Ensure the Occupied Territories Bill is in the 2020 Programme for Government!

The Occupied Territories Bill has the overwhelming support of the vast majority of Oireachtas members. Six of the seven political parties provided written pre-election commitments to enactment of the Bill. Details of party positions here.

However, the involvement of Fine Gael in negotiations for the Programme for Government now seriously compromises the position of the Bill. The Tánaiste, Simon Coveney’s primary opposition to the Bill is that the Attorney General's advice is that it is incompatible with EU trade law. We have strong and authoritative legal evidence to the contrary from eminent law experts, one of whom (Prof Takis Tridimas) is one of the leading authorities in this area of EU law.

Palestinians expelled and homes demolished This Bill has the ability to set a global precedent in sending a strong message to the state of Israel that it cannot continue to breach international law with impunity. We would appreciate if you could write to Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Green Party TDs in your constituency as a matter of urgency – as these negotiations are currently ongoing. You can click here to get their contact details. Please copy the associated party Foreign Affairs Spokespersons in your emails to each: Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD - simon.coveney@oireachtas.ie (Fine Gael), Seán Haughey TD - sean.haughey@oireachtas.ie (Fianna Fáil) and Pauline O’Reilly - pauline.oreilly@oireachtas.ie (Green Party).

Fianna Fáil and the Green Party both have pre-election commitments and a strong track record on the Bill and you can cite those in your correspondence. However, with Fine Gael we recommend appealing to Fine Gael to reconsider its opposition to the Bill in the light of the new reality in the Middle East. Israel is planning to annex areas of the West Bank, bringing all illegal settlements under its sovereignty on the 1st July. Annexation is a flagrant violation of International law, and will end any hope for a viable Palestinian state. The EU is now discussing possible sanctions against Israel if it proceeds with the annexation proposals. Ireland is seen as a progressive country within Europe on this issue and well placed to suggest a well-crafted and targeted sanction - The Occupied Territories Bill. It is the exactly the type of action the EU is looking for at this time. This is an ideal opportunity for Ireland to assume leadership by showing the way with a piece of legalisation firmly based in international law – and just two stages from enactment.

This Briefing and Update will provide you with additional information you might want to use in your emails –but also a couple of sentences will do the job!

Please take the time to act – every email matters! For those of you who have – a huge thank you! Yet again, this has been a strong collective effort!



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

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)

Israeli Soldiers Filmed Slashing Tires, Throwing Tear Gas at Palestinian Home (Haaretz, 31 May 2020)

Even during a pandemic: Soldiers shoot holes in water tanks at Kafr Qadum (B'Tselem, 27 May 2020)

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

Ireland steps up efforts to secure seat on UN Security Council (Irish Times, 30 May 2020)

West Bank poor may double amid pandemic, World Bank says (Middle East Eye, 31 May 2020)

‘Israel’ arrests Jerusalem’s Governor and others (Qudsnen, 31 May 2020)

Annexing the West Bank Is a Brazen Violation of International Law (NY Times, 30 May 2020)

Unarmed Palestinian man shot dead in Jerusalem by Israeli police (Irish Times, 30 May 2020)

‘Justice for Iyad, justice for George’: Hundreds protest police killing of Palestinian in Jerusalem (+972mag, 30 May 2020)

Palestinians worry for livelihoods as COVID-19 cripples blockaded Gaza (+972mag, 30 May 2020)

There’s no place like home (Mondoweiss, 29 May 2020)

We can’t breathe until we’re free! Palestinians stand in solidarity with Black Americans (Mondoweiss, 30 May 2020)

Ireland’s foreign minister seeks to foil ban on Israeli settlement goods (Electronic Intifada, 30 May 2020)

Israeli Officers Shoot Dead Unarmed Palestinian in Jerusalem’s Old City (Haaretz, 30 May 2020)

Netanyahu: Palestinians in annexed Jordan valley will not be given rights as Israelis (Middle East Monitor, 29 May 2020)

#WeAreUnderApartheid: Exclude the complicit Jerusalem Film Festival from We Are One (Mondoweiss, 29 May 2020)

British municipalities invest billions in Israeli occupation (Electronic Intifada, 29 May 2020)

Over 100 Israel violations in Palestine in one week (Middle East Monitor, 29 May 2020)

