On Saturday, the 27th of November, the Meath Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign gathered beside Kennedy Plaza in Navan to celebrate the UN’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which is usually held on the 29th of November.

 

The branch was joined by Worker’s Party candidate, Seamus McDonagh, and received a great reception from shoppers in Navan.

 

Moira Leydon, chairperson of Meath IPSC, told Meath Live, “The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on or around 29 November each year. This date was chosen because of its significance to the Palestinian people. On that day in 1947, the General Assembly adopted Resolution which effectively partitioned Palestine into a “Jewish State” and an “Arab State”, with Jerusalem under a special international regime. Of the two States to be created under this resolution, only one, Israel, has so far come into being”.

“The Palestinian people, who now number more than eight million, remain stateless and live primarily in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, including East Jerusalem; in Israel; in neighbouring Arab States; and in refugee camps in the region”.

“The International Day of Solidarity traditionally provides an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine remains unresolved and that the Palestinian people have yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly, namely, the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property, from which they have been displaced”.

“In Meath, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign held a vigil on Saturday 27th in Navan to mark this International Day and to send a message to the Palestinian people that they are not alone”.

The Main IPSC branch celebrated International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on the 29th of November, outside of The GPO in Dublin. A vigil that Leydon also attended.