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

Ex-Knesset speaker: Trump stopped West Bank annexation (Middle East Monitor, 5 July 2020)

A letter to Joe Biden: Stop your blind support for Israel (Middle East Eye, 4 July 2020)

Annexation: What happened (and didn’t) on July 1? (+972mag, 3 July 2020)

EU spreads more lies about BDS (Electronic Intifada, 3 July 2020)

Jewish Settlers Torch Palestinian Olive Tree Fields in Northern West Bank (Palestine Chronicle, 4 July 2020)

When My Daughter Called Israel an Apartheid State, I Objected. Now, I'm Not So Sure (Haaretz, 5 July 2020)

'Wake-up call to the world': Pal Expo 2020 digital event dominated by annexation fears (Middle East Eye, 5 July 2020)

In West Bank settlements, money is on an annexation real estate boom (Times Of Israel, 6 July 2020)

If Israel’s planned annexation goes ahead, can any response make a difference? (ABC, 6 July 2020)

Fatah and Hamas announce deal to oppose annexation jointly (Irish Times, 3 July 2020)

Annexation: What exactly happened? (Mondoweiss, 3 July 2020)

Abbas adviser warns of third intifada if Israel goes ahead with annexation (Times Of Israel, 4 July 2020)

Israeli court awards Jerusalem church properties to settlers (Electronic Intifada, 3 July 2020)

In Gaza, families plead for help after two infants die awaiting permits for medical treatment in Israel (Mondoweiss, 3 July 2020)

Palestinians file ICC complaint against Trump, Kushner and Netanyahu over annexation (Mondoweiss, 3 July 2020)

How Israel's propaganda war has silenced Europe (Middle East Eye, 3 July 2020)

9 ‘Palestinians will not raise the white flag’ says Palestine Archbishop Atallah Hanna (Middle East Monitor, 4 July 2020)

Israel’s 'annexation' plan only supported by US (Anadolu Agency, 3 July 2020)

For Palestinian journalists, violent attacks by Israeli forces come with the job (Middle East Eye, 4 July 2020)

Johnson's diplomatic advice to Netanyahu and the UK's stance on Hong Kong and Palestine (Middle East Monitor, 4 July 2020)

EU Foreign Affairs Chief 'up for' an EU wide ban on imports from Occupied Territories (Billy Kelleher, 2 July 2020)

Clonmel activists to lobby government on Occupied Territories Bill (Tipperary Live, 2 July 2020)

Vatican warns against West Bank annexation (The Tablet, 1 July 2020)

Israeli annexation a 'final nail in the coffin' of Palestine (Al Jazeera, 1 July 2020)

Annexation (even when delayed) is the great truth teller on Israel/Palestine (Patheos, 1 July 2020)

The beltway consensus on aid to Israel is finally being challenged (Mondoweiss, 2 July 2020)

Israel/OPT: 10 things you need to know about 'annexation' (Amnesty, 2 July 2020)

How Netanyahu Silenced Israel’s Spies and Soldiers From Dissenting on Annexation (Haaretz, 2 July 2020)

Recognizing the state of Palestine is the only appropriate response to Israeli annexation (Washington Post, 2 July 2020)

How did we get here on Israel’s annexation plan? It’s all in the Balfour Declaration (Independent, 3 July 2020)

Israeli annexation would cement existing reality of one-state 'apartheid' (Middle East Eye, 1 July 2020)

US team leaves Israel without agreement on annexation date (Middle East Monitor, 1 July 2020)

Israel annexation plan: The world is more than just a silent partner (Middle East Eye, 2 July 2020)

While Netanyahu Keeps Annexation Alive, Palestinians Close Ranks (Haaretz, 4 July 2020)

Israel's Annexation Excuses are All Factually, Legally and Logically Wrong (Newsweek, 30 June 2020)

Netanyahu misses target date for annexation of Palestinian territories (Irish Times, 1 July 2020)

Democrats call for aid cut to Israel over annexation (Electronic Intifada, 30 June 2020)

If Annexation Doesn't Happen in July, It Won't Happen at All, Israeli Settler Leaders Fear (Haaretz, 2 July 2020)

‘Enough of this nonsense’ — Klutznick says US Jews should turn on Israel if it takes another ‘scintilla’ of land (Mondoweiss, 29 June 2020)

The Guardian view on Israel and annexation: unlawful, unwise and immoral (Guardian, 30 June 2020)

‘Gaza is a one-way ticket’: How Israel’s relocation policy is separating Palestinian communities (+972mag, 30 June 2020)

