Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyyeh has received three international solidarity delegations, including Miles of Smiles 22 headed by Isam Yousif.
The members of the delegations who visited the Gaza Strip are from different countries such as Bahrain, Turkey, Britain and other European countries.
Isam Yousif, head of Miles of Smiles, said that such solidarity delegations will continue to visit the besieged Gaza Strip to send several messages to the Palestinians, as well as the whole world.
Yousif said that the message to the Palestinians is that “free people around the world are still with you,” and the message to the world is that “the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza does not stand before our support to the oppressed.”
Yousif said that every one of the delegation members is an ambassador to his fellow citizens and all their efforts combined – when they return back home, write or speak to people – mobilize public opinion in their countries.
For his part, Haniyyeh thanked the members of the delegations for their efforts and corporeal support.
Haniyyeh reinforced the importance of the continuation of such delegations as this has three important outcomes. “They affect decision making inside the Israeli institution, undermine Israeli control over the Palestinians and support the Palestinians throughout the assistance they bring,” he said.
In front of the delegations, Haniyyeh spoke about the dangers that are being posed on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and all sides of life and history of the holy city of Jerusalem. He spoke with them about the division scheme planned for the sanctuary yards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
He called for security, political, informational, ideological and relief support to the people who live in Jerusalem in order to enable them to face the hardships of life they experience at the hands of the Israeli government and Israeli settlers pushing them out of the city.
MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad