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Government must revise relationship with Isreal in light of war crimes against Palestinians

13 June, 2006


Sinn Féin International Affairs and Human Rights spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called on the Government to revise its policy on relations with Israel in light of the increased intensity of attacks by Israel amounting to the collective punishment of Palestinians which Deputy Ó Snodaigh described as war crimes.

Speaking in the Dáil today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "There is an urgent need for the government to revisit and revise its policy on relations with Israel. In particular there is a need to end its policy of preferential trade relations with Israel in order to hold that country accountable for its persistent human rights violations in Palestine, especially in light of the increased intensity of attacks by Israel amounting to the collective punishment of Palestinians. These attacks, including the attack last Friday on a beach which killed 7 Palestinians including 3 children and the missile strike on Gaza city today which killed 9 Palestinains including 2 more children, are war crimes.

"There is also an urgent need to at least double Irish aid to the Palestinian Authority on foot of the reduction of EU aid which this government failed to prevent to show that Ireland is not adding to the collective punishment by denying development aid." ENDS

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