Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Mac Donncha to visit Palestine
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha is travelling on Tuesday 10 April to Ramallah in Palestine at the invitation of the Palestinian Authority for a major conference on the status of the City of Jerusalem.
Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Mac Donncha said:
“Jerusalem is a place of huge cultural and religious significance for people all over the word, including in Ireland. It is, of course, a place of immense importance to the people of Palestine.
“The decision of the United States government to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel was a backward step and a severe setback for the cause of peace, reconciliation and justice in Palestine and Israel.
“As Lord Mayor of the capital city of Ireland, I am travelling to acknowledge that East Jerusalem is the designated capital of Palestine under the two-state solution, recognised by the international community, but forcibly prevented from being implemented by successive Israeli governments.
“Jerusalem can and should be a symbol of reconciliation and hope, a reminder that only a negotiated settlement, based on inclusive dialogue, recognising all electoral mandates, is the way forward. This has been our experience in Ireland and we recognise how conflict resolution can be achieved as, this week, we mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
“I am also here to express solidarity with the people of Palestine who are suffering violence from Israeli forces, as witnessed in Gaza most recently with the shooting down of protesters. All victims of the conflict, Palestinian and Israeli, deserve a peaceful future and a way forward based on justice, human rights, and dialogue.”