Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

BDS

Palestinian civil society calls for freezing Israeli Knesset membership in Inter-Parliamentary Union in light of racist laws

Statement by the Palestinian BDS National Committee,  Occupied Palestine, 9 July 2013: The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) condemns the racist and colonial “Prawer Plan” which was adopted by the Israeli government as official policy and recently passed by parliament (Knesset) in the first reading. This plan calls for ethnically cleansing tens of thousands of Bedouin Palestinian citizens of Israel by confiscating hundreds of thousands of dunams [1] of land that they have owned for generations in the Naqab and destroying their homes and communities to expand Jewish-only settlements in the Naqab. On today’s 8th anniversary of the Palestinian BDS … Continue reading

International solidarity with French BDS activists facing repression

As more than 150 Palestine solidarity and social justice organizations from across the world, we stand in solidarity with all of the French campaigners for Palestinian rights facing legal action and repression for participating in demonstrations calling for a boycott of Israel.French campaigners have faced criminal charges for their solidarity activity since 2009. Despite a previous ruling that advocating boycott is not illegal and should be permitted as part of the right to freedom of speech, three activists were brought to trial earlier this month in Perpignan, seven more will attend court on June 27 in Alencon and further trials … Continue reading

In Pictures: IPSC & TUFP at the Big March for a Fairer World in Belfast

On Saturday 15th June 2013, thousands of people took to the streets of Belfast to take part in the Big March for a Fairer World, organised by the ICTU as part of the Fairer World Festival in opposition to the G8 meeting taking place across the province in Enniskillen. The Belfast branch of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, along with the local Trade Union Friends of Palestine branch and many supporters from around the country marched as part of the ‘Palestine Bloc’, along with an impressive float. Afterwards, a successful film screening, with chat and delicious Palestinian food, took place in … Continue reading

South African Officials Must Reject Israeli Blood Diamonds and Secure Jobs in Diamond Beneficiation

Civil society organisations and leading human rights activists in South Africa this morning issued a statement calling for Israel to be excluded from the international diamond regulatory body – the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), which South Africa chairs in 2013. (READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE) The call comes just 24 hours before the international body charged with ending the trade in diamonds that fund human rights violations begins a four day meeting in the city of Kimberley where the KPSC was established ten years ago. The statement highlights the role of the diamond industry in Israel in funding the … Continue reading

Nakba Week 2013: IPSC commemorates the 65th Anniversary of the Palestinian Catastrophe and resistance

Wednesday 15th May 2013 will be the 65th Anniversary of ‘Nakba Day’, the day on which Palestinians all over the world remember the 1947/48 Nakba, the Palestinian Catastrophe which saw the forcible expulsion of over 750,000 indigenous Palestinians from their homes to facilitate the creation of the Zionist State of Israel. The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) will be hosting a series of Nakba Week events from 11th – 17th May 2013. The events include a speaking tour by Palestinian activist, farmer and former political prisoner Mousa Abu Maria in Belfast, Cork, Limerick and Dublin, along with protests, a moving … Continue reading

Israeli blood diamond agreement scuppered by BDS activists

The BDS campaign to expose the trade in Israeli blood diamonds is claiming victory following the removal of an article published by the Israeli Diamond Exchange (IDE) on Sunday 12th May announcing that the chair of the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), Peter Meeus, had agreed to organise a delegation of diamond buyers from Dubai to attend a diamond fair in Israel in August. Following emails to authorities in the United Arab Emirates, Henriette Svensen, PR and Corporate Communications Manager for the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, which hosts the Dubai Diamond Exchange, emailed me today (Wed. 14th) stating that the announcement … Continue reading

In Pictures: IPSC protest at CRH 2013 AGM

On the morning of Wednesday 8 May Irish multinational CRH will held their Annual General Meeting in the Royal Marine Hotel, in Dun Laoghaire. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign held a small protest outside the venue. The IPSC organised this protest because CRH owns 25% of the Israeli company Mashav Initiative and Development Ltd which, in turn, owns Israel’s sole cement producer Nesher Cement Enterprises Ltd. Nesher provide up to 90% of all cement sold in Israel, including cement used in the construction of Israel’s illegal separation wall in Palestine and illegal settlements and checkpoints. We are calling on CRH to … Continue reading

Israeli academic to speak in Dublin and Cork in support of academic boycott of Israel

Professor Haim Bresheeth, a renowned Israeli-born academic and documentary film-maker, will be speaking in colleges in Dublin and Cork next week in support of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) and its conference resolution supporting an academic boycott of Israel. 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”, requests “all members to cease all cultural and academic collaboration with Israel”. The TUI’s vote has prompted … Continue reading

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

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