The Irish parliament has passed a motion condemning the “de facto annexation” of Palestinian land by Zionist authorities.
The motion, tabled by the opposition Sinn Fein party, passed on Wednesday after receiving cross-party support.
This makes it the first European Union country to use the phrase “de facto annexation” in relation to Zionist regime’s actions in the occupied Palestinian territories.
After the vote, Sinn Fein’s leader Mary Lou MacDonald said on Twitter that the motion “must mark new assertive, consistent confrontation of Zionist’s regime crimes against Palestine”.
Jilan Wahba Abdalmajid, the Palestinian ambassador to Ireland, said the motion was “great support” for Palestinians as she praised Ireland.
“This motion is giving great support to the issue of the de facto annexation that is happening in Palestine,” she told The Times newspaper.
“It’s happening. Ireland is the first EU country to take such a position.”
John Brady, Sinn Fein’s spokesperson for foreign affairs, hailed the motion as “historic” and said he hoped other countries would follow Ireland’s lead.
“This is the starting point,” Brady said in a video posted on Twitter, adding that the focus should shift to holding Israel accountable for its “illegal actions under international law”.
“There now needs to be consequences … on (Zionist regime) to ensure that they cannot continue to act with perceived impunity for the human rights abuses on the Palestinian people.”
An amendment to the motion that sought to impose sanctions on Zionist regime and expel the Zionist ambassador failed to pass.
‘It is de facto annexation’
“The scale, pace and strategic nature of Zionist regime’s actions on settlement expansion and the intent behind it have brought us to a point where we need to be honest about what is actually happening on the ground. … It is de facto annexation,” Coveney, of the centre-right Fine Gael party, told parliament.
“This is not something that I, or in my view this house, says lightly. We are the first EU state to do so. But it reflects the huge concern we have about the intent of the actions and of course, their impact,” he said.
Most countries and international law view settlements Zionists have built in territory captured in the 1967 war as illegal and as an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.