IRELAND: Dublin City Council motion condemns Israel’s attack on Gaza flotilla 20Sep10 September 21, 2010
Ireland-PalestineÂ Solidarity CampaignÂ Press Release,Â Monday 20th September 2010, 9pm
Dublin City Council motion condemns Israelâs attackÂ on Gaza Flotilla, calls for support for second flotilla and IrishÂ boat. Motion also calls on the Irish Government to reviewÂ arms purchases & EU trading links with Israel Ireland-PalestineÂ Solidarity CampaignÂ Press Release,Â Monday 20th September 2010, 9pm
The Ireland-PalestineÂ Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) tonight welcomed a motion passed by Dublin CityÂ Council which condemned âthe Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom FlotillaâsÂ aid mission that resulted in deaths and injuries of many of thoseÂ attempting to bring much needed aidâ to the besieged Gaza Strip and calledÂ for support for the Irish Ship To Gaza campaign and the Second FreedomÂ Flotilla due to depart in late October. The motion further called on theÂ Irish Government to review the purchases of military equipment fromÂ Israel, and to discontinue the EUâs preferential trade agreement withÂ Israel.
The full motion, tabled by Sinn Fein CouncillorÂ Criona NĂ DhĂĄlaigh, seconded by Labourâs Killian Forde andÂ passed unanimously, is appended to this press release below. A secondÂ motion, tabled by Lord Mayor Gerry Breen of Fine Gael, tasking theÂ Council to âexamine the possibility of twinning with Gaza Cityâ wasÂ referred to the Protocol Committee for furtherÂ discussion.
Welcoming the motion, IPSC National ChairpersonÂ Freda Hughes said: âThe IPSC would like to congratulate Dublin CityÂ Council for adopting this motion. As representatives of the people ofÂ Dublin, we believe you have accurately echoed the feelings of anger andÂ demands for accountability that we witnessed on the streets of Dublin andÂ nationwide, and in the letters pages of the Irish media in the aftermathÂ of the Israeli commando hijacking of the Freedom Flotilla and the MVÂ Rachel Corrie in May and June.â
Ms Hughes continued: âThisÂ is an extremely positive motion, and we are glad that the Council will beÂ supporting the humanitarian Second Freedom Flotilla and the plans to sendÂ an Irish ship as part of it on this civil society to civil societyÂ mission. The IPSC reiterates the call from Dublin City Council for theÂ Irish government not to grant military contracts to Israeli arms companiesÂ and to press at EU level for Israelâs suspension from the Euro-MedÂ Agreement until such time as it abides by its human rights obligationsÂ under Article 2 of that agreement.â
Ms HughesÂ concluded: âThe IPSC would again like to commend Dublin City CouncilÂ for taking another principled stand for the rights of the PalestinianÂ people, and would especially like to thank Cllr. NĂ Dhalaigh forÂ tabling this important motion. We would also like to thank Lord MayorÂ Breen for introducing the possibility of twinning Dublin with Gaza, andÂ hope the discussion of the protocol committee to which the motion has beenÂ referred will have a positive outcome.â
Notes forÂ editors
 The full motionÂ reads as follows:Â Tabled by: COUNCILLORÂ CRĂONA NĂ DHĂLAIGH (Sinn Fein) This Council condemnsÂ the Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotillaâs aid mission thatÂ resulted in deaths and injuries of many of those attempting to bring muchÂ needed aid to the besieged Strip, which has been subject to an illegalÂ Israeli blockade for nearly four years. Commends those IrishÂ citizens who participated in this humanitarian mission to bring 10,000Â tones of aid to the Palestinian people, in the beleaguered region ofÂ Gaza.Â Supports the IrishÂ Ship to Gaza Campaign and the sending of another Irish ship to participateÂ in the Second Freedom Flotilla in October 2010. Recognising that thisÂ attack was an affront to international law and has endangered the lives ofÂ Irish citizens, calls on the Irish Government not to purchase arms andÂ ammunition from Israeli weapons manufacturers for the Irish DefenceÂ Forces, to use its influence internationally to end the siege of Gaza andÂ to discontinue the EUâs preferential trade agreement with Israel; and toÂ further support and seek the backing of other countries for the newÂ international aid mission to Gaza which will ensure that necessary vitalÂ supplies reach the suffering people of that besiegedÂ area.
 In May DublinÂ City Council passed a resolution calling on the City Manager not to signÂ or renew any contracts with French multinational Veolia â the operators ofÂ the LUAS who have also tendered for the Metro North project. VeoliaÂ operate Israeli rail, bus and waste services in the illegally occupiedÂ West Bank, making them complicit in Israelâs contravention of the FourthÂ Geneva Convention.