Fresh complaint submitted to ICC over US-Israel war crimes in Palestine (Middle East Monitor, 30 June 2020)

Netanyahu’s Taken It Too Far (Haaretz, 2 July 2020)

J St U alums tell the Zionist org its strategy hasn’t worked, it’s time to reduce aid to Israel over annexation (Mondoweiss, 30 June 2020)

For Palestinians, From Hebron to Nablus, Annexation Is Already Here (Haaretz, 30 June 2020)

Palestinians are fighting to dismantle apartheid, not just annexation (+972mag, 29 June 2020)

UK criticised for ‘lacklustre’ response to Israel’s West Bank plans (Guardian, 29 June 2020)

Netanyahu’s annexation plan in disarray as Gantz calls for delay (Guardian, 29 June 2020)

Israeli leaders at odds over West Bank annexation plan (Washington Post, 29 June 2020)

Fatah embraces Hamas plea for accord to face occupation (MENAFN, 29 June 2020)

Netanyahu’s West Bank Plan: Four Scenarios Israel Could Follow to Extend Its Sovereignty (Sputnik News, 29 June 2020)

Keir Starmer's ‘antisemitism’ sacking is a signal that Israel is safe in his hands (Middle East Eye, 29 June 2020)

Erekat Family Statement on the Extrajudicial Killing of Its Son, Ahmad Erekat (Jadaliyya, 29 June 2020)

Israel's Gantz said date for West Bank annexation talks 'not sacred' (Reuters, 28 June 2020)

Soldiers Invade Home Of Slain Palestinian In Occupied Jerusalem (IMEMC, 28 June 2020)

Abbas refuses to accept phone call from Pompeo (Middle East Monitor, 29 June 2020)

Irish-Palestinian singer Roisin El Cherif releases 'Cross Your Mind' (Hotpress, 29 June 2020)

‘I feel sad, helpless:’ 6 Palestinians on the prospect of Israel annexing the West Bank (Forward, 29 June 2020)

A former top IDF law expert questions the benefits of annexation (Times of Israel, 29 June 2020)

Israel’s illegal annexation plans for Palestine, ‘disastrous’ for wider Middle East (UN News, 29 June 2020)

Israel’s annexation plan for West Bank (Irish Times, 29 June 2020)

Explainer: Israel's annexation plan for occupied West Bank (Al Jazeera, 28 June 2020)

South Africa's stance on the Israel-Palestine situation is guided by international law (Independent Online SA, 28 June 2020)

Jewish Settlers Set Fire to Palestinian Fields near Nablus (Palestine Chronicle, 28 June 2020)

Everyone loses from Netanyahu’s territorial ambitions (Guardian, 28 June 2020)

Why aren't Jordanians protesting against Israeli annexation plan? (Middle East Eye, 28 June 2020)

Splits among advisers emerge as Donald Trump mulls stance on Israeli West Bank annexation (Telegraph, 28 June 2020)

Amman Appears to have Stopped the Jordan Valley Annexation – but No One is Celebrating (The Media Line, 28 June 2020)

Palestinian Baby Dies After Israel Denies Permit for Medical Treatment (IMEMC, 23 June 2020)

Fatah welcomes Hamas call for unity to face annexation (Anadolu Agency, 28 June 2020)

Fight Annexation on Moral Grounds (Haaretz, 28 June 2020)

Civil Society Submit Appeal to UN Special Procedures Urging Access for Gaza Patients (Relief Web, 28 June 2020)

Creating apartheid enclaves in Palestine and IHK (Pakistan Daily Times, 28 June 2020)

No to Israeli annexation (Léargas, 26 June 2020)

Israeli Withholding of Slain Palestinian Bodies, Immoral (IMEMC, 27 June 2020)

Israeli forces arrest student while on her way to graduation ceremony (Quds Network News, 27 June 2020)

Lisa Nandy urges ban on imports of West Bank goods (Guardian, 27 June 2020)

Israel to begin limited annexation of West Bank territories (Irish Times, 26 June 2020)

Palestine urges Gantz to halt annexation of West Bank (Anadolu Agency, 27 June 2020)

Tzipi Livni: Annexation of West Bank a ‘historic mistake’(Middle East Monitor, 27 June 2020)

The UK and world must act to stop Israeli Apartheid (Middle East Monitor, 26 June 2020)

'We demand change': US Palestinians issue list of principles for candidates (Middle East Eye, 28 June 2020)

Annexation in Palestine and Netanyahu's calculus (Al Jazeera, 28 June 2020)

Israel's cabinet meets to finalise annexation plans (Guardian, 28 June 2020)

Tough choices for Hamas over Israeli annexation plans (Times Of India, 28 June 2020)

