Relatives and representatives of all political forces in the town hall of Seville gathered this morning to dedicate five minutes of silence called by the City Council in honor of Maya Villalobos, the 19-year-old Spanish-Israeli who lost his life during a Hamas attack on a military base in Gaza where he was serving in the military. All political parties except two councilors from IU and Podemos did not agree with the text of the call which shows “rejection and solidarity with the death of the young woman from Seville and all the victims of Israel.”
“The pain and suffering of many decades of the Palestinian people is ignored because of a situation of occupation and apartheid of an oppressive government like Israel,” said the spokesperson of the municipal group Con Podemos, Susana Hornillo, in statements collected by Ang Europa Press, which was in City Hall, although he did not pose for photographers, he expressed his condolences for the young woman who was “killed.” “On a day in which the government of Seville dedicates five minutes to the victims of Israel, I want to show my solidarity and support to the Palestinians who have been exiled as a result of the war of occupation of the genocidal State of Israel for 75 years,” declared his colleague Ismael Sánchez, IU representative of the left coalition.
Maya is the daughter of Eduardo Villalobos, professor of Microbiology at the University of Seville, and Galit Sinvany, an Israeli researcher. The young woman will be buried in Israel, where she lives with her mother and her father. In the tribute, he and Maya became close. Among them, was his uncle José María Villalobos, who questioned “the unconsciousness of sending “a child” to the front line, referring to the decision of the Israeli army to teach a young woman to ” military” in a dangerous area. Villalobos also pointed out that his nephew was permitted to travel to Seville and visit his father.