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Ireland should lead call for arms embargo on Israel – Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD

18 September, 2014 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Defence, Padraig Mac Lochlainn TD has expressed his disappointment with the confirmation that the Government will continue to purchase military hardware from Israeli companies.

Speaking from Leinster House, following his questioning of Minister Coveney, Deputy MacLochlainn said:

“I believe that Minister Coveney’s response today along with the recent decision of the Government to abstain on a UN vote calling for an investigation into war crimes during the recent onslaught on Gaza, demonstrates our state’s subservience to NATO member states within the EU dilutes our potential to follow a policy of positive neutrality.

“Ireland could be leaders in conflict resolution and the promotion of human rights globally but we’re losing our ability to do this due to our increasing alignment to NATO policy”

“Minister Coveney’s explanation, that his Department cannot preclude Israeli companies from tendering for military contracts, fails to consider that Ireland should be to the forefront of creating an arms embargo on Israel.

“This would send a clear and unequivocal message to Israel that Ireland stands on the side of the abused, the colonised, and the oppressed. We should not only speak out against human rights abuses and international law violations but we will also act when they are committed, no matter what geo-political and powerful actors are involved.”

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