Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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Academics for Palestine

Palestinian intellectual Steven Salaita in Dublin & Limerick (11 – 13 September)


Renowned Palestinian-American author and intellectual Steven Salaita will be delivering a series of free talks in Dublin and Limerick between 11th and 13th September. All events are free and everyone is welcome. Monday 11 Sept – Dublin, TCD: ‘BDS and the modern university’ Venue: Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin A free lecture organised by the TCD MPhil in Race Ethnicity and Conflict as part of their conference on ‘Freedom of Speech and Higher Education: The Case of the Academic Boycott of Israel‘. – More info Tuesday 12 Sept – Dublin: ‘Why Palestine Is Everyone’s Moral Issue’ Venue: Academy … Continue reading

Who Fears to Speak of ’48? Take action to support Cork academic conference under threat (again!)


Take action in support of historic ‘International Law & the State of Israel’ academic conference in Cork We would like to bring you news of an important conference entitled ‘International Law & the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism and Responsibility‘ set to take place in Cork between 31st March and 2nd April. We are asking for your support to ensure that this Conference will actually take place, as it is coming under severe pressure from those who would prefer that no critical academic discussion on the nature of the Israeli state, its foundation, its legacy, and its violations of international … Continue reading

Action Item: Write to Minister of State John Halligan urging no collaboration with Apartheid Israel’s education ministry


The Irish Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan is on an official visit to the Palestine-Israel region at the moment. We are informed that as part of his itinerary he is due to meet Naftali Bennett, the Israeli Minster for Education, to discuss “innovation and education”. Bennett is one of the most reprehensible and racist figures in the current Israeli government, which itself is widely considered to be the most extremist in Israel’s history. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) believes that such a meeting should not take place, and furthermore, that there should be no cooperation … Continue reading

David Lloyd: On the malevolence of occupation and necessity of BDS


David Lloyd, the Distinguished Professor, poet, activist and signatory to both the Irish Academics’ and Irish Artists’ pledges to boycott Israel, has a wonderful piece entitled ‘The Malevolence of Occupation’ in the new issue of the Dublin Review of Books. Below is an excerpt, you can read the full piece here. Above all, boycott is an instrument of civil society. We call for a boycott when the means to redress an ongoing injury are denied by the legal or political institutions that ought to intervene. In December 2009, Israel launched its catastrophic “Cast Lead” assault on Gaza ‑ as it … Continue reading

European Legal Experts call on the EU to ban Israeli settlement products


Several dozen prominent legal experts from across the world, including three from Ireland, have written to the EU and its Member States alerting them to comply with their fundamental legal obligations resulting from the duty of non-recognition and non-assistance to the illegal Israeli settlements and their economic activity, and therefore to impose an import ban on settlement products. These legal experts warn that any policy of labelling, however ingrained in EU law, is a wholly inadequate measure as it fails to recognise the obligations of third states under international law. In addition, they request no more than the consistent application by … Continue reading

Letter signed by 120+ scholars backing Irish academic boycott of Israel published in Irish Times


A letter in today’s Irish Times sees more than 120 Irish and Irish-based academics declare their support for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The scholars said they were “disturbed by the involvement of Israeli higher education institutions in Israel’s military and security industries, by EU institutional involvement in funding Israeli research, and by the research and development collaboration between Irish and Israeli higher-education institutions”. They said they would respond to the appeal from Palestinian civil society and avoid co-operation with those institutions. Contrary to the order presented by the newspaper, the letter’s lead author is Dr Ronit Lentin, retired … Continue reading

The Palestine Podcast #14: Academics for Palestine discussion on ‘Academic Voices From Palestine: Education Under Occupation’


The Palestine Podcast showcases a selection of lectures, talks and interviews featuring leading experts and social justice activists active on the Palestine-Israel issue. Brought to you by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Click here to view all podcasts. ===== PP#14 – Academics for Palestine discussion on ‘Academic Voices From Palestine: Education Under Occupation’ [2015-10-14] – (Download here) INFO: Education in Palestine has been under systematic attack by the Israeli occupation. This talk – held on Wednesday 14th October 2015 in the JM Synge Theatre in Trinity College Dublin – introduced the voices and experiences of Palestinian academics from Gaza. It was … Continue reading

Watch: Campaign to end the Irish arms trade with Israel launched in Dublin


A campaign calling for an end to the Irish arms trade with Israel was officially launched by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) at a press conference on Wednesday 1st April. Below you can watch the video from the launch, and read the full report (you can also download this report as a PDF by clicking here) The campaign, which is supported by many public figures and civil society groups, is calling on the Irish government to place an immediate arms embargo upon the state of Israel. The campaign website address is – and includes several simple actions people can … Continue reading

8 things you may have missed this week in Palestine


Irish media continues to frequently ignore important stories emerging from Palestine-Israel, stories that are vital to context setting and framing during those times when the issue actually does hit international headlines. By ignoring such stories, which expose the true nature of Palestinian life under military occupation and apartheid, the media can only be considered to be complicit via their silence. Therefore the IPSC continues with our new weekly round up of the most important stories that you may have missed if your only source of information is the Irish mainstream media. #1. Israel pressures UN to remove it from a … Continue reading

University Meetings with Dr. Ghada Karmi and Prof. Ilan Pappe on Nov 12 & 13


The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is asking our members and supporters to try to attend at least one of the below meetings organised on university campuses around Dublin this week organised by Academics for Palestine with guest speakers Palestinian writer and academic Dr. Ghada Karmi and Israeli historian Prof. Ilan Pappé. A series of college meetings on Wednesday and Thursday this week organised by Academics for Palestine (AfP) will examine the role of academics in the struggle for justice in Palestine. This includes a public debate at Trinity College Dublin on the subject of the academic boycott. The meetings are detailed … Continue reading

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