'We will never surrender'
The Palestine Solidarity Night that was organized by Human and Civilization Movement (HCM) at Abdi İpekçi Sports Hall drew a large turnout.
Palestine, Middle East, Turkey 08.02.2009

The Palestine Solidarity Night that was organized by Human and Civilization Movement (HCM) at Abdi İpekçi Sports Hall drew a large turnout.

The attendants frequently shouted slogans in favor of Palestine and condemned Israel.

The program started with a video slide about Gaza that came under heavy Israeli strikes several weeks ago and continued with a concert by Group Genç. Fund was raised for Gaza at the end of the program and the money was handed to the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation.

The attendants expressed their concern for the conflicts in the Islamic world and Gaza in particular in a pray recited by Ömer Döngeloğlu.

Delivering the opening speech at the night, HCM President İkram Soltan indicated the significance of Gaza to the Islamic world.

IHH President Bülent Yıldırım delivered a speech after Soltan. Yıldırım gave account of his stay in Gaza and said: “A member of almost every Gazan family was killed. Although they lost their family members and homes to the attacks, the morale of the Gazan people is quite high. Tears of Gazan children are worth seeing. Gaza is the land of the martyr.

"Palestine resisted and won. It is time we help the Palestinian people. We must rebuild Gaza. The IHH donated $2,000 to each of the 2,000 families whose houses were destroyed and €1,000 to the families of the Palestinians killed. We extended cash donations to the affected families so that they could rent houses until they build new houses.

"Gaza is where Jews, Zionism were defeated. Gaza is the fortress of victory." 

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