Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on the European Union to halt all relations with Israel.
Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg after a recent visit to Palestine, Ms Anderson said;
“Israel’s recent attack on Gaza resulted in the killing of 2,147 people, including more than 500 children. These were crimes against humanity under international criminal and humanitarian law.
“The violation of international law by Israel has been well documented and recognised by the UN Security Council and the International Court of Justice.
“Among the clearest violation has been the transfer of 600,000 Israelis to live in illegal settlements in occupied Palestine.
“The international community, including the EU, has a duty to maintain and uphold international law.
“Continued economic relations with Israel’s illegal settlements, including the importation of their produces, is contrary to that law.
“We must do more than simply discourage business relations with firms established in the illegal settlements.
“The EU must halt all relations with Israel and stop all imports of its goods.”