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Government failing the Palestinian people - Gerry Adams TD

25 January, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has expressed his disappointment at the Taoiseach’s failure in the Dáil on Tuesday to agree to recognising the state of Palestine in keeping with an all-party Dáil motion two years ago.

The Sinn Féin leader was also critical of the Taoiseach’s refusal to give a commitment to raise with the new US administration its threat to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem in contravention of international agreements.

Gerry Adams TD said:

“The programme for Government states that the Government will "honour our commitment to recognise the State of Palestine". Two years ago the Dáil and Seanad voted to do this. The government has refused to act on this.

“In the first four weeks of this year Israeli authorities have continued the theft of Palestinian land and the demolition of Palestinian homes. On Tuesday Israel, in direct contravention of international law, announced the construction of 2,500 new settlement homes in the occupied west Bank. A significant number of these will be outside the existing settlement blocs. This announcement is in addition to the 566 new settler homes it announced for East Jerusalem.

“News reports have reported that the Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has lifted restrictions on the construction of settlements and told Ministers, ‘We can build where we want and as much as we want.

“This aggressive stance is in direct contravention of all international agreements, including UN resolutions.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs attended the Paris Conference on the Middle East. It subsequently issued a declaration recommitting the participants to the two state solution.

“However, the threat by the new US administration to transfer the US Embassy to Jerusalem seriously undermines the international consensus on the way forward.

“Moving the US embassy will dramatically change the balance of relationships within the region and is a direct threat to any future possible Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement.

“It has also led to greater frustration among Palestinians whose national rights and human rights are being daily trampled on by the Israeli government. Consequently, this has led to talk of a new "Intifada", or uprising.

“The failure of the government to uphold international agreements on the Middle East is a derogation of its responsibilities. It is also a denial of the rights of the Palestinian people.”

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