Adams urges Varadkar to expel Israeli Ambassador
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has described the Israeli killing of at least 16 Palestinians and the wounding of hundreds more as “a deliberate act of aggression by the Israeli Army and a crime against humanity”.
The Louth TD said: “There can be no justification or excuse by Israel for the calculated slaughter by Israeli military snipers of unarmed Palestinian protestors on the Gaza border with Israel.”
Teachta Adams said:
“I visited Gaza and the Israeli town of Sderot in 2009. The conditions for the almost two million Palestinians surviving in the Gaza strip were appalling. It is an open prison, under siege by Israel, with the people of Gaza being denied the basic requirements of a decent life. I
"n the nine years since then the Israeli stranglehold on the Gaza Strip and the West Bank has increased. More Palestinian land and water rights have been stolen and significant numbers of new Israeli settlements have been constructed on Palestinian land in flagrant breach of international law.
“The international community has consistently failed to defend the rights of the Palestinian people. The ill-treatment of the Palestinian people by Israel is a dark stain on the reputation of the international community. This has to change.
“I am urging the EU and the UN to take a stand against Israeli violence. I would especially urge the Irish government to expel the Israeli Ambassador as a first step in formally and officially recognising the state of Palestine.
“The time for excuses is long over.
“The Irish government has an opportunity to give leadership on this issue to the international community by taking decisive decisions that reflect the widespread abhorrence of Israeli actions by the Irish people and by acting in solidarity with the Palestinian victims of Israeli aggression.”