Ireland passes bill boycotting Israeli goods – DM Liberman: Shut Israeli embassy in Ireland
Ireland’s Senate approved a bill on Wednesday making it illegal to purchase Israeli products and services.
The measure would make it illegal the import and sales of goods, services and natural resources originating in Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
Despite government opposition to the bill, the Senate passed the legislation in a 25-20 vote, with 14 senators abstaining.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Irish ambassador to Israel for Thursday morning for clarification.
Emmanuel Nahshon, the ministry’s spokesman, said that “the Irish Senate has given its hand to an aggressive, dangerous and radical populist anti-Israel boycott initiative”.
“The boycott will harm the livelihood of many Palestinians working in the Israeli industrial zones affected by the boycott, and will only deepen conflicts in the Middle East,” said Nahshon.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman called for Israel to shut down the Israeli Embassy in Dublin in response to the Irish Senate vote.
“There is no point in summoning the Irish ambassador to Israel for a reprimand … We will not engage with Israel’s oppressors. Israel should close immediately its embassy in Dublin,” Liberman tweeted.
“We won’t turn the other cheek to a country which boycotts us.”