EU High-level Meetings for Brothers and Sister of Hamas Hostages
From December 4 to 12, 2023, the ECLJ organized a series of high-level meetings for three brothers and a sister of Hamas hostages with European and French politicians in Brussels, Paris, and Strasbourg. The delegation had previously visited Washington and the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. We were received by officials and diplomats from various countries, and by European and national MPs from both the right and the left.
Photo of the delegation with Marek Belka and Pedro Marques, Vice-Presidents of the S&D Group (Socialists and Democrats).
Those meetings were highly important. From the day after October 7, we have witnessed demonstrations of joy and support for Hamas throughout Europe. Some have even denied the truth of the inhuman massacre committed on these innocent people. Others wanted to equate the massacres committed by Hamas with Israel's military response, forgetting that this war was deliberately provoked by Hamas with the aim of causing Palestinian civilian casualties in order to serve its propaganda. It goes without saying that we deplore all innocent victims.
Photo of the delegation with the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Nicola Beer (Renew).
During these numerous meetings, four subjects systematically came up in the discussions :
Yonatan Lulu-Shamriz, brother of hostage Alon Shamriz, speaking with EP President, Roberta Mezzola.
During all this time with the family hostages, we were impressed by their dignity, fortitude and vitality. They testified relentlessly, but also without anger. They had not a single word of hatred. They are brothers and sister of hostages captured in the kibbutz Kfar Haza. Kibbutz Kfar Haza was founded in 1951; it is located 2 km away from Gaza and is composed of pacifist families who believe in peaceful coexistence with the Palestinians. People from Gaza were also employed in this kibbutz.
Even if it is very difficult today, these Israelis aspire to just one thing: to be reunited with their loved ones and to live in peace with their neighbors and not under the permanent threat of extermination, which Hamas has sworn to do.