IRISH PARLIAMENT VOTES IN SUPPORT OF BILL TO BAN ILLEGAL ISRAELI COLONY PRODUCTS

Ireland’s Daíl, the lower house of the parliament, has today Thursday January 24th voted in support of the bill to ban import and sale of products from illegal Israeli colonies. Last summer the upper house of the Irish parliament, the Seanad, voted 25-20 in support of the bill whose driving force has been independent senator Frances Black. The 78-45 vote, with three abstentions, doesn’t make the bill yet a law, but advances it to further parliamentary debate and with the support it was today shown to have, makes eventual passing into a law largely a certainty. The bill proposes a punishment of up to 5 years in prison and up to 250 000 in fines to those who would break the law. Senator Black commented the result in a tweetAmazing! First the Seanad, now the Dáil: an overwhelming majority have voted for the Occupied Territories Bill 2018 and a ban on illegal #SettlementGoods! Ireland will always stand for international law + human rights, & we’re one step closer to making history. Onwards The Fine Gael -led government opposes the bill and votes against the bill mostly came from the ranks of government member of the Daíl. Three ministers from the minority government party Alliance abstained. Foreign minister Simon Covenay claimed that the banning of products from illegal Israeli colonies was not ‘legally implementable’ and instead should be left to decided by the European Union – whose current leadership opposes the boycott of illegal Israeli colony products. If the bill comes a law, Ireland would become the first European Union member county to criminalize profiteering from illegal Israeli colony products, resulting in a major victory for the BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment, Sactions) movement led by the Palestinian civil society.
(Source / 25.01.2019)

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