ER Editor: A twofer on Belize and Ireland. Belgium is also proposing a bill to stop trade with Israeli companies in the occupied Palestinian territories. See —
Belize severs diplomatic relations with Israel
MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
The Central American state of Belize announced the severing of its diplomatic relations with Israel due to Tel Aviv’s continued attacks on the Gaza Strip.
The Belize government said in a statement published on its website that the decision was taken because Israel did not accept calls for a ceasefire and prevented the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza.
It added: “Despite our requests, Israel has not stopped its violations of international humanitarian law nor allowed relief workers to alleviate the suffering of millions of Gazans.”
As a result, it continued, the government is withdrawing the accreditation of Israel’s ambassador to Belize and withdrawing “its request for accreditation of Mr. Jonathan Enav as Belize’s Honorary Consul” to Israel.
“All activities conducted by the Israeli Honorary Consulate in Belize and the appointment of the Honorary Consul are suspended.”
It concluded that it “renews its call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, unimpeded access to humanitarian supplies into Gaza and the release of all hostages.”
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Protesters call for expulsion of Israeli ambassador in Dublin
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More than a thousand people have staged a protest outside the Dáil in a call for the Israeli ambassador in Dublin to be expelled from the country.
It came as a Government minister warned such a move would push Ireland to the margins of international opinion.
Protesters waved large Palestinian flags as they also called for a ceasefire in the conflict.
The demonstrators chanted “Free Palestine”, “Israeli Ambassador, out, out, out”, and “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”.
The demonstrators also erected a large sign which spelled out “Gaza” in lights.
People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett was among the demonstrators.
Sinn Féin TDs Pearse Doherty and Matt Carthy, as well as Social Democrat leader Holly Cairns and party TD Gary Gannon were also in attendance.
The protest came ahead of a vote on a motion proposed by the Social Democrats calling for a range of economic and diplomatic sanctions against Israel.
The party has demanded that the diplomatic credentials of Israel’s ambassador in Ireland, Dana Erlich, be revoked.
The motion also called for Ireland to use its influence in Brussels to seek a suspension of the EU-Israel trade deal, invoking a human rights clause in the agreement, and suspend Israel from participation in the Horizon Europe research funding initiative.
The party said Ireland should also refer Israel to the International Criminal Court.
Tabling a counter-motion that removed the calls for sanctions, Minister of State James Browne told the Dáil that maintaining diplomatic links with Israel was vital.
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