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Irish Government should actively support Gaza aid ship — Adams

1 June, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP today called on the Irish government to actively support efforts to ensure that the Irish humanitarian aid ship the Rachel Corrie is allowed to sail uninhibited into Gaza and unload its cargo of aid.

Mr Adams said:

“The Irish humanitarian aid ship the Rachel Corrie is still at sea and its crew have indicated that they intend to continue their voyage to Gaza and unload their cargo of much needed aid.

“The Israeli government have attempted to spin the story that the aid from the humanitarian ships should be docked in Israel and that the Israeli government would then deliver it to Gaza. The fact is that much of the humanitarian cargo aboard the Rachel Corrie and the other ships, including cement for the reconstruction effort in Gaza, are prohibited under the Israeli blockade and would not reach those in need in Gaza. That is why the flotilla was put together in the first place.

“Given the outrageous Israeli aggression to the first ships and their crews in the convoy the world’s eyes will now be on how the Irish vessel is treated. The Irish government need to send out a clear signal that they are standing firmly with the crew of this Irish registered vessel and take strong measures to ensure that the Israeli military back off and allow the Rachel Corrie to sail uninhibited into Gaza and unload its cargo of aid.” ENDS

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