Cllr Declan Bree (Sligo County Council) has reacted strongly to the deaths of 59 Palestinians over recent days. The Independent councillor, a staunch supporter of the rights of Palestine people, is urging Sligo residents to show solidarity with the plight of those involved in the Gaza protests.
Cllr Bree stated on his Facebook page, "In response to Israel’s horrific massacre of some 60 unarmed Palestinians, and wounding of thousands, yesterday in Gaza, the Sligo-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has organised a of Vigil to take place on Thursday 17th of May at 5pm, meeting at the GPO Sligo
. Protests are expected to continue in Gaza, and casualties are expected to mount.
"This year marks the 70th Anniversary of Nakba Day – the Day of the Catastrophe
– the day on which Palestinians everywhere commemorate the ethnically cleansing of over 750,000 indigenous Palestinians from their homes, two thirds of the Arab population of the time, forcing them into exile so that the state of Israel could come into existence.
"Of course, it didn’t all happen on one day – it was a continual process between 1947 and 1949."
Cllr Bree contiued, "Unfortunately, as recent events make clear, the Palestinian catastrophe it is a process ongoing to this day, seventy years later. Just in recent weeks, Israeli occupation forces have shot dead almost 60 unarmed Palestinian protesters, and wounded thousands, in Gaza.
"These protesters were demanding the implementation of the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees, who make up 70% of Gaza’s illegally besieged population. The Irish government has condemned these shootings – but has done nothing to sanction the Israel state for these crimes.
"Join us on Thursday to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people."