Gavan to address London Palestine Solidarity Rally
Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan is one of the invited speakers to address a Palestine Solidarity March and Rally taking place tomorrow afternoon in London.
The ‘Make It Right for Palestine’ event is expected to attract 20,000 people as it marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration by the British Government which built the path for the dispossession of the Palestinian people.
Speaking ahead of the rally, Senator Gavan said:
“It is an honour and privilege to be invited to speak on this platform to express our solidarity with the Palestinian people.
“The Balfour Declaration is among the worst examples of British Colonial Policy; one which has caused untold suffering to the Palestinian people. For the past 100 years, Palestinian Rights have been continually eroded.
“Last summer, I visited the West Bank as part of an international delegation in support of Palestinian political prisoners. I witnessed first-hand the Apartheid Israeli State in action; the illegal settlements, the militant courts, the ritual daily humiliation of Palestinian workers at military checkpoints. I met with families of prisoners on ‘administrative detention’, an Israeli euphemism for internment, and families who have had their loved ones murdered by the Israeli Army of Occupation.
“I will use this occasion to call on the Irish Government to respect the vote that was taken in our parliament three years ago to recognise the State of Palestine. I will also call for an immediate end to the EU’s preferential trade agreement with Israel and full support for the international campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli Occupation of Palestine.
“We know from the experience of defeating Apartheid in South Africa that strengthening the BDS campaign throughout the international community is the best means of bringing a just and lasting settlement for the Palestinian people.”