Will Israel seize the moment to bury the two-state solution? (Irish Times, 27 June 2020)

Palestine and Israel: Mapping an annexation (Al Jazeera, 26 June 2020)

Belgium votes on recognising State of Palestine, imposing sanctions on Israel (Middle East Monitor, 25 June 2020)

Belgium calls for sanctions against Israel if it annexes West Bank (Middle East Eye, 26 June 2020)

How Is Biden Different From Trump When It Comes To Palestine? (Real News Network, 26 June 2020)

UN Security Council seat defeat a rebuke of Canada's anti-Palestine tilt (Rabble, 26 June 2020)

The dangers of driving under Israeli apartheid (+972mag, 26 June 2020)

UN envoy blames Palestinians for death of Gaza baby (Electronic Intifada, 25 June 2020)

EU funds Israel’s spies (Electronic Intifada, 26 June 2020)

Despite pro-Palestinian bent, Dublin resists threatening Israel over annexation (Times Of Israel, 25 June 2020)

Trump will bless Israeli annexation of 2 ‘population centers’ on West Bank and cite Bush letter of ’04– Israeli diplomat (Mondoweiss, 25 June 2020)

US Jews will ‘pay a special price’ for annexation as ‘we are held responsible for Israeli policies’ — Greenblatt (Mondoweiss, 25 June 2020)

Arab Parliament rejects Israel's annexation plans in occupied West Bank (Egypt Today, 25 June 2020)

Annexation could extinguish Palestinian hope. That’s dangerous. (Washington Post, 25 June 2020)

Belgium votes on recognising State of Palestine, imposing sanctions on Israel (Middle East Monitor, 25 June 2020)

Israeli teens to Netanyahu: ‘Stop annexation as soon as possible’ (+972mag, 25 June 2020)

Saeb Erekat: Stop treating Israel as a state above the law and end annexation (Middle East Eye, 25 June 2020)

Mizrahi-washing: The new face of Israeli propaganda (+972mag, 25 June 2020)

For Netanyahu, Annexation May Spell Little Gain, and Lots of Pain (Haaretz, 26 June 2020)

US's decision could push Israel toward another election (Israel Hayom, 25 June 2020)

Palestinians in Jordan Valley Fear Annexation Would Choke Off Their Villages (New York Times, 24 June 2020)

'A cop out': Calls for government to take a stand as over 100 Irish politicians sign letter opposing West Bank annexation (The Journal, 24 June 2020)

Palestinian rights are also ‘non-negotiable’, Chancellor Merkel (Middle East Monitor, 24 June 2020)

Belgium to vote on recognizing Palestinian state, sanctions on Israel (Jerusalem Post, 24 June 2020)

‘Silicon Wadi’: Israel’s latest plans to impose control over Jerusalem’s occupied Old City (Middle East Eye, 24 June 2020)

Progressive Democrats push for changes to US Israel policies (Al Jazeera, 24 June 2020)

With annexation plan looming, Israel grapples with reality of apartheid (Middle East Eye, 24 June 2020)

Trump Administration Says It's Up To Israel To Annex Parts Of West Bank (NPR, 24 June 2020)

Gantz’s Comments on Palestinians Shatter Left-wing Hopes He Will Halt Annexation (Haaretz, 24 June 2020)

‘If you take the land, you must give people citizenship’ (+972mag, 24 June 2020)

Israel’s Netanyahu seeks to have his cake and eat it too (Financial Times, 24 June 2020)

UN, Arab League call on Israel to drop annexation plans (Al Jazeera, 25 June 2020)

U.S. Weighs Israel Annexation Plan as Criticism Grows in Congress, U.N. (Wall Street Journal, 24 June 2020)

Israel annexation: New border plans leave Palestinians in despair (BBC News, 25 June 2020)

Annexation is still inadmissible, even by Israel (Middle East Monitor, 24 June 2020)

Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Police in East Jerusalem Checkpoint After Suspected Attack (Haaretz, 24 June 2020)

Israel West Bank annexation rejected by European MPs in letter (BBC News, 24 June 2020)

Israeli forces kill Palestinian at occupied West Bank checkpoint (Al Jazeera, 24 June 2020)

Chokehold on diplomat exposes Israel’s special type of apartheid (Mondoweiss, 23 June 2020)

Israeli forces kill young Palestinian en route to his sister's wedding (Middle East Eye, 24 June 2020)

PLO’s Erekat says cop ‘executed’ cousin en route to pick up sister for wedding (Times Of Israel, 24 June 2020)

