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Moyle District Council in N. Ireland voted to twin with Gaza.

On Monday night, 12 of March 2012 the Moyle District Council passed a motion to proceed with the formal twinning with the Municipality of Gaza City. Moyle District Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in the north-east corner of the North of Ireland.

Padraig Mc Shane in Gaza, 2010.
Padraig Mc Shane in Gaza, 2010.

Padraig Mc Shane in Gaza, 2010.

Belfast (SaebPress) —Given the long-suffering endured by the Palestinian people of Gaza, while living under constant ‘Israeli’ military attacks, and suffering from a prolonged crippling siege. On Monday night, 12 of March 2012 the Moyle District Council passed a motion to proceed with the formal twinning with the Municipality of Gaza City. Moyle District Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in the north-east corner of the North of Ireland.

Chairman of Moyle District Council, Padraig Mc Shane, told SaebPress that he welcomed “the conclusion of what had been a long drawn out process; we recognized that Councillors had supported the Twinning on a Humanitarian Basis”. Councillor Mc Shane added.

While wanting to thank all his colleagues in Moyle, Councillor Mc Shane stated to SaebPress that While they “enjoy a large widespread and diverse amount of support already, given the nature of the proposals, it will require time and a great deal of effort on the part of the group selected to implement the Twinning Agreement to gain the support of the entire community”. Councillor Mc Shane added “They should now be allowed to proceed with their work and should only be judged on the outcomes”.

Exact wording of motion passed on the late Monday night 12th of March 2012, by Moyle District Council.

“That Moyle District Council proceeds with the formal twinning with the Municipality of Gaza and that the council signs the agreement now as previously circulated. That “Antrim to Gaza” group be tasked to implement the twinning programme.”

Meanwhile, Chairman of Palestine Aid,  Saeb Shaath told our reporter that  “while Gaza is bleeding from the latest criminal ‘Israeli’ attacks, I thank all the people of Moyle and their Councillors, since we consider Moyle District Council’s twinning with Gaza  a great step forward to kick start an international healing process to help on the long run the victims of the ‘Israeli’ attacks in Gaza’’.

Moyle District Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in the north-east corner of the North of Ireland. It covers a largely rural area of approximately 190 square miles, with 42 miles of coastline. The area is very popular destination with tourists; it receives around a million and a half visitors a year.

Moyle District includes the three best known features of the North of Ireland: the World Heritage Site, Giant’s Causeway, the Glens of Antrim and Rathlin Island.

Council headquarters are in Ballycastle. Other towns in the area include Bushmills the home to the world’s oldest licensed distillery which has produced the famous Irish whiskey “Bushmills” since 1608, Armoy, Ballintoy, Cushendall, Cushendun and Waterfoot.

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On the story: Palestine Ambassador to Ireland, ‘we support the Moyle District Council’s proposal to twin with Gaza City’.

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Analysing Qatar’s dispute with Saudi Arabia led states

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, 2017, accusing Doha of meddling in regional affairs and supporting “terrorism.” Qatar has rejected the allegations and said it was targeted because it followed an independent foreign policy.

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On Press TV Saeb Shaath, analysing the Qatari dispute with Saudi Arabia led states, since the UN’s top court backed Qatar in air blockade row with neighbours. The International Court of Justice rejects appeal by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE over an air blockade.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, 2017, accusing Doha of meddling in regional affairs and supporting “terrorism.” Qatar has rejected the allegations and said it was targeted because it followed an independent foreign policy.

The four countries also banned all Qatari planes from their air spaces. On Tuesday, the president of The Hague-based ICJ, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said that the court unanimously “rejects the appeal” by the four countries against a decision by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in favour of Qatar over sovereign airspace.

Yusuf also said that the court had decided that ICAO “has jurisdiction” in the case by 15 judges to 1. Qatar repeats its call for the lifting of a ‘unjust, unlawful’ blockade by Saudi Arabia and some of its regional allies on Doha. Back in 2018, the world civil aviation body ruled that it had sufficient authority to handle a complaint by Doha, which accused the four countries of violating a convention that regulates the free passage of its passenger planes through foreign airspace.

However, the four blockading countries disputed ICAO’s jurisdiction over the issue, alleging that its decision was “flawed.” Furthermore, they asked the ICJ to reject ICAO’s ruling as “null and void and without effect.” Separately on Tuesday, Doha welcomed the ICJ’s ruling, saying that the four blockading countries would “face justice.” “We welcome today’s decision by the ICJ that will see the blockading states finally face justice for violating international aviation rules,” Qatari Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Saif Ahmed al-Sulaiti said in a statement, shortly after the court ruling.

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Palestinian inmates on hunger strike against “Israel’s” administrative detention

Three Palestinian prisoners in an Israeli prison are still on a hunger strike they declared a few weeks ago in protest against the administrative detention, a form of imprisonment, the individual is never tried and can be held indefinitely in Israeli detention.

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Three Palestinian prisoners in an Israeli prison are still on a hunger strike they declared a few weeks ago in protest against the administrative detention, a form of imprisonment, the individual is never tried and can be held indefinitely in Israeli detention.

The Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs announced the news in a statement carried by Palestine’s official Wafa news agency on Sunday.

According to the statement, Odi Shehadeh, 24, from the Deheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem, and Fadi Ghneimat, 40, from the town of Surif, in southern occupied West Bank, have been on hunger strike for 20 and 19 days in respectively, at Ofer prison near Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

The third prisoner, identified as Mahmoud Saadi, from the Jenin refugee camp in northern West Bank, has been on hunger strike for the past 12 days and is currently behind bars in Hadarim prison, located west of Tulkarm.

