International community must do more to support Palestine – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the international communitymust to do more to support Palestinian statehood.

Ms Anderson said;

"Today is the 99th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration in which the 
British government gave its support for the establishment of a Jewish 
state in Palestine.

"The declaration, however, also states that 'nothing shall be done whichmay prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish 
communities in Palestine.'

"In this aspect they have failed as the civil, religious and human rights ofthe Palestinian people have been attacked and eroded ever since.

"The international community have a duty and a responsibility to supportthe people of Palestine and challenge Israeli human rights abuses.

"They need to step up to the plate and proactively show their support for Palestinian statehood."