The Al-Haq Palestinian non-governmental human rights organization has written to An Taoiseach Miche√°l Martin, the leader of the Government of Ireland, urging support for the Control of Economic Activities (Occupied Territories) Bill and the recognition of the State of Palestine.

Following suggestions made by Micheál Martin in the Irish parliament that the Occupied Territories Bill is not in compliance with Ireland’s obligations under European Union law,[1] Al-Haq assured the Taoiseach that the prohibition of the importation and sale of settlement produce is not only in full conformity which EU law and policy, as affirmed by eminent legal experts such as Professor James Crawford of the International Court of Justice and Professor Takis Tridimas of King’s College London, but would moreover bring Ireland into compliance with its Third State obligations.

Al-Haq noted that Fianna F√°il‚Äôs 2020 election manifesto made commitments to ‚ÄúProgress the Occupied Territories Bill‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúContinue to spearhead the campaign to seek the recognition of the state of Palestine by the Irish Government‚ÄĚ,[2]as well as that it was Fianna F√°il which introduced the Bill, initially tabled by Senator Frances Black in Ireland‚Äôs upper house, to the parliament‚Äôs lower house.

Al-Haq also recommended the recognition of the State of Palestine, as was included in Fianna Fáil’s manifesto and the Programme for Government,[3] as a method by which Israel’s deeply entrenched and pervasive culture of impunity for international crimes and human rights violations may be combatted. Al-Haq noted that non-recognition of the State of Palestine has been a consistent tactic in attempts by third States to frustrate the pursuit of justice for Palestinians at the International Criminal Court. In this respect, recognition by further States with the standing of Ireland may contribute towards the ultimate goal of achieving justice for Palestinians killed by Israel, such as Iyad Al-Hallaq[4] and Ahmad Erekat.[5]

Please find attached letter from Mr. Shawan Jabarin to An Taoiseach Micheál Martin here


[1]¬†Irish Times, ‚ÄėTaoiseach insists Occupied Territories Bill breaches EU law‚Äô (21 July 2020), available at:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/taoiseach-insists-occupied-territories-bill-breaches-eu-law-1.4310242.

[2]¬†Fianna F√°il,¬†An Ireland for All, √Čire do Ch√°ch: Manifesto 2020, pg. 146, available at:

https://www.inmo.ie/tempDocs/Fianna%20Fail%20GE%202020.pdf.

[3] Programme for Government: Our Shared Future (2020) pg. 122, available at:

https://www.finegael.ie/app/uploads/2020/06/ProgrammeforGovernment_Final_16.06.20-1.pdf.

[4] Al-Haq, Al-Haq Sends Urgent Appeal to UN Special Procedures on the Extrajudicial Execution and Wilful

Killing of Palestinian Person with Disability Iyad Al-Hallaq (9 June 2020), available at:

http://www.alhaq.org/advocacy/16963.html.

[5] Al-Haq, 83 Organisations Send Urgent Appeal to UN Special Procedures on the Willful Killing of Ahmad

Erekat, Urging International Justice and Accountability for Israel’s Shoot-to-Kill Policy (14 July 2020),

available at: http://www.alhaq.org/advocacy/17112.html.

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