Listen: Irish Parliament, Irish Government And Palestine discussed on Inside Europe
"Where also on soundcloud and I team. Arlyn's perhaps the Charlotte pasta law during the week that bans importing goods produced an Israeli settlements in the West Bank to discuss govern. Riley is a political reporter at Ireland's virgin media news and joins us now. Hello govern. Hi there. Good. What does this low main- on a practical level at a lot of practical level? Immediately doesn't actually mean anything because it's only been passed by one of the two halves of the Irish parliament. So would need to be housed by the second one before it could ever hope to take effect. But obviously it does have quite a significant symbolism. I mean, I the on a very narrow minor f cell inch to level. It's interesting because this is a Bill of the Irish government has quite rigidly quite explicitly opposed. And it's straight to the Irish government doesn't have majority in its own parliament, and it can't stop laws from getting past against its own wheel that but on another level. It does obviously have very symbolic indication because it does indicate that the Irish parliament is beginning to lean further and further towards measures that would be seen. Anti Israel pro Palestine, the ultimate practical impact. If this law were to be adopted would be to prohibit the import and sales of any goods services or natural resources originating in a legal settlements. And depending on who you ask that could manage effectively the entirety of Israel. So would be quite a significant commercial decision. If it worked passed into law fully Arlen has long supported the Palestinian people last year. You may remember the Palestinian flag, flew above Dublin city hall where does that support come from. I think a lot of the sympathy for for Palestine in ardent comes from the struggle that art had for a lot of its own independence. I think there's a some parallels that people would see between Arlen trying to gain independence from the United Kingdom as a kind of a very authoritarian imperial partner and Israel's role in Palestine people would generally see that the Palestinians much like the Irish had to fight for so long to try and fight for self-determination for their own nationhood. And that the. They haven't been able to achieve that. Because of the powers of next door neighbor who has been busying itself and its own affairs that might seem like a fairly crude simplification of what's going on in the Middle East foot. It is one that chimes with a lot of Irish people's. There has been quite a lot of sympathy for it. You might remember as well that in the last couple of years both has of the Irish parliament how voted to recognize formerly at the state of Palestine which would go against E U policy of this idea of trying to have a mutually agreed to state solution. It's not binding on the Irish government put the has been that this statement before of recognition for Palestinian, statehood. What about the new law is not compatible with e you low because some people have said, it's it's not a others, including the country's attorney general says, it's it's not. Yeah. This is where it depends on who you ask bizarre. Some people that say it's not compatible with the U low because only you countries have kind of a communist trade policy. So are it doesn't have the power to unilaterally decided that it will banner blockade imports from a certain area that will be decision that would have to be taken by the. Twenty seven or twenty eight members of the European Union as a whole there are others though, that would say on a looking at it from the opposite side of the spectrum that it wouldn't be a war crime to import something which is a legally occupied territory, and that therefore aren't out not to be importing something from from Israel, territories in the West, Bank or Gaza anyway. So it depends on which side you look at though again, it should be stressed that this would need the support of your the has take effect. It is still quite a significant visual symbol, I suppose of where it stands on this Haro have the Jewish people in Orland. What do they think about all this their action from the Jewish community hasn't really crystallized yet? But I suppose when this Bill was first published they were quite vocal against it. Because there's as far as they see it. They see a lot of similarities in their own struggle that the Israeli struggle for statehood as aren't into side as well.."