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Sinn Féin Leadership condemns Israel's attack on Gaza

27 December, 2008 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA and National Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald MEP have today, on behalf of the party’s leadership and elected representatives in the Assembly, Oireachtas and local authorities throughout the island, condemned Israel’s brutal attack on Gaza which has killed at least 155 people and wounded hundreds more.
Ms. McDonald said:
“Sinn Féin is calling on Israel to immediately end its brutal attack on Gaza. We are also calling on the international community to exert maximum pressure on the Israeli government to end its hostilities. The scale of today’s Israeli attack on Gaza is truly shocking, particularly in the context of the brutality of the last few months food and fuel blockade imposed by Israel on the people of the region.
“Israel’s ferocious attack on Gaza will not contribute in any way to finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the region. Imposing an unjustifiable policy of mass collective punishment on the people of Gaza can not be justified
“International pressure must immediately be exerted. The EU must exercise its influence over the actions of the Israeli government. There is currently in effect a trade agreement between the EU and Israel that is dependent on Israel's respect for human rights.
“Israel by its actions today is once again in breach of this agreement. The EU must use whatever influence it has to end this deplorable situation. This includes suspending the preferential trade agreement if the Israeli government continues in its aggression towards the people of Gaza "
"Sinn Féin urges Israel to accept that progress toward a peaceful agreement can only be made by ending its military hostilities against Gaza and by showing a willingness to speak to all combatant groups." ENDS

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