The Mission of the State of Palestine in Dublin is delighted to announce that our bi-weekly newsletter is back. We will aim to keep you informed of the main news, events and developments on Palestine domestically and internationally as our struggle for independence, statehood and self-determination continues.
*Just for this week, we'll recap major events over the last month.*
"Jerusalem is not for sale." - President Abbas at UNGA
On September 27th, President Abbas gave his address at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York. In his speech, the President announced there was no longer any reason for Palestinians to remain faithful to the Oslo Accords or mutual agreements with Israel while Israel refuses to uphold its responsibilities. President Abbas also called on the international community to reject the recently adopted racist Jewish "Nation-State" law and deem it null and void.
While speaking of the American Administration's on-going assault on the Palestinian national cause, international law and UN resolutions, President Abbas said the US can no longer be a sole mediator for any peace process. He also called for the convening of an international peace conference with relevant stakeholders, called on the Assembly to ensure support for UNWRA and thanked all countries and people who continue to extend assistance to the Palestinian people.
Ahead of his trip to New York, we had the honour of welcoming H.E Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, to Ireland for an official state visit.
President Abbas met with President Higgins, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Ireland's longstanding generosity to the Palestinian people was exemplified through an additional pledge of €1 million in funding to UNWRA , the UN agency mandated to assist 5.4 million Palestine refugees living under occupation or in exile. Preliminary plans are also in motion for a potential mini summit of EU and Arab leaders to be held in Dublin in the near future.
Award: Senator Frances Black recognised for Bill
Independent Senator, Frances Black, received the "Palestine International Award for Excellence and Creativity" for the Control of Economic Activities (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018. The bill is now at Committee Stage in the Seanad.
Read more here.
Letter: US Congressmen to Mike Pompeo
In a letter to U.S Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, US Congressmen requested a reversal of the decision by the American Administration to withhold vital funding to UN Agency UNWRA. Read the letter here.
Dáil: Demolition of EU funded structures
Several Deputies question Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, on the demolition of EU-funded structures by Israel. Minister Coveney said, "Three requests for compensation have been made. Israeli authorities have replied that these structures had no planning permission. This ignores the fact that the Israeli authorities systematically refuse to grant such permission to local communities."