Last week the Senate of Ireland, at the last moment postponed by six months the consideration of the bill Senator Francis black on the criminalization of commercial contacts and acting Irish in Ireland structures with the «occupied territories».
The draft law on «the Control of economic activity (Occupied territory)» provides for the criminalization of commercial contacts with the occupied territories worldwide, including trade, provision of services or extraction of mineral resources.
Thus, to avoid confusion, the law States that it «will apply only to the territory, the occupation of which there is an international consensus.» The author of the bill stresses that at the moment these are the only territory occupied by Israel. Thus, the bill does not affect any of Western Sahara or Tibet, nor the Crimea, nor of Northern Cyprus, nor any other occupied territory.
The Israeli foreign Ministry has taken active steps to block the bill, however, was expected, given the anti-Israeli sentiment in the Irish Parliament it will be adopted.
As reported by the Washington Free Bacon, the advancement of the law was blocked by U.S. Department of state. The leadership of the state Department had a significant pressure on Irish lawmakers, giving them to understand that in the case of the adoption of the law of Ireland will be included in the black list of countries boycotting Israel. Under American law, are included in this list of countries facing economic sanctions from the United States.