Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called for the immediate suspension of the EU Israel Association Agreement.

Ms Anderson, the chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council, said;

“The international community, and the European Union in particular, has a responsibility to challenge the human rights abuses carried out by Israel against the Palestinian people.

“The European Parliament could demonstrate its support for the people of Palestine by immediately suspending the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

“I have repeatedly called for the suspension of the agreement and I have also written to a range of groups right across Europe asking them to support my call.

“More than 300 organisations, including some of Europe’s biggest trade unions, political parties and NGOs have now signed a letter calling for the agreement to be suspended.

“I have now written to the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, asking her to listen to the will of the people and suspend this agreement.”