Call to boycott Israel as hundreds protest against ‘slaughter in Gaza’

March to US Consulate in Belfast to call for the slaughter in Gaza
March to US Consulate in Belfast to call for the slaughter in Gaza

Hundreds of people joined a march in Belfast on Saturday against Israeli actions in Gaza.

The march walked from Botanic Gardens in south Belfast to the US Consulate.

The march was organised by the People before Profit Belfast councillor Gerry Carroll, who called for Israel to be boycotted and the Israeli ambassador removed from the Republic of Ireland.

Mr Carroll said: “There were people there from all sorts of backgrounds, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish and others. Everyone was there to say they have had enough of slaughter in Gaza and war crime committees by Israel. We were calling on the US government to break its ties and its support for the Israeli war machine.”

Mr Carroll, 27, said they were also calling for the public to boycott Israeli goods.

No complaints about the protest were received by the PSNI.

Yesterday the former deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Lord Kilclooney, described the conflict in Gaza as “one of the worst tragedies playing out in the world today”.

Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence the cross-bench peer said: “It is the slaughter of the innocents in Gaza. It is dreadful what Israel is doing.”

He also called on Palestinian militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, to recognise Israel’s right to exist.

He added that there are “two problems in that part of the world” where “one is that Hamas refuses to recognise the right of Israel is exist”. The former MP said the “issue of recognition” was a crucial point towards a settlement in the Middle East.

“We know that the issue of recognition is important here in Ireland. We remember that the Republic of Ireland for decades refused to recognise the right of Northern Ireland to exist. It meant that there was no co-operation. Then with the Belfast Agreement, it meant that Dublin had to recognise this state of Northern Ireland. The reality is now we have great co-operation between Belfast and Dublin.”