THE PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT


While it is deeply disappointing to see that the Occupied Territories Bill is not included within the Programme for Government, we are more determined than ever to continue our campaign to ensure that Ireland bans the importation of illegal settlement goods. As Israel continues to consolidate its programme of annexation, the urgency of measures such as the Occupied Territories Bill increases with each day that passes.

FIANNA FAIL AND GREEN PARTY CAVE IN ON OTB

Fianna Fáil and the Green Party both included the approval of the Occupied Territories Bill in their party manifestos for the February election. Both voted unwaveringly in favour of the Bill in the seven previous votes in the Seanad and Dáil. What’s more, it was Fianna Fáil who introduced the Bill into the Dáil on 11th January 2019 seeking its approval. So what happened? How and why did these two parties abandon such an important piece of legislation at the 11th hour?

TELL THE PARTIES WHAT YOU THINK

Party membership will be discussing the Programme for Government intensely in the coming days. We think it is very important that you express your views to both public representatives and individual members of the different parties. This is particularly important in cases where you have been in contact previously and have received assurance that the party would support the Bill and follow though on their party’s manifesto.

PARTY MEMBERS TO QUESTION LEADERSHIP

The abandonment of the Bill by Fianna Fáil and the Green Party is an issue which needs to be addressed and discussed. Members need to question their leadership’s reversal of written pre-election commitments. Voters supported these parties on the basis of the manifesto, and such a radical change of policy at this early stage does not augur well for the future of their participation in a coalition government.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael continues to take an undemocratic position. Despite a clear majority of deputies (and those who voted for them) in favour of its enactment, Fine Gael insists on blocking the Bill at every turn. In a coalition of 3 parties where two of them were committed to the Bill, they once again, overrode the policies of the other parties. Any and all expressions of rejection of this position are worth expressing at this stage. While the Fine Gael leadership continues to hold this position, their membership and public representatives should realise it will cost them votes.

INFORMATION YOU MAY FIND USEFUL

To read up further on the issues, and for use when contacting the different parties, we have gathered some information sources you may find interesting and useful:

1. The Programme for Government. Reference to Palestine is on pg.112.

2. Briefing prepared by SADAKA legal officer refuting the arguments laid out in the Opinion of the Attorney General

3. An article published in the Irish Times on 13th June discussing the Attorney General's opinion.

4. Declaration signed by over 60 Special Rapporteurs and independent human rights experts and published by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the UN. (16 June 2020)

THE BILL GOES FORWARD

Despite the fact that the Bill has not been mentioned by name in the Programme for Government, this is merely a setback which we must negotiate. In reference to proposals of annexation by Israel, the Programme clearly states that “the government would regard any such moves as a breach of international law and would consider an appropriate response to them at both national and international level”. Palestinian leaders, international experts and six major political parties here in Ireland are all agreed that the Occupied Territories Bill is a small, but significant response, in which Ireland can apply international law in the face of the illegal annexation of Palestinian territories by Israel.

It is indeed very disappointing that the Bill is not included within the Programme for Government. But, this does not mean an end to it. It will be back in the Dáil and ultimately, this Bill will succeed. It will succeed because not only is it the right thing to do, but it has the overwhelming support of the Irish people, the political parties and a highly significant majority within the Oireachtas.

Together we will find a way to make that happen.



Occupied Territories Bill

Sadaka Campaigns

The Occupied Territories Bill, developed by Sadaka and tabled by Senator Frances Black, will prohibit the import of goods and services which are produced in illegal Israeli settlements. Settlements are a war crime under international law.

Other Campaigns

Sadaka Campaigns

Sadaka runs targeted campaigns on an annual basis, each one aimed at achieving a particular goal such as Irish Government Recognition of Palestine, pre General Election commitments on Palestine and similar goals.

Conferences

Conferences & Public Meetings

High Level Fora and meetings are used to get particular messages to selected audiences. We focus on high profile speakers to attract key decision makers and people of influence.

Publications

Sadaka Publications

Writing and disseminating high quality factual information and analysis on political developments in Palestine is a central tenet of what we do.

