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New Year's Eve Sligo Vigil for Palestine

Supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign will hold a vigil at Hyde Bridge, Sligo, on New Year’s Eve, Sunday 31st December at 2.00.p.m.

The event is one of many being organised to express solidarity with the Palestinian people and to protest at U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Israeli-occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Calling for support for the vigil, Ms Aine Daly said “The decision of the Trump Administration to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem shows flagrant disregard for international law, Palestinian rights and international opinion.  It has inflamed tensions across the Middle East.

“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.