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WATCH: Irish senate debates criminalizing Israeli settler trade – Arab-Israeli Conflict


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The Irish Senate on Wednesday afternoon is set to debate the criminalization of trade with any part of Israel located over the pre-1967 lines, including east Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the West Bank.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney is set to participate in the Senate debate.

The bill, which is still in its infancy, still has to pass eight more stages before it can be signed into law by the Irish president.

Its final passage would mark the first time a European Union member state has banned commercial activity over Israel’s pre-1967 lines.

The European Union has issued guidelines for countries wishing to label such goods, but has not taken any steps to ban them.

The Ireland Israel Alliance tweeted that it was doubtful the “fundamentally flawed” bill would be passed into law, “but one thing it IS doing is exposing the very dark underbelly of antisemitism in Ireland. Antisemitism is never “old.” It’s alive and thriving on this island of ours. Shame!”

Independent senator Frances Black who sponsored the bill tweeted that Wednesday was a “big day” for the bill. Settlement goods “sustains injustice. Time for Ireland to show some leadership and stand against it!” Black tweeted.

The Irish Social Democrats tweeted photos of parliamentarians and supporters of the bill with balloons and Palestinian flags.

The legislation states that it gives “effect to the State’s obligations arising under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War and under customary international humanitarian law,”

It explains that it makes “an offense for a person to import or sell goods or services originating in an occupied territory or to extract resources from an occupied territory in certain circumstances; and to provide for related matters.”

A person found guilty engaging in trade that involved areas of Israel over the pre-1967 lines for anywhere up to five years and could be fined up to a quarter of a million euros.







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