Education Resources

Sadaka Education Resources

In partnership with the Curriculum Development Unit, Sadaka produced an education resource on Palestine available on the Irish secondary school curriculum. More resources also available.

Visiting Speaker Programme

Sadaka Visiting Speaker Programme

Sadaka organises high level speaking tours with invited guests, primarily from Palestine. They typically involve meetings with the Minister, political party leaders, leading NGOs, trade unions and presentations to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Political Meetings

Sadaka Political Meetings

Political meetings are core business for Sadaka as we attempt to shift Irish foreign policy towards the achievement of political self –determination and human rights for the Palestinian people.

Palestinian Churches

Sadaka, the Churches and Palestine

Sadaka has hosted lengthy speaking tours with leading Christian church leaders from Palestine to encourage the Irish churches to develop pro-active positions on the plight of their brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.

Trade Unions

Sadaka and Irish Trades Unions

Sadaka has worked closely with trade unions since our formation building on their strong pro-active positions on Palestine.

Recent Media Items

The Less Impossible Israeli-Palestinian Peace (New York Times, 31 July 2020)

The 2020 Democratic platform betrays Palestinians and again gives Israel a pass (Washington Post, 31 July 2020)

Israeli-Palestine conflict: It’s the occupation, stupid (Arab News, 30 July 2020)

Man-made Israel (and the obsessive erasure of Palestinian history) (Mondoweiss, 31 July 2020)

Israel prefers a one-state solution that protects its colonial privileges in party platform (Middle East Eye, 29 July 2020)

Peace process ‘has failed, and ultimately served to perpetuate status quo’ (Mondoweiss, 31 July 2020)

How Sovereign a State? (Al Shabaka, 31 July 2020)

Democratic Party has anti-Palestinian racism problem (Electronic Intifada, 31 July 2020)

COVID-19 in the West Bank and Gaza: A second wave under military occupation and siege (Middle East Institute, 29 July 2020)

Israel arrests BDS coordinator in night raid (Electronic Intifada, 30 July 2020)

Luton Town kicks out Israeli occupation sponsor Puma (Electronic Intifada, 30 July 2020)

‘History will judge us’ — Have progressive UK rabbis reached end of the road on Israel? (Mondoweiss, 30 July 2020)

Palestinian Democrats decry 'bias and censorship' in party platform (Middle East Eye, 30 July 2020)

Ahmad Erekat’s family is still trying to get his body returned (Mondoweiss, 30 July 2020)

‘I want Battir to go to hell’: Settlers move in on Palestinian World Heritage site (972mag, 29 July 2020)

Chomsky on Israel’s Hindering of Palestinian Pandemic Response & Threat to Annex Occupied West Bank (Democracy Now, 30 July 2020)

Israel to make 200 Palestinians homeless in West Bank (Middle East Monitor, 30 July 2020)

UAE warns Israel that annexation risks losing out on normalization (Jerusalem Post, 30 July 2020)

‘No longer outcasts’: Anti-occupation activists find their place in Israeli protests (972mag, 30 July 2020)

Palestinian Christians issue a cry for hope, to end ‘exclusivity and apartheid’ (Mondoweiss, 30 July 2020)

15 lessons from 15 years of BDS (Electronic Intifada, 29 July 2020)

The occupation has left Palestinians unable to control the virus (Al Jazeera, 30 July 2020)

Group of European MPs say 'no' to W.Bank annexation by Israel (Anadolu Agency, 29 July 2020)

Israel to demolish entire Palestinian village in north of West Bank, displacing 200 people (WAFA News Agency, 29 July 2020)

Palestinians see no ICC justice for Israel's Gaza 'crimes' (Al Jazeera, 29 July 2020)

Peter Beinart and the Palestinian Right of Return (Mondoweiss, 29 July 2020)

Israel prefers a one-state solution that protects its colonial privileges (Middle East Eye, 29 July 2020)

Hebron's Palestinian families to live in caves (Al Monitor, 29 July 2020)

Israeli occupation forces detain 25 Palestinians in West Bank raids (WAFA News Agency, 29 July 2020)

How to create the conditions for progress in Israel and Palestine (Daniel Levy, European Council on Foreign Relations, 29 July 2020)

