Israeli Ambassador’s Last Minute Decision to Pull Out of Foreign Affairs Committee Meeting Without Reason Most Disappointing
2ND June 2010
The scheduled emergency meeting of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee tomorrow (3 rd) will now not take place as the Israeli Ambassador, Dr Zion Evrony, has just indicated that he does not intend to fulfil his commitment to attend the meeting.
Originally, Dr Evrony had accepted an invitation to attend tomorrow’s emergency meeting to answer questions regarding the current events off the Coast of Gaza. However, the Embassy informed the Committee this afternoon that he would not now be attending.
No reason other than “unforeseen circumstances” was offered and requests to arrange an alternative date or nominate a replacement for the Ambassador were also refused.
Committee Chairman, Dr Michael Woods TD said;
“This eleventh hour volta face by the Ambassador is a most disappointing development. The Committee had been anxious to seek answers from him regarding his Government’s actions against vessels in international waters carrying humanitarian supplies for the people of Gaza.
We were also particularly eager to question him regarding his Government’s intentions concerning the Irish-owned ship the Rachel Corrie which is on its way to Gaza.
This u-turn by an Ambassador is almost without precedent and as a Committee we are extremely dissatisfied with this action. We feel the Ambassador has a responsibility to answer questions in an open and democratic forum. People want answers, however, unfortunately this opportunity has been lost.”
Good for him.
The whole world wants HIM to submit to their questioning, while THEY go unaccountable for their own actions.
Let him buy some time just like they do. He has just as much right (or more) than they do.
Yes, good for him and Israel...
I wouldn't go to a meeting just to be bashed by those idiots about what my govt did to defend it's people.
They can talk enough shit behind his back... he doesn't need to be there.
tobey we are not getting much information at this end - any breaking news at your side of the world
The latest I heard this morning was that Israel released all the humanitarian supplies the activists were carring to Gaza. Additionally they've identified 6 known terrorists carrying falsified Turkish credentials who were among the activists (hasn't been confirmed yet). Its being reported now that 6 or 7 of the vessels stopped and were searched for weapons. The largest vessel refused to stop and was boarded. That's about it so far.
Please up date me if there is anything more on the suspected terrorists - that would certainly change matters significantly.
Committee Hears Compelling Evidence of Israel’s Heavy Handedness from Gaza Deportee
3rd June 2010
Israeli forces employed excessive force against those aboard ships attempting to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza, the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs was told today.
The Committee heard from Shane Dillion, who was on the “Challenger 1” which was stormed by Israeli troops. Mr Dillion was seized and subsequently deported. He returned to Ireland on Tuesday. He told Committee members that Israeli forces used tazars, paintball guns and smashed windows.
The Israeli ambassador, Dr Zion Evrony had been due to appear at today’s meeting but pulled out citing no specific reason. He also refused to offer a replacement.
Committee Chairman, Dr Michael Woods TD said;
“Today, we heard compelling testimony from Mr Dillon of the pacifist approach taken by the aid activists on board the Challenger 1 and the wholly disproportionate violent reaction from Israeli troops.
We would have liked to have put these claims to the Israeli ambassador but regrettably he failed to fulfil his initial commitment to attend today’s hearing.
The Committee welcomes the very significant gesture by Egypt in deciding to open the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip unconditionally and for an unlimited period of time. This move should allow for the smooth flow of humanitarian and medical aid into Gaza.
We intend to further discuss with the Egyptian Ambassador whether this route could be used to import reconstruction material for the many thousands of homes which were destroyed during Operation Cast Lead. This could be managed in conjunction with the UN in Gaza.”
The Committee held a minute's silence for those killed during the attack. It also agreed to send a message of appreciation to Ireland's Ambassador to Israel, Mr Breifne O'Reilly for his tireless work over the past number of days in providing consular assistance to all Irish citizens who were seized by Israeli forces.
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