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Ó Snodaigh to travel to Gaza with International Delegation

5 November, 2008 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin International Affairs and Human Rights Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD will tomorrow travel to the Gaza Strip as part of an International delegation of Parliamentarians organised by the European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh has long been an advocate of the rights of the Palestinian people and has travelled to Palestine in the past to see first hand the conditions they are forced to live in. He has campaigned for trade sanctions against Isreal in response to their human rights violations against the Palestinian people and has moved two Oireachtas Committee motions in the past calling for a suspension of preferential trade with Israel.

The Egyptian Government has refused to grant passage to the delegation through the Rafah Crossing and so Deputy Ó Snodaigh and twelve other parliamentarians from Ireland, England, Italy, Turkey, Wales, Switzerland, and Scotland will travel by sea from Cyprus.

Speaking ahead of travelling to Gaza this week he said, "I am travelling to Gaza to see first hand the devastation caused by Israel's blockade which has been described as the largest concentration camp in the world.

"The collective punishments imposed by Israel on Gaza's civilian population have caused a largely untold humanitarian disaster including medical and food shortages. It is therefore important that elected representatives from throughout the international community take the time to travel there and see the situation for themselves.

"And having left the Gaza Strip, we will bring our stories home to our respective parliaments and demand appropriate action." ENDS

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