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DUP comments 'malicious distortion' – Kearney

3 May, 2018

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney has described comments by DUP MP Paul Girvan as malicious distortion.

“The malicious attempt by the DUP's Paul Girvan to distort my description of President Abbas' speech to the 23rd Palestinian National Council as ‘wide ranging’ and on the Palestinian ‘peace process’, into a tacit acceptance of anti-semitism is absolutely despicable, but not surprising.

"Unlike the DUP, Sinn Féin and I have a consistent position of opposition to all forms of hatred, intolerance and bigotry, which includes sectarianism, racism and homophobia in Ireland, anti-semitism, and the apartheid systems and policies practised against the Palestinian people by the Israeli state. 

"The DUP rejected Sinn Féin's proposals on anti-sectarianism during the last round of Stormont talks, as well as implementation of marriage equality and Irish language legislation. 

“Paul Girvan would be better explaining these untenable positions instead of making unfounded comments.

"Also, unlike the DUP, Sinn Féin has a consistent record in supporting a fair, just, democratic and durable political settlement in Palestine.

"Instead of making unfounded and stupid assertions Paul Girvan and the DUP should get their own house in order, and support a rights-based society here in the north, as well as in Palestine."

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