(above pic : Irish MPs wearing Palestine masks in the Irish Parliament, Wed 26 May)
May 26 2021 via PA News
Ireland has become the first EU member state to declare the building of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories as de facto annexation.
This is significant & going a bit under the radar – Dáil looks set to pass motion which, by my reading, would make Ireland first EU MS to formally state that Israeli annexation of the West Bank is not postponed, but happening in practice. Key line: https://t.co/K8zmdSHy67 pic.twitter.com/B3KKoz9b1W
— Conor O'Neill (@conoraon) May 25, 2021
A Dail motion, tabled by Sinn Fein, was passed on Wednesday night after it received cross-party support.
It condemns the “recent and ongoing forced displacement of Palestinian communities in the occupied Palestinian territory”, and described the annexation of Palestinian territory as a violation of international law.
In a tweet after the vote, Sinn Fein leader Mary Loy McDonald said: “Illegal land grabs, annexation of Palestinian land & homes has been called out by Dail (Parliament) in Dublin.
Illegal land grabs, annexation of Palestinian land & homes has been called out by Dail (Parliament) in Dublin.The motion tabled by @sinnfeinireland & supported by all must mark new assertive, consistent confrontation of Israeli crimes against Palestine 🇵🇸 🇮🇪 #PalestineBleeding pic.twitter.com/D40xLKGM2m
— Mary Lou McDonald (@MaryLouMcDonald) May 26, 2021
“The motion tabled by @sinnfeinireland & supported by all must mark new assertive, consistent confrontation of Israeli crimes against Palestine.”
Sinn Fein Foreign Affairs spokesman John Brady described the vote as a “historic moment”.
He tweeted: “Tonight’s passing of the @sinnfeinireland motion on the illegal annexation of Palestinian lands by Israel, is a historic moment, a victory for justice & a recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.
“Focus now needs to be on the consequences for Israel.”
Watch as Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs @simoncoveney names the settlement expansions for what they are: de facto annexation. Ireland is the first EU nation to do so. #SaveSilwan #SaveSheikhJarrah #FreePalestine pic.twitter.com/xX1Ta4GIqN
— Mission of the State of Palestine in Ireland (@IrePalestine) May 26, 2021
Tonight’s passing of the @sinnfeinireland motion on the illegal annexation of Palestinian lands by Israel, is a historic moment,a victory for justice & a recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. Focus now needs to be on the consequences for Israel
— John Brady TD (@johnbradysf) May 26, 2021
An amendment tabled by People Before Profit, calling for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to Ireland and to impose sanctions against Israel, was defeated.
The People Before Profit amendment to Sinn Fein’s motion was defeated by a vote of 46 in favour and 87 against.
The amendment claimed Israel was guilty of war crimes, ethnic cleansing and apartheid, and that as a result the Israeli ambassador and embassy staff should be expelled.
People Before Profit described it as a “historic moment” as it will be the first time the Dail has voted on enforcing sanctions against Israel.
It came after the Government agreed to back the motion condemning Israel’s de facto annexation of Palestinian land.
❗Historic vote on Palestine in the Dáil tonight – contact your TDs ASAP❗
TDs are set to vote on a People Before Profit amendment to a Sinn féin motion on Palestine later today.
— People Before Profit (@pb4p) May 26, 2021
It is the first country in the EU to recognise Israel’s illegal settlements as a de facto annexation.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said the motion was a “clear signal of the depth of feeling across Ireland”.
Mr Coveney said on Tuesday the Government needed to be “honest about what is happening on the ground”, adding that it is a “de facto annexation”.
He added it was not said lightly.
Israel has fired hundreds of air strikes against targets in Gaza, while Hamas has returned more than 4,000 rockets towards Israel, with more than 250 people killed in total.
A ceasefire on Friday ended 11 days of fighting in the Gaza Strip, considered the worst violence in the region since 2014.
“There must be zero tolerance for Israel’s ongoing and systematic violation of basic human rights for Palestinians.”
Richard Boyd Barrett
Dublin TD Richard Boy Barrett, one of the proposers of the amendment, said: “It is now high time that the Dail and the Irish government move from words of sympathy and support for the people of Palestine to effective action.
“The chronic repression, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and apartheid system that has brutalised the Palestinian people has to be treated like the South African apartheid regime was treated.
“There must be zero tolerance for Israel’s ongoing and systematic violation of basic human rights for Palestinians, just as there was for Apartheid South Africa.
“There is a historic opportunity for us here in Ireland, who have previously experienced oppression from an occupying power, to lead the international community in taking effective action against the Israeli regime who are inflicting untold misery and brutality on the people of Palestine.”
Ireland's government says it supports a motion to condemn Israel's "de facto annexation" of Palestinian land — which would make it the 1st EU state to do so.
Israel has 250 illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and has confiscated over 1/3 of Palestinian land there. pic.twitter.com/vx4QJPSuN0
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 26, 2021