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Anderson calls for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

15 July, 2014 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and international recognition for Palestine. 

Speaking at a GUE/NGL press conference in Strasbourg, Ms Anderson said; 

"This recent Israeli onslaught has seen more than 190 Gazans killed, mostly civilians and children, and unfortunately that number will probably rise. 

"The Israeli bloodbath undermines the two-state solution and obstructs the potential Palestinian unity government. 

"We need to see an immediate de-escalation of violence and a ceasefire by all sides in this conflicts. 

"The Israeli government must recognise the Palestinian unity government and engage in dialogue in order to find a way out of the current situation. 

"It is clear from this latest series of attacks that Israel is attempting to drive a wedge between Fatah and Hamas." 

Ms Anderson also said the international community must become involved to help the people of Gaza. 

"Expressions of concern are not enough; what is required now from the international community is decisive action. 

"International recognition for the two-state solution would be a hugely important step. 

"All governments should grant full embassy status to Palestinian missions. 

"The UN must recognise that Israeli actions have violated international law. 

"For too long the UN and the wider international community has watched the blockade of Gaza; watched an apartheid wall being built; watched as road blocks were erected and segregated buses introduced. 

"We have witnessed Israel demolishing thousands of Palestinian homes and forces thousands of families from their land to build settlements. 

"All of this is in violation of the 1993 Oslo Accord. 

"The Palestinian people and their elected representatives cannot tolerate this nor should they be expected to."

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