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Gerry Adams TD criticises Government stand on Palestine

25 May, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has accused the government of “effectively handing to the Israeli government a veto over the right of the Palestinian people to a state."

On Wednesday the Sinn Féin leader raised recognition of the Palestinian State and the current hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons with the An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Teachta Adams said;

“The government claims to support the two state solution but refuses to act on the vote by the Oireachtas to recognise the state of Palestine. It is effectively handing to the Israeli government a veto over the right of the Palestinian people to a state. This is unfair and at odds with the stance of the overwhelming majority of states at the United Nations.

Two and a half years ago the Dáil and Seanad voted in favour of recognising a Palestinian state. TDs and Seanadóirí did so very conscious of the potential positive impact this would have on the imperative for building peace in the Middle East. Recognition of a Palestinian state is just and fair. It is also a very necessary recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to their own state. 

The international consensus on a two state solution, like the Middle East peace process, has been paralysed for years. Irish recognition of a Palestinian state would assist in creating a new dynamic in the efforts for peace.

This week over 1000 Palestinian prisoners are on the fourth week of a mass hunger strike, largely because the international community has turned a blind eye to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and of Palestinian political prisoners.

The situation in that region grows more desperate for the Palestinian people each day.

Regrettably the government has missed an opportunity to demonstrate international leadership and to significantly assist the search for peace in that region.”

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