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Omagh extends solidarity to the people of Palestine

Published: 18 July, 2014

Palestine solidarity vigil in Omagh

Palestine solidarity vigil in Omagh

Sinn Féin activists and members of the public paused on Friday afternoon for a vigil in Omagh town centre in support of the besieged people of Palestine. One of those who took part was West Tyrone MLA, Declan Mc Aleer 'Gaza has been under siege for years where the Palestinian people have been living in what can only be described as an open prison and subjected to a brutal regime which has left hundreds of people, mostly civilians and children dead or injured. 'The Palestinian people have been robbed of their land and segregated into ghettos where they are at the mercy of the Israeli army and state apparatus. The suggestion that this is some sort of a 'war' between 2 sides is misleading propaganda. The kind of attacks that have been carried out during the past 2 weeks have in no way been proportionate or targeted. Gaza is a fenced-in human prison with no escape for people from shelling and bombing. Fellow MLA, Barry Mc Elduff added 'Our 4 MEP's have raised the issue in the EU Parliament in Strasbourg and in Leinster House our party President proposed a minutes silence in solidarity with the people of Gaza. We were disappointed at the rejection by the government of a request by Sinn Féin for a special Dáil debate on Friday morning. 'Today's solidarity protest in Omagh was one of dozens organised by the party across Ireland to give local people a platform to show their disgust at the actions of Israel. We got a tremendous response from passersby and we were delighted that people who are not members of the party joined us for this symbolic act of solidarity. 'The bombing of the civilian population in Gaza must stop and we must send a strong message of solidarity to the people of Palestine'.