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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Ireland: Dublin City Council votes for Israel boycott

Ali Abunimah
The Electronic Intifada

Dublin City Council passed a motion Monday night endorsing the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel.

And on Tuesday, Israel claimed to have barred Dublin's mayor from entering territory it controls, but a short time later the mayor appeared to be tweeting from Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

"Since its violent establishment in 1948 through the ethnic cleansing of more than half of the indigenous people of Palestine, the state of Israel has denied Palestinians their fundamental rights and has refused to comply with international law," the motion states.

It adds that: "Israel continues to illegally occupy and colonize Palestinian land, discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel, imposes an inhumane blockade and siege of Gaza and denies Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes."
Israeli embassy interference The motion commits the Irish capital to discontinue contracts with Hewlett-Packard (HP), an information technology firm that has long been complicit in Israel's military occupation in Palestine, and with its spin-off DXC.

Although the official vote tally had not yet been published at the council's website, John Lyons, the People Before Profit councilor who sponsored the motion, told The Electronic Intifada on Tuesday that the measure passed by 30-8 with five abstentions.

Fatin Al Tamimi, chair of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, stated: "Speaking as a Palestinian and a Dubliner I'm so proud that the local government of my adoptive city has voted to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people's struggle for freedom, justice and equality."

Al Tamimi thanked the council for adopting the motion in spite of interference by the Israeli embassy.
"It is concerning that, once again, officials of the Israeli embassy sought to attempt to interfere in Irish democracy by writing to the Lord Mayor demanding he block the motion from even being discussed," Al Tamimi said.

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