BEIRUT: Future bloc MPs Wednesday condemned the international community’s silence over the Israeli offensive against Gaza, delivering a letter to the UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon calling for urgent action to end the attacks.
“We are here to tell the world that we are standing by Gaza, by occupied Palestine whose land has been ravished,” Siniora said in a solidarity press conference by Future MPs in at the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)’s garden, in Downtown Beirut.
“Your wounds are ours,” said Siniora, addressing the people of Gaza, “and you are fighting on the behalf of all of us.”
He compared the Israeli attacks on Gaza to the war on Lebanon in 2006, saying Israel’s goals will be defeated "again" with the strong will of the Palestinian people.
“The Lebanese succeeded in 2006 to defeat the Israeli offensive due to their unity, and the strength and solidity of the resistance and its heroes,” he said, calling Palestinians to similarly unite behind the resistance and persist against the “continuous oppression" of Israel.
Siniora accused Israel of waging the war with the purpose of “breaking the Palestinian unity,” and blasted the international community for backing Israel, while turning a blind eye to “rightful Palestinian demands.”
“They talk about Israel’s right to defend itself, and they forget the Palestinian people’s right for freedom, dignity and peaceful living,” he said.
Siniora addressed the Arab countries, calling their people to acknowledge the necessity of bringing back the Palestinian cause as a top priority.
The MPs stood for a moment of silence for the souls of those killed in Gaza, and then proceeded to the ESCWA building where they submitted a letter addressed to UN General Secretary through his representative in Lebanon.