Liberman: Israel Should Close Embassy in Dublin, Ireland

Irish senate backs law banning trade with Israeli settlements

It is estimated that the value of such imports to Ireland is up to €1 million a year.

In a recent interview, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said he planned to oppose the bill, and did not expect it to pass.

Yesterday (11th of July 2018), the Irish Senate voted 25-20 in favor of a bill, which aims to criminalize the purchase of goods produced in occupied territories around the world.

Despite the legislation's passage in the Irish Senate, it faces an uphill battle in the Dail, or Ireland's lower house, which is controlled by the center-right Fine Gael Party that opposes the legislation.

The bill would have a "polarising" effect "at this time", the Irish foreign minister said, stipulating that he would be "open to persuasion" in the future if there were no progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The colonies, considered illegal under worldwide law, are constructed on Palestinian land in the West Bank in order to annex territory for the state of Israel.

The bill is unprecedented for an European Union member state but is not as yet law.

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Observing that in 2017, the US accounted for 67% of all foreign direct investment in Ireland, Kittrie warned that "this bill could make US companies with divisions or subsidiaries in Ireland, Irish companies with divisions or subsidiaries in the US, and their employees who are Irish citizens or resident in Ireland, choose between violating the Irish law or violating the anti-boycott provisions of the US Export Administration Regulations".

For one, as a member of the European Union, Ireland does not have the right to ban the import of goods that are available elsewhere in the union, he said.

"History shows this ultimately enhanced Ireland's standing in the world", she said.

She said she visited Palestine earlier this year and, highlighting an Israel settlement which led to a Palestinian village losing its water supply to provide water for a chicken farm.

Kinvara has a tradition of supporting the Palestinian people. It simply identifies settler-made products for what they are: "illegal". "Their presentation and sale as legal products helps to normalise Israel's crimes - the continuous annexation and colonisation of Palestinian land". BDS was started and organized back in 2005 when more than 170 Palestinian organizations called for a boycott of all Israeli goods, services, and resources, divestments from organizations that operate in the settlements, and sanctions against the Israeli government. There is a clear hypocrisy here: "How can we condemn the settlements as 'unambiguously illegal, ' as theft of land and resources, but happily buy the proceeds of this crime?"

The UK Government has formally objected to the erasure of Khan Al-Ahmar, supporting the position of the United Nations that settlements are illegal under worldwide law, but has been criticised by Labour for offering nothing in the way of concrete actions to back up this objection.

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