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Irish government stance on Gaza ‘shamefully silent’ - Adams

4 August, 2014 - by Gerry Adams TD

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has described the Irish Government’s stance on the Israeli assault on Gaza as “shamefully silent” and he accused it of hiding “behind the EU rather than speak out in its own right”.

Gerry Adams said:

“The Irish government’s response to the slaughter of civilians in Gaza was to abstain in a crucial vote at the UN Human Rights Council.

“This has been used by Israeli spokespersons as evidence of EU support for Israeli actions.

“The Taoiseach has also refused to recall the Dáil to discuss this appalling humanitarian disaster and to support the UN. This is unacceptable.

“The Irish government must stand up against the aggression of the Israeli government and for the human rights of the population of Gaza.

“It must reflect the outrage of the Irish people at these criminal acts by the Israeli government.

“The Taoiseach must now speak out very clearly against the attempted destruction of Gaza and its people.

“And where is the Tánaiste and Labour Party Leader at this time? Why has she not spoken out on this most fundamental of human rights issues?

“So far the Irish government has been shamefully silent and has hidden behind the EU rather than speak out in its own right.

“In the last week I have spoken twice with Saeb Erekat, Chief Negotiator for the Palestinian Unity government. The Palestinian delegation is currently in Cairo along with the American and International representatives waiting on Israel to begin negotiations.

“Yesterday in a missile strike against a UN shelter ten people, four of them children, were killed by Israeli forces. There were other IDF attacks this morning. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described this attack as “a moral outrage and a criminal act”, and called for those responsible for the “gross violation of international law” to be brought to account.

“The Dáil should be recalled immediately so that TDs can express their views on the situation in Gaza and so that we can challenge the current stance of the Irish Government.”

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