Palestine rally to take place on Wednesday

A Palestinian solidarity march through the streets of Derry.

A Palestinian solidarity march through the streets of Derry.

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Ógra Shinn Féin is to host a solidarity rally for the people of Gaza and Palestine on Wednesday at 7:00p.m. at Free Derry Corner.

The event has been organised in the wake of the death of several Palestinian civilians shot dead by the Israel Defence Force (I.D.F.) last week.

“Ógra Shinn Féin is asking people from Derry, Donegal and Tyrone to gather tomorrow night at 7:00p.m. in order to send our solidarity to the people of Gaza and Palestine and to also show our anger and opposition to the continued injustices and slaughter that the Israelis are carrying out on the Palestinian people,” said local Sinn Fein Councillor, Colly Kelly.

“The footage of whole neighbourhoods decimated, homes, schools, hospitals all gone is stark.

“Almost half of this besieged region is now under the control of the Israeli military.”

Colr. Kelly said he knew Wednesday’s rally would solve the problem in the Middle East but he said the event would send out the right message to the people of Gaza and Palestine.

“As well as facing direct violence, young people in Palestine also have their education and opportunities severely limited as a result of the recent Israeli onslaught and occupation.

“In Gaza in particular, children and young people are growing up in what is essentially an open-air prison.”

Colr. Kelly added: “We would encourage as many people as possible to attend so that we can send a very clear message from the North West of Ireland that what is happening to the people of Gaza must stop.

“In the age of online news and social media every vigil, rally, protest large or small all plays a part in getting the message out of solidarity with the people of Palestine.”