The Irish Senate has voted to criminalize any trade with the Israeli territories of Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem. Punishment for each violation would be five years in prison and a fine of more than $310,000. Apparently, the Irish have no problem doing business with countries in Africa and the Middle East where Christians are being persecuted, slaughtered, and ethnically cleansed out of existence.
Forexrogue Ireland’s senate has voted in favour of a bill banning the importation of products from what they erroneously call the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, paving the way for the country to become the first EU nation to enforce a boycott. Having been approved in the upper house of the Irish parliament, the Seanad, the legislation will now still need to pass in both houses of parliament before becoming law.
The bill passed yesterday with 25 lawmakers voting in its favour, with 20 against it and 14 others abstaining. The legislation would bar “the import and sales of goods, services and natural resources originating in
illegal legal settlements in occupied Israeli owned territories.” The bill does not name Israel but instead refers to an “occupying power” and “illegal settler (coloniser)”.
Yesterday’s bill passed primarily due to votes from opposition and independent legislators. It had originally been proposed by independent Senator Frances Black who spoke before the vote and brought Palestinian farmers to be present in the Seanad for the occasion.
I guess this negates the efforts of Donald Trump back in February to thwart such a move: “Trump Admin Thwarts Irish Effort to Boycott Israel, Criminalize Trade,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, February 5, 2018. Let’s see what Trump does now.