We need a Permanent Ceasefire in Gaza

06 December 2023

Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Deputy Brendan Howlin, has condemned outright the shocking scenes of violence and death in Gaza.

Deputy Howlin said:

“The ongoing conflict in Gaza is a humanitarian tragedy that demands urgent attention and action from the international community. The escalation of violence, resulting in the loss of innocent lives, including children and civilians, is deeply distressing. It is imperative that the international community steps up its efforts to bring about an immediate and lasting ceasefire in Gaza.

“We stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza and call for an end to the cycle of violence that has plagued the region for far too long. The devastating impact of the conflict on civilian populations, infrastructure, and basic human rights cannot be overlooked. Immediate action is needed to alleviate the suffering and pave the way for the future.

“Governments and international organisations must exert concerted diplomatic and economic pressure to de-escalate tensions and forge a sustainable ceasefire agreement. Immediate action is paramount to prevent further loss of life and ensure the delivery of vital humanitarian aid to those in need.

“The time to act decisively and bring an end to the devastating conflict is now. We implore world leaders and global institutions to take immediate action. The time for rhetoric is over; concrete steps need to be taken to halt the violence and facilitate dialogue that leads to a comprehensive and lasting ceasefire. The people of Gaza cannot afford further delay; their lives and futures depend on our collective resolve to bring about peace.

“Ireland must take a lead. At next week’s EU Council meeting, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar must voice the horror and dismay of the Irish people and give a rallying call to those countries willing to come together to exert maximum pressure on Israel to halt the killing of civilians.”

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