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Palestinian resistance icon Leila Khaled and Martina Anderson MEP at European Parliament solidarity event

● Leila Khaled with Martina Anderson MEP in the European Parliament

‘Palestinian women stand dignified in defiance of all that Israel can throw at them’

SINN FÉIN MEP Martina Anderson has met with renowned Palestinian revolutionary activist Leila Khaled in the European Parliament in Brussels and paid tribute to the role of women in the Palestinian struggle.

The pair met at an event held in the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday night to recognise the role of women in the Palestinian struggle for freedom.

Leila Khaled, a world-renowned Palestinian activist, came to international prominence in 1969 for her role in commandeering a flight from Rome to Tel Aviv.

Palestine 1969 Leila Khaled

The image or her wearing a kaffiyeh and carrying an AK47 has become an internationally-recognised image of revolution from the period alongside famous images of Che Guevara.

She later became a politician as a member of the Palestinian National Council.

Other speakers at the event included Sahar Francis, lawyer for Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian activist and politician currently imprisoned by Israel.

The Venezuelan Ambassador to the EU, Claudia Salerno, was among the guests who attended the event.

Speaking later, Martina Anderson paid tribute to the role of women in the Palestinian struggle.

“Sinn Féin stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Palestine and it was one of my great honours to have led the Delegation for Palestine here in the European Parliament.

“Palestinian women stand dignified in defiance of all that Israel can throw at them. We must stand beside them.

“There are millions of people all over the world who support the Palestinian struggle.

“We have protested on the streets, here in the Parliament, and we have travelled to Palestine itself.

“We will continue to do this until peace and justice is delivered.”

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