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Practical measures must be taken against Israel - Ó Snodaigh

28 December, 2008 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin International Affairs and Human Rights Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, speaking from Dublin today where he attended demonstration in solidarity with the Palestinian People, said tough words from Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin will have no affect on Israel's decision to continue is bombardment of Gaza.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh, who recently visited Gaza to witness first hand Israel's blockade of the city, said practical measures such as the suspension of preferential trade with Israel must be taken to exert pressure and bring these unjustifiable attacks to an end.

He said, "Israel's treatment of the people of Gaza City has been nothing short of disgraceful. Its blockade of the City has created a humanitarian crisis in the region with shortages of food, fuel and medical supplies. Thousands of homes are without power and the UN is struggling to feed the population while hospitals can't get hold of the medical supplies that they need.

"The intensification of Israel's military operations in Gaza yesterday has been viewed with shock and horror across the world as more than 270 Palestinians have been killed and over 700 injured over the past twenty four hours. Israel's insistence that this operation is to continue is an affront to the international community which has by and large called for an end to military activity in the region.

"However, strong words from the international community such as those from Micheál Martin will have no affect on Israel's decision to continue its bombardment of Palestine and action is urgently required. The need to suspend the Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement, which underpins preferential trade with Israel and is subject to Israel's compliance with human rights, could not be clearer.

"I would urge Minister Martin to look at this option and to publicly call for a suspension of preferential trade with Israel in response to this latest outrage." ENDS

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