Israelis React to Irish Boycott Vote

(Irish Times) Mark Weiss - Yehuda Cohen, chief executive of the Lipski Plastics factory in the Barkan industrial zone in the West Bank, said he could not understand the Seanad (Irish Senate) vote in support of a bill banning the sale of goods from Israeli settlements. Cohen, who employs 70 Palestinians in his factory, said last week's vote would first and foremost hurt the Palestinian workforce. About 7,000 of the 10,000 workers in Barkan are Palestinian. Israeli trade officials predict that in the wake of the vote, companies may reconsider doing business with Ireland. Moshe Lavran, who owns three factories in Barkan, said, "We can manage happily without Ireland. Every time the Irish use their mobile phones or computers, they are using Israeli technology, so let's see them boycotting anything Israeli."

2018-07-17 00:00:00

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