Derry City, Ireland.  December 31, 2022: for IMEMC NEWS, Niall Ó Brolcháin:  Vigils were held across Ireland on New Year’s Eve to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the Israeli ‘Operation Cast Lead’ attack on Gaza and to highlight Israel’s ongoing brutality coupled with the cruel and illegal siege of Gaza and ongoing illegal occupation and confiscation of Palestinian land in the West Bank.

With the recently formed Israeli government’s threat to ratchet up the war on Palestine, the Derry IPSC held its annual New Year’s Eve vigil on the Peace Bridge, Derry, to let Palestinians everywhere know that they are not alone and to let Israel know that opposition to its apartheid regime will only continue to grow stronger.

Among the speakers at the Derry vigil were Catherine Hutton, chairperson of Derry IPSC, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC), Sandra Duffy (Sinn Féin), Niall McCarroll of Derry Trades Council (DTC) and Shaun Harkin from People Before Profit (PBP).

Other vigils of solidarity were held right across towns and cities throughout Ireland, including Armagh, Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Sligo, Ennis, Athlone, and Trim.