in solidarity with Palestinian People
A Spanish delegation consisting of
one hundred and twenty artists and activists from Spanish NGOs,
visited An-Najah National University on Saturday 28th
of February 2004. They first met the university administration,
represented by Mr.Sami Al-Kilani , Director of the Public
Relations Department, who welcomed the visitors of the university
and thanked them for their solidarity and sympathy with the
Palestinian people. He expressed his deep gratitude to the
sympathy which was shown by the Spanish people, and thanked the
delegation who faced similar troubles as Palestinians on the
roadblocks. He highlighted the rich history of Spanish people and
their struggle for freedom, mentioning Garcia Lorca and the
importance of his poems to the Spanish people. He compared him to
the Palestinian poet Fadwa Tukan, for whom An-Najah celebrated a
memorial a few days ago, and who provided the Palestinian people
with determination, courage and hope.
Alayan, from the Journalism Department, made a speech in Spanish
in which he explained the harsh conditions that the Palestinian
people face: the siege, the curfews, and the separation racial
wall. He described the impact of such conditions on social,
economical and cultural fabrics of Palestinian society.
Mrs. Christine de Pagie, the head of
the delegation, made a statement in which she expressed her
gratitude for being hosted at An-Najah, as her warm feelings
toward the Palestinian people and their sufferance. She said
“Today we experienced some suffering on the roadblocks when we
were asked to keep waiting for a few hours. This is nothing
compared to your daily sufferance“ .The group also committed
itself to deliver the Palestinian message to the Spanish people
and to put pressure on their government and the European Union in
order to encourage them to ensure justice in Palestine.
Sami Al-Kilani, the Representative of the university President and
the director of the Public Relations Department, offered Mrs.
Christine de Pagie the Plaque of the university Silver Jubilee.
Some other artists and actresses from Spain made statement in
which they expressed their profound emotions and support to the
Palestinian people in their hard conditions.
A documentary movie translated into
Spanish and illustrating the current Palestinian daily life was
shown in the auditorium, after which the delegation was divided
into small groups to discuss with the local
of Zajel Youth Exchange Program the social life of the Palestinian
citizens, and the impact of the imposed Israeli siege on their
It is worthy of noting that this
Spanish delegation is one of many international delegation that
takes the initiative to visit the Occupied Palestine Territories
and witness the Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights and
the daily sufferings the Palestinians people.