Anderson criticises Israel over Adams refusal
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has criticised the Israeli government for refusing to allow Gerry Adams TD to enter Gaza.
Speaking after the Sinn Féin president was refused entry to Gaza, Ms Anderson, the chair of the European Union's Delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Assembly, said;
"It is very disappointing that Gerry Adams has been denied access to Gaza during his three-day visit to the Middle East.
"During the course of that visit, he has met with leading Palestinian and Israeli politicians, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
"Gerry Adams wanted to visit Gaza to see at first hand the devastation caused by the recent Israeli onslaught and no doubt this contributed to the Israeli government's decision to refuse him entry.
"As an internationally regarded statesman and peacemaker Gerry Adams brings a wealth of experience in dialogue and conflict resolution and his expertise could prove invaluable to the ongoing efforts towards peace in the region.
"This is just the latest in a series of incidents where international politicians have been refused access to Gaza. In September I was refused entry to Gaza when I led a delegation of 16 MEPs from six countries to Palestine.
"The Israeli government cannot hide Gaza from the outside world and I am calling for an immediate end to travel restrictions in and out of Gaza.”