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Miko Peled, Israeli general’s son, backs TUI Israel boycott call

An Israeli writer whose father was a leading general in the 1967 war has warmly welcomed the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) support for an academic boycott of Israeli institutions. “It’s a particularly good time to be visiting Ireland,” Miko Peled said in Dublin tonight. “One of your teachers’ unions has just achieved a historic breakthrough for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. “I welcome the TUI’s support for the academic boycott of Israel – the first such support from a European academic union. I hope it’s followed by others, and by action.” This evening, Peled, whose 13-year-old niece was … Continue reading

Action Item: Thank the TUI for passing a motion calling for an academic boycott of Israel!

UPDATE 11/04/2013: We know many of you have already taken the time to thank the TUI for their principled stance, but their has been a lot of negative messages from the usual sources too. If you have not done so, please take two minutes to send a short message of support; showing our solidarity with the TUI and the Palestinian people is really of the utmost importance right now. Thank you! At its Annual Congress last week, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) became the first academic union in Europe to endorse the Palestinian call for an academic boycott of Israel. … Continue reading

Palestinian academics, teachers and writers welcome TUI boycott Israel call

Palestinian unions representing lecturers, university employees, teachers and writers have praised the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) for its endorsement of an academic boycott of Israel. In a letter saluting the TUI, the Palestinians said the clarity of the union’s statement was “unprecedented”. They also highlighted the importance of such solidarity actions, invoking Irish support for those struggling against South African apartheid many years ago. (The full text of the letter is below.) At its annual conference last Thursday, the TUI voted unanimously to support the request for an academic boycott that has been made by a broad coalition of … Continue reading

Teachers Union of Ireland calls for Academic Boycott of Israel in unanimous vote; first academic union in Europe to do so

At its Annual Congress on Thursday 4th April 2013, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) became the first academic union in Europe to endorse the Palestinian call for an academic boycott of Israel. The motion, which refers to Israel as an “apartheid state”, calls for “all members to cease all cultural and academic collaboration with Israel, including the exchange of scientists, students and academic personalities, as well as all cooperation in research programmes” was passed by a unanimous vote during today’s morning session. The motion further calls on the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to “step up its campaign for … Continue reading

Video: Qalandia checkpoint action against CRH’s role in the Apartheid Wall

Yesterday, March 27th, the complicity and criminality of Irish multinational cement giant CRH in aiding and abetting the occupation was highlighted at the notorious Israeli checkpoint at Qalandia in the occupied West Bank. Palestinian activists mounted a large banner on Israel’s illegal Apartheid-Annexation Wall  condemning CRH’s role in providing cement through Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises Ltd for the Wall, the building of illegal settlements and Jerusalem light railway and other illegal projects in breach of the Geneva Conventions.   Video courtesy of Tommy D. Image courtesy of Haitham Khatib.  

Israeli Apartheid Week 2013 – Ireland: 23rd February to 1st March

Now in it’s 9th year, Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, performances, films, multimedia displays and protest actions) held in cities and campuses across the globe. Last year was incredibly successful with over 215 cities taking part. IAW aims to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. This year the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to be hosting a series of events in Ireland. * Click here to go to the IPSC’s ‘Israeli Apartheid … Continue reading

Audio: How the EU aids the occupation of Palestine

On Saturday 16th February 2013, a talk entitled ‘How the EU aids the occupation of Palestine’ was given as part of the EU Presidency Counter Summit in Dublin’s Liberty Hall. The speakers were David Cronin (journalist and author of Europe’s Alliance With Israel: Aiding the Occupation), Zoe Lawlor (Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, recently returned from a factfinding trip to Gaza) and Tanja Niemeier (Adviser on Trade for the European United Left) . It was chaired by Laura Fitzgerald of the Socialist Party. An mp3 of the talk can be downloaded by clicking here (right click and ‘save target/link as’) Note: The … Continue reading

BNC Statement: Palestinian civil society welcomes the findings and recommendations of the UN Fact Finding Mission on Israeli settlements

Occupied Palestine, 15 February 2013 – The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), a broad coalition of the largest Palestinian civil society organizations, trade unions and NGO networks, supports the outcomes of the UN Fact Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements[1] that calls for boycotts and sanctions as measures required to end the illegal Israeli settlement enterprise. The BNC calls upon states, members of the Human Rights Council, to adopt the report, and on all governments and business enterprises to implement its recommendations. The BNC also calls upon conscientious citizens and civic organizations worldwide to use this report as … Continue reading

Caterpillar jobs announcement in Belfast marred by association with human rights abuses

The announcement of 200 new jobs in an economically deprived area of West Belfast has been widely welcomed. Unfortunately the company providing these jobs, Caterpillar, has a record that is not something to celebrate. Caterpillar is the subject of an international divestment campaign because its equipment has been routinely used by Israel to demolish Palestinian homes and destroy farmland. It is also used in the building of illegal settlements and wall in the occupied Palestinian territories. Furthermore, Caterpillar bulldozers have also killed several people, including the crushing to death of US human rights activist Rachel Corrie ten years ago next … Continue reading

IPSC welcomes University of California Irvine student government resolution on divestment from Israel

We would like to express our wholehearted support for the University of California Irvine student government’s stand for human rights and justice, in the form of its November 2012 divestment resolution. This resolution is a firm, clear sighted statement based on a commitment to justice and an understanding of the importance of ensuring that international companies comply with human rights and international law. The companies mentioned in the resolution all have an ongoing record of complicity in illegal Israeli practices in the occupied Palestinian territories. They are all engaged in well-documented and flagrant breaches of basic human rights norms, and … Continue reading

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