Nephew of top Palestinian official shot dead by Israeli soldiers (The National, 24 June 2020)

UN chief urges Israel to back away from West Bank annexation (The Guardian, 24 June 2020)

Liberal Zionism paved the Israeli right's path to annexation (+972 Magazine, 23 June 2020)

Vexed by annexation: The battle inside the EU over Israel (Reuters, 23 June 2020)

Trump aides begin discussions on Israel's West Bank annexation plan (Middle East Monitor, 24 June 2020)

Israel's annexation? - the EU's options (EU Observer, 24 June 2020)

GOP lawmakers voice support for Israeli plan to annex areas in West Bank (The Hill, 22 June 2020)

In chilling procedure, soldiers ambush Palestinian laborers, shoot them and break arm of 15-year-old (B'Tselem, 18 June 2020)

Palestinians Renew Call to Boycott Israeli Facial Recognition Company AnyVision (BDS Movement, 22 June 2020)

Israeli demolitions in Palestine 'increase by 250 percent' in just two weeks, UN warns (Al Araby, 22 June 2020)

Odds against West Bank annexation under Trump’s ‘Deal of Century’ (GEO TV, 22 June 2020)

Israel builds new settler-only road near Bethlehem to link settlements (Middle East Monitor, 23 June 2020)

Thousands of Palestinians protest against Israeli annexation plan (Al Jazeera, 22 June 2020)

Church and political leaders express concern over Israel’s West Bank annexation plans (Vatican News, 22 June 2020)

Will Canada’s Security Council loss trigger change? (Mondoweiss, 22 June 2020)

UN: 90 Palestinians homeless as Israel demolishes 70 buildings in 2 weeks (Middle East Monitor, 22 June 2020)

Trump, Biden urged to show balance in Palestine-Israel policies (Arab News, 23 June 2020)

Why Israel’s annexation of parts of the West Bank would be a historic mistake (Washington Post, 22 June 2020)

In Hebron, protecting Palestinians is not an Israeli soldier’s job (+972mag, 22 June 2020)

Top Trump officials to hold two key meetings to discuss Israel's annexation plans (Middle East Monitor, 21 June 2020)

White House to discuss this week whether to approve Israeli annexations (Axios, 20 June 2020)

Israeli Military Issues Stop Work Orders for Palestinian-owned Homes, Barns in West Bank (IMEMC, 22 June 2020)

Palestinians Fear Israeli Annexation Could Further Limit Dead Sea Access (New York Times, 21 June 2020)

Gantz urges 'small-scale' sovereignty bid, coordinated with Jordan (Israel Hayom, 21 June 2020)

By recognising Palestine, Britain can help right the wrongs of the Balfour declaration (Guardian, 22 June 2020)

Canada’s embarrassment at U.N. shows there’s a price for bowing to Israel lobby (Mondoweiss, 21 June 2020)

Report: White House to Hold Key Meeting on Israel’s Annexation (Hamodia, 20 June 2020)

Engel bragged, ‘I sit down with AIPAC on every piece of legislation’ coming out of Foreign Affairs Committee (Mondoweiss, 20 June 2020)

Giving Palestinians citizenship doesn’t make Israel any less colonial (+972Mag, 21 June 2020)

Palestinians fear displacement from an annexed Jordan Valley (Al Jazeera, 19 June 2020)

Outrage as hardliner is chosen as next Israeli ambassador to UK (Guardian, 20 June 2020)

The situation in Palestine: Where has the ICC erred? (Middle East Monitor, 20 June 2020)

Netanyahu: Putin saved Israel from UNSC resolution to create Palestine state (Middle East Monitor, 16 June 2020)

Ron Dermer: We must stop pursuing a two-state illusion and commit to a realistic two-state solution (Washington Post, 19 June 2020)

Israelizing the American police, Palestinianizing the American people (Mondoweiss, 19 June 2020)

Palestinians win damages over 'Labour anti-Semitism' libel (Electronic Intifada, 19 June 2020)

Israeli military detention disrupts Palestinian students’ secondary school final exams (DCI Palestine, 17 June 2020)

Palestinians fear displacement from an annexed Jordan Valley (Al Jazeera, 19 June 2020)

Israeli security chiefs warn that annexation could ignite the West Bank (Al-Monitor, 19 June 2020)

Israel blocks local West Bank roads leading to the Jordan Valley (Middle East Monitor, 19 June 2020)

EU’s elder statesman: Annexation flouts biblical tenet ‘Thou shalt not steal’ (Times Of Israel, 19 June 2020)

What needs to be done (Mondoweiss, 19 June 2020)

