Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

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Irish Citizens in Gaza call for Diplomatic Pressure to Halt Israeli Attacks

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On November 14th Israel launched ‘Operation Pillar of Cloud’ on the population of Gaza. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights has confirmed that 13 people have been killed including 2 children and a pregnant woman and a further 115 have been injured since yesterday.  The bombardment has taken the form of airstrikes, mortars from land and shelling from the sea. There have been over 150 strikes in total. In reality this is just the continuation of a week of military assaults on Gaza which in total have already left at least 19 people dead, including 5 children, and scores wounded. … Continue reading

Action Item: Email Foreign Minister Gilmore – Irish Government action needed to stop Israeli attacks on Gaza

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Israel is again attacking the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip with extreme and indiscriminate violence. We ask you to send the below letter (or one of your own composition), which calls on the Irish Government to immediately demand that Israel cease these attacks and comply with international law, to An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore. You can email the Tánaiste at eamon.gilmore@oir.ie    or call (01) 4082000 and leave a message. It will only take two minutes! ========== Sample Letter Dear Minister, I am contacting you as I am very concerned about the recent Israeli … Continue reading

TUI Dublin Colleges Branch AGM passes motions in support of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions; recognises Israel’s apartheid nature

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On Friday 9th November, the AGM of the Dublin Colleges Branch of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) passed a number of motions recognising Israel as an Apartheid state and in full support of the international campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). Three motions in support of Palestinian human rights and BDS were tabled at the 2012 AGM, and all were passed unanimously. These motions add to the many trade union and Trades Council motions supporting BDS that have been passed in Ireland over the past number of years by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), IMPACT, SIPTU, … Continue reading

EU-Israel ACAA: Europe once again rewards Israel in spite of violations of International Law

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On October 23rd the European Parliament adopted the EU-Israel ACAA trade agreement by 379 votes to 230, with 41 abstentions despite the escalation of Israel’s illegal settlement policies and the entrenchment of its occupation of Palestinian lands. The vote was prompted by last month’s decision of the International Trade committee which, by a single vote, decided to oppose a further suspension of the agreement. MEPs who voted in favor of the agreement send a dangerous signal to the Israeli government: continued settlement construction, denial of the basic rights of the Palestinian people, inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners and the … Continue reading

Action Item: Please email members of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition

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The Kimberley Process (KP) Civil Society Coalition (CSC) members should be made aware that the public want an end to the trade in all blood diamonds – cut and polished diamonds as well as rough diamonds linked to human rights violations. UPDATE: Also, see the end of this page for a similar letter you can send to jewellers to make them aware of public concerns about Israeli blood diamonds. They should be informed that diamonds which fund war crimes and possible crimes against humanity are not conflict-free – they are blood diamonds. A list of civil society organisations and their … Continue reading

Action Item: Please urge Minister Gilmore to support a ban on settlement goods & support Trocaire’s campaign

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Update (30/09/2012) The Irish NGO Trocaire has also launched a campaign on this issue aimed at TDs, please take the time to mail your local TDS using the form on Trocaire’s website by clicking here. — On Wednesday 19th September the Irish Times newspaper reported that an the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade was “to write to the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamonn Gilmore, calling for a national ban on imports from illegal Israeli settlements”, following a full briefing from the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign supports this limited … Continue reading

ACAA Trade Protocol shamefully passed by Euroepan Parliament.

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UPDATE (23/10/2012): Sadly, the ACAA vote passed this evening by 379 votes to 230. The IPSC would like to thank everyone who mobilised on this issue and all the MEPs who voted against rewarding Israeli Apartheid and war crimes. It is shameful to see the EU, the recent recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, vote to improve trade relations with a serial human rights abusing state like Israel. ==== Last month, organisations and activists across Europe took action together to persuade the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament to block a new trade protocol with Israel. Thousands of people … Continue reading

Report: IPSC hold ‘Postcards for Palestine’ action at Israeli Embassy sponsored ‘Open House’ event

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On a dark, cold and dreary evening in Dublin, members and supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) injected a little bit of lively colour into the twilight with a ‘Postcards for Palestine’ event. The event was organised at short notice to counteract an Israeli Embassy sponsored exhibition being launched in Dublin Civic Trust on Castle Street on Thursday 4th October inviting Dubliners to send postcards to Tel Aviv. The Israeli state sponsored event, shamefully held under the auspices of the Open House architectural festival, is the latest in a line of cultural propaganda events the state has recently staged … Continue reading

Live Stream: Final Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in NYC (6-7th October)

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The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is an International People’s Tribunal created in response to the international community’s inaction regarding Israel’s recognized violations of international law. Following the sessions in Barcelona (which focused on EU complicity), London (on Corporate Complicity) and Cape Town (on the crime of Apartheid), the New York Tribunal will go back to the root of the conflict and focus on UN and US responsibility in the denial of the Palestinian right to self-determination. There will be live streams from New York on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October (starting at 3pm Irish Time every day) – use … Continue reading

Action Item: Call on your MEP to reject new trade deal with Israel

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On September 18 the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament is set to vote on a new trade agreement with Israel. If passed, the Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA) would remove barriers to trade between Israel and member states in industrial products, especially pharmaceuticals. Such an agreement would strengthen EU-Israel relations and would reward Israel for its continued violations of international law. The European Union claims to implement a policy of “positive engagement” with Israel. This policy has failed: despite numerous EU condemnations, Israel has continued its gross infringements of universal human rights with … Continue reading

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