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Sunday 17 December 2017

Ireland is pro-Palestinian, says Israeli media

IRELAND'S 'pro-Palestinian stance' has made it into the Israeli headlines after a minute's silence was held in the Dail for the people of Gaza.

"Ireland is long-known for its pro-Palestinian stance. But with the outbreak of Operation Protective Edge two weeks ago some Irish politicians are becoming increasingly strident in their anti-Israel rhetoric and actions," reported The Times of Israel.

According to the publication: "The Times of Israel has no partisan political affiliation."

It concentrated on the minute's silence but particularly the fact that it was led by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams (inset). It claimed that critics described his call for solidarity a "pro-Palestinian publicity stunt". The article also said that, "strident anti-Israel sentiment is being expressed everywhere from the Dail to Dublin City Council".

An Irish4Israel spokesperson also said: "The Palestinian flag in the parliament was a disgrace.

"No other flag other than the Irish flag should be flown in the Irish parliament."

People Before Profit councillor Hugh Lewis also made an appearance in the article for his removal of the Israeli flag from Dun Laoghaire harbour last week.

Forty-four flags were flying in the harbour for a European sailing 
event, where seven Israeli children were taking 
part. Also included was 
activity in Dublin City Council, where a motion was passed on July 15 calling on Israel to end its attacks on Gaza.

The motion also included a call for the Government 
to push for an arms and trade embargo against Israel.

The Times of Israel was founded by a UK-born journalist and US-based investor.

jfegan@herald.ie

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