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Sligo New Year’s Eve Vigil for Palestine
December 31, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
NEW YEAR’S EVE VIGIL FOR PALESTINE
Supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign will hold a vigil at Hyde Bridge, Sligo, on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday 31st December at 2pm.
The event is one of many being organised to express solidarity with the Palestinian people and to protest at President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that the U.S. will no longer consider Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory to be illegal.
Calling for support for the vigil, Ms Aine Daly said “The announcement that the U.S. no longer considers Israeli settlements to be illegal under international law confirms that the U.S. administration is a barrier to peace. But however much Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu would like to remake the world to fit with their reality, facts remain facts, and the law remains the law.
“The West Bank and East Jerusalem are occupied territory under international law, and the transfer of population by an occupying state into an occupied territory is a grave breach of article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and constitutes a war crime.
“The reality is that the U.S. and Israel are not committed to the establishment of a viable Palestinian state. This has been clear for many decades, during which Israel has relentlessly colonised East Jerusalem and the West bank whilst paying lip service to the two-state solution.
“Civil society in Ireland has an important role to play by supporting the call for an international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel similar to that which helped bring an end to the apartheid regime in South Africa.” she said.
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