Israeli war crimes fugitive receives German peace prize (Electronic Intifada, 17 June 2020)

IDF paratrooper gets community service for killing Palestinian (Jerusalem Post, 15 June 2020)

Mixed reaction as Occupied Territories Bill dropped (Irish Catholic, 18 June 2020)

The Palestinian Authority Isn't Gunning for an Intifada. Hamas Might Be a Different Story (Haaretz, 20 June 2020)

Israel settlers set fire to Palestinian fields in West Bank (Middle East Monitor, 18 June 2020)

Winston Churchill’s racist legacy in Palestine (Electronic Intifada, 18 June 2020)

Israel's annexation plans stoke fears of fresh Gaza conflict (Middle East Eye, 18 June 2020)

Israel’s ‘strangling’ of Bethlehem tightens as world debates annexation (+972mag, 18 June 2020)

With the World Focused on the Pandemic, Israel Prepares to Annex Large Swaths of the West Bank (The Intercept, 18 June 2020)

Netanyahu discusses annexation plan with Gantz (Al Jazeera, 19 June 2020)

Report: US administration suspends talks with Israel on annexation plan (Middle East Monitor, 19 June 2020)

Ireland wins seat on UN Security Council following ‘tough’ contest (Irish Times, 17 June 2020)

How European court ruled that BDS protesters have right to call for boycott on Israel (Irish Times, 17 June 2020)

Ireland has won a seat on the UN Security Council for 2021-22 (The Journal, 17 June 2020)

3 former top IDF officers said to reject offer to head annexation headquarters (Times of Israel, 18 June 2020)

Palestinians are tired of proving Israeli apartheid exists (+972Mag, 17 June 2020)

BoJo risks Trump’s anger by standing up to Israel: Prick of conscience or a geopolitical masterplan? (RT, 17 June 2020)

Netanyahu promised to never recognise Palestine state, Likud MK says (Middle East Monitor, 17 June 2020)

US Democrats circulate Israel letter expressing 'concern' over annexation (Middle East Eye, 17 June 2020)

US Democrats warn Netanyahu about Israel’s annexation plan (Middle East Monitor, 17 June 2020)

Israeli court sentences Palestinian child to 10 years in jail (Palestine Info, 16 June 2020)

World should not be silent on Israeli annexation (Financial Times, 16 June 2020)

World Council of Churches calls for EU sanctions on Israel (Middle East Monitor, 15 June 2020)

Excluding the Occupied Territories Bill is ‘a betrayal of Ireland’s most basic ethical and legal obligations’ (The Canary, 16 June 2020)

Palestine- New Irish government reneges on Occupied Territories Bill (MenaFN, 16 June 2020)

Welcome from Jewish leaders after Irish government drops ‘anti-Israel’ Occupied Territories Bill (News Letter UK, 16 June 2020)

Settlement boycott bill left out of new Irish government’s plans (Jerusalem Post, 16 June 2020)

New Irish government reneges on Occupied Territories Bill (Palestine News Network, 15 June 2020)

German party calls for sanctions on Israel (Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, 16 June 2020)

Fake news peddled by Israeli media promotes Netanyahu’s annexation plan (Middle East Monitor, 15 June 2020)

Trump is pushing annexation as political tool to cast Dems as anti-Israel, says J Street expert (Mondoweiss, 16 June 2020)

UN rights experts condemn Israel's annexation plan, US support (Al Jazeera, 16 June 2020)

Israel’s annexation plan: the ‘existential threat’ to Palestinian dreams (Financial Times, 16 June 2020)

For Israel, annexation is saying the quiet part loud (Washington Post, 16 June 2020)

Israel's West Bank annexation plan condemned by UN experts (BBC News, 16 June 2020)

'21st century apartheid': Israel's West Bank annexation plan denounced by UN experts (Middle East Eye, 16 June 2020)

Criticism over lack of reference to Occupied Territories Bill in draft programme for government (The Journal, 15 June 2020)

European Court upholds right to boycott Israel (Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, 11 June 2020)

The kashrut supervisor didn’t believe this cook was Jewish. Now he’s unemployed (Haaretz, 15 June 2020)

In first-ever op-ed for Israeli paper, UAE diplomat warns against annexation (Times of Israel, 12 June 2020)

Netanyahu vows all settlements will be annexed July 1, but other lands may wait (Times of Israel, 8 June 2020)

'He's disabled,' the caregiver screamed. 'I'm with her,' Eyad cried. The cop opened fire anyway (Gideon Levy & Alex Levac, Haaretz, 4 June 2020)

This is Jerusalem: Violence and Dispossession in al-‘Esawiyah (B’Tselem, May 2020)

