Israel Summons Irish Envoy over ‘Disgrace’ Vote Supporting Anti-Israel BDS

Jordanian protesters hold banners during a demonstration against the US president's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, on December 29, 2017, in the Jordanian capital Amman. / AFP PHOTO / Khalil MAZRAAWI (Photo credit should read KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images) Editorial subscription SML 3460 x 2299 px | …
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The Times of Israel reports: The lower house of Ireland’s Parliament advanced a bill on Thursday that would criminalize the import or sale of Israeli goods originating in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, sparking a diplomatic crisis with Jerusalem.

A fuming Israel said it was summoning Dublin’s ambassador for a reprimand Friday, calling the vote a “disgrace.” “Israel is outraged over the legislation against it in the Dail which is indicative of hypocrisy and anti-Semitism,” the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as foreign minister, said in a statement.

Earlier, the Foreign Ministry called the vote “an expression of pure hostility on the part of its initiators,” and urged it be condemned. “This is a clear expression of obsessive discrimination that should be rejected with disgust,” the ministry said in a statement.

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