Israel announced recently that it had barred Dublin Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha from entering the country at the time they hadn’t realised he was already in the West Bank city of Ramallah after having flown in through Tel Aviv.
The announcement, by both the interior and the strategic affairs ministries, said Mac Donncha would be denied entry to Israel over his ties to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (B.D.S).
The Strategic Affairs Ministry, charge with fighting the delegitimization of Israel, said in the statement the reason for the decision was Mac Donncha’s ties with the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which promotes boycotts of Israeli companies and international companies who work in Israel.
Saoradh Áth Cliath Would like to ask the “Strategic Affairs Ministry “ does this also mean that all teachers, students and councillors are banned who suppor B.D.S.?
The Union of Students in Ireland voted last Thursday April 2nd to join the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, shortly after the country’s largest teachers’ union expressed support for the movement.
The student body — which represents 374,000 members in universities throughout the whole of Ireland — passed the motion at its annual congress in Galway, with some 250 students voting.
Dublin City Council has voted to support a boycott and economic sanctions against Israel in light of their response to the latest Palestinian protests.
The move has come in response to the ‘Great March of Return’ demonstrations on the Gaza border which has seen over 30 Palestinians killed and thousands wounded.
Saoradh stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine.