We received some absolutely huge news this week as Fianna Fail announced its intention to support Sen. Frances Black’s bill to ban trade with Israel’s illegal settlements in Palestine. This shift of position is a result of the lobbying carried out by all of you – a real victory for people power! – so we would like to sincerely thank you. With Fianna Fail’s support, this bill will pass in the Seanad, moving on to the committee stage – this will be an historic first step in outlawing the profiteering from the proceeds of illegally colonised land. Those who have … Continue reading
Action Item: Israeli Minister’s unprecedented attempt to close Irish bank accounts condemned, Irish govt action urged by human rights campaigners
Statement regarding the attempts by the Israeli government to force the closure the bank accounts of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign and other Irish human rights advocacy groups – we ask you to contact Ministers and your local TDs urging action to protect our work for Palestine: In a move that shows the extent to which Israel fears the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights, it was today revealed that the Israeli government is directly interfering with an Irish bank to attempt to close down the bank accounts of groups, including the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), that … Continue reading
Dear friends, in case you missed this shocking news last week, while en route to occupied Palestine four Irish people were seized by Israeli authorities in Ben Gurion airport and deported. Below is a statement issued by the four deportees which includes a call for you to write to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (firstname.lastname@example.org) voicing your concerns about this arbitrary expulsion of human rights activist to stop them from bearing witness to the effects of Israel’s apartheid regime. Of course, while these deportations pale in comparison to the treatment meted out to Palestinians on a daily basis, … Continue reading
Dear friends, The situation in Gaza has become unbearable for the two million people living under Israel’s decade-long illegal siege. Just last week the UN declared that “the ‘unliveability’ threshold has already been passed” in the strip and this has been compounded by Israel’s policy of reducing electricity supply to a few hours every day. For a decade of cruel and illegal siege, for three devastating criminal assaults, for near-daily ceasefire violations, and for making Gaza unlivable, the Israeli state has faced not a single sanction from the international community. This impunity must end, so we are asking you to … Continue reading
On March 30th the ‘Protocol Committee’ of Dublin City Council voted unanimously to fly the Palestinian flag from Dublin’s City Hall between 15 May and early June 2017, in what Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) Chairperson Fatin Al Tamimi called “a heartening gesture of solidarity“. This historic decision was greeted with joy and appreciation by Palestinians in Ireland, in Palestine and in the diaspora. However, the decision has still to be ratified at the next full meeting of Dublin City Council which will be held on Monday 8th May – it is not a sure thing, and your help is needed! … 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
In a frankly shocking move, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) had its bank accounts closed last week by Bank of Ireland without any proper explanation other than we no longer met their “risk appetite”. It is a move which appears to be part of a campaign orchestrated by the Israeli government to silence organisations which support the global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign which aims to pressure Israel until it ends its occupation of Palestine and adheres fully to international law ensuring freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people. As the BDS movement has grown exponentially worldwide, marking … Continue reading
1 Minute for Palestine: Sign the BDS Movement appeal to the UN about Israel’s war of repression on BDS!
Dear supporters, The apartheid Israeli state has just imposed an effective travel ban on BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti. This repressive move is being seen as a step towards revoking his residency rights, as Israeli ministers threatened a few weeks ago. ***Take action now: Sign the BDS Movement’s appeal to the UN about Israel’s war of repression on BDS This follows thinly-veiled threats of physical violence against him by Israeli government ministers that prompted Amnesty to express concern “for the safety and liberty of Palestinian human rights defender Omar Barghouti”. At Israel’s request, governments in the US, UK, France, Canada and elsewhere are introducing … Continue reading
1 Minute for Palestine: Tell AirBnb to stop profiting from Stolen Homes built illegally on Palestinian land!
We’re very excited to tell you that Uplift – People Powered Change have taken on the ‘Airbnb Stop Profiting from #StolenHomes’ campaign. Please see below their appeal which we are happy to also send on their behalf – and please sign and share it. It’s had around 2,000 signatures in less than 24 hours, but it needs more, more, more! #StolenHomes Airbnb is listing properties for rent in Israeli settlements that violate international law and occupy Palestinian land illegally. By listing these homes, Airbnb is directly helping legitimise the occupation of stolen land, contributing to a key piece of the … Continue reading
The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign sent the following letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlies Flanagan TD, concerning the Israeli plan to demolish the Palestinian village of Susiya near Hebron, and forcibly relocate its Bedouin residents to Yatta. We ask our supporters to themselves contact the Minister and ask that the Irish government speaks out against the plan, and takes action to stop both the demolition, and Israel’s ongoing violations of human rights and international law. You can email the Minister at email@example.com or call (01) 408 2000. Mr Charles Flanagan, TD Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade … Continue reading