Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson addressed the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in the European Parliament in Brussels today.

Speaking to the tribunal, which is made up of international jurists including South Africa’s Ronnie Kasrils and Pink Floyd frontman and human rights campaigner Roger Waters, Ms Anderson said;

“The moving insight that has come before this tribunal on the 51-day onslaught on Gaza has reinforced my determination to do all I can as chair of the European Parliament’s Palestinian delegation to help the people of Palestine.

“The imagery from Gaza, showing the full scale of the destruction, reaffirms the reason why the delegation of MEPs which I recently led to Palestine was refused entry to Gaza. This Tribunal allows us to present the facts of what is happening in Palestine.

“The facts I witnessed in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are clear. It is a fact that what we are witnessing is apartheid at its worst.

“It is a fact that Israel has occupied 170,000 acres of Palestinian land since the Oslo accord in 1993. It is a fact that Israel has breached international law by moving its population into the occupied territories.

“It is fact that 34 Palestinian parliamentarians are among 7,000 Palestinians who are interned under what Israel calls administrative detention.

“All of these facts are ignored by the majority of MEPs who should act immediately to suspend the European Parliament’s Association agreement with Israel in light of these gross human rights abuses.

“I will not ignore these facts and will continue to campaign for justice for the people of Palestine.”