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Can Trimble be impartial when Unionists have a “sneaking regard” for Israel? – Sinn Féin

14 June, 2010 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin Assembly Chief Whip Carál Ní Chuilín MLA has questioned the Israeli appointment of David Trimble on a panel to investigate the attacks on the aid flotilla to Gaza at the beginning of June.

Speaking today Ms Ní Chuilín said;

“I have to question the intention of the Israeli Government in appointing David Trimble on the panel to investigate the murderous attack on the aid flotilla attempting to break the siege of Gaza.

I wonder if David Trimble, who is a former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, is of the same opinion as the current deputy leader of that party, Danny Kennedy, who stated during a debate in the Assembly on the 1st of June;

“Given our experience of terrorism and how it was dealt with in Northern Ireland, I think that a section of the unionist population have more than a sneaking regard for the manner in which the Israeli Government defends Israel and puts its security considerations above all others.”

“Mr Trimble’s impartiality in the relation to this investigation will no doubt be questioned given the fact that he is one of the leading figures in the “Friends of Israel Initiative” which was recently launched in Paris.

In January 2004, at an ‘International congress on Victims of Terrorism’, held in San Pablo CEU University outside Madrid, David Trimble said;

“One of the great curses of this world is the human rights industry. They justify terrorist acts and end up being complicit in the murder of innocent victims”.

So many will question just how serious or impartial an investigation Israel has initiated when at this early stage they send a very clear message to the world that only those supportive of Israel will be in a position to investigate what was a criminal act of international piracy.” CRÍOCH

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