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Sinn Féin request book of condolence for victims of Gaza massacre

15 May, 2018 - by Deirdre Hargey, Barra Ó Muirí


Sinn Féin’s leader on Belfast City Council, Deirdre Hargey, has formally requested that a book of condolence be opened in Belfast City Hall for the victims of the massacre in Gaza and that the council chief executive contact other parties immediately with regard to this Sinn Féin request. 
Councillor Hargey said:

“I have requested that a book of condolence be opened in Belfast City Hall for the victims of the massacre carried out by Israeli forces on innocent Palestinians in Gaza.

“I hope that the other parties on Belfast City Council will support this request that will allow Belfast citizens to show their solidarity with the people of Palestine.

“This was an atrocity and the brutal nature of the Israeli Army has been laid bare for all to see. 

“Sinn Féin is calling on the Irish government to expel the Israeli Ambassador from Ireland and move immediately to formally recognise the state of Palestine as voted for in the Dáil.

“Sinn Féin has also submitted a motion for discussion at the next full Belfast council meeting at the beginning of June.

“The motion submitted by Sinn Féin reads:

“This council condemns the recent murder and attack by Israeli forces on innocent protestors, including men, women and children in Gaza. 

“We call on the international community to stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza and defend their human rights. 

“We call on the Irish Government to recognise the state of Palestine as voted for in the Dáil, and further call upon the Irish Government to expel the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland.” 

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