'Ireland’s elected representatives are coming under pressure from corporate lobbyists to drop a proposed ban on goods from Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank.
A briefing paper submitted to members of the Oireachtas – the Irish parliament – warns there may be a hostile response from the US if the Occupied Territories Bill becomes law.
The bill, which has already won approval from both houses in the Oireachtas, would outlaw imports if they were grown or manufactured on land seized by Israel during the June 1967 war.
The paper was written by Europe Economics and Optimity Advisors, two groups which lobby on behalf of major companies.
It was commissioned by a research service within the Oireachtas. Although that service claims to produce “impartial” briefings for Ireland’s lawmakers, the conclusions of the paper strongly resemble threats made by US Congress members recently.
According to the paper, the Occupied Territories Bill “could create legal issues for US companies operating in both Ireland and Israel.” Since the 1970s, it says, US firms have been prohibited from cooperating with boycott measures targeting Israel.
The paper – published below – warns of “a serious negative impact on the Irish economy” if the US sanctions the country should the bill become law.
That conclusion is similar to a threat made by Israel’s supporters in Washington. In a letter dated 30 January, 10 members of the US Congress warned Ireland’s political leaders that the Occupied Territories Bill “could have broader consequences.”'
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