Israel Warns Ireland of Severe Ramifications to Boycott Bill

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -

Israel has warned Ireland over passing a bill to ban imports of products from over the 1967 lines, saying the legislation, if adopted, would have “severe ramifications” on mutual relations.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Friday it summoned Irish Ambassador Alison Kelly to the ministry’s headquarters in Yerushalayim and made Israel’s stance on the matter clear to her.

The ministry says the bill, which was advanced in Ireland’s lower house of parliament on Thursday, is “hypocritical and anti-Semitic.”

The law envisions prison terms and high fines for Irish businesses trading with goods originating in Yehudah and Shomron, the Golan and eastern Yerushalayim.

If the bill becomes law, Ireland would become the first European country to ban goods from those areas. The EU in 2015 issued guidelines on labeling Israeli products.