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There should be no welcome in Carrickmacross for Israeli Ambassador

28 January, 2010

It has emerged this evening that the Fine Gael Mayor of Carrickmacross, Mary Kerr Conlon, has facilitated an official welcome to the Town Council offices tomorrow morning for the Israeli ambassador, Zion Evrony. Sinn Féin Councillor Matt Carthy has called for the reception to be cancelled and has said that should the ambassador attend the Carrickmacross Town Council offices that Sinn Féin will hold a protest at the event.

Cllr. Carthy said: “The Mayor’s actions in this regard are disgraceful. Carrickmacross does not want to be associated in any way with the Israeli government which has been condemned for engaging in war crimes by numerous international organisations and has repeatedly refused to abide by International Court and UN decisions.

“For Carrickmacross Town Council to be associated with this “rogue government” would be an affront to the Palestinian people who, only one year ago, were the subject of an unrelenting aerial and ground attack by Israeli forces in their Operation Cast Lead. That operation saw upwards of 1,400 Palestinians killed; more than 400,000 Gazans were left without running water; 4,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged and tens of thousands of people were left homeless.

“The Israeli government, who Zion Evrony represents here in Ireland, have never accepted their responsibility in targeting schools, homes, hospitals and civilians in their attacks. Indeed they have tried to cover up the use of horrific and illegal white phosporous shells in the attack.

“Even since then they have maintained their siege of the region ensuring that poverty, malnutrition and unemployment is endemic and that hospitals aren’t adequately equipped, that electricity blackouts occur regularly, that the sewerage system can’t operate, that schools have no supplies and that over 80% of the population are dependent on UN food aid to survive and that industry has ground to a halt with no access to markets and no supplies or replacement equipment. They have denied access to the market for Palestinian products from both the West Bank and Gaza regions.

“Mr. Evrony’s government continue the land grab and the building of their ‘apartheid wall around the Palestinian Territories and while these actions continue no council in Ireland should wish to be associated with them.

“Unfortunately Mayor Kerr Conlon has decided to proceed with this visit despite being informed of our objections which I believe are shared by the majority of people in our town. Even at this late stage I call on her to withdraw the welcome for the Israeli Ambassador”.

Note: Sinn Féin will be holding a protest at the Carrickmacross Town Council offices at 9am tomorrow, Friday 29th January, to coincide with the visit of the Israeli ambassador. People of all political persuasions are welcome to attend.

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