Irish Senate Votes to Ban Products From Illegal Israeli Settlements


The Irish Senate voted yesterday to ban products manufactured in Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories considered illegal under international law. The dollar amount of such imports is small, but Israel fears that it could set a precedent in Europe that other nations might follow.

The Guardian: "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."

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


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