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Passing of Palestinian State motion an important act of solidarity – Adams

11 December, 2014 - by Gerry Adams TD


The passing of this motion, in conjunction with the passing of similar motions in Parliaments across the EU, is an important act of solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams closing the party’s Private Members Motion on a Palestinian State welcomed the fact that; “Both house of the Oireachtas now support the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination; recognise a Palestinian state, and endorse the right of the Palestinian people to independence e and sovereignty.”

The Sinn Féin leader said todays response by the Israeli military to a peaceful also “exemplifies its oppressive strategy toward Palestinians.”

Mr. Adams extended his sympathy to Minister Abu Ein’s family and to President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority.

Mr. Adams said:

“I want to welcome the decision of the government not to oppose this motion.

Both houses of the Oireachtas now support the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination; recognise a Palestinian state, and endorse the right of the Palestinian people to independence and sovereignty.

This is a substantial and positive development which means that we are now a significant part of the consensus for peace and progress in the Middle East.

It also means that we are standing with progressive Israeli opinion which wants a lasting peace arrangement and supports the recognition of a Palestinian state.

In the debate Government TDs spoke frequently of standing up for the rights of the oppressed but always in the context of EU foreign policy.

But on this issue there is now no consensus within the EU. That means that this state needs to have its own foreign policy position, based on human rights and international law. This should have always been the case.

Others have said this motion is a symbolic act – fair enough. Well then let the government move beyond symbolism.

The passing of this motion, in conjunction with the passing of similar motions in Parliaments across the EU, is an important act of solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The dangers and the tensions in that tragic situation were underlined with the sad news today of the death, during a protest on the west Bank, of Ziad Abu Ein a Cabinet Minister in the Palestinian government.

Minister Abu Ein died taking part in a non-violent demonstration to mark International Human Rights day. He and others were planning to plant olive trees – symbols of peace – on land owned by a Palestinian but which because of a nearby illegal Israeli settlement is mostly off limits to Palestinians.

Last night I explained to the Dáil the extent of the control which the Israel government, through its policies and military, exercises over the daily lives of Palestinians.

The Separation Wall, the sterile roads that Palestinians are banned from, the systemic ill-treatment of Palestinians, and the denial of peaceful protest, are all symptomatic of an Israeli apartheid system that brings shame to that state.

But it also brings shame to the international community which has failed to defend international law and has failed the people of Palestine and Israel.

The response today of the Israeli military to a peaceful protest exemplifies its oppressive strategy toward Palestinians.

So now is exactly the right time for this motion.

Now is the right time for the Irish government to stand with Palestinian and Israeli citizens who are taking risks every day for peace.

Now is the time for the government to take up a leadership role in pushing for greater action by the international community.

Now is the right time to build on this debate and motion.

The government should up-grade the Palestinian mission to an Embassy and push hard for greater action from the international community.”

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