The Bloody Sunday families have dedicated next month’s 52nd anniversary of the 1972 killings to the “men, women and children of Palestine”.
The families have outlined a series of Palestine support events to run over the last weekend of January 2024, commemorating Bloody Sunday.
The Bloody Sunday monument, at Rossville Street, will be lit in the Palestinian colours on the evening of January 25. The Museum of Free Derry will also stage a music event in support of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society on the same evening, featuring the Henry Girls, Jeanette Hutton and Sianna Ní Laithbheartaigh.
The following day, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Omar Bharghouti will deliver the annual Bloody Sunday lecture at the city’s Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin (8pm). There will be a panel discussion at the Cultúrlann on Saturday January 27 at which human rights’ organisations will discuss their work in Palestine.
The annual Bloody Sunday memorial Mass will take place at St Mary’s Church, Creggan on Friday January 26 with the traditional memorial service at the Bloody Sunday monument on Sunday January 28. Families and supporters will also observe a minute's silence at the memorial at 4pm on Tuesday, January 30, marking the actual 52nd anniversary.
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Bloody Sunday Trust chairman, Tony Doherty, whose father, Patrick was one of the victims, urged people to support the anniversary programme. Thousands of Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli Defense Force which declared war on Gazza following Hamas's attack on October 7 in which an estimated 1,200 Israelis were killed.
“The Bloody Sunday Trust is honoured to dedicate the 2024 anniversary of Bloody Sunday to the men, women and children of Palestine,” Mr Doherty said.