Ireland Is Closer Than Ever to Economically Boycotting Israel

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In a historic vote, the Irish Senate passed a bill prohibiting the import of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements.

Observing that in 2017, the US accounted for 67% of all foreign direct investment in Ireland, Kittrie warned that "this bill could make US companies with divisions or subsidiaries in Ireland, Irish companies with divisions or subsidiaries in the US, and their employees who are Irish citizens or resident in Ireland, choose between violating the Irish law or violating the anti-boycott provisions of the US Export Administration Regulations". In April, Dublin became the first capital city in the European Union to endorse the BDS movement.

The ministry said the bill "will harm the livelihoods of many Palestinians who work in the Israeli industrial zones affected by the boycott".

The bill still needs to be debated and voted on in the Irish Parliament's Lower House; a step expected to take months.

The Irish government has said the bill would be unworkable and has instead called for a European Union response.

"The Irish Senate has given its support to a populist, risky and extremist anti-Israel boycott initiative that hurts the chances of dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians; it will have a negative impact on the diplomatic process in the Middle East", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The colonies, considered illegal under global law, are constructed on Palestinian land in the West Bank in order to annex territory for the state of Israel.

Speaking to Trinity News, SJP member Sean Egan explained that the group is "absolutely delighted" the bill passed.

"One of the points I always make to the Israelis is that I represent the government, and the government opposed the bill in January and it opposed it today", Kelly told The Jerusalem Post after the vote.

Currently, the country is importing a variety of products from illegal Israeli settlements, including fruit and vegetables, wine, plastics, big brand beauty products such as "Ahava", and others.

Speaking in the Senate, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney of the Fine Gael Party, said that such a boycott is logistically impossible due to Ireland's trade being tied up within the larger European Union, and that Ireland should not push ahead of the global community on the issue, "however strongly it might appeal to our sense of right". Recognising this, Egan said that "Fine Gael's sole opposition to this Bill is an embarrassment". The Bill would seek to make these goods illegal and therefore, the Bill argues, in compliance with Ireland's own laws and global laws with respect to worldwide trade and human rights.

"If an engineer in Apple's Herzliya office lives in Jerusalem and telecommutes from home for a day, will Apple be at risk of providing a settlement service in violation of Irish law?"

Kinvara has a tradition of supporting the Palestinian people.

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

On Tuesday, the Palestine Liberation Organisation urged Irish lawmakers to vote for the bill, the official Palestinian news agency reported.

"Countries need to take a stand and put Apartheid Israel on notice that it can not continue to expand into Palestinian territory and brutalise its citizens".