SINN Féin’s Elisha McCallion will address a rally in Derry City on Saturday organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign in solidarity with the people of Gaza following the massacre of sixteen Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli military last Friday.
The Foyle MP said: “The international community watched in outrage as Palestinians taking part in legitimate protests at the border on Friday were fired upon by the Israeli military, killing at least 16 and wounding hundreds of others.
“Statements from the Israeli military in the aftermath of this massacre are reminiscent of those of the British Army after Bloody Sunday.
“There can be no doubt, what happened in Gaza was nothing short of a massacre.
“The international community has consistently failed to defend the rights of the Palestinian people who face flagrant human rights abuses on a daily basis, this needs to change. Israel must be held accountable for this atrocity.
“I am urging the Irish government to finally take a stand against Israeli aggression and violence.
“An Taoiseach should expel the Israeli Ambassador and officially recognise the state of Palestine as approved by the Dáil in 2014. There can be no further delay.
“I will be addressing a rally organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign on Saturday 7 April at 3pm assembling in the Diamond and proceeding to the Guildhall Square in Derry City,” added the former Mayor of Derry.