Sinn Féin Councillor Aileen Mellon has said her party will continue to work to build international solidarity in support of the Palestinian people.
Addressing a rally at Free Derry Corner on Thursday night to mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, the Ballyarnett Councillor called on the Irish government to stop “dragging its heels” on recognising the State of Palestine.
Aileen Mellon said:
“Sinn Féin continues to support the people of Palestine and is constantly working to build solidarity at home and internationally.
“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 on a daily basis.
“Hundreds of Palestinians – including 52 children – have been murdered since the beginning of 2018 by Israeli Occupation Forces.
“The international community has a responsibility to support the Palestinian people and challenge the continuing human rights abuses of Israel.
“Next week marks the fourth anniversary of a Sinn Féin motion – which was agreed unanimously by the Dáil – that calls on the Irish government to formally recognise the State of Palestine. The government must stop dragging its heels and implement this motion.
“The passing of the Occupied Territories Bill through Committee stage in the Seanad is a momentous step towards banning the import and sale of goods, services and natural resources which come from Israeli settlements.
“Sinn Féin will continue to argue for justice, rights and peace in Palestine and make our voice heard against the abuse of International Law which damages the two-state solution.”