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End the Occupation

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank, and the 10th anniversary of the blockade of Gaza. These are not anniversaries to celebrate.

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Are we to condemn the Palestinian people to further decades of oppression?

Take action to help end the occupation of Palestine. Sign one of Trócaire’s petitions to either the Irish or UK Government.

Petition to Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade:

 

For the past 50 years world leaders have stood by and allowed Israel cement its illegal occupation of the West Bank.

 

Over the last 10 years they have also largely ignored the blockade of Gaza, and the devastating impact it’s having on living conditions there.

 

These tragic milestones signal the need for intensified efforts to end the abuse of human rights and international law that stem from Israel’s control of Palestinian territory, and to ultimately realise the self-determination of the Palestinian people.

 

I call on the Irish Government to lead by example in efforts to end decades of conflict and human rights abuse. In particular, I urge the Irish Government to:

 

- Formally recognise the State of Palestine as part of its commitment in the Programme for Government of the 32nd Dáil

- Call on the Israeli authorities to end the blockade on Gaza, allow unfettered humanitarian access, and encourage economic development for its 1.8 million residents.

- Call on the Israeli authorities to end the intimidation and forced displacement of Palestinians, along with the demolition of their homes and annexation of land.

- Actively discourage Irish companies and funds from having investments and commercial links with illegal Israeli settlements.

- Seek an EU ban on trade and investment with illegal Israeli settlements.

 

With these actions, Ireland can help build a just peace in the region based on respect for human rights, international law and the dignity of all. The security of both Israelis and Palestinians is dependent on such a reality.

 

*The petition will be handed over to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade later this year

Petition to Northern Ireland MPs:

 

For the past 50 years world leaders have stood by and allowed Israel cement its illegal occupation of the West Bank.

 

Over the last 10 years, they have also largely ignored the blockade of Gaza, and the devastating impact it’s having on living conditions there.

 

These tragic milestones signal the need for intensified efforts to end the abuse of human rights and international law that stem from Israel’s control of Palestinian territory, and to ultimately realise the self-determination of the Palestinian people.

 

I call on the UK Government to:

 

- Call on the Israeli authorities to end the blockade on Gaza, allow unfettered humanitarian access, and encourage economic development for its 1.8 million residents. 

- Call on the Israeli authorities to end the intimidation and forced displacement of Palestinians, along with the demolition of their homes and annexation of land 

- Ban trade and investment by UK companies with illegal Israeli settlements

- Recognise the State of Palestine, as recommended by the House of Lords International Relations Committee  

 

With these actions, the UK can help build a just peace in the region based on respect for human rights, international law and the dignity of all. The security of both Israelis and Palestinians is dependent on such a reality.

 


*The petition will be handed over to Northern Ireland MPs to make a representation on your behalf to the UK Government after the General election.