Saturday, 7 April
Diamond War Memorial
The Derry Branch of Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Derry Anti-War Coalition, Sinn Fein, People Before Profit, SDLP and other civil society groups will be holding a rally in Solidarity with The Great March of Return and the murdered Land Day protesters in Gaza.
The rally will begin at the Diamond War Memorial at 3pm on Saturday 7th April proceeding via Shipquay Street to the Guildhall Square.
Speakers at the rally are Elisha McCallion, MP Sinn Fein. Fadl Mustapha, Palestinian Refugee and activist. Eamonn McCann, People Before Profit. Paul Gallagher, Independent Councillor Derry City & Strabane District Council. The leader of SDLP – Colum Eastwood has issued a statement in support of the aims of the Great March of Return. The SDLP party conference which is happening on the day of the rally prevents representatives from attending.
On Friday 30th March 2018, 10’s of 1000’s of Palestinians in Gaza gathered at the border fence for the beginning of the Great Return March home to the land and homes stolen from them and their forbears in 1948. They were met with lethal, accurate pinpoint brutality. Shoot-to-kill snipers, tanks with artillery, drones with teargas rained down upon peaceful unarmed protesters. 15 Palestinians lost their lives, murdered by Israeli Occupation Forces. 1400+ were injured, many seriously.
We call on the Irish & UK governments, the EU and the United Nations to take action against Israel’s war crimes and total impunity. We demand the expulsion of Israeli diplomats from Ireland and for sanctions to be imposed. It is not enough to churn out pointless platitudes time after time while Israel continues to flout international law and conventions.
Palestinians in Gaza live under a brutal siege imposed by Israel and enforced by Egypt and the inaction of the International Community. They are exercising their legal right enshrined in UN Resolution 194 – the right of return.
PLEASE COME OUT AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR PALESTINE AND ANGER AT THE BRUTALITY OF THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION FORCES.