Thursday, July 26, 2007

[wvns] Europeans: Release Palestinian Ministers


LUISA MORGANTINI, Vice President of the European Parliament
luisa.morgantini @

45 Members of the European Parliament, from different political
groups, have decided to express their solidarity towards the 45
Palestinian colleagues imprisoned by Israel, and called for their
immediate and unconditional release.

All the 45 MEPs stood up symbolically in the plenary, right before the
beginning of the debate with Mr. Solana on the situation on the Middle
East, representing the 45 Members of the Palestinian Legislative
Council detained in the Israeli jails in a clear violation of the
international legality .

"Each of us, MEPs, is deeply concerned about the imprisonment of the
President and of 1/3 of the Members of the Palestinian Legislative
Council, democratically and legitimately elected by the Palestinian
people", MEPs said in their declaration.

Through this initiative, MEPs want to strongly condemn these arrests
by the Israeli Army, but also remind the anniversary of the beginning
of the Israeli military occupation in the Palestinian territories,
which is during 40 years exactly today.

"We are deeply worried not only for the plight of the 45 members of
the Palestinian Legislative Council but also for the near 11000
Palestinian political prisoners currently imprisoned by the Israeli
Army, without a true process and often brutally abducted by the
Israeli soldiers.

They have to be released and, at the same time, also the Israeli
soldier Gilad Shalit must be freed by the Palestinian group that
kidnapped him in Gaza Strip, as a change of prisoners- affirms Luisa
Morgantini, one of the 45 MEPs participating to this initiative.

"40 years of military occupation are enough: now it's urgent to
implement a political solution of the conflict, based on "two People
and two States" and it's necessary that the Palestinian Legislative
Council could continue its activity, instead of preventing its work
because of the check points, the arrests, the summary killings kept on
by the current Israeli policy of military occupation", concluded Luisa

MEPs participating to the initiative:

Adamou Adamos, Andria Alfonso, Aubert Marie-Hélène, Auken Margarete,
Beer Angelika, Brepoels Frieda, Bourzai Bernadette, Bowis John,
Carnero Gonzàlez Carlos, Cohn-Bendit Daniel, Davies Chris, De Brún
Bairbre, De Keyser Véronique, Demetriou Panayiotis, De Rossa
Proinsias, Evans Jill, Flautre Hélène, Gottardi Donata, Guerreiro
Pedro, Hammerstein Mintz David, Isler-Béguin Marie-Anne, Kasoulides
Ioannis , Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou Rodi, Locatelli Pia Elda, Lucas
Caroline, Madeira Jamila, Matsakis Marios, McMillan-Scott Edward,
Menendez Del Valle Emilio, Meyer Pleite Willy, Morgantini Luisa,
Napoletano Pasqualina, Patrie Béatrice, Portas Miguel, Purvis John,
Resetarits Karin, Romeva i Rueda Raül, Roure Martine, Saïfi Tokia,
Savi Toomas, Sudre Margie, Svensson Eva-Britt, Toussas Georgios,
Triantaphyllides Kyriacos, Wurtz Francis.



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