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Adams to ‘Post’: Hamas wants peace

“But there was a time when there was no dialogue in Ireland, and there was conflict,” he said. “Once we opened up the process to allow dialogue, and made it inclusive, we started a very difficult process that challenged everyone. It challenged Sinn Fein, it challenged the British government, challenged the unionists.”

Adams said there was a “certainty” about war “that people can be comfortable in, because you don’t have to take chances.”

But, he said, “you can take chances and ensure that no person has to be killed, or live in fear or be imprisoned and subjected to all the people of Israel and the people of Palestine have been subjected to. We took the chance in Ireland. It wasn’t easy, but the rewards more than vindicate and validate the risks that were taken.”

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Concern at border delays of Irish humanitarian aid to Gaza

Galway Palestine Children’s Appeal has expressed concern about further border delays which have prevented four containers of Irish humanitarian aid from being delivered to the people of Gaza.

Irish embassy officials in Egypt have been trying to track the containers, following their detention in the Egyptian port of Alexandria along with aid consignments sent from Britain and France.

For full article, visit http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0411/1224244447547.html

Haniyeh meets Northern Ireland’s Adams in Gaza

Posted in Palestine and the International Community, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 9, 2009
Haniyeh and Adams

Haniyeh and Adams

The leader of Irish Republican Army-linked Sinn Fein party met with the head of the internationally shunned Hamas government during a two-day visit to Gaza and said he plans to brief President Obama’s special Mideast envoy about his contacts.

Gerry Adams, a key player in Northern Ireland’s peace process, met with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh late Wednesday and planned more talks with officials of the Islamic militant group Thursday.

For full article, visit http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090409/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_palestinians_gerry_adams

“The fact is that the people of Palestine and the people of Israel are destined to live side by side. I believe that most people want a peaceful accommodation,” he said. “Following my meeting with Mr Haniyeh I believe that progress is possible.”

He also said: “As I have said consistently there needs to be a dialogue between the people of Palestine and their leadership and the people of Israel and their leadership. That is what worked in Ireland.”

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36997

UN picks South African Jew to head Gaza war crimes inquiry

Posted in Arab-Israeli Wars, News Excerpts, Operation Cast Lead by beyondtheborder on April 3, 2009

Goldstone will investigate conduct by both sides in Israel’s 22-day offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. According to a Palestinian rights group, 1,417 people including 926 civilians were killed in the fighting.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1076259.html

Mr Goldstone headed the UN tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

Mr Goldstone headed the UN tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

He is also on the board of governors at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Mr Goldstone said he was “shocked, as a Jew”, to be invited to head the mission.

“I’ve taken a deep interest in what happens in Israel. I’m associated with organisations that have worked in Israel.

For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7981538.stm