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Call on Irish government to back economic and cultural boycott of Israel

16 August, 2016 - by Paul Gavan

Sinn Féin members of an international parliamentary delegation to Palestine have called on the Irish Government to sign up to the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign against Israel.

Speaking after a series of meetings with human rights groups based in the West Bank Senator Paul Gavan said:

"We have heard personal testimony this week of extra judicial state killings, torture, imprisonment of children, mass scale internment, house demolitions and systematic racial discrimination on a scale not seen since the days of Apartheid South Africa.

"We have a duty to stand up for the Palestinian people.

“Talk is not enough – we need action. A simple way to make a real difference would be to sign up to the BDS Campaign.

“We have met with the campaign leaders and know that it is working. A cultural, academic and economic boycott of Israel is the most effective peaceful way of bringing that about.

Sinn Féin MLA Fra McCann is also on the delegation to Palestine.

The West Belfast MLA said:

"We need to send a clear message to the Israeli Government that our country will not stand for the catalogue of human rights abuse currently taking place in occupied Palestine.

“We need an end to the occupation, the release of all Palestinian prisoners, and the commencement of a fully inclusive peace process." 

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