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Thursday, July 12, 2018 

Ireland's government is embracing BDS mentality

Ireland's giving themselves a bad name again by drafting a law to forbid products from over the alleged green line in Israel:
The passage of a bill in the Irish parliament next week prohibiting “the import and sales of goods, services and natural resources” from the settlements would be “catastrophic” for Israeli-Irish ties, senior sources in Jerusalem said on Wednesday.

Israel is working quietly and behind the scenes to try to thwart the passage of the legislation, The Jerusalem Post has learned. The bill will go to the Irish senate next week.

While passage of the measure would not lead to a rupture in Irish-Israel ties, it could strengthen voices inside the Foreign Ministry that always suggest Dublin whenever lists are drawn up of consulates and embassies abroad that should be closed because of budgetary constraints.

Israel’s embassy issued a statement saying that the bill that would make it a crime punishable by prison time to import anything from the settlements, which also includes east Jerusalem, is “immoral.”
The whole notion alone that you could be imprisoned over a thoughtcrime is what really makes their steps repellent. Avigdor Liberman's calling for closing the Israeli embassy in Ireland:
The Irish Senate voted to approve a proposal to criminalize doing business with Jews in Judea, Samaria, parts of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights — areas that came under Israel’s control after the 1967 Six Day War.

“There is no point in summoning the Irish ambassador to Israel to be reprimanded,” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tweeted.

“With Israel’s enemies there is nothing to discuss. Israel should close immediately its embassy in Dublin,” Liberman tweeted. “We won’t turn the other cheek to a country which boycotts us.”
If this has to be done, then I guess it'll be inevitable, if that's what it takes to make clear such thinking is unacceptable. Putting people in prison over such petty matters is horrific and reprehensible, and Ireland's doing a horrible disfavor to their reputation by going this route.

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