Palestinians victims of imperialism as Irish, Dublin mayor
(MENAFN) On Wednesday, Dublin Mayor Micheal Eamonn Mac Donncha addressed the Palestinian Authority (PA) international conference in Ramallah despite Interior Minister Aryeh Deri instructing authorities to ban him from entering Israel.
"As you know, while I was in Ramallah preparing for the conference last night, it was reported that the Israeli Ministry for Strategic Affairs announced I was to be denied entry, but here I am, and I'm very pleased to be here," Donncha said in his opening remarks.
"We are also aware of reports of intentions to change Israel's basic laws and the ramifications that will have on those of other religions as well as Palestinians. A hundred years ago, these two peoples-the Irish and the Palestinians-were victims of imperialism when their rights to self-determination were taken away," he declared.
The symposium focuses on Jerusalem's significance in the eyes of Palestinians and the Islamic religion in general. This year, following US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the conference was titled, "Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine."
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