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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

Cubans stand in solidarity with Palestine

Dayan Gonzalez of the Communist Party of Cuba released a statement regarding a rally in Havana in solidarity with Palestine. We have translated it from the Spanish:

With emotions running high, hundreds of people gathered in front of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) in a Tribune in Solidarity with Palestine. The first intervention was that of the Hero of the Republic and president of ICAP, Fernando González Llort, who emphasized the flagrant violation of human rights represented by the recent bombing of Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza.

Rogelio Polanco, a member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee and head of its Ideological Department, presided over the event, which was attended by leaders and officials of the Party's Central Committee, representatives and members of student, mass and non-governmental organizations, and Palestinian students.

On behalf of the University Student Federation, Fausto Ampudia Cantillo expressed his support for Palestinians studying at university in Cuba, many of whom have lost contact with their families and are also suffering the consequences of this new escalation of war. Meanwhile, Osmayda Hernández Beleño, a member of the Secretariat of the Federation of Cuban Women, said that Palestinian women have been vanguards of the resistance.

"Thousands of miles away, we raise our voices for the injustices and crimes to which Palestinians have been subjected for 75 years," said Camila Suarez. Mexican student at the Latin American School of Medicine.

An emotional rendition of the song "Solo le pido a Dios" by the troubadour Reynier Valdés moved those present, already moved by the vibrant interventions.

The Arab Union of Cuba, through its president, Yaimé Proveyer, condemned "the attempted genocide of two million people, who are currently being massacred by an occupying army in violation of the provisions of the United Nations."

On the other hand, Valter Pomar, a member of the Brazilian Labor Party, said that what is happening in Palestine is an expression of colonialism.

"War, this is not war, this is genocide, this is extermination and it has to stop," emphasized Graciela Ramírez, president of the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity of Peoples, and then the Palestinian student in Cuba, Abdhalla SamirAbdel Rahman recited the poem "My Palestinian Passport"

The last intervention was that of the Palestinian ambassador, Akram Mohammed Samhan, who thanked those present and reported that since the beginning of the attacks on October 7, the Palestinian people mourn the loss of more than 3,000 people, including more than 1,500 children and more than 12,500 wounded. Nearly one million people have now been displaced, with water and electricity services and oil supplies cut off. "The latest Israeli ultimatums, in recent days, have been to hospitals," said the ambassador, who concluded by expressing that the heroic Palestinian people will not give up.



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