IRISH SENATE APPROVES BILL CRIMINALIZING WEST BANK SETTLEMENT ACTIVITY
In a watershed moment, the Irish Senate (Seanad Éireann) approved a bill to criminalize West Bank settlement activity on Wednesday, thereby taking a stand both against European Union policy and its own government.
This is an “historic, momentous occasion,” said Irish Senator Frances Black, who had submitted the private member’s bill that now goes to the House (Dáil Éireann) for approval before it is passed into law.
The senate vote puts Ireland on track to become the first European Union country to end trade with Judea and Samaria, as well as with Jewish areas of Jerusalem over the pre-1967 lines.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry said that the Irish Senate had approved “the most extreme anti-Israel piece of legislation in Europe.”
The ministry added: “This bill will not help a single Palestinian and is aimed at negating the historical connection between the people of Israel and the birthplace of the Jewish people.”
In Dublin, senators stood and applauded after the vote.
“I feel so emotional and so proud,” Black said.