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Adams calls on Flanagan to raise with Israeli authorities case of woman prevented from speaking in Dublin

17 April, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has expressed disappointment at the response of Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan to the case of a woman prevented from leaving Gaza last month to speak at a conference in Dublin at the request of SIPTU, the country's largest trade union.

Mr Adams has again called on the Minister to raise the issue directly with the Israeli authorities.

Gerry Adams said:

“I raised with Minister Flanagan, the case of case of Dr Mona El Farra, Projects Director of the Middle East Children’s Alliance and Vice-Chairperson of the Red Crescent in Gaza.

“Dr El Farra was for unexplained ‘security reasons’, refused a visa to enter Israel, from where she planned to travel to Dublin as an invited speaker at a conference organised by SIPTU last month.

 “I asked the Minister to raise this abuse of human rights directly with the Isreali Ambassador. But I am entirely dissatisfied with the response from Minister Flanagan who while he expresses regret, gives no commitment to raise the wise with the Ambassador.#

“Dr El Farra’s sole activity is in helping traumatised and injured children and women in Gaza.

“It is entirely unacceptable that an aid worker, invited to this country to address human rights and aid issues would be prevented from so doing by a State which wants to stop the truth of getting out.

“I would call again on Minister Flanagan to raise this abuse of human rights directly with the Israeli authorities.”

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