Pro-Israel Irish Christian group calls on Ireland’s foreign affairs minister to reject Israel boycott

The Irish Christian Friends of Israel website's homepage. Credit: Irish Christians Friends of Israel. 

( Irish Christian Friends of Israel (ICFI) is calling on Eamon Gilmore, Ireland’s minister for foreign affairs and trade, to reject a push to label West Bank goods as “settler” products at the next European Union Foreign Affairs Council meeting on June 14.

“We appeal to the Minister not to use the last EU Foreign Ministers Council meeting, to sponsor the labelling of West Bank Settlement products and the subsequent proposed ban on them,” ICFI said in a statement.

ICFI, which was founded in the early 1980s, describes itself as a group of “committed Christians, from various denominations, who love Israel and its peoples.” The group has held several pro-Israel rallies in Ireland, and has sponsored fundraising campaigns for Israel as well as trips to the Jewish state.

Last month, Gilmore announced that Ireland will embark on a campaign to urge fellow EU states to label Israeli products from the West Bank as “settler” products and to eventually encourage a boycott.

“Settlements on the West Bank are illegal and therefore the produce of those settlements should be treated as illegal throughout the European Union,” Gilmore said, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Ireland currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency.


Posted on June 11, 2013 .