Senator Paul Gavan calls on the Government to adopt trade sanctions against the State of Israel
Sinn Fein Senator Paul Gavan made an impassioned call for the Irish Government to adopt trade sanctions against the state of Israel in the Oireachtas this week.
Speaking under the Order of Business, Senator Gavan informed the Seanad that in the month of January 2017 the Israeli Government had approved the construction of 566 new settlement units in Occupied East Jerusalem as well as approving the building of another 5,500 units throughout the Occupied West Bank.
The Castleconnell based Senator, who visited the West Bank last summer, explained " Things are getting worse by the day. A total of 240 Palestinian families have been put out of their homes and their homes have been demolished in the past month alone."
Addressing Senate Leader Jerry Buttimer, Senator Gavan said "The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade has taken no meaningful action to date. I ask the Leader to arrange for the Minister to come into the House in order that we can debate this issue. We need the Government to embrace the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the Apartheid Israeli state. There is no room for ifs and buts in this regard. We were very clear regarding South Africa in the 1980s that we would not endorse an apartheid state. We cannot turn a blind eye to what is happening in occupied Palestine today."
In response Senator Jerry Buttimer agreed to call the Minister for Foreign Affairs into the Seanad in the coming weeks to allow the chamber to debate the issue.