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Illegal apartheid wall in Palestine must be torn down - Mary Lou McDonald

11 July, 2006


Sinn Féin National Chairperson and Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has today called for the removal of the illegal "separation wall" which runs through Palestine's West Bank territory.

Ms McDonald made her comments as she joined members of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) to hand in petitions at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin in opposition to the illegal Israeli wall. Today marks the second anniversary of the landmark International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling that Israel‚s wall in the West Bank is illegal.

Speaking after the event Ms McDonald said:

"It is now two years since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that the Israeli built wall was illegal. However, so many ICJ and United Nations resolutions have come to pass on Israel‚s illegal activities with regards to Palestine that the people of the West Bank will not hold out much hope that it will be demolished.

"But it should be demolished. It serves no other purpose than to control and oppress the Palestinian people. It is about dividing and breaking the resolve of Palestinians. Today I joined members of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign and other political activists to hand in petitions to the Department of Foreign Affairs calling on the Government to support decisive political action against Israel.

"Both the Irish Government, and indeed the European Union must send out a message to the world that it opposes both the Apartheid Wall and the continuing collective punishment of the Palestinian people by the Israeli army and the politicians who orchestrate this policy.

"As an MEP, I look towards the European Union to send out a strong and uncompromising message that it is opposed to Israeli actions. The immediate suspension of the EU-Israeli Preferential Trade Agreement is a practical first step which could be taken to show the world that it is not prepared to stand back and allow the consistent violations of internationally binding resolutions and the infringement of human rights." ENDS

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