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Ireland passes BDS law against trade with Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria

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The Boycott, Divest, Sanction [Israel] movement is this century’s Nazi movement, only on a worldwide scale. Same tactics, same viciousness, same lies, same thuggery — the Germans employed the same tactics. Preceding Kristallnacht, the Nazis held several days calling for Germans to boycott Jewish-owned businesses. This was the direct antecedent to the BDS movement. This is no different.

This century’s Nazi officials are in the Irish parliament.

“Ireland to pass BDS law against Jewish businesses in ‘occupied territories,’” by Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News, July 4, 2018 (thanks to Mark):

An Irish law against importing goods and services from “occupied territories” was carefully worded so that it would apply only to the Jewish state, its sponsor said.

The second-largest party in Ireland’s parliament announced Wednesday that it will support a pro-BDS bill coming to a vote later this month, thus guaranteeing its passage.

Fianna Fáil will join the largest opposition party, Sinn Féin, and others in passing what is officially called the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Act of 2018. Although it does not mention Israel, or even “Palestine,” by name, its sponsor, Senator Frances Black (Independent), has openly noted that its wording was carefully formulated so that it would only apply to the Jewish state.

This means that the law, which would affect Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, does not cover areas such as Turkey’s longtime occupation of northern Cyprus or Russia’s more recent occupation of the Crimea.

As reported in JNS, a spokesman for the Irish pro-Israel group Irish4Israel said that the bill “was endorsed by trade unions and others and had the support of many smaller parties. The motivation is a naive hope to show solidarity with the Palestinians” due to “an Irish obsession to identify with the perceived underdog.”

Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins said that “passing the Occupied Territories Bill has the potential to send a strong message that the issue of illegal settlements is being taken seriously and needs to be addressed.”
‘Closing doors will not facilitate Ireland’s influence’

Israel’s embassy in Ireland blasted the bill in a statement as an “immoral” one that “will not do any good.” Legislation that promotes any kind of boycott, it continued, “should be rejected as it does nothing to achieve peace but rather empowers the Hamas terrorists as well as those Palestinians who refuse to come to the negotiating table.”

In addition, the embassy noted, “Closing doors will not in any way facilitate Ireland’s role and influence.”

An interesting point about the proposed legislation is that it runs counter to the law of the European Union (of which Ireland is a member), which states that all EU countries must have a common trade policy. In explaining why parliament should go ahead with it anyway, Black told Ireland’s TheJournal.ie, “I feel if we wait for the EU to take the lead, we could be waiting forever.”…

“Israel Slams ‘Immoral’ Bill Passed by Ireland’s Senate Outlawing Trade With West Bank Jewish Communities,” Algemeiner, July 11, 2018:

Irish legislation outlawing trade with Israeli settlements could put the Irish operations of US companies like Apple (pictured) at risk from US anti-boycott rules. Photo: Reuters / Michael MacSweeney.

Legislators in Ireland’s Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that will prohibit “the import or sale of goods and services” from Jewish communities in the West Bank, deemed to have been under Israeli “occupation” since the June 1967 Six-Day War.

Passed by a vote of 25-20, the bill drew support from all Ireland’s major political parties, except the governing Fine Gael party.

Before the vote, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi called on “the Irish people in light of our historical relationship to stand up and to reject the importation of any settlement products — because settlements are, after all, a war crime and an ongoing aggression against the Palestinian people and they want you to be complicit in this war crime.”

The Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned Ireland’s ambassador in Tel Aviv, Simon Coveney, to condemn the Senate’s “absurd” initiative. The ministry said the bill “will harm the livelihoods of many Palestinians who work in the Israeli industrial zones affected by the boycott.”

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The bill, which passed its second reading on Tuesday, still has eight more procedural hurdles to jump, including a vote in the Irish Parliament’s House of Representatives, before it can be signed into law by the Irish president.

Commenting on the legislation, Prof. Orde F. Kittrie — who teaches law at Arizona State University and is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) think tank — asserted that if “companies abide by the Irish law, they could violate U.S. law, which prohibits U.S. companies from participating in foreign boycotts that the U.S. government does not endorse.”

“The bill, if enacted, would put at risk Ireland’s economic links to the United States, which are vital to Irish prosperity,” Kittrie noted in an article for Fortune magazine….

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