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Warm welcome for UN resolution on Israel’s illegal settlements - Seán Crowe TD

24 December, 2016 - by Seán Crowe TD


Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has welcomed the passing of a UN resolution which condemns Israel for its illegal settlement colonies in Palestine.

Teachta Crowe called for further measures to taken against Israel to ensure it cannot continue to build these illegal settlement colonies in Palestine, and that it starts to remove the ones that are already in existence.

Speaking today Teachta Crowe said;

“Sinn Féin warmly welcome that the UN has passed a landmark resolution condemning Israel for its continued building of illegal settlement colonies in Palestine. The motion said Israel’s settlements on Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, have ‘no legal validity’ and demands a halt to ‘all Israeli settlement activities,’ saying this ‘is essential for salvaging the two-state solution. It also said that Israeli settlements were a ‘flagrant violation’ of international law.

“The UN Security Council resolution was passed 14 votes to 0, with the USA abstaining. We welcome that the USA abstained and didn't block this important statement.

“The resolution is a strong statement of support for a two-state solution and against Israel's gross violations of international law. Instead of respecting the reasonable resolution the Israeli Government has hit out at the UN and recalled its Ambassadors to New Zealand and Senegal, two countries which brought the resolution forward.

“What is needed now is action and real pressure on Israel to ensure it cannot continue to build these illegal settlement colonies in Palestine, and that it starts to remove the ones that are already in existence. Such moves should include banning goods made in these illegal settlements from Ireland and the EU. A ban on violent illegal settlers from entering the EU should also be introduced and Israel’s favourable trade status with the EU should be removed, while they continue to violate international and human rights law with their illegal occupation.

“The Irish Government has sat back for far too long on the formal recognition of the State of Palestine. The government needs to respect the wishes of the people of Ireland and the motions passed in the Seanad and Dáil. They need to urgently recognise the State of Palestine and send a clear message that Ireland respects Palestinian sovereignty and opposes Israel's occupation and illegal settlements.”

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