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Ireland recognises Palestine as a State

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On May 22nd, 2024, Ireland, Norway and Spain recognised the state of Palestine more than seven months into the war and genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.

“We believe that recognition will contribute to peace and reconciliation in the Middle East,” Taoiseach Simon Harris said.

The Taoiseach was flanked side-by-side by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin and leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan during the announcement.

“This is an historic and important day for Ireland and for Palestine,” he added. Ireland will recognise the State of Palestine, effective May 28th.

A press release issued by the government can be read here.

Palestinian ambassador to Ireland, Dr Jilan Wahba Abdalmajid, said that her reaction to the announcement was “positive and emotional”.

“I think it’s the time it’s not just symbolic, it’s a recognition of our rights, of 13 million people, of Palestinian people to self-determination, and to live in peace and security in a sovereign state. That acknowledgment of recognition is highly welcomed by the Palestinian leadership. And, of course by all the Palestinians,” she told RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland.

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Most recently the Palestinian Women’s football team competed against the Bohemian Football Club in Dalymount Park. They won 2 – 1. A film commemorating this event is said to be coming soon.

The special match was arranged to “highlight the human rights violations in occupied Palestine”, the Bohemians website said.

Palestine player Busan Abuaita told media in Dublin Airport: “Every time we play for the national team and hear our anthem it’s an amazing feeling, to represent not just our country but Palestinian women.”

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