Israeli embassy in Dublin ‘besieged’

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Up to 300 protestors formed a symbolic siege around Dublin’s Israeli embassy yesterday, calling for the immediate expulsion of Israeli ambassador Boaz Modai and remembering those murdered in Gaza in recent weeks.

Gaza Action Ireland (GAI) member Trevor Hogan told the crowd that the embassy had been “the source of a string of shameful lies... lies about Palestine, lies about the siege of Gaza and lies about Irish activists”.

The former rugby international added: “While Israel maintains its violent, murderous siege on Gaza, we should keep coming back for peaceful, symbolic ones here, until the ambassador is told to pack his bags and leave Ireland.”

This hour-long event, organised by GAI, saw protestors spread out around the perimeter of the south Dublin office block that houses the embassy.

Fatin Al-Tamimi, who has many relatives suffering under the siege and assault in Gaza, walked along the line reading the names of the dead.

“Ambassador Modai and his team are apologists and spokespersons for war criminals, for a regime that in the past five weeks has murdered nearly 2,000 Palestinians in Gaza including hundreds of children,” GAI coordinator Mags O’Brien said.

The colourful demonstration also included readings of poetry from Gaza and was addressed by People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett.