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“EU Foreign Ministers should act with same resolve against Israel as Russia” Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on EU Foreign Ministers to act with the same resolve against Israel as they have against Russia.

Martina Anderson said:

“As a member of the European Parliament and while not questioning their actions in regard to the situation in Ukraine I find it incredulous that Member States Foreign Ministers have moved to impose stringent sanctions on Russian Officials ‘deemed’ responsible for their country’s action yet stand idly by whilst Israel is allowed to massacre hundreds of helpless Palestinian civilians, one in four of which are children with impunity. Where is the morality in this position?

“Let me be clear, the situation in Ukraine is terrible and unacceptable but when is the EU, UN and the international community going to get the courage to tell Israel – your expansionism, aggression and collective punishment of the Palestinian people is unacceptable. Tell them that unless they cease and desist and enter into meaningful negotiations with representatives of the Palestinian people chosen by the Palestinian people that the full range of sanctions being threatened against Russia – visa bans, asset freezes and a halt to all military and economic aid and cooperation – will be also be imposed on Israel.

“In the first instance the EU/Israel Association Agreement should be suspended as Israel has breached Article 2 of the Agreement with its ongoing violations of Human Rights in Gaza.

“It’s past time for world leaders including EU Foreign Ministers to stand with the oppressed against bully nations such as Israel.”

Liadh NÍ RIADA – European Parliament Speech

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada makes maiden speech in European Parliament on Payment situation in the EU budget given the unprecedented level of outstanding EU commitments

Lynn Boylan speaks on Youth Unemployment

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan makes her maiden speech in European Parliament speaking on Youth Unemployment

Matt Carthy speaking in Parliament on TTIP

Matt Carthy speaking in parliamaent on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Matt Carthy MEP speaking in European Parliament

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy making his maiden speech in the European Parliament speaking against austerity and calling for a new Europe

Martina Anderson speaks on Gaza Crisis

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has criticised a European Parliament resolution on Israeli attacks on Gaza as ‘woeful’.

Speaking after the European Parliament passed a European People’s Party and Socialists and Democrats resolution on the current violence in Gaza, Ms Anderson said;

“The situation in Gaza is once again at crisis point. Millions worldwide are protesting against the slaughter happening there.

“Unfortunately however, this joint resolution is a woeful attempt to address the reality of the current conflict. It neutralises the conflict to avoid criticising Israel.

“The cosy consensus of European Peoples Party and Socialists and Democrats is disgraceful.

“Almost 200 Palestinians are dead; 1,250 have been injured; 17,000 have sought refuge; 1,300 buildings including hospitals, schools and homes have been destroyed by Israeli bombs.

“This is an appalling carnage. Attacks from both sides should stop immediately.

“The causes of the conflict are ignored in this sham resolution.

“Israel’s collective punishment of Palestinians in the aftermath of the murder of three young Israeli boys, which we all deplore, is not mentioned.

“The arrest of hundreds of Palestinians which added to tension in the region is not mentioned.

“Israel’s violations of international humanitarian law with the expansion of settlements and the construction of apartheid walls are not mentioned.”

“Israel’s impunity over such gross violations must end.”

Anderson criticises EU resolution on Gaza

 

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has criticised a European Parliament resolution on Israeli attacks on Gaza as ‘woeful’. 

Speaking after the European Parliament passed a European People’s Party and Socialists and Democrats resolution on the current violence in Gaza, Ms Anderson said;

“The situation in Gaza is once again at crisis point. Millions worldwide are protesting against the slaughter happening there. 

“Unfortunately however, this joint resolution is a woeful attempt to address the reality of the current conflict. It neutralises the conflict to avoid criticising Israel. 

“The cosy consensus of European Peoples Party and Socialists and Democrats is disgraceful. 

“Almost 200 Palestinians are dead; 1,250 have been injured; 17,000 have sought refuge; 1,300 buildings including hospitals, schools and homes have been destroyed by Israeli bombs. 

“This is an appalling carnage. Attacks from both sides should stop immediately. 

“The causes of the conflict are ignored in this sham resolution. 

“Israel’s collective punishment of Palestinians in the aftermath of the murder of three young Israeli boys, which we all deplore, is not mentioned. 

“The arrest of hundreds of Palestinians which added to tension in the region is not mentioned. 

“Israel’s violations of international humanitarian law with the expansion of settlements and the construction of apartheid walls are not mentioned.”

“Israel’s impunity over such gross violations must end.”