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Adams calls for MV Rachel Corrie to be allowed to reach Gaza

2 June, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has today called for the Israeli government “to allow the MV Rachel Corrie to reach its destination and deliver its vital humanitarian supplies”.

Mr. Adams said he supports the Irish government’s demand that the MV Rachel Corrie should be allowed to complete its humanitarian mission.

The Sinn Fein leader was also strongly critical of the international community which “has for too long allowed these type of actions by the Israel government to continue without international sanction.”

Mr. Adams said:

“The blockade of the Gaza strip is illegal. The boarding of the flotilla was illegal. The separation wall is illegal and the construction of settlements on stolen Palestinian land is illegal.

I strongly support the right of the humanitarian aid workers on the Rachel Corrie to proceed to Gaza and deliver the very necessary humanitarian aid to the people of that region which they are being illegally denied by the Israeli authorities.

I visited that region twice last year and spent two days in April in Gaza. I saw for myself the extent of the destruction wrought by the Israeli forces in their assault several months earlier. I also witnessed the desperate need for reconstruction materials and humanitarian supplies.

The MV Rachel Corrie is carrying children’s toys, school equipment, including pencils, and cement for reconstruction, all of which is denied by the Israeli authorities.”

Concluding Mr. Adams said:

“Out of this awfulness it is vital that something positive emerges – that some good comes. That means ensuring that the Israeli government changes its policy towards the people of Palestine”.

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