Written answers

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Middle East

Photo of Catherine ConnollyCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent)
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384. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to Parliamentary Question 402 of 15 February 2022, if his officials have now reviewed the detail of the report published on 1 February 2022 (details supplied); his response to the report; the Government’s response to the report; his specific response to each of the eight recommendations directed at other governments and regional actors; his views on the conclusions of the report that Israeli officials commit the crime of apartheid against Palestinians, including ethnic cleansing; if he plans to bring any of the recommendations of the report of Government for approval in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32152/22]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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As I stated in my reply to Parliamentary Question 146 of 10 May 2022, the Amnesty International report highlights the illegal and unacceptable treatment of Palestinians by the Israeli state.

Ireland’s position continues to be based on international law including international human rights law, Israel’s obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention as the occupying power in the occupied Palestinian territory, and on the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Ireland regularly raises our concerns regarding discriminatory practices towards the Palestinian people directly with the Israeli authorities, including during visits to the region, as well as at EU and UN level. Ireland has been proactive in consistently highlighting these issues including at the ongoing 50thsession of the Human Rights Council and at the UN Security Council.

With regard to the recommendations and conclusions of the Amnesty International report, Ireland will continue to engage with these to influence our approach. The Government remains committed to a two-state solution, and will continue to work with partners to revive a political process in line with international law, which ensures equal rights and is acceptable to both parties.

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