Ireland has become the first EU member state to declare the building of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories as de facto annexationز Ireland became the first EU member state to do so after a Sinn Fein motion received cross-party support in the Dail.
A Dail motion, tabled by Sinn Fein, was passed on Wednesday night after it received cross-party support.
It condemns the “recent and ongoing forced displacement of Palestinian communities in the occupied Palestinian territory”, and described the annexation of Palestinian territory as a violation of international law.
In a tweet after the vote, Sinn Fein leader Mary Loy McDonald said: “Illegal land grabs, annexation of Palestinian land & homes has been called out by Dail (Parliament) in Dublin.
“The motion tabled by @sinnfeinireland & supported by all must mark new assertive, consistent confrontation of Israeli crimes against Palestine.”
Sinn Fein Foreign Affairs spokesman John Brady described the vote as a “historic moment”.
He tweeted: “Tonight’s passing of the @sinnfeinireland motion on the illegal annexation of Palestinian lands by Israel, is a historic moment, a victory for justice & a recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.
“Focus now needs to be on the consequences for Israel.”
Photo: Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence Simon Coveney (PA).Source: Independent.