US pro-Israel group raises $400,000 to boost Ilhan Omar’s primary challenger (Times Of Israel, 30 July 2020)

US Democrats reject restrictions on military aid to Israel (Middle East Monitor, 29 July 2020)

Coveney expresses concern to Mike Pompeo and Israeli foreign minister about annexation plans (The Journal, 29 July 2020)

Annexation aims to cut Palestinians out of Israel’s demographic equation (972mag, 28 July 2020)

Israel is ridiculous, antiquated and based on lies about other people’s land, Seth Rogen says, but he’s afraid to tell other Jews (Mondoweisse, 28 July 2020)

Portuguese / Spanish / English Israel wants to control all of Palestine, with as few Palestinians there as possible (Middle East Monitor, 28 July 2020)

False charges of antisemitism are the vanguard of cancel culture (972mag, 28 July 2020)

Seeds of resistance: Palestinian farmers fight against annexation and pandemic (Open Democracy, 24 June 2020)

Israel turning mosques into synagogues, bars (Middle East Monitor, 28 July 2020)

Jordan PM's comments on single state trigger uproar (Al-Monitor, 27 July 2020)

West Bank Mosque Set on Fire, Vandalized With Hebrew Graffiti (Haaretz, 27 July 2020)

An Interview With Hanan Ashrawi: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Israel? (Medium, 25 July 2020)

Annexation Beyond the Discourse of One State and Two-States (Rosa Luxemburg, 25 July 2020)

Group that raises money for Israeli soldiers got $2-5 million federal loan (Israel-Palestine News, 16 July 2020)

Israel's nightmare: The dissolution of the Palestinian Authority (Al Jazeera, 27 July 2020)

UK Labour party teeters on brink of civil war over antisemitism (Mondoweiss, 27 July 2020)

How Israel’s archaeological excavations work to rewrite history in Jerusalem (Middle East Eye, 27 July 2020)

International scientists and academics launch call for Prof. Imad Barghouthi’s freedom (Samidoun, 25 July 2020)

Annexation or No Annexation, Little Will Change in Israel-GCC Relations (Fair Observer, 27 July 2020)

US Democrats reject push to acknowledge Israeli occupation in 2020 platform (Middle East Eye, 27 July 2020)

Present Absences: A century of struggle in Palestine. (The Nation, 27 July 2020)

COVID-19 and the absence of Israeli-Palestinian coordination spell grim fate for Gaza cancer patients (Haaretz, 24 July 2020)

11 European foreign ministers urge EU to list options to 'deter' Israeli annexation (Haaretz, 14 July 2020)

For 17 years, this Bedouin family lived behind a Jordan Valley monastery. Then Israeli abuse began (Haaretz, 12 July 2020)

Yes, it’s Israeli apartheid. Even without annexation (Haaretz, 9 July 2020)

Despite coronavirus outbreak Israel ramps up demolition of West Bank Palestinian homes in June (B'Tselem, 6 July 2020)

Johnson: As Israel's friend, I urge you not to annex (Ynetnews, 1 July 2020)

Israel created legal ‘blackhole’ in Gaza; int’l community must intervene to ensure accountability and justice for Palestinian victims (Adalah, 26 July 2020)

A young man left London to join Israel's army because he wanted to defend the Jewish people but now believes the treatment of Palestinians is morally wrong (Business Insider, 26 July 2020)

Dovish former MKs urge US Democrats to ‘reject occupation’ in platform (Times Of Israel, 26 July 2020)

Annexation will threaten region’s water and food security, report says (Times Of Israel, 26 July 2020)

The cultural importance of Peter Beinart (Mondoweiss, 26 July 2020)

Israel extends detention of Jerusalem governor (Middle East Monitor, 25 July 2020)

Once again, Israel lobby tries to smear Ilhan Omar for criticism of donors (Mondoweiss, 24 July 2020)

Revenge against Palestinians is understandable, Israeli judge says in acquitting two security officers who attacked innocent man (Mondoweiss, 21 July 2020)

Keir Starmer hints at Labour retreat on Israel sanctions (Electronic Intifada, 24 July 2020)

About Printed in Jerusalem Exhibition (YouTube, 24 July 2020)

