Vigil at Hyde Bridge highlights Palestinian cause
Members and supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Sligo gathered at Hyde Bridge, on New Year's Eve to participate in a vigil to express solidarity with the Palestinian people.
The protesters displayed Palestinian Flags and carried placards which read: "Boycott Israeli Goods", "End U.S. aid to Israel", "Freedom and Peace in Palestine".
Among those participating in the vigil were local public representatives including Cllr Declan Bree, Cllr Chris MacManus and Cllr Gino O'Boyle.
Campaign spokesperson, Aine Daly, said the event was one of many organised nationwide to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the December 2008 Israeli attack on Gaza, and to highlight Israel's ongoing illegal siege of Gaza.
"In late 1947, Zionist forces began the process of ethnically cleansing more than 750,000 Palestinians - two thirds of the indigenous population - from their homes, forcing them into exile so that on May 14th 1948 the state of Israel could be established in their homeland. Palestinians call this period Al Nakba, Arabic for 'The Catastrophe'." Ms Daly told The Sligo Champion.
"Seventy years later these Palestinians and their descendants, now numbering millions, are still denied their right of return to their homes, while in Palestine a process of ongoing ethnic cleansing via occupation, apartheid continues apace, with little or no intervention from the international community.
"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." she said.