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Adams calls for full investigation into allegations of Sabotage of MV Saoirse

30 June, 2011 - by Gerry Adams TD

Following reports from the crew of the MV Saoirse that the Irish aid ship to Gaza has been sabotaged, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has called for the Irish government to urgently raise this matter with the Israeli authorities and to ask the Turkish authorities to carry out a full and thorough investigation into what occurred.

Mr. Adams said:

“The Israeli government’s antipathy toward the international aid flotilla to Gaza was most evident in the disgraceful accusation from the Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that those taking part in the flotilla were ‘terror activists, seeking to create provocation and looking for blood.’

“The fact that another of the ships in the flotilla apparently suffered the same damage while in port in Greece strongly suggests dirty tricks by Israeli elements.

“The Irish government has a responsibility to protect Irish citizens abroad and must demand answers from the Israeli government on this matter.

“I would also urge the government to ask the Turkish authorities to carry out a full and thorough investigation into what has occurred.”
The Sinn Féin leader added: “I want to commend the courage and dedication of the crew and international observers who were due to sail on the MV Saoirse. Despite the Israeli assault last year on the previous flotilla in which 9 aid workers were killed and the threats from official Israeli sources, they have refused to be intimidated and are determined to highlight the illegal and inhumane siege by Israel of Gaza.”

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