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Councils Around the World Boycott Israel

Local authorities in Ireland and Chile have become the latest to join a growing global wave of resistance to Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinians.

 

Monaghan last week became the fifth county or city council in Ireland to declare support for BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, after Israel’s latest massacres of unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip.

More than 100 Palestinians have been gunned down by Israeli snipers in response to the Great Return March demonstrations that began on 30 March, including 15 children.

In April, Dublin City Council became the first European capital to endorse a boycott of Israel, voting to discontinue a contract with HP, a computer firm that has long been complicit in Israel’s military occupation in Palestine.

 

 

It was soon followed by local authorities in Donegal, Galway and now by Monaghan. Derry had previously declared a boycott in 2016.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) welcomed the news, reacting that “Irish solidarity is beautiful!”

Also last week, in Chile, the southern city of Valdivia passed a motion endorsing the BDS movement and declaring the city an “apartheid free zone,” in line with the BNC campaign of the same name.

The measure was introduced by the city’s mayor Omar Sabat, who is of Palestinian descent – part of the large Palestinian diaspora in Chile.

The country has a particularly active Palestine solidarity movement. Last year, the director of the county’s Palestinian Federation was barred from entering Palestine by Israeli authorities, who cited a new anti-BDS law.

 


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