Written Answers. - Shooting of Palestinian Arabs.

Peter Barry


82 Mr. Barry asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he has called in the Israeli Ambassador to protest about the action by Israeli security in shooting 19 Arabs on 9 October 1990.

As the Deputy may be aware the member states of the European Community issued a statement on 9 October 1990 strongly deploring the use of excessive force by the Israeli occupying forces in repressing Palestinian demonstrations. Ireland fully subscribes to this statement.

I have not called in the Israeli Ambassador, who is resident in London, to protest about this incident. I am satisfied, however, that the Israeli authorities are in no doubt as to the position we have adopted. I am continuing to monitor closely developments in the Occupied Territories and will not hesitate to take appropriate action, either with our partners in the European Community or on a bilateral basis, as the occasion demands.