Irish Parliamentarians Brand Israeli Slaughter as Outrage
TEHRAN (FNA)- Thirty-two Irish MPs and 10 senators signed a joint letter branding as an outrage Israel's continuing military strikes on Gaza.
The parliamentarians call on the international community to intervene, asserting that military action is not an acceptable route to peace in the Middle East.
"I was shocked by the conditions when I visited in November and can only imagine how much worse it must be today," deputy Chris Andrews was quoted saying by the Irish Independent Thursday.
The letter points out that even before the current attack, Gaza's health system was near collapse. "Hospitals are short of medicines, blood and essential equipment. Only half of Gaza's 58 ambulances are functioning."
It urges an immediate ceasefire by all parties and for an embargo on the supply of military equipment to both sides. It also calls for "a secure and independent state of Palestine alongside a secure and independent Israel."
Israel's mass slaughter of nearly 700 Palestinians in Gaza has already been condemned by Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen and Foreign Minister Michael Martin.
Cowen also said last weekend that it was "hugely disappointing" that the UN Security Council failed to reach an agreement on calling for a ceasefire.
"We need to see the Security Council of the UN confirm a ceasefire must take place so that a space for dialogue can be created," he told RTE radio.
Martin has also been more outspoken than many of his European colleagues in condemning the latest Israeli massacres that started nearly two weeks ago.
He also deplored Israel targeting and killing staff and students involved with a UNWRA humanitarian agency and warned that there is "no military solution to the current situation in Gaza."
The condemnation has taken place in a background of protest demonstration across Ireland with rallies continuing this weekend.