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Israeli genocide against the Palestinian people must end - Mary Lou McDonald

8 November, 2006

Sinn Féin Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald MEP has today said that tough international pressure must be brought to bear upon Israel after its latest attacks against the Palestinian people resulted in the deaths of 23 people, including many women and children.

Speaking today Ms McDonald said:

"The slaughter of 23 people in Gaza, including 18 in one attack, follows a well worn pattern of Israeli Government sanctioned aggression against the people of Palestine.

"It is completely unacceptable for the Israeli military and government to feign concern at civilian deaths, only to then continue to bomb the heart out of the infrastructure and built up residential areas leading to more inevitable civilian casualties.

"The world must stand together and demand an end to this genocide. Tough international pressure must be brought to bear upon Israel. The Irish government must demand an end to these strikes and the illegal occupation of Iraq. At European level, Sinn Féin previously called for the suspension of the EU's Preferential Trade Agreement with Israel. We repeat that call today.

"Neither silence nor inaction is acceptable. We must be prepared to stand up collectively and send a message to the Israeli Government that their mistreatment of Palestinians is totally unacceptable." ENDS

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