Oppose anti-Israel legislation in Ireland.

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A Bill will be debated in the Irish Seanad (Senate) on 11 July to boycott goods made in the Jewish settlements of the West Bank and the so-called “occupied territories”. We believe this is an unfair piece of legislation that will be used as a cover to unjustly discriminate against the Jewish state.

Please join StandWithUs and the Ireland-Israel Alliance in raising our voices against this discriminatory measure by sending your letter to Party leaders in Ireland!

Raise your voice in Ireland!

  

Hello,

We ask you please to oppose the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill, which is due to be debated in the Seanad on 11 July 2018, for a number of reasons:

Firstly, it is illegal. It contravenes EU law, in that EU member states are not allowed to adopt unilateral restrictions on imports into the EU. The Bill would also restrict the free movement of Irish citizens from other EU states to Ireland, as they would face prosecution if they were seen to have supplied "settlement goods or services" in another EU state.

The Bill would also likely complicate Ireland's position in the already sensitive Brexit negotiations, as well as having a negative impact on international businesses operating out of Ireland.

There are also other considerations, based on the injustice of targeting the tiny state of Israel (smaller in size to Munster), and which produces so much for the good, in terms of medicine, science, technology and culture. Israel is the only country in the world which has been targeted for destruction since the modern state was founded 70 years ago. What cannot be achieved militarily is now sought to be achieved by the grossly unfair and vociferous BDS movement, which in recent weeks has been found to have ties with terrorist groups including Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The Bill would also have the potential to cause suffering to the livelihoods of ordinary Palestinians, as happened when SodaStream moved from the West Bank to Israel's Negev Desert in 2015 due to pressure from BDS and which resulted in the loss of jobs for some 600 Palestinians.

In conclusion, the Bill if passed, will only sow division and confusion in an area already mired in conflict, as well as bring legal confusion and potential damage to Ireland and its economy.

Thank you.,

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