Bills banning good from Israeli Jewish-only settlements gained ground in both Chile and Ireland this week.
With an overwhelming majority, the National Congress of Chile approved a resolution demanding the government “forbid the entry of products manufactured and coming from Israeli colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory.” The resolution had 99 votes in favor and only 7 against.
The resolution was debated as part of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The text states that “since 1947 there has been a permanent expulsion of Palestinians and loss of their territory, which made impossible the full exercise of the right to national sovereignty held by the Palestinian People.”
Mahmoud Nawajaa, from the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) welcomed the decision:
We are glad that the Chilean Congress has marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People with concrete measures of solidarity and respect for international law. We urge the Chilean government to respect the Congress resolution and make sure that no products from illegal Israeli settlements are allowed into the country.
Israel’s entire economy benefits from its illegal apartheid, colonization and occupation policies. It is time for all countries in Latin America and around the world to end their complicity with Israel’s violations of international law. Banning products from illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land is hardly enough. To fulfill its moral and legal obligations, Chile should also implement an urgent military embargo on Israel.
The BDS movement has been steadily growing in Chile. Earlier this year, the Chilean city of Valdivia became the first Latin American city to declare itself an “Israeli Apartheid Free Zone” (AFZ). Last year, students at the University of Chile’s Faculty of Medicine voted to break institutional ties with Israeli universities, following similar decisions by Social Sciences and Law faculty students.
In Ireland, a bill prohibiting the importation and sale of goods and services originating in illegal Israeli settlements, approved in July by the Irish Senate, was passed in its first reading, on Wednesday.
The Control of Economic Activities (occupied territories) Bill 2018, which was sponsored by Senator Frances Black, seeks to prohibit the import and sale of goods, services and natural resources originating in illegal settlements located in occupied Palestine.
According to local reports, 25 Irish senators voted in favor, while 20 opposed and 14 abstained.
However, the bill still needs to pass through another two readings before it becomes a law.
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said, according to Ma’an: “
The Irish Senate has sent a strong and important message to both the Palestinian people and to the global community that there is a price to be paid for Israel’s criminal behavior and its persistent violations of international law, international humanitarian law and human rights law.”
Top Photo | Chileans protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, outside the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, Dec. 11, 2017. Luis Hidalgo | AP
Source | IMEMC
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