9 November 2011
Eamon Gilmore TD
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Re: Continuing Detention of Irish Nationals in Israel
We are writing to you to express our outrage at the continuing detention of 14 Irish citizens in Givon prison. The 14 crew of the MV Saorise alongside the crew of the Canadian vessel Tahrir where kidnapped by the Israeli navy in international waters and have face ludicrous charges of illegally entering Israel.
If any other country acted in this fashion against Irish citizens the pressure on you to condemn outright such an action would be considerable. However different standards seem to apply to Israel in the world of international diplomacy. Frankly the response of the government has been disgracefully lacking and you personally must take a large share of the responsibility.
Even at this advanced stage we demand that you and press for the immediate release of all those who were kidnapped, condemn the actions of the Israeli state and expel the ambassador for this outrage
Seamus Healy TD
Joe Higgins TD
Clare Daly TD
Richard Boyd Barrett TD
Joan Collins TD