Knesset cancels Irish trip in protest at goods boycott Bill

Israel’s parliament has cancelled a trip to Ireland scheduled for March in protest against the Bill boycotting goods manufactured in the West Bank which was passed by the Irish Lower House (Dáil).

The Israeli government has also threatened retaliation on Ireland, including imposing tariffs on Irish goods that are sold in Israel, if the Bill becomes law.

The Knesset delegation was due to meet Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil and members of the Oireachtas foreign affairs and defence committees on its planned visit in March.

Separate to this cancellation, Israel’s economy and industry minister Eli Cohen has threatened to review the import of Irish goods and bilateral trade agreements if the Bill is advanced.

“The boycott attempts by the sponsors of the bill in Ireland are despicable, pathetic and hypocritical. We will act to prevent by all means the final approval of the Bill. If the antisemitic voices prevail in the Irish parliament and this despicable bill is passed into legislation, we will take retaliatory measures,” Mr. Cohen said.

“We will definitely consider our measures against the goods from Ireland and bilateral trade agreements. The days in which they boycotted Israel without a response have come and gone. Israel enjoys economic strength and technological innovation and is an international brand,” he added.

Following last week’s passing of the first reading of the Bill in the Dáil, Irish ambassador to Israel Allison Kelly was summoned to the foreign ministry in Jerusalem and was given an “angry rebuke” over what Israeli officials described as the “scandalous” Bill.


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