Days of Palestine – Gaza
Anna Kontula, a Member of the Finnish parliament, confirmed that Israel continues to build its wall around the besieged Gaza Strip illegally, behind the wall, in Gaza, there are two million people who have hopes and dreams of freedom.
This came during the international forum organized by the Days of Palestine Foundation in partnership with the We Are Not Numbers team and the 16th October team under the title (The Siege of Gaza .. An Ongoing Crime), in the presence of many guests at the local and international levels.
Kontula said that the Palestinian people suffer from the longest occupation in the modern era and the violations of human rights by Israel.
The blockade imposed on Gaza, according to the United Nations and many human rights organizations, contradicts international law and the principles of work of international human rights institutions.
It is a collective punishment of civilians there and has led to a social, economic, and humanitarian crisis in Gaza Strip.
She stated that she and a group of international activists decided in 2019 to visit the besieged Gaza Strip, to hold a demonstration on the borders of the besieged Gaza Strip, and to highlight the desperate and deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip, but unfortunately, we did not reach Gaza because the Israeli authorities stopped us.
She said that our main goal was to raise awareness about the suffocating blockade of the Gaza Strip and to create enough pressure to freeze arms deals between Finland and Israel, as the Finnish arms deals support the continued violation of international law against civilians in Palestine and the Gaza Strip.
She concluded her speech by saying: “We must not allow the construction of the Israeli wall around the Gaza Strip, and Israel cannot be allowed to continue expanding its settlements, besieging Gaza and oppressing the Palestinians. The Israeli settlements are illegal and contradict international law, and represent an obstacle to peace.”
Kontula stressed that the basic condition for achieving peace is ending the Israeli occupation and settlement, as well as stopping the state of racial discrimination and granting equal human rights to all people in the world.