Recognition of the Palestinian state ‘an essential display of solidarity’ – McDonald

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has said today that the Irish Government must condemn the actions of Israel today and the murder of dozen of Palestinian protesters in the strongest possible way.

Teachta McDonald said that the expulsion of Israeli diplomats and the recognition of the Palestinian state are measure that the government must consider this week.

Teachta McDonald said:

“What is happening in Gaza today is an atrocity. There is no other way to describe it. Dozens of unarmed protesters have been cut down by the Israeli army today, over a hundred since these protests began in March.

“The Irish government, so quick to follow the lead of other nations, must now take a stand and expel the Israeli diplomatic mission from Ireland in protest at these horrific events.

“The Irish government must also formally recognise the state of Palestine. A Sinn Féin motion to that effect was passed by the Dáil in 2014 and successive governments have dragged their heels. Ireland remains in the minority of UN Member States that do not yet recognise the State of Palestine. The passing of that motion, in conjunction with the passing of similar motions in Parliaments across the EU, was an important act of solidarity with the Palestinian people.

“The Palestinian people need our solidarity now. This could well be one of the bloodiest episodes in their tragic history and Ireland must take the lead among nations in saying that there can be no impunity or indemnity for state violence directed at peaceful protest.

“Without international sanction or diplomatic retribution, I fear that many more innocent civilians will be killed in the coming days.”