October 13, 2023
Irish deputy PM calls on Israel to rescind Gaza evacuation order
reland’s deputy prime minister has called on to rescind an order for citizens to evacuate , saying “two wrongs don’t make a right”. It comes after the (UN) said it was told by the Israeli MILITARY that the approximately 1.1 million people in northern Gaza “should relocate to southern Gaza” within 24 hours, a move described by the international body’s humanitarian office as “impossible”. Speaking at an event in Co Cork, said: “We’re all witnessing the horrific outcome of the attack on Israel and random and indiscriminate murder of Israelis.” It simply isn't feasible that a million people can move out of the city in 24 hours Elsewhere on Friday, Mr Martin’s cabinet colleague, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, voiced support for making Hamas a proscribed organisation under Irish law. SPONSORED Mr Martin noted the funeral of 22-year-old Irish-Israeli citizen Kim Damti, who died after an attack on a music festival near the Gaza border, as well as the “harrowing” account of Thomas Hand, who said his eight-year-old daughter Emily died following Hamas attacks on the Beeri Kibbutz. He said: “The human suffering here is quite shocking and we’re now seeing the outcome of that violence in terms of terribly sad funerals and bereavement and confirmation of deaths. “In respect of Israel and Gaza, we’ve been very clear that Israel has a right to self-defence but it must be within international law and that there are obligations under the Geneva Convention. “It simply isn’t feasible that a million people can move out of the city in 24 hours. “That call by Israel should be rescinded and should be pulled back because I think everybody knows it’s not something that can be achieved at all and I think it puts enormous trauma on the ordinary civilians and Gazans. “Two wrongs don’t make a right and there’s an obligation to protect civilians in Gaza, to protect children and families and so forth and people who have nothing to do with Hamas. “There are challenges and I would accept that Israel has a legitimate right to deal with Hamas because Hamas has waged war on its civilians but it cannot be in the context of an attack on the civilian population of Gaza. “Our value system is one that does not in any way support any collective punishment of an entire population. That’s not acceptable from our perspective.” Mr Martin is working with the UN and European colleagues on establishing humanitarian corridors. Ireland has a strong reputation globally in respect of its adherence to Human Rights. We're subscribed to all of the antisemitic conventions and we work with others to root out antisemitism “It’s now essential that significant amounts of humanitarian aid needs to get into Gaza into the hospitals there and also in terms of supporting children and families,” he said. Asked about suggestions from some commentators that Ireland is inherently antisemitic, Mr Martin rejected the characterisation. He said: “Ireland has a strong reputation globally in respect of its adherence to human rights. We’re subscribed to all of the antisemitic conventions and we work with others to root out antisemitism. “And we have a Jewish community in Ireland that we cherish and our constitution cherishes the Jewish tradition within Ireland also. “And I think we have to separate that from legitimate criticism, from time to time, in terms of Israeli government policy towards the Palestinian question. “And in democracies there’s always room for legitimate debate but in respect of the Hamas attack on Israeli citizens, there can be no equivocation and no reservations in condemning the brutality, the barbarity of that attack. “Also, there can be no sort of connection between that and the broader question of Palestine, and any attempts to connect the two, I think are wrong.” Speaking to reporters in Co Tipperary on Friday, justice minister Ms McEntee was asked whether Hamas should be categorised as a proscribed organisation in Ireland, similar to its status in UK law. “Well, I believe it should be and I have no reason to doubt why we could not do something like that,” she said. The minister added: “We have been very clear in our commentary and I have been very clear, Hamas is a terrorist organisation. “I utterly, utterly condemn the brutal murders that took place in the last week or so and offer my condolences to all family members who have lost loved ones. “It is important that Israel can defend itself, but it is very important in retaliating to these terrorist organisations that international law and humanitarian law is upheld. “And I think everybody is worried of what potentially might unfold in the coming hours, not days or weeks, but in the coming hours. “The most important thing here, whether we are prescribing an organisation or not as a terrorist organisation, is that civilian lives, innocent lives should not be lost. “And I think there is an onus on us as a government on us as ministers but the international community to step in where possible and to try and prevent this from escalating any further.” Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadkar has also said Israel is engaging in collective punishment and does not have the right to breach international law in its response in Gaza. On Thursday, he said: “Israel is under threat. They do have a right to defend themselves but they don’t have the right to breach international humanitarian law. “And I’m really concerned about what I’m seeing happening in Gaza at the moment. “To me, it amounts to collective punishment. Cutting off power, cutting off fuel supplies and water supplies, that’s not the way a respectable Democratic state should conduct itself.”
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