Saturday 10 December 2016

Micheal Martin: Pressure must be stepped up against Israel

Micheal Martin

Published 02/06/2010 | 05:00

Israeli soldiers guarding one of the Gaza-bound ships held at the
port of Ashdod, Israel, yesterday
Israeli soldiers guarding one of the Gaza-bound ships held at the port of Ashdod, Israel, yesterday

IN line with the vast majority of Irish people, I was appalled by Monday's events involving the storming of the Turkish vessel, the Mavi Marmara, by the Israeli military, which resulted in at least 10 people killed and the detention of vessels containing humanitarian goods bound for Gaza.

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The deployment of the Israeli military was completely disproportionate to the situation and its actions utterly unacceptable.

I fully understand the real public anger which exists. I share the general frustration at the needless loss of life and at the continuing humanitarian suffering and collective punishment of the people of Gaza.

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