'A bill to outlaw trade in goods from Israeli settlements has been passed by the lower house of Ireland’s parliament, a major step on its journey into law.
On Thursday, the Dáil overwhelmingly approved the Occupied Territories Bill by a vote of 78-45, dealing a big defeat to the government of Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister.
Frances Black, the independent senator who initiated the legislation last year, greeted the result as “amazing,” adding that “Ireland will always stand for international law and human rights, and we’re one step closer to making history.”
Amazing! First the Seanad, now the Dáil: an overwhelming majority have voted for the Occupied Territories Bill 2018 and a ban on illegal #SettlementGoods! Ireland will always stand for international law + human rights, & we're one step closer to making history. Onwards ????? pic.twitter.com/28LKTZzAw0
— Frances Black (@frances_black) January 24, 2019
Today, @fiannafailparty will move @frances_black #OccupiedTerritories Bill in the Dáil. A modest Bill that seeks to uphold international law. I hope all parties will see the merit in it and support. pic.twitter.com/42AiXKbCrU
— Niall Collins (@NiallCollinsTD) January 23, 2019
In December, the upper house gave its final approval to the bill, making the Seanad the first house of parliament in the world to pass legislation banning the import of goods from Israeli settlements in occupied territory, which are illegal under international law, according to Sadaka, an Irish group that helped craft the bill.'
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