Dublin City Council sign Treaty of Friendship with Ramallah in Palestine

by Rose Barrett
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Dublin City Council sign Treaty of Friendship with Ramallah in Palestine

A motion was first submitted to Dublin City Council last month requesting that the local authority would fly the Palestinian flag to show solidarity with the people of Gaza.

This followed an horrendous attack by Hamas which killed 1400 Israelis with no warning on October 7 last; the Israeli Government responded and delivered brutal attacks and repeated air strikes on the Gaza strip which it believed harboured Hamas terrorists.

Yesterday, members of DCC signed a Treaty of Friendship with the Mayor of Ramallah to show the Council’s support for the people of Gaza, similar to the stance taken following Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine.

International organisations including the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organisation (WH) denounced Israeli’s repeated strikes on Gaza, albeit directed at Hamas terrorists, the bombings saw hospitals and basic services disabled, left without electricity along with thousands of Palestinians left homeless as thousands more perished during the ongoing strikes.  

While many criticised Israel for impeding international aid and human rights infringements, the President of Israel Isaac Herzog felt many governments, Ireland among them, were not as critical of Hamas and the deaths which occurred on October 7 and since. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was further criticised when commenting on the release of Irish Israeli girl, Emily Hand. 

The Taoiseach stated the child was ‘lost’ and ‘returned’ safely to her family – when in fact, Israeli sources reminded she was among many innocents kidnapped and held in terrifying circumstances by Hamas against her will, with her family believing she had already been killed, as had her stepmother Narkis Hand during the Hamas attack on October 7.

Cllr Daithí Doolan welcomed Saturday’s signing to show support of a fractured Palestinian people.

“I am delighted to confirm Dublin City Council signed a Treaty of Friendship with Ramallah in Palestine yesterday,” he said. “When we signed the treaty with the Mayor of Ramallah Issa Kassis.

“This treaty will ensure Dublin actively supports Ramallah on key, agreed issues. This was the culmination of 12 months’ work. I am looking forward to working with others to deepen our relationship with Ramallah.” 

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