Through various forms and methods, widespread popular solidarity with the Palestinians is organized in Italy in light of the crimes and violations they are subjected to from the Israeli occupation within continuous activities and not only in connection with an immediate incident.
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In the city of Florence, the stronghold of the Italian left, the “House of Peoples’ Rights” was established, to unite the relevant committees and associations that struggle for the rights of peoples – especially the Palestinian people – as explained by the coordinator of the House Gianni Monti, explaining their initiatives to promote fraternal cooperation between peoples struggling against oppression and exploitation .
The Peoples’ Rights House is a local initiative to “collect facts that are monitored in the field of international politics, and support the cause of peoples struggling for freedom, equality, democracy, social and environmental justice.”
The Peoples’ Rights House was among the local coordination groups in Italy that were the first to show solidarity with the Palestinian people after the events of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.
The “People’s Rights House” lineup is distinguished by the diversity of its members from different parts of the world, which gives this body of solidarity with the Palestinian people a global character, even if it is locally established.
In the spring of 2015, Italian students from various academic disciplines at the University of Turin and the Polytechnic decided to establish a fieldwork group for solidarity with the Palestinian people at the academic level, which they called the “Palestine Project”, which was formed after the visit of the Palestinian researcher and activist Omar Barghouti to the University of Turin in the Faculty of Culture Politics and society.
The group aims – as stated in an introductory paper about it – to achieve its primary goal of creating moments of debate and conscious and critical study of issues related to the Palestinian issue within the university, and it is “a place that must be animated by a continuous dialogue between theoretical issues and practical dimensions that characterize reality in the contemporary world.” .
The purpose of the group’s activities – in which university professors, activists, and book authors participate from time to time – is “to create awareness among students of the current situation in the Palestinian territories, and to suggest an effective way to support Palestinian demands for justice and freedom through academic boycott.”
The “Palestine Project” is no longer limited to students. Even those who graduated from the university are still linked to this solidarity group, such as Chiara Fortunato, who is currently active in a non-governmental organization, and who gained in her university stage a sense of solidarity with the Palestinian cause, and did not lag behind as an activist within this event. About the march of solidarity with the Palestinian people, which was recently organized by the project’s activists in the squares and streets of Turin, for about 7 hours, during the bombing of Gaza two weeks ago.
“The greater the solidarity with Palestine and the international pressure on Israel, the higher the level of hope for change,” according to Chiara Fortunato, who compares the situation with the situation of the South African government, which “was almost isolated from the international community because of the apartheid it pursued. On the other hand, we find that the Israeli government is still It enjoys the solidarity of most governments in the world.”
“Palestine Mon Amor”
There are many forms and methods of solidarity with the Palestinian cause in Italy. It was not limited to the traditional methods of protest. A group of young artists chose to organize annual film shows in the Pimoni region in northern Italy under the title “Palestine Moon Amore” based on the weight of the world famous movie “Hiroshima Moon” Hiroshima Mon Amour, directed by Alain Resnais.
The organizers chose the connotation “Mon Amor” to draw attention to what is happening in the Palestinian territories by evoking the extent of the destruction and the atomic attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.
The scale of the tragedy and devastation that surrounds the Palestinians is almost obscured by the prevailing vision in many Western films, according to Andrina Campagna, an academic researcher in cinema and one of the active members of the Small Cinema Forum, which organizes a series of Palestinian film screenings, in which our speaker sees a soft solidarity way to correct some inaccuracies.
Campania asserts that “most of the information and images that come from the Palestinian territories and the Gaza Strip are mediated by a pro-Israel point of view that tends to flatten, and they repeat in films the same narrative, to the point of nausea to tame the viewer’s look and thought.”
Andreina Campania goes on to talk to Al Jazeera Net, saying that the film screenings of Palestinian cinema is a special act of solidarity that “can propose a different vision of reality and restore to the Palestinian people the full right to cinematic existence through new perspectives.”
“Solidarity is a weapon, and we must use it now more than ever,” said the “Universities Against Israeli Apartheid” bloc in Bologna, which confirmed on its official Facebook page that “it is necessary to inform, raise awareness, support the struggle in Palestine, while showing Contradictions within a country that claims to be close to civil rights, but has no objection to canceling the rights of an entire people.
Solidarity initiatives towards the Palestinian people have also taken on a material character, as is the case for the “Palestine Sardinia Society”, which opened a fundraising campaign, the proceeds of which will go to Al-Awda Hospital in Gaza.