The following statement from Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams was read out at today’s massive demonstration in London in support of the people of Gaza attended by 150,000 people.
“I would like to send solidarity greetings to you today, on behalf of myself and Sinn Féin, in solidarity with the people of Gaza.
Many tens of thousands of people across the island of Ireland, like all of you here today, have come out in cities, towns and villages to say that this is unacceptable, and that ‘we stand with the Palestinian people’ for their right to live in peace, dignity and in a viable state.
We stand for a just and peaceful settlement – not one which attempts to starve the people of Gaza into submission through an illegal blockade; not one, which breaks international law.
Not one, which believes you can negotiate peace by excluding political representatives.
Nor one, which believes it can bomb and massacre innocent children and civilians with impunity.
That is why I called for the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland. We need to send a clear and strong message. This must stop now.
I have urged the Irish government to end its shameful silence.
We in Sinn Féin have demanded a recall of our parliament, the Dáil, but to no avail.
Like in Britain, they want to avoid, at all costs, facing up to their complicity in the horror we have seen.
International pressure can make a difference.
So I commend everyone out in London today. We will continue to demand a just peace and stand with the Palestinian people.”