More than 350 detainees are under administrative detention, Israel keeps the detainees for up to six months, a period, that can be extended an infinite number of times. Women and minors are also among these detainees. Such detentions take place on the orders from a military commander and on the basis of what the regime describes as ‘secret’ evidence. Some prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years without any charge against them.

According to Wafa, Palestinians in administrative detention resort to hunger strike to force the Israeli authorities to release them.

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Northern Ireland regional government in crisis

The North of Ireland after partition had an inbuilt pro-British unionist colonial population and through this inbuilt gerrymandered majority the Ulster Unionist Party ruled the North of Ireland from 1921 as a one-party state

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By Fra Hughes

Fra Hughes, in Palestine.

The devolved regional assembly of Northern Ireland which sits at Stormont the building, previously housed the N Ireland government from 1922 to 1972 is in crisis.

The precipitation something as ordinary as a funeral  something that happens every day all over the world but this was no ordinary funeral 

This was the funeral of Bobby Storey a charismatic leader of the Irish Republican Army. An icon to generations of republicans and a man held in high esteem by colleagues and former comrades alike.

 Storey was also credited with overseeing the appropriation of  hundreds of classified secret police Special Branch files in March 2002 at their Headquarters in Castlereagh Police Station  .

A close personal friend to Gerry Adams former leader of Sinn Fein an ex-prisoner and the man many believe masterminded the escape of 38 republicans from Long Kesh maximum security prison camp known as HMP The Maze on September 25, 1983, One of Europes most secure prisons and designed specifically to prevent communication between  political prisoners 

On December 15, 2014, the Northern Bank Headquarters based on Donegal Square West Belfast had 26.5 million pounds stolen. Accusations that Storey and the IRA were involved in the raid have never been proven

The anecdotes involving Mr Storey are too numerous to mention and many will probably never be told  Known only to a few people who will probably carry them to their graves.

Mr Storey passed away shortly after having an unsuccessful lung transplant in Newcastle Upon Tyne  England 

He died on June 21 aged 64 and had served 20 years in prison on various charges connected to his membership and active participation in the IRA armed campaign for national liberation 

Michelle O Neill is the deputy party leader of Sinn Fein and serves as Joint First Minister in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Since Ireland was partitioned by the British in 1921  we have had two governments on the island of Ireland one North and one South of the border. 

The North of Ireland after partition had an inbuilt pro-British unionist colonial population and through this inbuilt gerrymandered majority the Ulster Unionist Party ruled the North of Ireland from 1921 as a one-party state

 A Protestant  Parliament and a Protestant State is a quote from Lord Craigavon in 1934.

The indigenous Catholic Irish absorbed into this new partitioned statelet were treated as second class citizens and viewed as an enemy by the new state.

After nearly 25 years of internal armed conflict in Northern Ireland from August 1969 to the IRA ceasefire June 1994, a new dispensation was then created and the people of Ireland North and Soth voted in favour of the Good Friday Agreement also known as the Belfast Agreement on April 10, 1998, and the IRA embraced politics as a method to obtain National Reunification over armed militant struggle and so the Peace Process was born

This was followed by a devolved government being elected and the IRA enter government at the old Parliamentary Building at Stormont.

The newly elected Assembly first sat on July 1 1998

Powers were re devolved to the Northern Assembly on December 2, 1999, having been suspended from 1972

This has been an uneasy marriage between two sets of political antagonists.

One one side the descendants of the colonial settlements of English and Scottish settlers who wish to maintain the link with the United Kingdom they are Unionists and then we have the indigenous Irish who wish to see the final removal of the British State occupation of Ireland with the national reunification of Ireland were all of the people of the island, unionist and nationalist republican and loyalist can decide on their future together without  British governmental interference.

The outworking of this experiment is a forced Mandatory coalition delivering  both political parties a veto on disputed legislation  

The assembly has collapsed twice before 

That last collapse was in January  2017 with the assembly only reforming after fresh elections on  January  11 2020.

The COVID 19 pandemic has led to restrictive enforcement of legislation around funerals.

It limited the number in attendance to 10 close family relatives and until recently the cemeteries and crematoria were closed to the public.

With the Death of Mr Storey, an impasse has been reached.

Prior to COVID 19, Mr Storey would have received a full semi-state like funeral from  his IRA comrades and the political Elite of Sinn Fein

Thousands would have attended from all over Ireland America Britain and Europe

His funeral would have been massive akin to the funerals of the IRA and INLA Hunger Strikers in 1981

However, the restrictive guidelines in place today because of COVID 19 allow for a maximum of 30 people to attend the funeral, socially distancing at between one and to metres.

At Mr Storey’s funeral, there were indeed 30 people walking behind the funeral cortege. There were also 120 in attendance at St Agnes requiem mass on the morning of the funeral

A guard of honour and the streets lined with  former IRA  comrades and Sinn Fein members from the church  to the cemetery 

Probably in excess of 1000-to 1800 people attended  perhaps more with the streets lined with mourners many of whom were from Belfast showing their respect for a fallen hero 

Now the Unionist members of the Assembly aided by some members of the Social Democratic Labour Party have called on the joint first minister Michelle ONeill deputy leader of Sinn Fein to stand aside from her position while Police carry out an investigation as to whether she and leading members of Sinn Fein, all elected members of both Parliaments on the island, are in breach of their own COVID 19 restrictions? 

Sinn Fein has consistently claimed the funeral met all statutory regulations as to the number of mourners and social distancing

 They claim they tried  to mitigate the size of the crowd in attendance 

To the other Assembly members, Sinn Fein are not above the law and must lead by example during a Pandemic and they have called for ONeill to resign

The Assembly is a combative pugilistic type arena and many outside see the calls for resignation as nothing more than political opportunism from unionists and optics for the gallery

Having fallen twice before, should the assembly collapse again it could be strike three and your out!

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