Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson was the main speaker at an event at the Guildhall Square in Derry on Sunday at 5pm to mark the International Day of Solidarity with Palestine.
“It is important to thank everyone for coming out on a cold and wet winter night to attend this vigil. As we stand in unity with the Palestinian people here in the Guildhall Square Derry tonight, we are sending a strong message of support to them and their struggle.
I would urge people to continue to support the campaign for the boycott of Israeli goods, every little bit helps keep the pressure on.
“The continuation of the Israeli occupation and its persistence with colonial settlement activities, cruel arrests and detention of civilians, affirm Israel’s arrogance and intransigence, its violations of international law, its rejection of peace and its adherence instead to the ideology of colonial expansion, subjugation and greed.
“The status quo under occupation and the Israeli iron fist is unsustainable as it keeps the region in a constant spiral of violence, bloodshed and conflict.
“Israel’s blockade of Gaza must end. Israel’s settler activity and terror must end. The collective punishment of Palestinian youths must end and in order to secure peace & stability in the region the occupation must end.”