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Government decision to abstain on Gaza was shameful - Gerry Adams TD

24 July, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD has repeated his criticism of the Irish government decision to abstain in the vote on the Israeli assault on Gaza at Wednesday’s emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.

Mr. Adams pointed out that “the UN resolution is reasonable and balanced. It reads:

‘The Human Rights Council… Condemns all violence against civilians wherever it occurs, including the killing of two Israeli civilians as a result of rocket fire, and urges all parties concerned to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law.’

The refusal of the Irish government to support this resolution was a shameful act of political cowardice.”

The Sinn Féin leader made his call today after the Israeli military bombed a UN school in Gaza killed 15 people and injuring many more.

Mr. Adams repeated his earlier call for the Irish government to expel the Israeli Ambassador.

Mr. Adams said:
“The bombing by Israeli forces today of a UN school and the killing of at least 15 Palestinian  civilians, is further evidence of the failure of the Irish government and others in the international community to defend the civilian population of Gaza.

The Israeli government is acting with impunity and the EU and the Irish government are failing to stand up to Israeli aggression.

The statistics of death and destruction, and in particular the slaughter of women and children, has to be stopped.

The government should move immediately to expel the Israeli ambassador in a clear message of condemnation of the actions of the Israeli government”.

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