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    Ireland has become the first EU nation to call Israel’s illegal settlement activity on Palestinian land a “de facto annexation”.  

    It is the strongest condemnation of Israeli settlement expansion by a Western country. Ireland’s parliament, or Oireachtas, passed the motion unanimously on May 26, less than a week after Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire that halted 11 days of fighting. Amendments to expel Israel’s ambassador to Ireland and for Irish sanctions against Israel were defeated.

    In a tweet, Israel’s foreign ministry called Ireland’s position on its settlements “outrageous and baseless”.

    Some Irish politicians say the move could be the first step towards holding the Israeli government accountable for illegal activity under international law. In other cases of annexation – such as Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea – EU sanctions have been imposed.

    In this episode of The Stream, we’ll discuss the implications of Ireland’s latest show of solidarity for Palestine.  

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    Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel.

    Geopolitically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. As of 2016, 4.8 million people live in the Republic of Ireland, and 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.

    The Irish climate is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and thus very moderate, and winters are milder than expected for such a northerly area, although summers are cooler than those in continental Europe. Rainfall and cloud cover are abundant.

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