On 23 and 24 September 2021, Mohamed Hannoun, leader of the Associazione dei Palestineisi in Italia, met with Italian Members of Parliament in Rome to discuss matters related to Israel and the humanitarian situation in the Middle East. According to an article in pro-Palestinian media:
On Thursday and Friday 23–24 / 09/2021, the president of the API, Dr. Muhammad Hannoun, accompanied by the head of Public Relations of the association, Sulaiman Hijazi, held several meetings at the Italian Parliament with some parliamentarians affiliated with Italian parties, such as the Five Star Movement, the PD, right-wing and opposition parties. Hannoun discussed with parliamentarians the latest developments in the Palestinian arena, the Israeli attacks on the city of Jerusalem and the repercussions of the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, especially after the latest Israeli offensive. [Translated from Italian original using Google.]
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The article furthers reports during these meetings Hannoun also highlighted the humanitarian condition of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon following the economic and social crisis in that country. On 25 September 2021, former Five Star Movement MP Yana Chiara Ehm published a Facebook post saying she thanked Hanoun and Hijazi for the fruitful debate, noting that it ended with a clear call to “organize a humanitarian mission in Lebanon.” Another Five Star Movement MP, Emanuela Corda, also published a Facebook post in which she vowed to do her part as an MP to relieve the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. The Five Star Movement is generally considered as populist/right-wing but is difficult to classify.
Mohamed Hannoun, a prominent Italian pro-Palestinian activist, is known to have been President of the Associazione Benefica Di Solidarieta’ Con Il Popolo Palestinese (ABSPP), the Italian member of the Union of Good (UOG), a worldwide coalition of Muslim Brotherhood-related charities designated by the US for Hamas fund-raising activities.
Hannoun has also acted as representative of the European Campaign to End the Siege On Gaza (ECESG), an umbrella of non-governmental pro-Palestinian organizations across Europe. The ECESG Executive Director was also an officer of the London-based Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), designated by the Israeli government and described as “Hamas’s organizational branch in Europe.” The ECESG was among the participants in a June 2010 “Gaza Flotilla” involved in a violent altercation with Israel naval forces.
The Hamas charter says that it is “one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine,” and a Hamas journalist has acknowledged the role that the “international Muslim Brotherhood” has played in providing funds for the purchase of weapons. Hamas is known to be supported financially and politically by the GMB.