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Adams challenges Taoiseach’s stance on Palestinian statehood

23 January, 2018 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has expressed his disappointment at the refusal of the Taoiseach today to commit to recognising the state of Palestine.

Teachta Adams said that the excuses given by the Taoiseach in the Dáil do not stand scrutiny.

The Louth TD said:

“The decision by President Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the announcement by Vice-President Pence that the US Embassy will move to Jerusalem next year, has heightened tension in the Middle East.

“According to the UN, at least 345 Palestinian children have been injured in clashes with Israeli forces. At least 17 Palestinians have been killed.

“Three years ago, the Oireachtas supported the recognition of the Palestinian state. Speaking on the fringes of a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged EU members to recognise the state of Palestine.

“However, the Irish government position which links recognition of the Palestinian state to the final settlement and the final stages talks hands to Israel a veto over the right of the Palestinian people to statehood. It makes Palestinian people second class citizens in their own land.

“To also claim, as the Taoiseach did today, that the Palestinians don’t have a state yet – that their land is occupied – ignores the decision by nine EU states to formally recognise Palestinian statehood. It also ignores the fact that almost two thirds of the United Nations – almost 140 states – recognise the state of Palestine.

“The Taoiseach also excused the Irish government’s do-nothing position on the basis that it would be best that all 27 EU states agreed to formally recognise Palestine together.

“The Irish government has the opportunity, along with those states that have already taken this decision, to provide leadership to those EU states that have not.” 

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