West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Israel needs to end its assault on Gaza

Published: 20 November, 2012

West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff has called for an immediate end to hostilities between Israel and Palestine, and a peace deal to be negotiated immediately. Speaking at a vigil in Strabane Mr McElduff said: "I am extremely concerned at recent military attacks in Israel and Gaza, and I regret the loss of life and serious injuries suffered by innocent civilians as a result of this latest outbreak of conflict. The latest assault on the Gaza strip is unacceptable and has seen many civilian casualties. In an area the size of Co. Louth there are over 1.65 million Palestinians living in a highly built up area. Israel's latest attacks are reminiscent of its assaults on the Gaza strip in 2008 and 2009, which saw over 1400 people killed including more than 400 children. There is currently no incentive and no real pressure being applied to resolve the stalemate that is strangling the hopes and aspirations of Palestinians right across the Middle East. We need to see an immediate end to hostilities between Israel and Palestine, the resumption of peace talks, and a viable deal negotiated and agreed on immediately to ensure that further lives are not lost."