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Dublin City Council votes for an arms and trade embargo on Israel

The DCC wants the Irish Government to follow suit.

A 2011 protest at Leinster House.
A 2011 protest at Leinster House.
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has passed a motion calling on Israel to end its attacks on Gaza and to lift its siege on the coastal strip.

DCC is also calling on the Irish Government to push for an arms and trade embargo on Israel.

The motion was proposed by Cllr. Tina Veigh of the People Before Profit Alliance and also condemned use of administrative detention, a form of internment without trial, by the Israeli state.

“This is the third massive offensive perpetrated by Israel on the Palestinian people in five and a half years,” Veigh said following the unanimous vote. “Israel’s acts of barbarism are always the subject of great public and moral outrage, condemned by many democratically elected institutions, however, Israel is never held to account.”

The motion itself noted that the current operation in Gaza is the third such air offensive in the last six years. It expressed solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners currently held under administrative detention and called for the immediate end of the practice.

The council also specifically called for “an end to Israeli attacks on Gaza as a vital precondition to a lasting ceasefire agreement”.

It also reiterated and similar call from the council in 2010 to end the Israeli-imposed siege of Gaza.

The DCC motion commits to sending a delegation to meet with the new Minister of Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan to encourage the Irish government to “take concrete and immediate action in relation to the above”.

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