Northern Ireland

New murals in support of Gaza unveiled in Belfast

International Wall one of Belfast’s most popular destinations

Mural based on images sent by Palestinians was unveiled at the International Wall on the Falls road
Palestine murals unveiled The large crowd at the unveiling of the Palestinian murals at the International Wall on the Falls road in Belfast. PICTURE: MAL MCCANN (Mal McCann)

A series of murals painted in Support of Palestine have been officially unveiled in west Belfast.

The artwork at the International Wall on the Falls Road went on show as number of people killed as a result of the ongoing Israeli operation in Gaza reached 30,000.

Thousands of women and children are among the dead.

Calls for a ceasefire have been largely ignored by Israel, which launched its operation in Gaza after around 1,200 people were killed during a Hamas-led attack last October during which around 200 hostages were taken.

The International Wall is one of Belfast’s most popular visitor destinations and attracts thousands of tourists every year.

The latest display has taken up a large section of the wall, which is well-known for its political murals.

Protests in support of Palestine continued in Ireland and Britain over the weekend.

Palestine supporters hold a protest in Belfast City Centre calling for a boycot of McDonalds. PICTURE: MAL MCCANN
Palestine supporters hold a protest in Belfast City Centre. PICTURE: MAL MCCANN (Mal McCann)

In Belfast campaigners gathered for a “boycott picket” outside a McDonald’s outlet in Belfast City Centre on Saturday.

The fast-food outlet has been accused of giving away free meals to members of the Israeli army.

Posting on social media campaigners say they also “occupied” a Barclay’s Bank branch in Belfast on Saturday.

They accuse the financial firm of owning shares in companies that supply the Israeli army with weapons and other technology.

Elsewhere, Palestinian flags were on display during Saturday’s televised national league clash between Derry and Dublin at Celtic Park, in Derry, on Saturday.

The ‘Bring a Palestine Flag’ show of solidarity has been organised by Gaels Against Genocide, a group set up by GAA members to highlight the plight of the Palestinian people.

Meanwhile, a series of pro-Palestine protests were also held in England and Wales, including local demonstrations against Barclays Bank.

A spokesperson for Barclays Bank has previously said it is committed to respecting human rights while McDonald’s chief executive Chris Kempczinski has said it abhors “violence of any kind”.