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Mac Lochlainn condemns latest Israeli attacks on Palestinians

15 May, 2011 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, TD, has condemned today’s attacks by the Israeli Army on peaceful Palestinian protesters marking the 63rd anniversary of Al-Nakba Day (when Palestinians mourn the foundation of the state of Israel and the displacement of the Palestinian people throughout the region).

Dozens of Palestinians were injured with bullet and shrapnel wounds in an attack on Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border with Egypt and latest reports suggest some protesters may have been killed. In separate attacks, it is reported that at least eight more protesters have been killed on the Israeli borders with Syria and the Lebanon.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

“I condemn today’s murderous attacks by the Israeli army on Palestinian protesters. For too long, the Palestinian people have had to endure the occupation of their territories and oppression of their people while the world looks on and fails to intervene”.

“The recent resignation of George Mitchell as the US Middle East Peace Envoy was deeply worrying and his departure must not mark a further period of inaction by the US and the European Union. Today’s attacks demonstrate once again the urgent need for a real resolution to the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict with dignity and equality for all the people of the region”.

“The recent Palestinian unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas can make a positive contribution to a lasting peace. Today’s attacks must not be the start of attempts by Israel to provoke a Palestinian response and disrupt that agreement. The US, EU, and international community need to immediately intervene after today’s actions”.

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