Israel and the BDS movement

Sir, – We welcome the recent statement in the Dáil by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charles Flanagan TD that the strategy of boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) to pressure Israel into ending the occupation is a legitimate political viewpoint. It is also heartening that Mr Flanagan outlines the Government’s support for Israeli and Palestinian NGOs active on justice and human rights issues.

However, given this expression of support, it is both disappointing and confusing that when those same civil society organisations call on the international community to campaign for BDS as a means of showing solidarity with Palestinians living under occupation, the Irish Government refuses to support them or the campaign.

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