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Ireland’s abstention in UN Human Rights Council vote on Gaza

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Thursday 24 Jul 2014

Nessa Childers MEP writes to Minister Charlie Flanagan to express extreme disappointment that Ireland abstained in last night’s vote on a UN Commission of Inquiry into Israel’s actions in Gaza.

24 July 2014

Dear Minister

I am writing to express my extreme disappointment that Ireland abstained in the vote on a UN Commission of Inquiry into Israel’s actions in Gaza last night.

As the death toll in the Gaza continues to rise, with indiscriminate targeting of innocent civilians, including children, urgent action is needed to stop this crisis.

Israel has once more failed to show restraint in its response to the rocket attacks.  This disregard for humanitarian principles is as reprehensible as the indiscriminate targeting of civilians with rockets.

The best, long-term path to peace and security for both sides is a comprehensive agreement for a two-state solution that allows for a viable Palestinian state. Israel’s continued settlement expansion in the occupied territories only serves to undermine all the fragile work done to reach that outcome.

Through its close trade and cooperation ties with Israel, the EU can and must exert more pressure on Israel towards a sustainable, long-term solution.  Supporting the Commission of Inquiry would have been a step towards this goal, showing both sides that human rights abuses would not be ignored.

Nessa Childers MEP
European Parliament
60, Rue Wiertz
B-1047 Brussels
Belgium

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