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Government must call in Israeli Ambassador -- massacre in Lebanon must stop

19 July, 2006

Sinn Féin spokesperson on International Affairs Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has challenged the Government to call in the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland and demand an immediate end to the massacre in Lebanon.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

"The situation in the Middle East is deteriorating by the minute. Nearly 300 people have already died as a result of Israeli attacks in Lebanon and Palestine and many more will die if Israeli authorities don't stop the massacre.

"This is not the first time that Israel has attacked Lebanon and caused huge loss of life and devastation to the country's infrastructure. It cannot be allowed to happen again.

It is welcome that the Irish government secured the safety of Irish citizens in the region but they need to do much more. They cannot merely say that the Israeli response is disproportionate. They should call in the Israeli Ambassador and express in the strongest possible terms Ireland's opposition to Israel's attacks on Lebanon. The government must insist that they comply with international law, if not they will be subject to sanctions from the international community.

"If the Israeli's refuse to end their attacks the UN needs to take immediate action. I would also call on the government to propose the suspension of the preferential trade agreement between the European Union and Israel, which provides Israel with favourable conditions when trading with EU member states including Ireland."ENDS

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