Chair of the Polish-Palestinian Parliamentary Committee, Representative Eva Cooge, called on her country’s parliament to engage in measures that would bring peace to the Middle East region.
She said during a press conference held today, Monday, at the headquarters of the Palestinian embassy in the Polish capital Warsaw, with the participation of the Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Poland Mahmoud Khalifa, that what is happening in Gaza is a human tragedy and we cannot remain negative about what is happening there, according to the official Palestinian agency.
She added, an open letter has been written to the Polish government to provide urgent medical aid to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, and we are satisfied with the victory of diplomacy and the efforts made to reach a ceasefire between the two parties, referring to the great role played by Egypt.
She indicated that the fighting had stopped, but the situation in Gaza as a result of the devastation still exists. During 11 days of the conflict, more than 270 people died, including women and children, in addition to more than 8,500 wounded.
Representative Kooji said: We, as members of Parliament, cannot stand silent in front of what is happening, and we would like to address Parliament to restore calm and lasting peace to the region, and I call on the Polish Parliament to engage in measures that would bring peace to the Middle East region. There is drinking water, and there is one power station that has been targeted, in addition to the suspension of all aspects of life.
And she continued: I lived the situation in Gaza and in contact with the Palestinian people in Gaza, which is inhabited by a large number of people in a small area, and as we saw in the presented film before the start of the conference, mosques, police stations and media offices were destroyed in addition to the total destruction of 2000 housing units and 17,000 partially. And $ 150 million is needed to rebuild Gaza in order to return to what it was before the aggression, and the aid must reach the Palestinians and this is what I am calling for, because we as Poles got protection and aid at some point when we needed it, and this is what must be done towards the Palestinians who are Need her now.
For his part, Ambassador Khalifa expressed the Palestinian people’s thanks and appreciation to the Polish people, their institutions and their parties for the manifestations of solidarity that they have expressed since the first day of this aggression against the Palestinian people. He thanked Poland for its positions in support of resolving this conflict by peaceful means.
He said: It is shameful for the institutions of the international community to remain silent in the face of the horrific massacres that the Palestinian people are exposed to, and the voice must be raised in front of the horror of this aggression, and it is the duty of the international community and world public opinion to question Israel instead of arming it and concluding arms agreements with it that is used to kill civilians.
He added that the right to self-defense and the protection of the Palestinian people from this aggression that targeted civilians and infrastructure in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, should be among the priorities of the international community.
Ambassador Khalifa stressed that what Gaza was subjected to was a massacre and heinous aggression aimed at inflicting the largest number of victims among civilians and destroying the infrastructure with very ugly pretexts.
He continued: The solution to the conflict is easy and within reach, entitled ending the occupation, and that the equation is very simple based on the two-state solution, one of which is a Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, without which this conflict will continue indefinitely, and its alternative is a state of racial discrimination. An apartheid state.
At the beginning of the press conference, a short film about the results of the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip was shown, produced by the Palestinian Embassy.
It is noteworthy that most Polish cities witnessed demonstrations and stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people condemning the Israeli aggression, and many Polish people placed bouquets of roses and slogans in front of the Palestinian embassy expressing its solidarity with the victims.