Beyond the Apartheid Analogy: Time to Reframe Our Palestinian Struggle (Al Shabaka, 13 Jan 2015)

Fianna Fáil and the Occupied Territories Bill (Irish Times, 25 July 2020)

Palestinian minor kidnapped by undercover Israel soldiers (Middle East Monitor, 24 July 2020)

Brits to ride for Gaza children in ‘The Big Ride for Palestine 2020’ (Middle East Monitor, 24 July 2020)

Coronavirus: Israeli court rules Palestinian prisoners have no right to social distancing (Middle East Eye, 24 July 2020)

When it comes to Covid-19 and colonisation, the UN surpasses its usual duplicity (Middle East Monitor, 23 July 2020)

Israeli Settlements in the West Bank: Why Palestine is More Vulnerable Than Ever (International Ppolicy Digest, 24 July 2020)

US’ Greenblatt: Earmark land for future Palestine state in return for annexation approval (Middle East Monitor, 23 July 2020)

One-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict possible, Jordan suggests (Irish Times, 23 July 2020)

Annexation Beyond the Discourse of One State and Two-States (Rosa Luxemburg, 23 July 2020)

How Israel obstructs COVID-19 care in East Jerusalem (Electronic Intifada, 23 July 2020)

At Security Council Meeting, China Warns Israel Against West Bank Annexation (Haaretz, 22 July 2020)

Kuwait calls on UNSC to stop Israel crimes against Palestinians (Middle East Monitor, 23 July 2020)

Canadian BDS Coalition wants Trudeau to strip B'nai B'rith of charitable status and ban the JDL (The Canada Files, 14 July 2020)

UN: COVID-19 efforts hampered amid Israeli-Palestinian breakdown (Al Jazeera, 22 July 2020)

Jewish Settlers Block West Bank Road, Attack Palestinian Cars (Palestine Chronicle, 22 July 2020)

Israel said it had a firefight during Gaza’s Return March. Where’s the evidence? (972mag, 22 July 2020)

Cracks in the US consensus on Israel should worry Tel Aviv (The National, 22 July 2020)

Ashrawi condemns Israel’s targeting of cultural and heritage sites (Middle East Monitor, 23 July 2020)

Israel’s list of compromised officials suggests their guilt of war crimes (Middle East Monitor, 21 July 2020)

Inconclusive Investigations and Psychological Trauma Cultivate Israel’s Impunity (Palestine Chronicle, 22 July 2020)

Escorted by heavily armed police, Israel demolishes livelihood of local fisherman in Jisr al-Zarqa (Mondoweiss, 22 July 2020)

Israel’s Jewish National Fund is uprooting Palestinians – not planting trees (Mondoweiss, 22 July 2020)

British Jews must take the anti-occupation fight to our leaders (972mag, 22 July 2020)

Taoiseach insists Occupied Territories Bill breaches EU law (Irish Times, 21 July 2020)

Calls for Google to put Palestine back on the map (Middle East Monitor, 21 July 2020)

41 former Israeli security officials thank Dems for opposing annexation (Times Of Israel, 21 July 2020)

U.S. Stands Alone on Israel Annexation Plan As China Backs Palestinians (Newsweek, 21 July 2020)

‘Total poverty’: Bedouins in Israel struggle to get by under pandemic (972mag, 21 July 2020)

Constant surveilance: Israeli drones over Gaza (Middle East Eye, 21 July 2020)

Israel’s Annexation Plan Is the Latest Stage in a Long History of Violent Dispossession (Jacobin, 20 July 2020)

Whether Israel annexes the West Bank or not, a two-state solution is no longer viable (Guardian, 20 July 2020)

Jordan could 'look positively' on one-state solution if Palestinian-Israeli rights equal (Guardian, 21 July 2020)

Israel soldiers destroy Palestinian coronavirus testing centre (Middle East Monitor, 20 July 2020)

The return of apartheid, Israeli style (Middle East Monitor, 20 July 2020)

Palestinians accuse Israel of stealing 1500-year-old Christian relic from Bethlehem (Middle East Eye, 20 July 2020)

International pressure is mounting over Israel’s planned annexation of the Jordan Valley (The Canary, 20 July 2020)

