Irish town cuts ties to Gaza over rocket fire

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 |  Yossi Aloni

A small town in Northern Ireland has decided to cancel its "twin cities" agreement with Gaza City to protest the recent terrorist rocket fire that sparked Operation Pillar of Cloud and the fact that Gaza is ruled by a terrorist organization.

The Moyle Town Council made the decision less than a year after signing the twin city agreement and sending its representatives to visit the Gaza Strip.

The decision came about as the result of a fierce showdown in the town council. Pro-Palestinian activists affiliated with Northern Ireland's Sinn Fein movement initially put forward a proposal for the town to publicly show solidarity with Gaza in its war with Israel. But the local Friends of Israel movement put forward a counter proposal demanding that the town cut its ties to Gaza. The latter proposal won the day.

Also influencing the decision was detailed information regarding the Hamas attacks on southern Israel that was passed from the Israeli Embassy in London to one of the Moyle Town Council members.

"[We] are constantly striving to strengthen ties in Northern Ireland, not only with the political leadership, but also with local organizations, councils and the community of Christians who love Israel," explained the Israeli Embassy in London.

The embassy said that it is working to repeat this success in other cities and towns in the UK that have similarly aligned themselves with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

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