Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018
THE SEANAD PASSES THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES BILL
TO BAN GOODS FROM ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS!
On 11th July, Seanad Éireann voted on Senator Frances Black's Occupied Territories Bill 2018. The Bill passed a second reading with 25 Senators voting for the Bill and and 20 senators, mainly Fine Gail, voting against. When enacted, this Bill will ban imports from Israeli settlements established on stolen Palestinian land, a War Crime under international law.
Sadaka, Trócaire, Christian Aid, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Senator Frances Black and other members of the Seanad Civil Engagement Group are working together on this initiative. The Green Party, Fianna Fáil, the Labour Party, Sinn Féin and the Social Democrats all committed their support for this Bill as did a number of independents. That means a majority of TDs and Senators now support it. Unfortunately, the Government is opposing it, claiming it is incompatible with EU law. This is despite the fact that several eminent legal experts – including former Attorney General Senator Michael McDowell and judge on the International Court of Justice Professor James Crawford – have said that EU law does not prevent Member States from banning trade with Israeli settlements.
Fourteen Local Councils (in red) already support a ban on the import of goods from Israeli settlements. Is yours amongst them?
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