Sinn Féin Republican Youth are encouraging people to take part in the ‘Light for Gaza’ initiative by lighting a candle and placing a solidarity message beside it, take a photo of it and upload it to Facebook and Twitter between 10.00pm and 11.00pm on Sunday 23rd July.
Spokesperson for Sinn Féin Republican Youth in Derry Caolán McGinley said:
“People have been outraged by what has been happening in Gaza over the past number of years with the continued Israeli onslaught and occupation.
“The most recent crisis has seen Gaza’s only operating power plant turned off due to a severe shortage of fuel, leaving the entire Gaza area in a complete blackout.
“Many news outlets ignore what happens in Gaza and the inhumane conditions in which people are forced to live due to Israeli occupation. Social media can be a powerful method of sharing their story.
“Gaza suffers chronic electricity shortages, meaning almost all of the 1.8m people who live there can’t pump water to their homes or get access to fresh water. Many people depend on limited supplies from the UN and humanitarian aid agencies.
“In an effort to highlight the horrible conditions in which people currently live in Gaza. We are encouraging people to take part in the ‘Light for Gaza’ initiative.
“Simply light a candle, place a solidarity message beside it, take a photo and upload it to Facebook and Twitter between 10.00pm and 11.00pm on Sunday 23rd July, using the hashtag – #Light4Gaza.
“We chose this time because it’s when most of the main news will be broadcast across Europe.
“Take part and stand in solidarity with people in Gaza by using the power of social media to highlight the suffering the Palestinian’s endure.”