Senator Frances Black is holding a public meeting on Monday November 5 at 7.15 pm in the Osprey Hotel, Naas to talk about the Occupied Territories Bill and ending Irish trade in illegal settlement goods. The bill passed a historic first vote in July. At the end of November it returns to the Seanad for the next stage. Senator Black will outline why she tabled the bill, how Irish people can help to get it passed, and why solidarity is needed now more than ever.
Sen. Black is a member of the well known musical family and is a sister of renowned folk singer Mary Black.
The bill seeks to prohibit the import and sale of goods, services and natural resources originating in illegal settlements in occupied territories. Such settlements are illegal under both international humanitarian law and domestic Irish law, and result in human rights violations on the ground. Despite this, Ireland provides continued economic support through trade in settlement goods.
The legislation has been prepared with the support of Trócaire, Christian-Aid and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), and applies to settlements in occupied territories where there is clear international legal consensus that they violate international law. The clearest current example is the Israeli occupation and expansion of settlements in the Palestinian ‘West Bank’, which have been repeatedly condemned as illegal by the UN, EU, the International Court of Justice and the Irish Government.