The Palestinian ambassador to Ireland has called on people in Donegal who wish to show their support for the people of Gaza to boycott Israeli products.
Speaking during a visit to the county, Ahmad Abdelrazek also raised the possibility of Donegal towns being twinned with Palestinian towns.
Mr Abdelrazek met with councillors, officials and TDs during a private meeting at County House in Lifford on Thursday.
Speaking afterwards to the media the ambassador said the twinning of towns would “help human relations and business relations” between Ireland and Palestine and highlight the similarities between the two countries.
Mr Abdelrazek said he has been very impressed by his reception in the county and the demonstrations held by people in Donegal in support of the people of Gaza during the fighting of recent weeks.
“Here we discover that people are vary sensitive and very aware of the tragedies of other people around the world,” he said. “The support is warming and you feel that you are not alone and that encourages you to continue your struggle for liberty and for justice.”
He said people in Donegal could show their support for the people of Gaza by boycotting goods from Israeli settlements, Mr. Abdelrazek also said that lifting the blockade of Gaza was essential to any ceasefire.
“It is very important to demonstrate your point of view because it has been heard by our people and given hope and it has been heard by the aggressor and he will know that his aggression will not pass in silence. The most difficult obstacle to peace...is the settlements in the Palestinian territory that Israel builds every day. What we think is important is that Israel should feel that these settlements are illegal and they should evacuate these settlements from Palestinian territory.
“Everyone in the world can help that by boycotting all products from the settlements and all contact with the settlements because they are illegal, and to push governments to sanction the settlements. All Israeli goods are coming from the settlements which are illegal by international law.”