Member of the Scottish parliament dismisses Palestinian Nakba as ‘self-inflicted’ (Middle East Monitor, 26 May 2020)

How Israel exploits gender roles to discredit Palestinian female activists (Middle East Eye, 29 May 2020)

US alerts citizens ahead of Israel’s annexation plan (Middle East Monitor, 29 May 2020)

Ten years after Israel’s hijacking of the Mavi Marmara, we cannot forget those who it killed (Middle East Monitor, 29 May 2020)

The Occupied Territories Bill (Irish Times, 28 May 2020)

Annexing the Aquifers: Israel and the Water Crisis in Occupied Palestine (Palestine Chronicle, 28 May 2020)

It is time for the US to end its deadly exchange programmes with Israel (Middle East Monitor, 28 May 2020)

Norman Finkelstein’s new book indicts the International Criminal Court for whitewashing Israel (Mondoweiss, 28 May 2020)

We’re calling on the ICC to protect human rights (Mondoweiss, 28 May 2020)

Israel wages scorched earth warfare in Gaza (Electronic Intifada, 26 May 2020)

Bacik calls for inclusion of Occupied Territories Bill in Programme for Govt (Labour News & Media, 27 May 2020)

Israeli settlers seize more Palestinian land in occupied West Bank (Middle East Monitor, 27 May 2020)

PLO fears Israel could use violence to annex parts of West Bank (Middle East Monitor, 27 May 2020)

I am under a lockdown, but not because of the coronavirus (Al Jazeera, 27 May 2020)

In pictures: Palestinian heritage celebrated in online exhibition (Middle East Eye, 27 May 2020)

Israeli annexation: How will Jordan respond? (Middle East Eye, 27 May 2020)

EU foreign policy chief confronted over Israeli apartheid (Electronic Intifada, 27 May 2020)

Video: Vertical farming in Gaza (Electronic Intifada, 27 May 2020)

Disaster or Opportunity? As Annexation Looms, Israeli Settlers Torn Over Trump's Plan (Haaretz, 28 May 2020)

Army Chief Is Preparing IDF for Violence in West Bank Over July Annexation (Haaretz, 27 May 2020)

Political ambiguity or a doomsday weapon: Why Abbas abandoned Oslo (Middle East Monitor, 26 May 2020)

Proposed ban on Israeli goods a sticking point in government talks (Irish Times, 25 May 2020)

The world won’t stop Israeli annexation. What will Palestinian leaders do? (+972Mag, 22 May 2020)

Israel wages scorched earth warfare in Gaza (Electronic Intifada, 26 May 2020)

Netanyahu: West Bank annexation on for July (Times of Israel, 25 May 2020)

Netanyahu: Corruption trial an attempt to 'depose a strong PM' (Al Jazeera, 24 May 2020)

Palestinian President Abbas says accords with Israel, US are void (Al Jazeera, 20 May 2020)

After 508-day crisis, Israel’s new government finally sworn in by Knesset (Times of Israel, 17 May 2020)

An Israeli soldier just died in the West Bank for no reason (Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 14 May 2020)

Israel kills child in West Bank (Electronic Intifada, 13 May 2020)

Israel must release Palestinian children, UN says (Electronic Intifada, 12 May 2020)

Artists, scholars pledge to resist German censorship on Palestine (Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, 12 May 2020)

Turkey's Erdogan: No one can take Palestine's lands (Middle East Monitor, 25 May 2020)

Israeli Annexation Explained: What Is Netanyahu Planning for the West Bank and What Does It Mean (Haaretz, 27 May 2020)

Irish parties consider Occupied Territories Bill in gov't coalition talks (Jerusalem Post, 26 May 2020)

FF and Greens urged not to forget Occupied Territories Bill in govt talks (Irish Examiner, 25 May 2020)

Palestine cuts off all ties with Israel and US: is it a bluff? (Guardian, 25 May 2020)

Israelis, drop your denial and recognize the Nakba (+972Mag, 21 May 2020)

Will this new BBC drama do justice to the Nakba? (Middle East Eye, 25 May 2020)

Israeli Troops Shoot Palestinian Family Harvesting Wheat, Wounding Two (IMEMC, 25 May 2020)

