The DUP’s self-styled attempts to strengthen economic and cultural links with Israel are only aimed at giving succour to an apartheid state guilty of massacring civilians, Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said.
The Foyle MLA commented: “This week, the DUP announced that they have sent a delegation to Jerusalem in order to strengthen economic and cultural ties between the North and Israel.
“The visit comes in the aftermath of the Israeli massacre of over 100 civilian demonstrators and the maiming of thousands more.
“It is War Crimes inspectors who should be visiting Palestine, not self-styled DUP delegations that only provide succour to an apartheid state.
“This is a time when the international community should be standing up to the Israeli state for the indiscriminate slaughter and the ongoing discrimination of Palestinians, not a time for seeking stronger ties with the state. By doing so, the DUP disregard Israel’s consistent refusal to abide by international law and UN resolutions.
“This is wrong and Sinn Féin again reiterate our support for the BDS and offer our strong solidarity to the people of Palestine.”