Sinn Féin proud to support Occupied Territories Bill – Mary Lou McDonald
The Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has called on all parties to support the Occupied Territories Bill and commended Senator Frances Black for bringing it forward.
Speaking in the Dáil McDonald said:
“Just before Christmas, I led a Sinn Féin delegation to the West Bank at the invitation of the Palestinian Legislative Council. While there, we met with all parties elected to that Council and all of them knew about this Bill and held great hope that it be passed.
“The Palestinian people are the victims of a process of colonialization and the building of illegal settlements. They have had their lands taken and rights excluded. Many of those we met had been imprisoned through a form of internment known as administrative detention - a British law that still stands. That includes over 400 children.
“The people we met in Palestine look to Ireland for support. They do so because our nation is no stranger to colonialization and to conflict and they expect us to stand by them.
“We must stand by them and pass the Occupied Territories Bill.”