Palestine security pulls out of area B in Jerusalem (Middle East Monitor, 22 May 2020)

Saudi Arabia, Jordan warn Israel against annexation of Judea and Samaria (World Israel News, 22 May 2020)

Mideast quartet convenes in effort to stop West Bank annexation plans (i24 News, 22 May 2020)

Canada’s Record on Palestinian Rights Should Disqualify it from UN Security Council (Palestine Chronicle, 23 May 2020)

World must fight back against Israeli annexation - whether formal or not (Middle East Eye, 20 May 2020)

For a new political imagination, Israeli Jews must unlearn Zionism (+972 Magazine, 24 May 2020)

Netanyahu to become 1st serving Israel PM facing criminal charges (Al Jazeera, 24 May 2020)

Senate Committee slips through $38 billion package to Israel (Israel Palestine News, 22 May 2020)

Lockdown under Occupation: COVID-19 in Palestine (EAPPI, 18 May 2020)

Israel fires on Gaza fishers 100 times amid pandemic (Electronic Intifada, 21 May 2020)

World must fight back against Israeli annexation - whether formal or not (Middle East Eye, 20 May 2020)

Biden draws ire of Palestinian activists for shunning BDS efforts (Al Jazeera, 21 May 2020)

Why Israel Elites Fear the Nakba: How memory became Palestine’s greatest weapon (Juan Cole, 20 May 2020)

Land grab and deportation: A leading Israeli lawyer's annexation prediction (Middle East Eye, 20 May 2020)

UN envoy says Israel must 'abandon threats of annexation' (Al Jazeera, 20 May 2020)

The Occupied Territories Bill (Irish Times, 20 May 2020)

Palestinians in the Jordan Valley face threat of displacement amid annexation push (Middle East Eye, 19 May 2020)

Jewish settler found guilty of murder of Palestinian family in arson attack (Irish Times, 18 May 2020)

Annexation is not just about stealing land — it’s about expelling Palestinians (972 Magazine, 19 May 2020)

Jews to Palestinian Whose Home They Occupy: What do you want? (Medium, 16 May 2020)

Hardline settler to lead Israel’s fight against ICC (Electronic Intifada, 20 May 2020)

Netanyahu takes office in deal that could see West Bank annexation (Guardian, 17 May 2020)

US threatens ICC with ‘consequences’ if it acts on war crimes complaint against Israel filed by ‘fake’ Palestinian state (RT, 16 May 2020)

Israel’s annexation plans could be a game changer for its relationship with EU (Iriah Times, 16 May 2020)

Israeli activist who slapped Ahed Tamimi’s prosecutor sentenced to eight months (972 Magazine, 13 May 2020)

EU to launch diplomatic push against Israeli West Bank annexation (Al Jazeera, 16 May 2020)

Christy Moore, Lankum, Stephen Rea and more urge end to Israel's siege of Gaza amid Covid-19 pandemic (Hot Press, 13 May 2020)

Barghouthi: Annexation plan means an end to peace illusions (Palestine Informati0on Center, 10 May 2020)

Let Israel annex the West Bank. It's the least worst option for Palestinians (Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 9 May 2020)

Australian government tells ICC it should not investigate alleged war crimes in Palestine (Guardian, 9 May 2020)

Shots fired at Palestinian bank that closed accounts of released prisoners under Israeli pressure (Haaretz, 8 May 2020)

Palestinian shepherd injured in alleged assault near evicted West Bank settlement (Haaretz, 7 May 2020)

High Court of Justice green lights Netanyahu-Gantz coalition deal (Haaretz, 7 May 2020)

Israel approves 7,000 home expansion for West Bank settlement (Haaretz, 7 May 2020)

With coronavirus in check, Gaza worries about economic fallout (Haaretz, 7 May 2020)

11 European ambassadors warn Israel against West Bank annexation (Times of Israel, 1 May 2020)

The Occupied Territories Bill (Irish Times, 8 May 2020)

A tribute to a South African Jewish hero and freedom fighter (Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 3 May 2020)

UK politicians call for sanctions against Israel over West Bank annexation plans (Middle East Eye, 2 May 2020)

Best Israeli television actress winner protests awards ceremony on Nakba day (Haaretz, 1 May 2020)


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