Saeb Erekat: Ireland must not be complicit in denial of Palestinian rights

Ireland and Irish consumers are continually supporting Israeli settlement enterprises

Amichai, the first new Israeli government-sanctioned settlement built in the Palestinian territories in some 25 years, mear the settlement of Shiloh, between the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli /AFP/Getty Images

Amichai, the first new Israeli government-sanctioned settlement built in the Palestinian territories in some 25 years, mear the settlement of Shiloh, between the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli /AFP/Getty Images

When the Seanad debated a motion on January 30th to ban goods produced in Israeli settlements located on occupied territory, many saw this as Ireland fulfilling its commitment to international law.

The question is not whether Ireland, or any other country, should discuss banning Israeli “settlement products”. The real question is why, after 50 years of condemning the illegality of Israeli settlements, those products are still available to European consumers in general, and Irish consumers in particular.

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