Yolanda Díaz at an event held on September 28. EUROPA PRESS
This Sunday, the Hamas terrorist group carried out a bloody and unexpected unprecedented terrorist attack in southern Israel that left more than 100 dead. The attack, which shook the country in the midst of the celebration of Shabbat – a sacred day for Judaism – included the discharge of 2,500 rockets and the infiltration of dozens of terrorists into Israeli territory. They murdered and kidnapped dozens of civilians and soldiers to later display them. through Gaza. Israel reacted by declaring a state of war in Gaza. “Citizens of Israel, we are at war. Not in an operation, they are not rounds of combat, it is a war and we will win it,” declared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In Spain, as in the rest of the world, the reactions were immediate. Pedro Sánchez, acting president of the Government and leader of the PSOE, was lukewarm and claimed coexistence between peoples, while PP and Vox described it as a “terrorist attack.”
On the other hand, groups openly opposed to the State of Israel, such as Sumar and Podemos, avoided condemning the attacks by Hamas terrorists in messages in which they did charge against Israel. “Dismayed by the images coming from southern Israel and Gaza. My solidarity with all the victims,” lamented Yolanda Díaz, first vice president of the acting Government and leader of Sumar, on X (formerly Twitter). Díaz requested the intervention of the international community and called for “ending the occupation” of Israel. “We need a just, lasting and sustainable peace and that means complying with international law, ending the occupation and allowing the Palestinian people to live with dignity. “The international community cannot continue to stand idly by.”
We need a just, lasting and sustainable peace and that means complying with international law, ending the occupation and allowing the Palestinian people to live with dignity.
The international community cannot continue standing idly by.
— Yolanda Díaz (@Yolanda_Diaz_) October 7, 2023
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Even more forceful was the Sahrawi deputy Tesh Sidi, who stressed that “Palestinians are murdered day and night and no one condemns that.” “With the people and their right to self-determination. Today and always with Palestine. There will be a lot of media manipulation, 24-hour tweets, but many of us know that Palestinians are murdered day and night and no one condemns that,” wrote Sidi, who also warned of Israel’s response. “It will be cruel, we have seen it all these years,” she noted, just after asking, like Díaz, for the involvement of the international community.
“I am a firm defender of human rights, I have not looked the other way with any occupation, earthquake, or war. The construction of La Paz starts from recognizing and condemning all the atrocities that are committed against the civilian population. For this reason, the international community has to lead all processes with the same forcefulness, so that these crimes are not committed against the civilian population, now against the Israeli population, but for decades against the Palestinians, turning Gaza into an open-air prison. in an Apartheid regime,” he said. From Más País, one of the parties that joined the coalition for the last electoral process, Íñigo Errejón, leader of the party, has demanded this Saturday the “cessation of all violence” and has made an “appeal to the State of Israel, as the main person responsible for compliance with United Nations resolutions.”
The position and messages of the Podemos leaders have been almost identical to that of their coalition partners. Ione Belarra, general secretary of the purple party, has pointed out the “complicit silence” with Israel. “Today the whole world will condemn the attack by Hamas, while every day they maintain a complicit silence in the face of Israel’s attacks against the Palestinian people. “We are against all forms of violence,” she demanded.
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For her part, Isa Serra, spokesperson for Podemos, has shown “all our solidarity with the Palestinian people” and has demanded an end to the “violent occupation of Palestinian territory by the State of Israel.” This situation, Serra explains, generates “exclusion, plundering of resources, violence, poverty and a systematic violation of human rights with apartheid on the West Bank and specifically on Gaza.”