Sajjad Karim has condemned the use of disproportionate force by Israeli commandos following their raid on a flotilla of six ships carrying aid supplies to Gaza.
The flotilla, carrying aid supplies organised by the Free Gaza Movement, was met by a fleet of Israeli naval vessels after nightfall on Sunday. The ensuing violence has led to the deaths of at least 10 activists.
Mr Karim has echoed the statement made by the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, deploring the loss of life during the interception of the Gaza ships.
Mr Karim has also joined the British Foreign Secretary, as well as Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign and security policy chief, in strengthening calls for a relaxation of Israel’s three-year siege of Gaza and for the Israeli government to open the crossings to allow unfettered access for aid to the region.
Speaking from the European Parliament in Brussels Sajjad Karim stated,
"It is completely unacceptable that a non-violent, non threatening, peaceful mission should be made to face such aggression by Israel. Many EU citizens were a part of this mission and deserve our protection from the Israeli actions.
"These events once again illustrate the serious need for the Israeli government to relax its blockade and open the crossings for humanitarian aid to go through. They also highlight huge concerns about the deterioration in the humanitarian and economic situation in Gaza and about the effect it will have on a whole generation of young Palestinians."