Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has said Ireland must ‘lead the way’ by immediately recognising the State of Palestine.
The Ballyarnett Councillor addressed a rally in Derry , organised by Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, marking the first anniversary of the ‘Great March of Return’ in Gaza.
“Today marks the first anniversary of the first Great March of Return which took place in Gaza.
“The demonstrations, which took place every Friday, seen hundreds of Palestinians murdered and thousands injured by the brutal actions of the Israeli occupation forces.
“A recent UN report slammed the actions of Israeli occupation forces as having ‘unlawfully authorised’ lethal force resulting in loss of life.
“Over seventy years ago, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were driven from their homes and their land, the injustice and tragic consequences of those actions continue to the present day.
“Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank face flagrant human rights abuses as Israel shows complete disregard for International Law.
“The international community must hold Israel accountable for their atrocities and failure to comply with international law.
“The Irish people cannot stand idly by and ignore the daily abuse of human rights in Gaza and the West Bank, we have a proud history of standing against apartheid and occupation.
“It’s time for the Irish government to take the lead by immediately recognising the State of Palestine as approved by the Dáil over four years ago. This is long overdue. The time for heel-dragging is over.” Críoch/Ends