On 2 June 2022, representatives of the Palestinian advocacy group Associazione dei Palestinesi in Italia (API) held meetings with several members of the Italian Parliament to discuss matters related to the Arab-Israeli conflict. According to an API Facebook post:
The latest developments on the Palestinian scene and the repercussions of the blockade on the Gaza Strip were talked about as violations continue in Jerusalem and the West Bank. There was also talk of a relief campaign for Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon to cope with the humanitarian crisis they are going through. [Translated from Arabic original using Bing]
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The API said it had met with representatives of several Italian factions, including the Five Star Movement, the Left Party, and ManifestA, a new left-wing parliamentary group against war and neoliberalism.
The API delegation was led by prominent Italian pro-Palestinian activist Mohamed Hannoun, who also serves as President of the Associazione Benefica Di Solidarieta’ Con Il Popolo Palestinese (ABSPP), an Italian charity sending funds to the Palestinian Territories. The ABSPP was the Italian member of the Union of Good (UOG), a worldwide coalition of Muslim charities designated by the US for Hamas fundraising activities and closely associated with the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) and sanctioned by the US. In January 2022, the GIOR reported that the Italian UniCredit bank had closed the accounts of the ASBPP after making a series of suspicious money transfers to beneficiaries in the Palestinian territories and being reported to the Italian Financial Intelligence Unit for further investigation. Hannoun also represented the European Campaign to End the Siege On Gaza (ECESG), an umbrella of non-governmental pro-Palestinian organizations across Europe that coordinated various Gaza flotillas, including a June 2010 flotilla involved in a violent altercation with Israel naval forces.
In October 2021, the GIOR reported that Hannoun, representing the API, had met with several Italian Members of Parliament in Rome to discuss matters related to Israel and the humanitarian situation in the Middle East. After that meeting, former Five Star Movement MP Yana Chiara Ehm published a Facebook post saying she thanked Hannoun for the fruitful debate, noting that it ended with a clear call to “organize a humanitarian mission in Lebanon.”
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