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By a small vote difference (from 20 to 25), the Irish Senate passed a law banning the importation of goods from occupied territories.

The bill is unprecedented for an EU member state, but it is not yet law.

The Senate bill provides for a ban on trading goods and services originating in the occupied territories based on the 4th Geneva Convention for the Protection of Civilians in Time of War and under customary international humanitarian law.

This is the first bill of its kind in the EU. To become law, it must be ratified by the lower house of parliament. That is not likely to happen, as the ruling Fine Gael Irish government wants an EU response rather than unilateral measures.

The Irish foreign ministry accused the Senate of “a populist, dangerous and extremist anti-Israel boycott.” Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said the bill may lead to conflict escalation in the Middle East. “The absurd in the Irish Senate’s initiative is that it will harm the livelihoods of many Palestinians who work in the Israeli industrial zones affected by the boycott,” Coveney said.
The same reasoning is used when talking about Western Sahara by many pro-moroccan politicians who say that to develop the foreign investment in the occupied territories would improve the livelihood of the Saharawi Population. AN argument that was used for centuries by the European colonialist powers is nothing more than a bad excuse.
All parties except the ruling Fine Gael endorsed the bill.

Ireland imports a number of agricultural and cosmetic settlement products, including those produced by Ahava from Israel as well as canned fish goods from Western Sahara.

The Israeli foreign ministry said the bill would have a negative impact on diplomatic processes and said it is monitoring the development of the bill before it responds; the Palestine Liberation Organization praised the move as “courageous.” There is no reaction so far from the Moroccan Authorities.

The original bill can be consulted here:

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