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PLO welcomes Irish decision to ban imports from Israeli settlement products


Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) Executive Committee Dr. Saeb Erekat extended sincere appreciation, on behalf of the Palestinian people and leadership, to the Irish Seanad (Senate) for passing a historic motion prohibiting the importation of Israeli goods produced in settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

This courageous step builds on the historic ties between Ireland and Palestine, as well as it shows the way forward for the rest of the European Union, said Erekat in a statement.

Today the Irish Seanad has sent a clear message to the international community and particularly to the rest of the European Union: the mere talking about the two-state solution is not enough without taking concrete measures, he added.

The PLO chief maintained that those trading with Israeli settlements are complicit in the systematic denial of the Palestinian right to self-determination.

If some countries within the EU are willing to continue encouraging Israel's culture of impunity, it is time for individual member-states to take legitimate actions like the one approved by the Seanad, said Erekat.

I would like to make use of this occasion to thank everyone that was involved in the approval of this law, from political parties to Palestinian and Irish civil society, and particularly to Senator Frances Black for her courage to introduce this motion that advances the cause of justice in Palestine, he said.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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