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Israel's escalating offensive in Gaza morally reprehensible

10 January, 2009

Speaking at the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign's Press Conference held today in Dublin Sinn Féin National Chairperson and Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has described Israel's deepening military offensive in Gaza as morally reprehensible.

The Dublin MEP said:

"Israel's treatment of the Palestinian people has historically been unacceptable, however since this current military offensive against the region began two weeks ago the world has witnesses an attack against humanity unlike one we have seen for many many years.

"There are simply no words to describe just how wrong the military actions of Israel are. Their daily justification of the atrocities against the civilian population of Gaza is sickening and morally reprehensible. The slaughter of Palestinian families under the guise of security concerns no longer washes with people and the world looks on in horror.

"International governments responses to the crisis have been inept. The UN and EU have failed to exert sufficient pressure on the Israeli government and the US, the real power brokers, have refused to step in and call a halt to the deepening atrocities being foisted upon the people of Gaza. Shame on all of them.

"The EU can and must voice the revulsion felt by member state citizens. To date its language has been tough and its actions weak. A Council of Ministers meetings needs to be called immediately at which the suspension of the Israel-EU Association Agreement and Euro-Med Agreements must be agreed.

"A vote on increasing the EUs preferential trade agreements with Israel will go before the European parliament later this month. The vote was due to take place last month but was suspended following a motion put forward by Sinn Féin's parliamentary group GUE/NGL. I will be calling on all MEPs to vote against increasing the EU-Israel Association Agreement. The people of Gaza need action not words. " ENDS

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