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Taoiseach should push for trade boycott of Israel at EU level – Ó Caoláin

1 June, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on the Taoiseach to initiate a trade boycott of Israel at national and EU level, in response to Israel’s fatal attack on the flotilla of aid for the people of Gaza.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“There is shock and outrage at the actions of the Israeli government in attacking an aid convoy and killing voluntary aid workers in international waters. But there should be no surprise at this. It is the failure of EU governments, including the Irish government, to match words with deeds which has helped Israel to act with impunity.
“The Taoiseach should now match his words with deeds and initiate an Irish trade boycott of Israel. He should push for a trade boycott at EU level also as a matter of urgency. The Israeli ambassador should be expelled.
“In the Dáil last week (Tuesday, 25 May) I urged the Taoiseach at European Union level ‘to take to task, in a very serious and concerted way, the Israeli Government for the ongoing crimes against the people of Palestine’. I challenged the Taoiseach to tell the Dáil why the Government recently supported so enthusiastically Israel’s membership of the OECD.
“The Taoiseach offered lame excuses for not raising Israel’s crimes at European Council level. His words this week in response to the murderous Israeli attack on the flotilla of aid are not enough and must be followed up with concerted action.”

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