Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed the release of Palestinian teenager, Ahed Tamimi, after eight months in an Israeli prison.
Raymond McCartney said:
“Ahed Tamimi’s detention and subsequent imprisonment was completely wrong and I welcome her release back to her family.
“Ahed was persecuted for defending her family and community from brutal, aggressive Israeli oppressors. She was not prepared to bow down.
“There are currently 350 other Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons today, the case of Ahed Tamimi brought their struggle to the national stage.
“The silence of the international community, including our own governments, is deafening. They have a duty to uphold the rights of children and demand their release.
“The Irish government must live up to their commitments by recognising the State of Palestine as agreed by the Dáil, but also to do the right thing by immediately expelling the Israeli ambassador.”