London, ALRAY -- The Irish Senate has voted in favor of a bill seeking to ban the import of Israeli settlement that would still have to pass several hurdles before becoming law.
The Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018, a private members Bill proposed by Independent Senator Frances Black, will make it an offence to purchase goods and services from Israeli settlements which have been condemned by Ireland and the EU as illegal.
Senators voted 25 to 20 Wednesday in favor of the proposal, which still needs to be debated and voted on in Parliament's Lower House. That is expected to take months.
The Irish government strongly opposes the measure, saying there should be a common European Union response.
The Israeli embassy in Dublin condemned the Bill, describing it as a “populist, dangerous and extremist anti-Israel boycott initiative” that would hurt the chances of dialogue between Israel and Palestine.