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Dutch parliament calls for sanctions on Israel in case of annexation, following Belgium’s lead

NETTETAL, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 11: A sign marks entry to Holland at the A61 highway on the German-Dutch border on February 11, 2016 near Kaldenkirchen, Germany. Despite an announcement by Dutch authorities two days before that effective immediately police would begin conducting stricter controls of incoming traffic at border crossings to Germany not a single Dutch police officer was present at at least 15 border crossings today. Dutch authorities made the announcement as part of an effort to prevent migrants who have no case for asylum from entering Holland. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The Dutch parliament passed a motion calling for the government to prepare sanctions against Israel if it applies its civilian law in the West Bank, following the lead of Belgian lawmakers.

The Dutch motion, submitted by Sadet Karabulut of the Socialist Party and two colleagues, was backed Tuesday by parties with a majority of 87 lawmakers among the 150 in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house.

Several motions in favor of recognizing Palestinian statehood failed to pass there last week.

The ruling VVD party and the Party for Freedom were among the parties that opposed the motion titled “Measures in case Israel goes ahead with annexing Palestinian area.”

On Friday, the Chamber of Representatives in Belgium voted in favor of a similar motion.

The Tweede Kamer “requests the [foreign] minister, preferably along with counterparts in other countries, prepares options for (possible) measures in case Israel goes ahead with annexing Palestinian area.”

It cites the claim that “annexation would be a gross violation of international law” and that “the Netherlands and the EU repeatedly have taken measures against countries that violated international law.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel will apply Israeli law on parts of the West Bank as early as July 1.

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