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Government must condemn Israeli plans to annex West Bank

11 June 2020

Statement by Senator Ivana Bacik
Seanad Group Leader and Spokesperson on Children, Disability, Equality and Integration

Labour Seanad Leader Ivana Bacik has called on the Irish government to condemn the Israeli Government’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank as early as next month.

Senator Bacik said:

“This week, the German Foreign Minister joined countries like France in communicating his government’s opposition to the potential annexation of parts of the West Bank. In light of this development, it is incumbent on the Irish government to issue its own condemnation of any plans to extend Israeli sovereignty over this occupied territory.

“The proposed annexation of land in the West Bank is illegal under international law. Moreover, it would place Palestinian and Israeli people in harm’s way by escalating the existing conflict and making a peaceful two-state solution less likely.

“Political courage in Europe is required to help tackle the grim reality of the conflict for Palestinian and Israeli people. The international community cannot shirk its responsibilities to Palestine, especially in the face of this worrying proposal from Israel.

“Reports that the process of annexation may begin as soon as next month mean that urgent action is needed without delay. Ireland should recognise Palestinian statehood and the incoming government must commit to enacting the Occupied Territories Bill in this Dáil term.

“Ireland should now use its position in the EU and as a well-regarded diplomatic voice in the international community to express strong condemnation of the Israeli government’s plans to annex part of the West Bank.”