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An immediate response is needed to the killing of Palestinian protesters in Gaza

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The shooting of 58 demonstrators and the wounding of 2,800, including 228 children, in Gaza is an outrage.

Firing live ammunition at unarmed demonstrators is illegal, immoral and indicative of the disregard the world has for the lives of Palestinians.

Ireland & the UK must do more to hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law, and to push for a just peace in the region.

Republic of Ireland: Tell your TDs to support the Occupied Territories Bill & to formally recognise the State of Palestine

Northern Ireland: Tell you NI MPs to formally recognise the State of Palestine.

Trócaire has worked in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory since 2002. Trócaire works with Palestinian and Israeli partners towards building a lasting and just peace in the region, based on respect for human rights, international law and the dignity of all.

The appropriate email below will be sent on your behalf:

Dear Deputy,

I know you share my horror at what has happened in Gaza this week. The shooting of 58 Palestinian demonstrators and the wounding of 2,800 included 228 children is an outrage. As your constituent I ask that you use your influence to press for a strong and effective response from the Irish Government.

In particular Deputy, I urge you to:

1. Speak to your party leader to ensure your party supports the passage of Senator Frances Black's Occupied Territories Bill 2018 through the Oireachtas.

If it becomes law this legislation would prohibit the import and sale of Israeli settlement products and services in Ireland. Israeli settlements are illegal and a massive barrier to peace in the region. Banning Israeli settlement products in Ireland is a practical way to hold Israel accountable for violations of international law in the occupied Palestinian territory. The Bill is due for debate in the Seanad later this summer.

2. Help ensure that Ireland formally recognises the State of Palestine, in line with the Programme for Government.

The Irish Government has promised to recognise the State of Palestine, yet it has failed to do so. Faced with the ongoing violence in Gaza, and the continued expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, surely now the Irish Government must live up to it promise by recognising the State of Palestine. Recognition would send a message of support to the ordinary Palestinian women and men who are struggling for their own self-determination in the face of a violent Israeli occupation.

To date the Irish Government has condemned the killings but refuses to take practical action to support the right of Palestinians to live in dignity. All the while peaceful protestors are massacred by Israeli snipers in Gaza, and in the West Bank Israeli settlements eat further into Palestinian land. The US cheers from the side-lines, the EU averts its gaze.

Deputy, I expect a strong and effective response from my Government. If not now, when?

Yours sincerely

Dear MP,

I know you share my horror at what has happened in Gaza this week. The shooting of 58 Palestinian demonstrators and the wounding of 2,800 including 228 children is an outrage. As your constituent I ask that you use your influence to press for a strong and effective response from the UK Government.

In particular, I urge you to write to the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, to ask him to ensure the UK formally recognises the State of Palestine.

The Foreign Secretary has said the UK will recognise the State of Palestine when the “time is right”. Faced with the ongoing slaughter in Gaza, and the continued expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, surely now is the time. Recognition would send a message of support to the ordinary Palestinian women and men who are struggling for their own self-determination in the face of a violent Israeli occupation.

It is 70 years this week since Britain left Palestine and the State of Israel was founded. The UK must now fulfil the pledge it made in the Balfour Declaration to not “prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”.

Now is the time for the UK Government to take practical action to support the right of Palestinians to live in dignity. Peaceful protestors are being massacred by Israeli snipers in Gaza, and in the West Bank Israeli settlements eat further into Palestinian land. The US cheers from the side-lines, the EU averts its gaze.

I expect a strong and effective response from my Government. If not now, when?

Yours sincerely