15 January 2009 Edition

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I see members of the 26 County Labour Party had the temerity to march in Dublin last Saturday on the protest against the current Israeli offensive in Gaza. This is the same Labour Party who, just days previously, opposed an Emergency motion from Sinn Féin’s Daithí Doolan at Dublin Council’s January  meeting which sought to have the City Council condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent Israeli attacks and invasion of  Gaza and to urge the Lord Mayor to invite the Israeli Ambassador to meet with leaders of all political parties as a matter of urgency to discuss the situation.
An amended motion was eventually agreed which this week sees separate meetings between the Lord Mayor of Dublin and representatives of all political parties with Dr Hikmat Ajjuri, General Delegate of Palestine,  and Dr Zion Evrony, Ambassador of Israel.
Well done Daithí and the other Sinn Féin Councillors. Keep up the good work. Let’s hope people will see through the politicking and cynicism of Dublin’s Labour Party Councillors.
Dublin 11.

In relation to the ongoing military and propaganda war being waged against the people of Gaza, it’s about time that someone stood up to Fine Gael TD Alan Shatter. For many years now Shatter has played the role of the Israeli Government’s man in the Dáil. It was therefore a pleasure this week to witness Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh puncture the pomposity of this apologist for the war crimes of the Zionist state and expose the distortions of truth which he has perpetuated for many years here about the situation in Palestine.


Obama must close Guantanamo Bay prison

Barack Obama, when he becomes US President in the next few days, must immediately move to suspend the Guantanamo Bay military commissions and close the obscenity to international law and justice that is the Guantanamo Bay torture camp.
Confessions and convictions obtained in Guantanamo have been widely discredited following the exposure of the disgusting and brutal interrogation techniques that have been practiced there by the US military. Many of those facing trial are mere teenagers.
The immediate closure of the Guantanamo Bay facility would send out an important signal that things have indeed changed for the better for the US and the world with the election of Obama.



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