Remembering Razan al-Najjar, honoring health workers (Electronic Intifada, 1 June 2020)

'Being Black in America shouldn't be a death sentence.' What about being Palestinian? (Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 2 June 2020)

Criticism over lack of reference to Occupied Territories Bill in draft programme for government (The Journal, 15 June 2020)

Programme for government (Irish Times, 15 June 2020)

Chance of West Bank Annexation Is Fading, but Limited Move Still Possible (Haaretz, 16 June 2020)

Amnesty’s initial human rights review of the Programme for Government June 2020 (Amnesty, 15 June 2020)

Flying Checkpoints and Traffic Jams: The Genius of the Israeli Occupation's Architecture (Haaretz, 15 June 2020)

Israeli artillery and aircraft strikes targets in Gaza (Quds News Network, 16 June 2020)

EU urges US to join new Israeli-Palestinian peace push, rejects Trump plan (Times of Israel, 15 June 2020)

Annexation turns Israel lobby against Israeli gov’t (Mondoweiss, 15 June 2020)

Israel builds new Jerusalem road to link settlements (Middle East Monitor, 15 June 2020)

Netanyahu sends his two-state Terminator to UK – Tzipi Hotovely (Mondoweiss, 15 June 2020)

How the GOP brought antisemitism from the margins to the White House (+972mag, 15 June 2020)

Germany's FM warns Israel against West Bank annexation plans (Spiegel, 10 June 2020)

Israel greenlights illegal 'Trump' settlement in Golan Heights (Al Jazeera, 14 June 2020)

Oisín McConville: Gaza echoes bad days of the Troubles (Irish Examiner, 14 June 2020)

Luxembourg sees EU recognising Palestine if Israel 'steals' West Bank (TRTWorld, 14 June 2020)

How Brighton became Labour's Israel-Palestine battleground (Middle East Eye, 11 June 2020)

Abbas Calls for Int’l Coalition Against Annexation (Aawsat, 14 June 2020)

Police Investigating Hebron Settlers Attack on Palestinian, Israeli Soldier (Haaretz, 15 June 2020)

Government formation: Parties move step closer to deal after mammoth 19-hour talks overnight (Irish Examiner, 14 June 2020)

Far-right Israel MK: Negev Bedouins are a 'time bomb' that should be 'defused' (Middle East Monitor, 13 June 2020)

Massive protest against Israel demolition of Islamic cemetery in Yafa (Middle East Monitor, 12 June 2020)

Facebook follows Israel’s script (Electronic Intifada, 12 June 2020)

Palestinian rights group questions AG advice on Occupied Territories Bill (Irish Times, 13 June 2020)

Parallels between Minneapolis and Jerusalem are more than skin deep (Middle East Eye, 11 June 2020)

Occupied Territories Bill: It’s time for Ireland to ban trade with Israel’s illegal settlements (Irish Broad Left, 12 June 2020)

Trump sanctions ICC over investigations into US and Israeli war crimes (Mondoweiss, 12 June 2020)

Netanyahu Won: World Demanded Israel Make Peace, Now It Just Begs It Not to Annex (Haaretz, 13 June 2020)

European Court upholds right to boycott Israel (Electronic Intifada, 11 June 2020)

Israel’s next UK ambassador is a settler extremist (Electronic Intifada, 12 June 2020)

How the US and Israel exchange tactics in violence and control (Al Jazeera, 12 June 2020)

Israel is forcing out Palestine’s watermelon farmers before it takes their land (Middle East Monitor, 12 June 2020)

Massacres as a weapon of ethnic cleansing during the Nakba (Mondoweiss, 12 June 2020)

What would Israeli identity look like without Zionism? (+972Mag, 11 June 2020)

Spain Blocks Sales of Handcuffs, Equipment to Israel Over Human Rights Concerns, Report Says (Haaretz, 10 June 2020)

Another military incursion into a refugee camp, another teen egregiously killed (B’Tselem, 9 June 2020)

Israel's annexation of the West Bank will be yet another tragedy for Palestinians (Guardian, 11 June 2020)

Economic peace as an alternative to political solutions (Middle East Monitor, 11 June 2020)

EU's rights court faults France over Israel boycott convictions (Al Jazeera, 11 June 2020)

European Court upholds right to boycott Israel (Electronic Intifada, 11 June 2020)

Israel to count Palestinians in 'future annexed areas' (Middle East Monitor, 11 June 2020)

Still No Consensus With U.S. on West Bank Annexations, Israeli Minister Says (Haaretz, 9 June 2020)

