STATEMENT: Kildare County Council Should Facilitate Emergency Motion on Gaza
Press statement – 27 July 2014 – immediate release
Kildare County Councillor, Brendan Young, calls for end to siege of Gaza.
On Monday July 28, a motion calling for an immediate end to Israeli attacks on Gaza, an immediate Israeli military withdrawal and the lifting of the siege of Gaza will be presented for discussion at Kildare County Council by Councillor Brendan Young.
Commenting on the invasion of Gaza and his motion, Councillor Young said:
“The current invasion of Gaza is a brutal attempt to reinforce the seven year Israeli military blockade by massive destruction and killing. Attacks from all sides, on an impoverished Palestinian population of 1.8 million trapped in a small enclave with 5 people per square meter and no escape, is the horrific human equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel.
Cut off by land, sea and air – denied the right to farm, to rebuild homes, maintain hospitals or import parts for water treatment – the people of Gaza have justifiably resisted this blockade. As the Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2010, Micheal Martin accurately wrote that “the medieval siege conditions being imposed on the people of Gaza are unacceptable”.
In order to create the conditions for a lasting peace, this invasion must end and the blockade of Gaza must be lifted.
As public representatives, I think members of Kildare County Council should speak out and take action to oppose the atrocities being inflicted upon Palestinians today. As Desmond Tutu said: “To be neutral in a situation of injustice is to take the side of the oppressor”.
In County Kildare, which is home to significant Dept. of Defence activity, we should also call upon the Dept. of Defence to stop buying military equipment from Israeli military companies that profit from this invasion and the denial of human and civil rights to Palestinians.”
Councillor Young concluded:
“I am confident that members of Kildare County Council will agree to discuss and support my emergency motion – and from there arrange to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs to encourage the Irish government to take action to press for an Israeli withdrawal and the lifting of the blockade of Gaza.”
TEXT OF MOTION
Emergency Motion on Gaza. Councillor Brendan Young.
In the light of the continued killing of Palestinians by Israeli armed forces in Gaza and the continued blockade and siege of Gaza, and in the interests of creating the conditions for a lasting peace, Kildare County Council:
- Condemns the Israeli attacks on populated areas, hospitals and essential infrastructure in Gaza;
- calls for an immediate end to Israeli attacks on the people of Gaza and immediate Israeli military withdrawal from Gaza as a precondition to a lasting ceasefire agreement;
- calls for an end to the illegal Israeli siege of Gaza;
- supports a boycott of Israeli goods – an action supported by Nelson Mandela in the campaign to end apartheid in South Africa – until such time as Israel comes into compliance with international law and international human rights treaties;
- calls for the EU to suspend Israel from the Euro-Med preferential trade agreement until such time as Israel comes into compliance with international law and international human rights treaties. Article 2 of the Agreement declares that the “provisions of the Agreement itself, shall be based on respect for human rights and democratic principles, which guides their internal and international policy and constitutes an essential element of this Agreement”;
- commits to send a delegation from Kildare County Council consisting of the Lord Mayor and other interested Councillors to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs to encourage the Irish government to take concrete and immediate action in relation to the above.
A second All-Kildare Palestine solidarity protest will also take place on Monday 28 July at Newbridge Town Hall at 7pm. Please attend with friends if you can. More information here.