The Israeli Embassy, Dublin last month (top) and Ambassador Boaz Modai
“In one of the rallies, which took place near the Israeli embassy a few weeks ago, some foolish people raised a sign saying “Free Gaza”. The last thing Hamas is interested in is freedom as Hamas like ISIS, oppresses Christians, persecutes homosexuals and violates women’s rights. Indeed, it is about time for Gaza to be free – free of Hamas.
….I must say that some of their slogans are familiar to Jews from this very continent only 70 or 80 years ago, while other placards demonstrate only ignorance, an unbalanced approach and a hatred for the only state for the Jews in the world. Others who so proudly call for my expulsion from this country show no respect for democracy, for dialogue and for the hospitality for which this country is so famous.
To those people, who represent a minority – a vocal and hostile group who nevertheless do not represent the people of Ireland – I have nothing to say. They are a shame and a disgrace to this country. These words of mine come from a person who is ready for dialogue at any time and with anyone, since that is what democracy is all about.
Unlike this minority, the majority of the people of Ireland support Israel and the thousands of e-mails, letters and telephone calls of support the embassy received are true evidence of the deep understanding and empathy, which many people in Ireland have towards Israel.”
Boaz Modai, Israeli Ambassador to Ireland to the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade yesterday.
Transcript via Oireachtas.ie
(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland and TCD)