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Gaza factfinding mission blogged

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Gaza conflict

Currently a delegation from the European Affairs and the Foreign Affairs committees are in Israel and Palestinian territories on a fact-finding mission. Joe Costello TD, our Spokesperson on Europe and Human Rights and Michael D Higgins TD, our Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs are both in the delegation.

Arriving in Jerusalem on Monday, the team visited Gaza yesterday and during the week will meet with members of the Knesset, Government ministers, human rights' organisations and NGOs. The mission will finish on Friday and a report will be presented to the Foreign Affairs and European Affairs Committee.

Deputy Costello has been blogging his experience. He posts: "The month long incursion into Gaza has left a toll of destruction everywhere. Compared to the thriving modern state of Israel that we had just left, Gaza was desolate barren and desperate." You can read Joe's blog here.

Pic by Donmatas1 on Flickr



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