Plaid MSs Take Part in Event to Mark the Palestinian Death Toll


Plaid Cymru MS’s Peredur Owen Griffiths and Delyth Jewell were part of a demonstration to highlight the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza since last October.

The Naming of the Dead banner was held on the Senedd steps this week and stretched 200m long. It compromised four separate sections and required dozens of volunteers to hold it.

To date, more than 30,000 deaths have been recorded as a result of Israel military forces with the majority of these being women and children.

Speaking after the demonstration, Peredur said: “When you see the names on the banner, it brings home the scale of the slaughter in Gaza.

“The reality is that in the days that follow, there will be many more names to add to the list and some of those will be children.

“Above all, it underlines the need for a ceasefire immediately and a humanitarian aid operation on an unimaginable scale due to the levels of destruction wreaked upon Gaza.

“The need for a ceasefire was pressing when the Senedd voted for it at the beginning of November. We are now four months on with many thousands more dead.

“To stand back and do nothing is inexcusable. I implore political leaders in Westminster and the US to act swiftly and decisively before the lives of more innocent people are taken.”

Delyth said: "It was a deeply emotional experience to see the names of the thousands of people who've been killed - it reminded us all that behind every statistic is a human life cut brutally short. 

“I asked every person there to join me in a prayer, to whichever God they prayed to, or if they didn't have a religion, to hold the names of these thousands of people in their hearts. 

“To pray for the precious souls killed in Gaza, in Israel, for the hostages still being held, and to join in a defiant, determined hope that these deaths must end.

"For the sake of these thousands of people, and all those whose lives still hang in the balance, there must be a ceasefire, a return of hostages, and an end to the killings."

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  • Gareth Llewellyn
    published this page in News 2024-03-15 16:51:15 +0000

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