Press TV, Rome
The second Falastin Festival opened its doors in Rome's suburban Tiburtino III quarter on Thursday.
The four-day initiative has been organized by the Palestinian Association of Rome and Lazio region and is supported by a number of Italian organizations including the national association of Italian partisans ANPI.
The festival aims to build intercultural understanding and promote Palestinian culture in the Italian capital.
The festival features Palestine's traditional music and food and showcases films and books on the Palestinian struggle for statehood.
Some attendees commented on Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett's recent statements on Palestine, who reiterated his opposition to the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state in the occupied territories after a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi earlier this week.
The European Parliament’s Budget Committee will meet at the end of this month to vote on 2022 contributions to the Palestinian Authority. Many are concerned about a possible cutback.
The Falastin Festival will continue until Sunday. It will be featuring round tables on crucial issues such as the international recognition of Palestine as a state, the ongoing attempts to Juidize al-Quds and Italy's foreign policy towards the struggle of the oppressed people of Palestine.