Make history by supporting Occupied Territories Bill - Ó Donnghaile
Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has encouraged members of the Seanad to support the Occupied Territories Bill which seeks to ban goods and services from illegal Israeli settlements.
Speaking ahead of the Bill reaching the floor of the Seanad, Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:
“The Occupied Territories Bill seeks to prohibit the import and sale of goods, services and natural resources originating in illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land.
“Goods and services that are only available because of gross human rights abuses and violations of international law should not be available in Ireland.
“On a daily basis Palestinian villages are demolished and residents displaced to make way for the construction of more settlements.
“Not only are the settlements illegal under international law, their existence is a war crime.
“The Irish government cannot on the one hand condemn these illegal colonial settlements and on the other hand freely trade with them.
“Settlement building is one of the biggest barriers to achieving a two-state solution and if the is government are serious in their support for that arrangement, they must comply with diplomatic and economic sanctions against the State of Israel.
“This is the time for action and to make history. We have a duty to not only condemn Israel’s illegal occupation and aggression against the Palestinian people.
“I am calling on all Seanadoirí from all political parties to support this Bill and make a stand for justice, rights and peace in Palestine.”