Adams urges Taoiseach to recognise the state of Palestine

DSC_3254_6510Speaking in the Dáil yesterday Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD challenged the Taoiseach to “stand up now and formally recognise the state of Palestine. It does not need legislation it only needs for the Taoiseach to take that decision. I invite him to keep to his Government’s commitment to act in the letter and the spirit of the Oireachtas motion of two years ago and to formally recognise the state of Palestine.”

Teachta Adams said:

“The Taoiseach’s reply was vague and unacceptable. We were told that the Minister for Foreign Affairs is concluding work on this issue. But no timeframe for that was given.

The programme for Government states that the Government will “honour our commitment to recognise the State of Palestine”. Two years ago next month the Dáil and Seanad voted to do this. The government has failed to act on this.

Since the beginning of this year 252 Palestinian homes in the West Bank have been demolished. As a result, 1,062 people, including 553 minors, are homeless. In the last 15 years’ Israeli authorities have destroyed approximately 150 internationally funded development projects. This has cost the EU an estimated €58 million.

Among the demolitions were a farming project in the Jordan Valley, a playground near Nablus and a primary school serving a Bedouin community east of Jerusalem. At the same time Israel continues to build illegal settlements in the occupied west Bank.

In recent months there has also been a marked increase in the number of UN and NGO officials being denied entry into Gaza or the west Bank to work on internationally supported projects.

The Taoiseach has been in Gaza and I have been there. It is not a pleasant experience. Imagine living there.

On September 26th I raised this issue of recognition of the state of Palestine with the Taoiseach. Nothing happened.

Previously on June 8th I raised this same issue with the Taoiseach. At that time I was told that the Taoiseach would ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs to brief me and the Taoiseach agreed that it “might be no harm if we had a debate on the Palestinian situation in due course”.

Neither the Taoiseach or the Minister for Foreign Affairs have come back to me on this issue nor has the government allotted any time for a debate on the issue of Palestine. It is long past time that this state formally recognised the state of Palestine. The rights of the Palestinian people to statehood should not be dictated by Israeli opposition.”


Failure of Government to recognise the State of Palestine utterly unacceptable – Adams

DSC_3254_6510On the first anniversary of the passing of a motion in the Dáil to recognise the State of Palestine, Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has called the refusal of the Government to recognise the Palestinian State “utterly unacceptable”, and has urged the Government “to act on the will of the Oireachtas to recognise the State of Palestine without delay”.

Teachta Adams said:
“On this day, the 10th December last year, the Dáil unanimously supported a Sinn Féin motion calling on the Government to support the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to recognise the State of Palestine. The Seanad passed a similar motion a number of weeks previously.
“Unfortunately, rather than acting as a catalyst for change in the State’s approach to Ireland-Palestine relations, the Government has refused recognise the Palestinian State, despite the all-party and non-party agreement on the issue in both Houses of the Oireachtas.
“Ireland, with our colonial past, our history of resistance and a peace process of our own can undoubtedly play a leadership role in the search for peace and progress in the Middle East.
“The line peddled from the Government that the Palestinian people must wait until there is a peace settlement for recognition is not realistic. No settlement will be reached unless the international community steps up the plate and recognises that Palestinian statehood is an important step on the road to lasting peace. It is unjustifiable for the Government to continue its bias of recognising the State of Israel, but not the State of Palestine.
“The refusal of the Government to act on the will of both the Dáil and the Seanad is utterly unacceptable and the Government must without delay recognise the State of Palestine.”