Ireland Officially Approves Ban On Israeli Products

Ireland’s senate has voted in favour of a bill banning the importation of products from Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, paving the way for the country to become the first EU nation to enforce a boycott.

The bill, which has faced angry Israeli opposition, prohibits “trade with and economic support for illegal settlements in territories deemed occupied under international law”.

Having been approved in the upper house of the Irish parliament, the Seanad, the legislation will now need to get through more Seanad votes and then the lower house before becoming law.

At Israel’s urging, a previously scheduled vote in January was delayed at the Irish government’s request. Israel’s foreign ministry, which is headed by the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had summoned Ireland’s ambassador to Israel, Alison Kelly, at the time.

Israel took control of the West Bank from Jordan in 1967, an area of land on which Palestinians hope to establish an independent state. Around 600,000 settlers live in occupied territory in east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Prince William.
 The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, pictured here with Prince William, has condemned the bill. Photograph: Tim Rooke/Rex Features/PA

Estimates put the value of settlement-made products to Ireland at between only €500,00 to €1m annually but proponents of the bill say it could chart a path for other EU states to follow.

Netanyahu has denounced the bill, saying it “gives a tailwind to those who seek to boycott Israel and is utterly contrary to the principles of free trade and justice”. The bill does not ban all Israeli products.

Frances Black, the independent senator who sponsored the bill, said in a statement before the vote that “trade in settlement goods sustains injustice”.

“In the occupied territories, people are forcibly kicked out of their homes, fertile farming land is seized, and the fruit and vegetables produced are then sold on Irish shelves to pay for it all,” she said.

“These settlements are war crimes, and it’s time for Ireland to show some leadership and refuse to support them.”

The bill does not name Israel but instead refers to an “occupying power” and “illegal settler”.

In 2015, the EU issued guidelines for the labelling of products from Israeli settlements, which it considers illegal and says are an obstacle to peace.

Source: The Guardian.

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5 thoughts on “Ireland Officially Approves Ban On Israeli Products

  1. David Britton Reply

    was Palestine ever a state or Country, Israel has been in that Area for thousands of years. and is a fact that Jews, Muslims and Christians live in better harmony in Jerusalem than anywhere else on earth. Israel brings prosperity to the region not Deserts

    • Simon Bampton Reply

      Yes, Palestine was recognised as a successor State of the Ottoman Empire by virtue of Articles 30 – 35 of the Treaty of Lausanne and by reference to Article 22(4) of the Covenant of the League of Nations. Why comment on international law when you don’t know anything about it?

  2. M.Thwaite Reply

    David Britton, Try reading two books by respected Israeli historian, Shlomo Sand: The Invention of the Jewish People and The Invention of the Land of Israel. I think you’ll find them quite informative

  3. Blah blah blah Reply

    “Ireland Officially Approves Ban On Israeli Products”

    Everything about that headline is untrue

    There is no ban. It passed ONE House of Parliament. That is not officially approved. That is 1/3rd of the way towards approval, if that even.

    Even if enacted, it would not be a ban in Israeli products. It would be a ban on products from the recognized occupied areas. Products from Israel proper would not be banned.

    And because of the wording, even Palestinian-made products within the specified areas would be banned. It’s a pox-on-both baby-and-bathwater solution.

    1. Don’t lie in your headlines
    2. Don’t be so excited.

  4. bryan Reply

    When they say the irish are drunk and stupid they’re not kidding.

    watch this video…the guy? He’s Christian. The highest profile ranking officer in the IDF is an arab muslim.
    The head of the supreme court…an arab….yet the anti-semitism cant hide behind BS issues. David Briton is right. Palestine never existed as a working country. There was NO currency NO leader. Judaism has been around for over 4000 years Islam 1500 at best. Read the Quran Mohammad NEVER came to Jerusalem in fact the WORD JERUSALEM is NOT mentioned ONCE in the entire body of the Quran. Muhammad said the the Quran “Judeau belongs to the chosen jewish people” When the roman came and conquered it they hated the name JEW…day ah…so they changed it to Palestine. It had NO currency NO leader it was an area like Mesopotamia. As for Ireland boycotting…they are incredible hypocritical as at the most centric level. In hospitals alone- The AMNIOCENTESIS is an ISRAELI INVENTION as our many of the medications and treatment for Cancer and MS. Copaxazone the only known drug that works for MS is 100% Israeli. Fact is they’d even be choking on the food they eat as Cherry tomatoes are yet one of many more ISRAELI inventions. And anyone using a computer with an INTEL pentium processor or Celeron along with GOOGLE all from you guessed it Israel. Ireland has enough issue trying to stay afloat if it wasn’t funded it would be deemed a call centre like a 3rd world country. Here’s a video you can watch for reference. If you really want to boycott Israel this should help. Peace.

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