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Comment #7342826 by Dumb as a Rock Mika

Dumb as a Rock Mika Jul 3rd 2018, 9:43 PM #

Stupid move for a number of reasons.

1. We import 77 million worth of goods from Israel, a small fraction of the from settlements. Irish exports to Israel over 1.6 billion. We can only lose if Israel retaliates.

2. The EU has competency on EU trade law. Not Ireland.

3. US federal law states that no US company can take part in a boycott of Israel. Irish companies with subsidiaries in the US are also restricted from taken part in a boycott of Israel under US federal law. Penalties are strict on the US side: 50,000 per violation or 5 times the value of the exports whichever is greater, 10 years in prison, possible removal of export privileges ( to name a few). On top of this, most US states have additional laws that restrict their companies from taking part in a boycott of Israel.

Someone would want to point out these to our dumb politicians before they make a clown of themselves on the world stage.

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Fianna Fáil to support trade ban with lands held by Israel, but embassy calls it 'immoral'

Fianna Fáil to support trade ban with lands held by Israel, but embassy calls it 'immoral'

The Embassy of Israel said the boycott will not facilitate Ireland’s role or influence in the Middle East.

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