Irish envoy summoned for anti-settlement bill


Irish envoy summoned for anti-settlement bill

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) have welcomed a Seanad vote in favour of the Control of Economic Activities (Occupied Territories) bill.

The Irish senate advanced in a second reading a bill that would make it a criminal offense to import or sell goods from various occupied territories, including Israeli settlements, punishable by up to five years' imprisonment or a fine of €250,000.

Senators voted 25 to 20 Wednesday in favour of the proposal, which still needs to be debated and voted on in Parliament's Lower House. "Israel is becoming more and more fascist, and global law is only weakening in the face of Israeli intransigence", Zoabi said. "Hopefully it will also serve as an worldwide example".

"Stand up for what you believe in and hold Israel to account".

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney voiced the government's opposition to the bill during a debate at the Senate.

The legislation received the support of Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, Labour and a number of independents members of the Seanad, but failed to receive support from Fine Gael. But Black's bill takes this a step further. Many supporters of boycotts against Israel have been denied visas under the law or deported upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport. 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.

If it becomes law, the bill could have significant implications for major American companies with Irish divisions or subsidiaries, such as Airbnb and Apple, whose global sales outside the United States are taxed in Ireland and whose Irish subsidiary, "Apple Distribution International LTD", paid $1.5 billion Irish corporation tax from 2014-2016. Palestinian rights groups praised the bill, urging other nations to follow Ireland's lead.

Al Tamimi highlighted the importance of continued support.

"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".

Anti-Israel protesters in Israel as part of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Kinvara has a tradition of supporting the Palestinian people. Furthermore, Ireland was one of the first European countries to call for a Palestinian state in 1980 and has insistently focused on the Palestinian refugee issue. We hope this action will inspire other sympathetic states to take similar measures to help end the seven decades of oppression that my people have endured since the Nakba. This amounted to 64.5% of the total vote.