Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has deemed goods from Israeli settlements in the West Bank should be treated as illegal.
The Foreign Affairs Minister said Ireland would strongly support a European initiative to label exports from Israeli producers in the Palestinian state to give consumers the choice of whether they want to buy them. He said this was “in effect” like boycotting the goods.
“Settlements on the West Bank are illegal and therefore the produce of those settlements should be treated as illegal throughout the European Union,” Mr Gilmore said.
“The High Representative Catherine Ashton has circulated a proposal for the labelling of those goods, for in effect boycotting those goods, from settlement areas and we support that.”
Israel has come under huge international pressure over its plan to build another 3,000 settlements in the West Bank.
Last year, Mr Gilmore warned Ireland may push for the EU to ban goods from Israeli settlements if Israel does not quickly change its settlements policy in Palestinian territories. He said at the time he hoped Ireland’s presidency of the EU, now in its fifth month, would provide the country with a platform to advance the Government’s case.
The Tanaiste was joined by former US president Jimmy Carter in his calls for the new labelling system
Jimmy Carter Calls For Labeling Israeli Goods Made In West Bank “Illegal”… | Weasel Zippers
This should serve as a reminder how bad Carter is and his antisemitism toward Israel.