GERARD HOWLIN: Fianna Fáil bill is dunce diplomacy wrapped in human-rights clothing

The unfolding farce of British exceptionalism, unmoored either to actual British interest or any plan for practical application, will be imitated in miniature today in the Dáil.

Niall Collins, the Fianna Fáil spokesman on foreign affairs, will move the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill authored by and steered through the Seanad by Frances Black.

Relatives arrive to a morgue to see the body of a woman killed by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel this month.

It prohibits and criminalises economic activity between Ireland and “occupied territories”. It’s a catch-all provision which relies on international law to legally qualify targets.

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