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Anderson calls on Irish government to sever links with Israeli arms firms

26 November, 2014 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on the Irish government to stop buying military equipment from Israeli companies. 

Speaking in Strasbourg ahead of a hearing in the European Parliament in Strasbourg entitled 'Banning the arms trade with Israel', Ms Anderson said; 

"During the recent Israeli onslaught on Gaza, tens of thousands of images of utter devastation were viewed by millions people across the world. 

"No one could have failed to have been moved by those images of loss of life and destruction in one of the most densely populated and impoverished communities anywhere. 

"That devastation was wrought by the Israeli military, much of it with arms purchased from other countries. 

"Other countries, including EU member states, purchase military equipment from Israel. 

"That deadly trade must end. 

"In particular, I am calling on Ireland to end its arms trade with Israel. 

"A recent report by Trócaire highlighted the fact that from 2011-14 the Irish government paid almost €3million to an Israeli firm which provides equipment for the apartheid wall surrounding the occupied West Bank. 

"The Irish Defence Forces bought ten ground surveillance radar systems from this firm. 

"That is unacceptable and I am calling directly on the Irish government to sever all links with Israeli arms firms." ENDS/CRÍOCH

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