A DEMONSTRATION has been organised in Limerick as part of a series of protests taking place around Ireland today, Tuesday, May 15, in response to the killing of more than 60 unarmed Palestinian protestors by Israeli forces, which left thousands injured.
The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has organised a series of protests around Ireland, while further protests are expected to continue in Gaza, Palestine and casualties are expected to mount.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Niall Collins has condemned the attacks in Gaza as an atrocious assault on humanity.
“As of this morning, 61 people have lost their lives with many more in a critical state. This attack by Israel was disproportionate and could have been preventable. I have conveyed my sympathies to the Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland on the loss of so many lives.
“A UN-led inquiry is urgently needed. The European Union and the United Nations cannot stand back and let this further escalate,” said the Fianna Fáil TD, adding, “Fianna Fáil supports the right of Israel to exist but it must be able to exist in harmony with its neighbours.”
The attacks were condemned by the IPSC, Fatin Al Tamimi, IPSC National Chairperson said, “This is the single deadliest day for Palestinians in the occupied territories in four years.
The ‘Great March of Return’ protests come on the 70th Anniversary of the Nakba – the expulsion of over 750,000 Palestinians, two-thirds of the indigenous Arab population, from their homes by Israeli forces between 1947 and 1949.”
Ms Tamimi believes the Palestinian civil society has “taken it upon itself to enact their UN-mandated Right of Return” after almost seven decades “of consisted failure by the international community to enforce their inalienable rights”.
The protest organised for Limerick City is due to take place on Thomas Street from 6:30pm, Tuesday, May 15.