Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD will travel this week to Israel and Palestine for meetings with senior leaders to discuss the ongoing crisis in that region.
The Sinn Féin leader will fly to Tel Aviv on Wednesday. On Thursday morning he will meet with Israeli Labour Party leader Issac Herzog. Mr. Adams will travel to Ramallah later that day where he will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Gerry Adams also has an invitation from UNWRA the United Nations Works and Relief Agency to visit Gaza. The Sinn Féin President will be meeting with Palestinian and Israeli groups.
“I last visited Israel and Palestine, including Gaza, in 2009. Since then the political situation has deteriorated further and tension at this time, especially in Jerusalem, is very high.
“The conditions for the people of Gaza have also worsened with the continued Israeli blockade and the summer assault by its army on Gaza which saw huge loss of life and destruction of property. This is a key reason for me travelling at this time is to visit Gaza. I would be very disappointed if the Israeli government blocks this.
“I want to learn first-hand from leaders and citizens of the current difficulties faced by all of those living there; to extend my solidarity to the Palestinian people in this the ‘International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People’; and to help in any way I can to assist the building of a successful peace process.”