Tuesday 21 February 2017

Boycott of Israel is a legitimate response to regime's apartheid

Published 14/06/2016 | 02:30

Charlie Flanagan: BDS ‘legitimate’. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Charlie Flanagan: BDS ‘legitimate’. Picture: Gerry Mooney

We, the undersigned, welcome the recent statement in the Dáil by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan, that the strategy of boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) aimed at pressurising Israel into ending the occupation is a legitimate political viewpoint.

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It is also heartening that Minister Flanagan outlines the Government's support for Israeli and Palestinian NGOs which are active on justice and human rights issues.

However, given this expression of support, it is both disappointing and confusing that when those same civil society organisations call on the international community to campaign for BDS as a means of showing solidarity with Palestinians living under occupation, the Irish Government refuses to support them or the campaign.

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