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Israeli use of Irish passports warrants tough response from Government – Ó Snodaigh

25 May, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Responding to media speculation that the Government is set to expel an Israeli Diplomat from the country over the use of false Irish passports in the murder of a leading member of Hamas, Sinn Féin Justice and International Affairs Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said the expulsion of one faceless diplomat does not go far enough and called on the Government to initiate a campaign of boycott, divest and sanction of Israeli goods in Ireland.

Speaking from Cyprus today before joining the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“I fully support the Government taking a hard line on any Israeli officials found to be complicit in the use of the Irish passports that were used in the murder of the Hamas official. This is a serious matter that requires serious attention.

“However, the expulsion of one faceless Israeli diplomat does not go far enough and will not cause much concern for the Israeli Government.

“What we need to see is the beginning of a wide-scale campaign of boycott, divest and sanction of Israeli goods internationally and I would call on the Irish Government to take the lead on this and initiate an Irish boycott immediately.

“This would be a proportionate response to Israel’s blatant disregard for Irish laws and insulting use of Irish passports in this horrendous crime.” ENDS

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