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Irish politician calls for Palestinian intifada

( The Zionist Federation (ZF) of Great Britain and Ireland, a major London-based umbrella organization founded in 1899, has condemned recent remarks by Irish Member of European Parliament Paul Murphy for calling for another Palestinian intifada. “You’ve seen significant protest, significant movement, the potential to redevelop a struggle along the lines of the first Intifada,” Murphy, who belongs to the Socialist Party, said during an interview last week on the Russian government-funded news network Russia Today.

Murphy has a history of controversy in regards to Israel. In November 2011, Murphy was detained by the Israel Defense Forces for attempting to sail to Gaza to protest Israel’s blockade of the terrorist group Hamas, which controls Gaza.

Other Irish leaders have also condemned Israel. Irish Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore said in May that he wants to create a campaign to urge fellow EU states to label Israeli products from the West Bank as “settler” products, and to eventually encourage a boycott of Israel as well.

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