Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew is one of the invited speakers to address a Palestine Solidarity ‘Stop the Massacre in Gaza’ rally in Parliament Square, Westminster, tomorrow, Saturday at 2.30 pm.
Prior to travelling to London Ms Gildernew said:
“It is an honour and privilege to be invited to speak on this platform in solidarity with the people of Palestine. Sinn Féin condemns the Israeli onslaught on the besieged community of the Gaza strip which has left hundreds of people, mostly civilians and children, dead and thousands more injured.
“In solidarity Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams has called for a diplomatic offensive by the Irish Government to maximise international pressure on the Israeli administration and the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from Dublin as a first step.
“Our elected representatives in Ireland and Europe have led the calls for inclusive negotiations which must include Hamas to achieve a lasting settlement. While the exact conditions pertaining to the conflict in Ireland are not the same as those in Palestine, the one principle that applies to all conflicts is the need for inclusivity. No imposed settlement that excludes any section of the population can hope to be successful.
“We call on the International community to exert pressure on Israel to immediately end hostilities and enter meaningful and inclusive dialogue to create a lasting peace settlement which respects the sovereignty and independence of Palestine along the pre-1967 borders.
“As part of these efforts, Sinn Féin has called for the immediate suspension of the EU’s preferential trade agreements with Israel. Our elected representatives have raised this issue in the Dáil and European Parliament.
“Sinn Féin is working in the political institutions, Dáil, Assembly, EU and Councils throughout Ireland as well as in cooperation with our friends in Britain and Europe to highlight and show solidarity with the people of Gaza.
“We are in regular contact with the Palestinian representatives in Ireland on matters relating to the Middle East. They support and appreciate the efforts we are making on their behalf.”