Israel to summons Irish ambassador over anti-Israel bill
“The Irish Ambassador will be summoned tomorrow to the Foreign Ministry for a reprimand,” Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bureau said in a statement.
“Israel is outraged over the legislation against it in the Dail which is indicative of hypocrisy and anti-Semitism.
Instead of Ireland condemning Syria for slaughtering hundreds of thousands of civilians, Turkey for the occupation of northern Cyprus and the terrorist organizations for murdering thousands of Israelis, it attacks Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. What a disgrace”, the statement reads.
The lower house of Ireland’s Parliament approved a bill on Thursday that would ban the import or sale of goods originating in Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem, and the Golan.
The Irish government has declared that it opposes the law and will try to thwart it.
Some Irish lawmakers suggested that passage of the legislation would lead Israel to close its embassy in Dublin and also could affect Ireland-U.S. relations.
The bill is called the “Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018.” It makes it a criminal offense for a person to import or sell goods or services originating in Israeli territory or to extract resources from Israel.
If passed into law, the measure would impose a fine of up to 250,000 euros or five years in jail for those found guilty of engaging in such activity.