Council walk out on Jerusalem further indication of ‘rights denial’ – McKnight

Sinn Féin Councillor Caoimhe McKnight has said the DUP’s ‘walk out’ of December’s full meeting of Derry City & Strabane District Council is a further indication that the DUP can’t come to terms with the need for justice and rights in the north of Ireland and across the world. 


The walk out came after Councillors voted unanimously against President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.


Caoimhe McKnight said:


“I welcome the passing of a motion on the floor of the Council today condemning the crass and reckless decision by President Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the ‘complete and united’ capital of Israel.


“The fact that DUP Councillors walked out of the chamber at the very mention of justice and rights of Palestinians living in Jerusalem is a further indication of their anti-rights, anti-justice agenda which is out of sync with a majority of people on these islands.


“But it’s hardly surprising. They are holding up the restoration of an Executive by denying language rights, marriage equality and access to legacy inquests.


“Even the Tories seen Trump’s decision as reckless, yet the DUP failed to condemn it. They need to come to terms with the principles of justice, rights and equality.


“People right across society recognise that the unilateral move by the US will have grave consequences for peace process and the two state solution, which was already on life support because of Israel’s continued colonisation of Palestine, continued illegal Israeli colonial settlement building, and the apartheid regime that Israel is enforcing in Palestine.


“The international community is rightly united in its rejection of Israel’s jurisdiction and ownership of Jerusalem. We have sent a clear message from Derry today, the city of Civil Rights, that we reject it also.


“We must continue to stand in solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters, condemn Israeli aggression, their violations of human rights and express our support for the legitimate demands of the Palestinian people for Statehood based on the borders of 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital.


“The Irish government must send a clear signal and in line with the Programme for Government, recognise the State of Palestine.”