The new Mid Ulster super council has passed a motion condemning the appalling loss of life in Gaza in an emergency meeting held last night in Dungannon.
I asked for this motion to brought to council on behalf of the Sinn Féin team after the people of Mid Ulster demonstrated outrage to the situation on social media sites and several rallies were held within the area.
Gaza is a slightly smaller size of area than Lough Neagh with a population similar to that of the six counties. This puts into perspective the densely populated area with no where to go. We would want the international community to speak out!
The situation in Gaza is shocking, appalling and unnecessary. The inexcusable loss of life must be condemned. The murder of innocent men, women and children must stop.
The world has seen the bloodshed through both main stream and social media, and the shameful scenes have resulted in outrage. UN spokespersons have described the situation as a ‘universal shame” and totally “unjustifiable”
Across the world there have been protests, rallies and demonstrations, which have been attended by hundreds of thousands of people. These protests have been seen here in Ireland too, highlighted by the demonstrations in Dublin, Belfast, Derry, just to name a few. More locally, these have been held in Dungannon, Cookstown and Magherafelt. Local people are calling for the immediate end to the slaughter of innocent people.
I asked for last nights motion to be brought to the council as the people of Mid Ulster have demonstrated outrage. Their disgust has been expressed through social media, by attending various rallies, and by asking us, as political representatives, to send a clear message that this tragic situation must end.
On behalf of Sinn Féin, I asked that the Mid Ulster Council unequivocally condemns the appalling loss of life in Gaza and calls on the International Community, including the Irish and British Governments, the EU and the UN, to intensify its efforts to resolve the situation in Gaza. Every effort should be made to help bring about an immediate ceasefire and implement mechanisms to monitor such a ceasefire agreement, to lift the blockade of Gaza including the immediate deployment of humanitarian aid, and work towards a just and lasting resolution for the peoples of Palestine and Israel.
The motion passed with majority support.