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Political Lobbying: Trade with Israel
One of the primary considerations for organisations working in the area of human rights in relation to Palestine is to ensure that third state trading relations with Israel contain clearly defined territorial definitions that explicitly exclude Israeli settlements constructed on occupied Palestinian territory. However, the nature of Israel’s settlement enterprise which has resulted in the de facto annexation of the settlements as part of the Israeli state has made it increasingly difficult to disassociate business activity within the Israeli state and that which takes place within illegal settlements.
Irish Parliament (Oireachtas) Joint Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment
SADAKA appeared before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment on 14 July 2021 at the invitation of the Chairman, to discuss trade between Ireland and Palestinian territory. (Video, Written Submission.)
Sadaka Board member Bertie Ó hAinmhire welcomed two guest speakers, Mr. Hugh Lovatt, a policy fellow with the Middle East and North Africa programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Mr. Martin Konecny, Director of the European Middle East Project (EuMEP) in Brussels.
Mr. Ó hAinmhire outlined the role of Sadaka particularly in the context of trade with illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian territory, and the fact that these settlements are now a major obstacle to any solution to the Palestinian question.
Mr. Konecny and Mr. Lovatt provided a detailed statement to the Committee and answered questions from members. Before the meeting the Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Maurice Quinlivan said: "The Committee welcomes this opportunity to engage with Sadaka, the Ireland Palestine Alliance, and looks forward to a wide-ranging discussion on trade between Ireland and Palestinian territory".
Sadaka submits Parliamentary Questions to elicit clarification on the exact nature of Ireland’s trading relationship with Israel in an attempt to ensure that it does not include goods and service produced in illegal Israeli settlements.