By ‘allowing’ Israel criticism, does AIPAC see the tide turning? (TRTWorld, 10 June 2020)

World Council of Churches wants EU sanctions on Israel if it annexes West Bank lands (Jewish Telegraph Agency, 11 June 2020)

Liberal rabbis denounce Israeli annexation plans (Jewish Chronicle, 10 June 2020)

Ban on Israeli imports could stand between Ireland and a new government (South Florida Times, 9 June 2020)

Stop Israel’s annexation of the West Bank (Guardian, 10 June 2020)

James Zogby: Palestinians are ‘being asked to hold the scalpel’ for their own amputation (Mondoweiss, 9 June 2020)

Israel to begin annexation with three settlement blocs, says report (Middle East Eye, 10 June 2020)

Could Europe revise its relations with Israel over annexation plans? (TRTWorld, 11 June 2020)

Germany warns Israel against West Bank annexation plans (Euronews, 10 June 2020)

PA unable to pay staff salaries (Middle East Monitor, 10 June 2020)

Annexing Jordan Valley will cause ‘immediate crisis’ in Democratic Party support for Israel — Jeffrey Goldberg (Mondoweiss, 10 June 2020)

It might not take much effort to derail Netanyahu’s annexation plan (Middle East Monitor, 9 June 2020)

Palestine says it will declare statehood if Israel annexes West Bank (Guardian, 8 June 2020)

Palestine PM: Sanction Israel over West Bank annexations (Middle East Monitor, 9 June 2020)

Israel Supreme Court: You can't legalise settlements on stolen Palestinian land (Middle East Monitor, 9 June 2020)

PA proposes demilitarised state as counterproposal to Trump plan (Al Jazeera, 9 June 2020)

Shtayyeh: We will declare state on 1967 lines if Israel annexes W. Bank (Jerusalem Post, 10 June 2020)

Israeli judges send tacit message to ICC: ‘We respect international law’ (Jerusalem Post, 9 June 2020)

Israel-Palestine: Racism, Brutality and Annexation (Richard Silverstein, 9 June 2020)

PA submits ‘counter-proposal’ to US plan, providing for demilitarized Palestine (Times Of Israel, 9 June 2020)

Annexing West Bank territory was once a taboo for Israel. No longer. (Washington Post, 8 June 2020)

Stop the Annexation Fanatics. Impose Sanctions on Israel (Haaretz, 9 June 2020)

There really is no excuse for a new Government not to pass the Occupied Territories Bill (Journal, 8 June 2020)

Thousands protest against annexation. But is it enough? (Mondoweiss, 8 June 2020)

What would Israel annexing the West Bank mean? (Guardian, 9 June 2020)

Bernie Sanders: Any plans to illegally annex any part of the West Bank must be stopped (Middle East Monitor, 8 June 2020)

Israel lobby sees Black Lives Matter as major strategic threat (Electronic Intifada, 8 June 2020)

Settler Leader: Netanyahu Moving Ahead With Annexation Plans (New York Times, 8 June 2020)

Stop Calling Israel a Jewish Democracy (Foreign Policy, 8 June 2020)

Palestinians have mothers, too (+972Mag, 8 June 2020)

Ex-Israel security official calls for reoccupying Gaza (Middle East Monitor, 8 June 2020)

PalestinianTerritories could be make or break for new Irish government (Eureporter, 8 June 2020)

FG undemocratic in stance on Bill (Irish Independent, 7 June 2020)

PLO: Palestinian leadership to make Israel pay price of its occupation (Middle East Monitor, 6 June 2020)

The inevitable cruelty of Hasbara (Mondoweiss, 7 June 2020)

Annexation or not, Europe must hold Israel accountable for the occupation (+972Mag, 5 June 2020)

The murder of Iyad al-Hallaq is the face of Israeli annexation (+972Mag, 7 June 2020)

Israel looks to move forward with West Bank annexation "within weeks" (Axios, 8 June 2020)

Israeli Left’s Show of Strength Highlights Weakness of Anti-annexation Protest (Haaretz, 6 June 2020)

Palestinians, Israelis protest against Israel's decision to annex parts of the West Bank (Deutsche Welle, 6 June 2020)

Shtayyeh to EU: Impose sanctions on Israel, recognize Palestinian state (Jerusalem Post, 6 June 2020)

As Jews, we’ll never address racism while clinging to Zionism (Mondoweiss, 6 June 2020)

‘It’s a war crime’: Thousands rally in Tel Aviv against Netanyahu annexation bid (Times of Israel, 6 June 2020)

Diplomatic Pressure Mounts on Israel to Delay Annexation as Long as Possible (Haaretz, 6 June 2020)

