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Khudari tells Italian rally Palestinians in need of support, Dalima calls on Israel to negotiate with Hamas

Khudari addressing Italian rally: Palestinians in need of support

[ 15/03/2008 - 03:19 PM ]


MP Jamal Al-Khudari, the head of the popular anti siege committee, has addressed a rally in Italy in support of the Palestinian people via telephone asking for more world support.

The MP called for organizing similar rallies and marches around the world to protest the "oppressive Zionist siege of Gaza Strip", and thanked all those who participated in the Italian demonstration.

He underlined that the siege affected all health, industrial, agricultural, commercial and other sectors in the Strip. He also mentioned that 112 Gazans died due to inability to travel abroad for treatment of chronic diseases.

Khudari asked the Arab, Islamic and freedom loving peoples to continue in their support rallies in a bid to pressure their governments into acting against that siege.

Dalima calls on Israel to negotiate with Hamas

[ 15/03/2008 - 10:07 AM ]


Italian foreign minister Massimo Dalima has called on Israel for the second time in a week to consider opening dialogue with the Hamas Movement if it was really concerned with having peace.

The minister was speaking during an interview with an Italian TV network a couple of days ago, and said that Hamas controls a big part of Palestinian lands. He added that if "we want peace we should include those who represent a big portion of the Palestinian people in the negotiations".

"Let's not forget that Hamas won in the elections," Dalima said, adding that negotiations are usually held between "enemies and not friends".

For his part, the Israeli ambassador to Italy said that his government was not pondering holding talks with Hamas at present as long as that Movement did not change its position and accept the quartet's conditions.

He added that those who call for talks between Israel and Hamas were actually impeding talks between Israel and the PA chief Mahmoud Abbas.

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