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TDs back controversial occupied territories Bill as Independent Ministers abstain | The Irish Times |

Three Independent Alliance Ministers abstained in the vote on controversial legislation to ban the sale of goods imported from occupied territories, which passed second stage by 78 votes to 45.

Minister for Transport Shane Ross and Minsters of State Finian McGrath and John Halligan abstained. The fourth member of the alliance Minister of State Kevin 'Boxer' Moran voted with the Government.

Fianna Fáil say law to boycott goods from occupied territories 'the right thing to do' | Irish Independent |

A PROPOSED law that could see a boycott of goods originating from the Occupied Palestinian Territories should not be viewed as "radical" rather it should "be seen as the right thing to do".

That's according to Fianna Fáil foreign affairs spokesman Niall Collins, whose party is backing the Bill originally put forward by Independent Senator Frances Black.

It used its private members' time this afternoon for a debate on the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018 which is due to be voted on tomorrow.

With all of the main opposition parties supporting the Bill, the government - which is opposing it - is likely to be defeated in the Dáil vote.

Mr Collins said that if it is passed it will "be sending a strong message that we condemn the occupation of territories which are deemed illegal under international law. "

He said the Bill applies to illegal occupations anywhere in the world, not just Israel and Palestine.

Bill banning Israeli settlement goods passes in Seanad

Reaction from the Jewish State of Israel ...

Irish bill to criminalize West Bank settlement activity advances | JPost |
Lieberman calls to shut down Israeli Embassy in Ireland over boycott bill | Ynet News |

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