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Deliberate slaughter of Lebanese civilians must be seen to be unacceptable -- Ó Snodaigh

1 August, 2006


Speaking ahead of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs meeting scheduled for tomorrow at 11.30am to discuss the crisis in Lebanon, Sinn Féin spokesperson on International Affairs Aengus Ó Snodaigh called on Committee members to express their support for immediate suspension of the EU-Israel Trade Agreement. Referring to the 'deliberate slaughter of Lebanese civilians and repeated human rights violations by the Israeli regime' he described it as 'unacceptable' and called on Committee members to show that it must be seen to be unacceptable.

 

The Dublin South-Central TD said: "On Sunday the Lebanese town of Qanawas crucified for a second time. On April 18th ten years ago Israeli artillery deliberately shelled a Fijian UN compound in Qana killing 106 innocent men, women and children sheltering there. Just a short distance from the monument erected to their memory is the apartment building the Israeli airforce obliterated on Sunday morning, killing 60 people, including 37 children.

 

"Nabil Houry, a representative of the UShuman rights organisation, Human Rights Watch, is quoted in today's Irish Times as saying: 'What we see in case after case is that Israelis not making an effort to distinguish between civilians and military. At some point, this lack of distinction amounts to a war crime. Israelsays they are taking care to spare civilians. We haven't seen any evidence of that.'

 

"Tomorrow, I intend to raise the issue of the urgent need for immediate suspension of the EU-Israel Trade Agreement, which gives Israelfavourable trading conditions with EU member states including Ireland. Article Two of the Agreement allows for its suspension in the case of violations of human rights and international law.

 

"I am calling on all members of the Committee to take the opportunity tomorrow to express their support for such a position. The deliberate slaughter of Lebanese civilians and repeated human rights violations by the Israeli regime is unacceptable and must be shown to be unacceptable."

 

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