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Crowe  - Israeli massacre in Lebanon and Palestine must end

29 July, 2006


Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe speaking at the emergency demonstration in Dublin this afternoon, called on the Irish government to use its influence to bring about an immediate end to the Israeli massacre of people in Palestine and Lebanon.  He called on the government to stop allowing US military to use Shannon airport and for a suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which provides Israel with favourable conditions when trading with EU member states including Ireland.

 Deputy Crowe said:

 

“In just a few short weeks at least 462 Lebanese have died, 18 Israeli civilians have died and 60 Palestinians have been killed in the Occupied Territories.  And for every person who has died in this conflict countless others have been injured.  It is estimated that three quarters of a million people have been forced to flee their homes.  Aid convoys, Red Cross paramedics, UN workers and observers have all been attacked by Israeli air strikes with the loss of life.  The infrastructure of Lebanon is being systematically destroyed.

 “The peace process in the Middle East lies in ruins.

 

“It is time for the UN to take the lead role in this crisis. The Israeli bombardment of Lebanon should stop immediately and Israeli troops should withdraw from the country. 

 “It is also time that the Irish government did much more. 

 

  • The use of Shannon airport by the US military on their way to the Middle East should end.
  • Ireland should support an immediate embargo on the sale of all military weapons and hardware to the region.
  • When the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Dáil meets next week, it’s members should back Sinn Féin’s motion to suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which provides Israel with favourable conditions when trading with EU member states including Ireland.
  “I want to call on everybody here today to pick up your phone – ring the Taoiseach, ring the Minister for Foreign Affairs, ring each and every member on the Foreign Affairs Committee.  Demand action.”ENDS

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