Sinn Fein MEP for the North of Ireland, Martina Anderson, is to take up a special role within the European Parliament concerning Palestine.
Next month, Ms. Anderson will be part of a delegation that will visit Palestine and it has been politically agreed that she will be appointed as Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council.
This hugely significant appointment will be a major diplomatic opportunity to build on Irish solidarity with the victims of Israel’s siege against Gaza and to support implementation of the two-state solution.
Yesterday, both Israel and Hamas agreed to extend the existing ceasefire by another five days.
Israel launched Operation Protective Edge on July 8, 2014 and since that time almost 2000 Palestinians have been killed and 67 Israelis (64 of them soldiers).