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Fayez and Muna al-Taneeb meet farmer John O’Connell and other members of the community in Carrigaline, Co Cork, to share their story about the challenges of farming in the West Bank. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fayez and Muna al-Taneeb meet farmer John O’Connell and other members of the community in Carrigaline, Co Cork, to share their story about the challenges of farming in the West Bank. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Last night, I welcomed two Palestinian farmers to Dublin. Mona and Fayez al-Taneeb have been living in the shadow of Israel’s illegal annexation wall since 2003, fighting against the demolition of their farm and the confiscation of their land by a commercial Israeli settlement.

The very presence of this settlement is a gross violation of international law, but this offers little consolation to the people whose lives hang in the balance. Encroachment continues, land is seized, and more than 40 per cent of the West Bank has now been taken, undermining the viability of a sustainable Palestinian state.

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