Ireland stands with the People of Palestine – Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to move to recognise the State of Palestine and to expel the Israeli ambassador following the massacre of sixteen Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli military yesterday.

Ms McDonald said;

“The Taoiseach must condemn this brutal slaughter of these Palestinian civilians who were engaged in legitimate protest.

“He, and the Irish government, must stand up against the aggression of the Israeli state and for the human rights of the population of Gaza.

“Mr Varadkar should be consistent in his approach to international diplomacy. The international community and European Union must act on the flouting of international law and standards by Israel with the shooting of protesters.

“The Palestinian State and its people are entitled to the support and protections of the international community.

“An Taoiseach, should make clear to Israel that Ireland deplores the actions of their military in killing protestors, that Ireland stands with the people of Palestine and that Ireland recognises the state of Palestine.

“The Irish nation, with our all our history, cannot and will not turn a blind eye to these acts, and the Taoiseach must act and move to expel the Israeli ambassador

“The Taoiseach cannot be silent in the wake of this atrocity.”