Lynn Boylan MEP expresses her solidarity with the people of Palestine on the UN International Day of Solidarity
Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan MEP has reiterated her strong
continuing solidarity with the Palestinian people and her support for
the recognition of Palestinian statehood.
This expression of solidarity comes ahead of tomorrow's UN International Day of Solidarity with Palestine.
Speaking today Ms Boylan said:
"I wish to particularly express my solidarity with the people of Gaza, still suffering following the deadly Israeli onslaught this summer which saw over 2000 Palestinians lose their lives. The UN has just declared a state of emergency in the Gaza Strip after two days of heavy rain led to severe flooding. Over 400,000 Palestinians were displaced since the most recent conflict and many Gazan families were already facing into a cold winter without electricity or running water after homes and buildings were bombarded by Israeli forces.
The international community has already pledged over €4.3 billion for rebuilding Gaza, with the Irish government promising €2.5m in funding. Will this prove to be a waste of taxpayers money if the conflict escalates again? Why is the EU footing the bill for Israel's criminality? Surely Israel should be forced to foot this bill?
The international community is also complicit in the destruction of Gaza by the Israeli military, as much of weaponry used was purchased from other countries. I’m reiterating my colleague Martina Andersons’ call that Ireland must end its arms trade with Israel.
A recent report by Trócaire highlighted the fact that from 2011-14 the Irish government paid almost €3 million to an Israeli firm which provides equipment for the apartheid wall surrounding the occupied West Bank. The Irish Defence Forces also bought ten ground surveillance radar systems from this firm.
Next month in Strasbourg GUE/NGL MEPs will call on the European Parliament to stand with the 135 countries that already recognise the state of Palestine when a plenary vote on recognising Palestine takes place.
This would send an important message of support to the struggle of the Palestinian people against occupation and would be an important step towards a just and peaceful two-state solution."