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New Year's Eve vigil takes place for Palestinian people


A vigil to remember the Palestinian people took place at Hyde Bridge on New Year's Eve.

It was organised by members and supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Sligo.

They were supporting the victims of the continued Israeli attacks on Gaza and expressed solidarity with the people of Palestine.

The protesters displayed a banner calling for a boycott of Israeli goods and carried placards which read "Freedom and Peace in Palestine" and also called on a stop to USA aid to Israel.

Among those participating in the vigil were local public representatives including Cllr Declan Bree, Cllr Sean MacManus and Cllr Gino O'Boyle.

Cllr Bree told the Sligo Champion: "2016 was an incredibly difficult year for Palestinians living under the occupation, and unfortunately things look set to get worse in 2017 with the Trump administration's accession to power in the United States. As Governments have failed to hold Israel accountable, it is up to people of conscience in every community worldwide to heed Palestinian calls for justice and the right to self determination."

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Chris MacManus said: "The recent resolution passed by the UN Security Council demands that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory. In addition it reaffirms the illegality of the settlements and their existence as a barrier to peace.

"It is clearly now time for the world to stop talking about Israel's settlements as illegal and to start treating them as such."

Cllr Gino O'Boyle said "Expressions of solidarity and the boycotting of Israeli goods can and does make a difference. It lets the Palestinian people know that they are not forgotten and the justice of their cause is recognised internationally."