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Government must now formally recognise the State of Palestine - Pearse Doherty TD

29 November, 2018 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Sinn Féin deputy Dáil leader Pearse Doherty TD has said the time is now right for the government to afford formal recognition to the State of Palestine.

Teachta Doherty said:

“Last night the Occupied Territories Bill passed committee stage in the Seanad. With today marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, I want to very much welcome that. 

“It is a Bill supported by all parties in Leinster House - with the exception of Fine Gael - and they need urgently need to get on board with what is a progressive and human rights based piece of legislation, because nothing is going to change in Gaza or the West Bank until the international community moves from empty rhetoric to putting real pressure on Israel.

“Next week marks the fourth anniversary of a Sinn Féin motion - which was agreed unanimously by the Dáil - that calls for this State to formally recognise the State of Palestine.

“The government has continued to drag its heels on that, despite a Programme for Government commitment, but the time now is right to make a principled stand for peace and progress in the Middle East and the continued mantra that ‘the time is not right’ is simply not good enough.

“The government must accept that the time is now right to afford recognition to the State of Palestine.”

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