Posted by Tess Waggoner on March 22, 2019 in Blog

In the absence of U.S. leadership, how can the world hold Israel to account for the occupation of Palestine?

The U.S. under the Trump administration continues to encourage the entrenchment of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, but Ireland is on a different path, leading the way towards a boycott of Israel’s illegal settlements in the Palestinian territories, thereby potentially presenting a different and meaningful course to affirm respect for international law and basic human rights.

Watch this incredible video, which highlights discussion in the Irish Senate prior to the passage of legislation proposing a boycott of settlement goods, which has subsequently been supported in Irish House. 

The video is remarkable, but you have the chance to hear from its star in person! Frances Black, the Irish Senator who has led the charge on this issue, will be in Washington, D.C. this coming Monday to discuss efforts in Ireland in conversation with AAI founder Jim Zogby. 

An RSVP is required for this event.  

Please join the the Arab American Institute and Foundation for Middle East Peace  for an off-the-record conversation:

How Ireland is Leading the Way Against Israeli Settlements


Frances Black

Senator, Republic of Ireland

in conversation with

James Zogby

President, Arab American Institute

Monday, March 25th


1319 18th Street NW, 2nd Floor

Washington, DC 20036


A light lunch will be provided.

Frances Black is an independent senator in the Republic of Ireland, who has championed a range of progressive policies to support vulnerable communities. After visiting Palestine, Black stood up in support of international law, human rights, and justice in Palestine, introducing legislation last year to end Ireland’s trade in goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The bill passed the upper house of parliament (Seanad), in December, and then the lower house (Dail) in January. She is an exceptionally compelling speaker on issues of justice and human rights.


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