Bethlehem: Israeli army seizes ancient baptismal font (Independent Catholic News, 20 July 2020)

Jewish National Fund works hand in glove with Israeli military (Electronic Intifada, 20 July 2020)

Israeli forces’ collective punishment through children’s eyes (DCI Palestine, 17 July 2020)

Netanyahu’s plan for West Bank annexation hit by delays (Irish Times, 19 July 2020)

Good news from Washington: AIPAC, Israel losing to progressive Democrats (Arab American News, 19 July 2020)

Biden stays right on Israel, scrubbing ‘occupation’ from platform (Mondoweiss, 17 July 2020)

Missouri Becomes 30th US State to Punish Boycotts for Palestinian Freedom (Palestine Legal, 14 July 2020)

Annexation and Apartheid Have Been the Plan From Day One (WRMEA, July 2020)

Israel ‘relieved’ as ICC adjourns war crimes probe (Middle East Monitor, 18 July 2020)

Liberal Zionism begins to make the journey towards a one-state solution (Middle East Eye, 17 July 2020)

How Israel's lobbyists occupied Mandela's legacy (Al Jazeera, 18 July 2020)

Listen Up, My Jewish Cousins (Medium, 18 July 2020)

A sterile annexation (how Israel underestimates the power of Palestinian hopelessness) (Mondoweiss, 17 July 2020)

Husam Zomlot: State of Palestine needs to be recognised now (BBC News, 16 July 2020)

Israeli impunity is coming to an end (Electronic Intifada, 19 July 2020)

The Israel-Palestine Debate Is Expanding—but the Options Are Only Shrinking (Slate, 17 July 2020)

Only one way out: a unitary state with equal rights in Palestine-Israel (Open Democracy, 16 July 2020)

UN expert criticises Israel's continued collective punishment of Palestinians (Middle East Monitor, 17 July 2020)

Did Apple and Google really remove Palestine from Maps? (Independent, 18 July 2020)

Israel's 'collective punishment of Palestinians' condemned by UN expert (Middle East Eye, 17 July 2020)

Annexation was always on Israel’s agenda (Electronic Intifada, 17 July 2020)

Palestine on the Brink of Crisis (MERIP, 30 June 2020)

The deal of the century is unpalatable for both Israel and Palestine (Middle East Monitor, 17 July 2020)

Netherlands to fine store for selling wine from West Bank as ‘Made in Israel’ (Middle East Monitor, 16 July 2020)

PA: 23 EU countries stand with Palestine against annexation (Middle East Monitor, 16 July 2020)

Israel halts construction of West Bank COVID-19 field hospital, threatens demolition (Mondoweiss, 16 July 2020)

Yes, It’s Israeli Apartheid. Even Without Annexation (Jewish Voice For Labour, 10 July 2020)

UK calls for dialogue over Israeli annexation plan (Arab News, 15 July 2020)

Palestinians call for international solidarity against Israel’s annexation plans (The Canary, 13 July 2020)

WHO'S COMPLICIT? (Visualizing Palestine, 16 July 2020)

Waiting for Annexation (American Prospect, 16 July 2020)

Remembering Israel’s killing of four children on the beach in Gaza (Middle East Monitor, 16 July 2020)

Reporting from last year’s olive harvest (Mondoweiss, 16 July 2020)

In Washington, a debate over conditioning US aid to Israel heats up (Times Of Israel, 16 July 2020)

Missouri, Oklahoma pass anti-BDS laws during pandemic (Electronic Intifada, 16 July 2020)

What would Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank mean for Palestinians? (Guardian, 12 July 2020)

Israel Forms Secret List of Hundreds of Officials Who May Stand Trial at International Court (Haaretz, 16 July 2020)

France: Over 100 MPs Call for Sanctions against Israel, Recognition of Palestine (IQNA, 16 July 2020)

Farmer shot by Israeli settlers (Electronic Intifada, 15 July 2020)

83 Organisations Send Urgent Appeal to UN Special Procedures on the Wilful Killing of Ahmad Erekat, Urging International Justice and Accountability for Israel’s Shoot-to-Kill Policy (Jadaliyya, 14 July 2020)


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