nichi Vendola said he was angered upon seeing the “Palestinian people living in a big jail inside their homeland.”
Such a feeling, he added, should touch the conscience of all free people in the world and all advocates of justice and humanity.
Vendola added that as long as there are Israeli settlements on the Palestinian land, it will be pointless to talk about peace and negotiations.
The Italian politician, who is also president of Apulia region in southern Italy, added that the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah was one of the “best steps Palestinian president has taken recently.”
He also applauded president Abbas for his remarks about the Holocaust which “indicate that the Palestinian leadership wants peace.”
Vendola’s delegation, which met with the mayor of Hebron Dawood al-Zaatari, included lawmakers Arturo Scotto, Gennaro Migliore, Francesco Martone and the Italian consul general in Jerusalem Davide La Cecilia.
Former speaker of the Italian parliament Luisa Morgantini was also present at the meeting.
The mayor accompanied the delegation in a field visit to the Ibrahimi Mosque and the Old City so they could see firsthand the suffering of the residents at the hands of Israeli troops and settlers who live in the city.