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Israel must be held accountable for its war crimes - Ó Snodaigh

23 August, 2006

Sinn Féin International Affairs and Human Rights spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said Israel must be held accountable for its recent war crimes in Lebanon. Deputy Ó Snodaigh was reacting to claims from international human rights group Amnesty International that Israel deliberately targeted civilians during its recent attacks on Lebanon.

He said, "Amnesty International confirmed today what was blindingly obvious to anyone who watched events unfold in Lebanon -- that Israel was deliberately targeting civilians and is guilty of war crimes.

"Sinn Féin has been very consistent in highlighting war crimes by the Israeli regime and demanding accountability for their actions. In light of Amnesty International's report on Israel's attacks on Lebanon I am once again calling on the Irish Government to 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 war crimes.

"It is also important to remember that Lebanon is not the only country to suffer at the hands of Israel. Human rights abuses have been continuing against the Palestinian people while the world's gaze has been on Lebanon." ENDS

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