For decades, many European countries sided with Israel, a view owing much to their sympathy for the Jews after the Nazi Holocaust. However, Israel’s ruthless oppression of the Palestinian people has eroded that support, and today, many European citizens support the Palestinian cause. Italy is one of the European countries standing in solidarity with Palestine.
European opposition to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip has grown since 1967. A number of prominent European activists have dedicated their lives to speaking out against Israel’s crimes. Boycott campaigns have been especially effective in raising international awareness about the Palestinians' plight.
In the film “Palestina Amore”, Italian activists explain how their stance on the conflict changed after they visited the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Many of them became activists only after witnessing the atrocious conditions endured by Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. The Italians realised they had a responsibility to raise awareness about the Palestinians’ plight and take action to help resolve it.
Italian activists formed grassroots committees to raise awareness about Palestinian issues. These committees conduct a range of actions - from distributing leaflets about the occupation to boycotting Israeli products sold in European shops.
Italian activists have organised a number of demonstrations to condemn Israel’s occupation and its military assaults on Gaza. Palestinians continue to live under the longest occupation in modern history, but international support for them continues to grow. In Europe, Italy is a true leader.
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