Whatever view people might hold about global politics, few would deny that the current situation in Gaza is a humanitarian crisis of enormous dimension.
As a result of the latest Israeli offensive, 2,000 Palestinians lie dead, among them more than1,200 civilians and nearly 500 children.
Overshadowed by the gruesome list of fatalities are the many other thousands physically and emotionally injured who now must endure life in a country with demolished homes and a devastated infrastructure.
When we take into account the fact that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict had its origins in the great power rivalries that culminated in World War 1, it is sobering to realise that this distressing situation has lasted for almost a century.
With no end to the conflict in sight and ample evidence that war in the Middle-East is spreading across the region, it is important that people in Ireland become acquainted with the origins of the conflict and the wider implications that it may have for us today.
It is timely, therefore, that a lecture dealing with the story of Palestine has been organised in the Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown County Tyrone, beginning at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 27th August.
The speaker will be Tommy McKearney, admission is free and all are welcome to attend.