Northern Ireland

Palestinian human rights campaigner to talk in Co Armagh

Israeli forces have killed around 35,000 people in Gaza

The aftermath of an Israeli airstrike in Deir al Balah, Gaza (Abdel Kareem Hana/AP)
Around 35,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since last year (Abdel Kareem Hana/AP)

A leading human rights campaigner from Palestine will give a first-hand account of the plight faced by people in the region at a public meeting in Co Armagh on Friday evening.

Lubnah Shomali, who lives and works in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, is a full-time worker with the BADIL Resource Centre, a human rights group based in Bethlehem.

The campaigner will share a platform with former Mid Ulster MP and social justice campaigner Bernadette McAlliskey in Portadown on Friday evening.

Ms Shomali is currently taking part in a speaking tour organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), during which she will address nine public meetings across the country.

To date around 35,000 people, including thousands of women and children, have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza.

The military assault came after a Hama-led attack inside Israeli territory last year resulted in 1,400 dead and around 200 hostages taken.

The series of talks also coincides with the 1947-1949 Nakba, when more than 700,000 Palestinians were exiled from their homeland to create the state of Israel.

Ms Shomali will also be the main speaker at the national IPSC march and rally outside the Dáil in Dublin on Saturday May 18.

The Portadown meeting will take place in the Drumcree Community Centre, Ashgrove Road, Portadown, at 7.30pm.