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A PUBLIC speaker from Switzerland traveled more than 1,100 miles to Oban in order to discuss the plight of Palestinians.
Ron Ganzfried, a grandfather of three, made the journey after being invited by the group Oban Concern for Palestine (OCFP). He addressed a group of concerned Argyll residents last Thursday at the Rockfield centre.
Palestine is currently involved in an ongoing conflict with Israel.
Mr Ganzfried, who works at a telecommunication company in his home country, said: ‘Last November I was here visiting a friend and she asked whether this would be an idea – I’m an activist on the Palestinian issue, so I said yes, why not?
‘I would like to talk about what Palestinians have to face in the coming years – confronting Israel, Zionism and I think that Israel and its ideology is a question of ethnic purity, which is inherently racist.
‘I hope that people here contact their MP and MSPs to make them accountable for supporting Israel or not.
‘I would like them to force MPs all over Europe who back Israel and its policy of ethnic cleansing. That’s my purpose.’
Margaret Powell-Joss, member of Oban Concern for Palestine, said: ‘Ron and I have been friends for ages and I have family who are interested in this.
‘I have a deep concern for human rights.’
She continued: ‘This organisation was established in 2005 and I joined in 2008.We have two to four events a year.’
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