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DUP delegation giving succour to apartheid Israel - Sheehan

"It is war crimes inspectors who should be visiting Palestine, not self-styled DUP delegations that only provide succour to an apartheid state." - Pat Sheehan MLA

The DUP are giving succour to an apartheid state which massacres civilians by sending a delegation to Israel to strengthen economic and cultural links with the state, a Sinn Féin MLA has said. 

West Belfast MLA Pat Sheehan made the comment after the DUP announced it was sending a party delegation to Israel. 

The move comes after Israel shot dead more than 100 Palestinians and wounded thousands of others during protests recently amid a wave of international outrage at the actions of the Israeli military. 

Mr Sheehan said the planned visit shows the DUP's disregard for Israel's repeated breaches of international law. 

"It is war crimes inspectors who should be visiting Palestine, not self-styled DUP delegations that only provide succour to an apartheid state," he said. 

“This is a time when the international community should be standing up to the Israeli state for the indiscriminate slaughter and the ongoing discrimination of Palestinians, not a time for seeking stronger ties with the state. By doing so, the DUP disregard Israel’s consistent refusal to abide by international law and UN resolutions.

“This is wrong and Sinn Féin again reiterate our support for the BDS and offer our strong solidarity to the people of Palestine," the West Belfast MLA added. 

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