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The separation wall that cuts through Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Overview

In Palestine today, land is being stolen from families. Their houses are demolished to make way for illegal Israeli settlements.

The Irish Government agrees that these settlements are a violation of international law and a major barrier to peace in the region. And yet it continues to allow trade with them.

Trócaire campaigns for an end to trade between Ireland and these illegal settlements. This campaign is based on human rights and international law.

We don’t believe Ireland should be trading in stolen goods. With your support, we can ensure Ireland’s trade policy is grounded in human rights and international law.

Trócaire campaigns for an end to trade between Ireland and these illegal settlements. This campaign is based on human rights and international law.

We don’t believe Ireland should be trading in stolen goods. With your support, we can ensure Ireland’s trade policy is grounded in human rights and international law.

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Why you need to take action

Through the construction of illegal settlements, Israel has transferred over 600,000 of its citizens onto Palestinian land.

This is a serious violation of international law and has facilitated the widespread dispossession and displacement of Palestinian communities.

 

600,000

Over 600,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank

Trade and other economic engagement with Israeli settlements not only supports such violations of international law and abuse of Palestinian rights, it bolsters the entire settlement enterprise, making it more viable and permanent.

By prohibiting trade with Israeli settlements, Ireland can help to remove the economic incentives for settlement construction.

The EU, UN and Irish Government all recognise Israeli settlements as illegal and a major obstacle to peace in the region. Ireland has a duty to uphold international law by stopping trade with Israeli settlements.

Trócaire wants all the people of Israel and Palestine to live in peace and security. We believe it is an injustice for innocent families to be evicted from their homes to make way for illegal settlements. We stand in support of international law and for the principles of peace and justice.

50Years

The Israeli military has occupied the West Bank for over 50 years

42%of land

Settlements control more than 42% of the West Bank’s land

€1Million

An estimated €1m of goods from Israeli settlements are imported to Ireland each year

15Times more

The EU imports approximately 15 times more from the illegal settlements as it does from Palestine

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How can we bring about change?

Trócaire works with Israeli and Palestinian partners to building a lasting and just peace in the region. A key part of this work involves campaigning for Ireland, the UK and the EU to take stronger action to protect the rights of Palestinian communities and for Israel to uphold international law.

Trócaire, along with other NGOs in Ireland, campaigns in support of the Occupied Territories Bill. This piece of legislation, introduced by Senator Frances Black (Independent), seeks to ban trade between Ireland and territories under illegal military occupation.

Trócaire has played an important role in mobilising the Irish public to take action in support of the Bill. At the same time, we have engaged the Irish media in order to raise awareness about the Bill, and to amplify the voices of those most impacted by Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.

The Occupied Territories Bill has been passed by both houses of the Irish parliament. But the Government has failed to implement it.

Supporters like you are to the fore of the campaign for this vital legislation to be implemented in support of people being denied their human rights in the West Bank.

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Campaign Wins

The Occupied Territories Bill was passed in full by Seanad Éireann in 2018, and passed its first vote in Dáil Éireann in early 2019. It was then sent for detailed scrutiny in the Oireachtas Select Committee on Foreign & Affairs and Trade. This review took place over several months, hearing from expert testimony and input, and in December 2019 the committee also voted in favour of the bill.

However, a number of stages still remain in the legislative process before the bill can become law. It’s essential therefore that public pressure remains on our elected representatives to ensure its passing.

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