Palestinians Tell ICC That Israeli Annexation Nullifies Oslo Accords (Haaretz, 6 June 2020)

Settlers lash out at Trump, spark war of words with Netanyahu (Al-Monitor, 4 June 2020)

Crunch government formation talks to continue over weekend (Irish Examiner, 5 June 2020)

Israel's West Bank plans condemned by leading British Jewish figures (Guardian, 5 June 2020)

Netanyahu sees a historic moment in annexation. But he might not be seeing the risks (Washington Post, 5 June 2020)

Israeli Police Killing Of Palestinian Leads To Apologies And Echoes Of The U.S. (NPR, 5 June 2020)

Slain Palestinian’s Home, Mourning Tents Invaded by Israeli Police in Jerusalem (IMEMC News, 6 June 2020)

Eyad al-Halak: Another cruel killing of a Palestinian whitewashed by Israel (Middle East Eye, 5 June 2020)

UN Seeking Mideast Mediators Meeting on Israel-Palestinians (New York Times, 5 June 2020)

Israel renews racist marriage law (Electronic Intifada, 3 June 2020)

NYT’s meltdown on Tom Cotton recalls its four op-ed pieces justifying slaughter of Gaza demonstrators (Mondoweiss, 5 June 2020)

FG’s stance on Occupied Territories Bill is wrong (Irish Independent, 5 June 2020)

A Biden presidency would not be good news for Palestine (Al Jazeera, 4 June 2020)

Kushner tells Netanyahu to 'greatly slow' annexation process (Middle East Eye, 3 June 2020)

Prominent Jewish settlers oppose Israeli annexation in West Bank (Irish Times, 4 June 2020)

Missouri lawmakers pass bill barring Israel boycotters from large state contracts (Middle East Eye, 4 June 2020)

US official: ‘There will be no freeze on isolated settlements’ (World Israel News, 4 June 2020)

Ben & Jerry's freezes when it comes to Palestine (Middle East Eye, 4 June 2020)

Israeli settlers speak out against US-backed annexation plan (Guardian, 4 June 2020)

Israeli annexation, Canadian confusion (Mondoweiss, 3 June 2020)

Impunity and annexation: 'Israel has its cake and eats it too' (Al Jazeera, 3 June 2020)

For the Settlers in the West Bank, It Will Never Be Enough (Haaretz, 3 June 2020)

Israeli Soldiers Committed Hate Crime Against Palestinians to Avenge Friends' Death. Their Commanders Covered It Up (Haaretz, 4 June 2020)

Could annexing Palestinian towns minus citizenship be apartheid? (Jerusalem Post, 3 June 2020)

Israel demolishes 16 Palestinian homes in West Bank (Middle East Monitor, 3 June 2020)

House Middle East panel chairman questions Trump’s commitment to two-state solution (Al-Monitor, 2 June 2020)

IDF instructed to start preparing for possible annexation (Al-Monitor, 3 June 2020)

Sheepish on Israeli annexation, Canada should not be rewarded with UN seat (Al-Araby, 4 June 2020)

Palestinian leaders ‘open to talks with Israel via Moscow’ (Arab News, 3 June 2020)

WATCH: Israeli soldiers slash tyres and fire tear gas canisters in Palestinian town (Facebook: Middle East Eye, 2 June 2020)

What lies behind the keen support for a one state solution? (Middle East Monitor, 2 June 2020)

EU anti-Semitism chief has no mandate to parrot Israel’s lies (Electronic Intifada, 2 June 2020)

On Annexation, Netanyahu and the Settlers Have Never Been on the Same Page (Haaretz, 3 June 2020)

Netanyahu tells settlers he is committed to negotiations with Palestinians (Jerusalem Post, 2 June 2020)

Palestine proving a sticking point in government formation talks (Breaking News, 1 June 2020)

UN warns of new Israel-Palestine conflict if annexation plans go ahead (Middle East Monitor, 1 June 2020)

UAE: Israel should back off threat to annex occupied West Bank (Al Jazeera, 1 June 2020)

'Palestinian lives matter': Israeli police killing of autistic man draws US comparison (Guardian, 1 June 2020)

‘No, thank you’: Yamina, settler leaders defy Trump plan’s Palestinian state (Times of Israel, 1 June 2020)

Palestine proving a sticking point in government formation talks (Irish Examiner, 1 June 2020)

Q&A: What are the sticking points in Government formation talks? (Irish Times, 1 June 2020)

Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Greens unlikely to form government this week ‘due to major sticking points’ (The Sun, 1 June 2020)


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