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Irish senate backs law banning trade with Israeli settlements

Irish senate backs law banning trade with Israeli settlements

By a narrow 20-25 vote, the Irish Senate has passed a bill that bans the import of products from West Bank settlements. If all entities that now support the bill maintain this position, it will likely be passed into law.

In fact, he said, "passage of the bill would be a breach of European law", adding that Ireland's attorney general confirmed this view.

Israeli settlements are illegal under worldwide law, constituting a war crime according to the global Criminal Court.

As such, Kittrie believes that Israel needs to do a better job in improving the country's image in Ireland.

"The status quo has failed. that is why we are seeking a change", said Senator Colette Kelleher, who co-signed the bill.

The Occupied Territories bill has garnered the support of most parties and many independents, with the exception of governing party Fine Gael. Spokespeople for Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is also the foreign minister, said at the time that the initiative would "give backing to those who seek to boycott Israel and completely contravenes the guiding principles of free trade and justice". They continue to pander to a violent apartheid regime against the wishes of the vast majority of Irish people. But Black's bill takes this a step further.


The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a Palestinian-led worldwide campaign launched in 2005 to push for the end of Israel's over-50-year-long military occupation of Palestine, the end of the apartheid regime, and for the recognition of the right to return of the over five million Palestinian refugees. These county councils include Derry and Strabane District Council, Dublin County Council, Galway City Council, Donegal County Council, Monaghan County Council, Mid-Ulster Council, and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

Before the vote, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi called on "the Irish people in light of our historical relationship to stand up and to reject the importation of any settlement products - because settlements are, after all, a war crime and an ongoing aggression against the Palestinian people and they want you to be complicit in this war crime".

"Once again, Ireland is making history and leading the way in its solidarity with the Palestinian people", she continued.

"Palestinians are forced from their homes, schools are destroyed and people are displaced on a daily basis to make way for the construction of these settlements", he said. She continued to note that "today is a great day for Palestine, but we can not rest on our laurels - we must keep pushing for concrete action".

But how did the Irish, who like the Jewish people have also faced centuries of persecution, end up so sympathetic to the Palestinian cause? The campaign, which is supported by SJP, joins the UK, Sweden, and Iceland in their calls to boycott the contest.

Coveney said he accepted those proposing the Bill had legal advice which said it could be legal under EU law due to exceptions which can made on issues of public policy which have been used by other EU states such as Germany, but said he had written evidence from EU officials confirming that it would be illegal, and therefore that advice "could not be relied upon". This amounted to 64.5% of the total vote.

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