Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

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Gaza Conflict: Israeli impunity must end (IPSC Briefing Document)

When Seanad Eireann was recalled to discuss the issue of Gaza on July 31st, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign issued the following briefing document to all Senators, and subsequently to all TDs and MEPs. As an organisation that has played a key role in mobilising thousands of people around the country to get active on this issue, we invite everyone to read and share the document as it outlines our view of the crisis and the political steps necessary to help bring justice to the Palestine-Israel region. The document explores and addresses eleven of the most common misconceptions about the conflict, … Continue reading

Take Action: Write to supermarkets asking them to stop stocking Israeli products

Boycotting Israeli products is one important way individuals can express their support for Palestine and opposition to Israeli apartheid against the Palestinians. What is even stronger is when people act collectively, and we all demand the removal of Israeli products – revenues from which help fund the decades long brutal occupation of Palestine – from the shelves of stores in Ireland. Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the anti-apartheid strike at Dunnes Stores, an action that resounded all the way to Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island in Apartheid South Africa; we believe that thirty years on, it remains … Continue reading

Take Action: Write to politicians and demand Irish government action

Dear supporters, following on from the Seanad recall debate on Gaza on Thursday 31st July, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan made it clear that Ireland would not support any meaningful concrete action aimed at ending either the Israeli onslaught on Gaza or Israeli impunity in general. We find this very disappointing, as Ireland has supported sanctions on other countries in the past. We are asking those of you who find this situation unacceptable – especially after the Irish abstention in the vote at the UN Human Rights Council – to write to the following people. Below we provide … Continue reading

Confusion regarding article about Tesco in Irish Sun newspaper

An article appeared in The Irish Sun yesterday which was headlined “Tesco: We’ve axed fruit from Israel”. This headline is very misleading. This statement from Tesco is simply a reaffirmation of Tesco’s previously held position that they won’t use settlement products in their Tesco brand range. While this is to be welcomed by Palestinian rights campaigners, it unfortunately does not say anything about not stocking settlement goods from other brands, nor about refusing to deal with complicit companies that have operations in the illegal settlements (eg Mehadrin). Furthermore, even in the article itself, it states “it does still sell products … Continue reading

Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel reaches 460 signatures on 4th Anniversary

Today, 12th August, is the fourth anniversary of the launch of the Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel, which now boasts more than 460 signatories from all walks of the creative and performing arts. The pledge reads as follows: “In response to the call from Palestinian civil society for a cultural boycott of Israel, we pledge not to avail of any invitation to perform or exhibit in Israel, nor to accept any funding from any institution linked to the government of Israel, until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.” – For the … Continue reading

Dublin City Council motion calls for end to attacks on Gaza and Administrative Detention, and for arms embargo & trade sanctions on Israel

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) today welcomed Dublin City Council’s unanimous passing of a motion calling for an end to both the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza in which at least 184 Palestinian have been killed and the Israeli-imposed illegal siege of the coastal strip, as well as calling upon the Irish government to push for an arms embargo and trade sanctions on Israel.  The motion also condemned the use of Administrative Detention, a form of internment without trial, by the Israeli state. The full text of the motion is below. At the start of the meeting, councillors observed a … Continue reading

As death toll in Gaza rises to 172, Palestine campaigners call on Minister Flanagan to push for Israel sanctions

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign has written to the new Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, asking him to call for sanctions to be imposed on Israel as a result of its latest assault on Gaza. The letter, asking Minister Flanagan to try to safeguard innocent Palestinian civilians and take action to end Israeli impunity, was sent as the death toll from Israel’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’ rose to 172. Human rights organisations, including the internationally respected Palestinian Center for Human Rights, report that civilians have borne the brunt of this assault; 137 of the fatalities are civilians, including at least … Continue reading

Action Item: Stop G4S – Ask Minister to reject G4S tender for JobPath due to complicity in Israeli human rights violations

The Anglo-Danish security firm G4S is one of a number of private companies bidding for the JobPath contract with the Irish state. Amongst other things, G4S is notorious for its operations and service provision within the Israeli prison system. IMPORTANT UPDATE: It was announced on Friday 6th June by G4S that it will pull out of the Israeli prison regime within three years. But as Randa Wahbe of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association notes, ” this has no immediate effect on those facing human rights violations inside Israel’s prisons today [and] G4S has a long track record of … Continue reading

Pictures and Report: ‘It doesn’t take 20-20 vision to see apartheid’ protest at EU House

On June 8th 2014 the EU and Israel finally signed the Horizon 2020 association agreement which will allow Israel to be a party to the program that doles out research grants using EU taxpayer money. On Wednesday 18th June the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) held a symbolic lunchtime protest outside the EU Commission office in Dublin to highlight opposition to Israel’s accession to this agreement. Any EU agreement with Israel should be opposed so long as Israel is an occupier of Palestinian lands and remains a serial human rights abuser and violator of international law. However, this agreement is particularly egregious … Continue reading

Human Rights activists stage protest at CRH AGM

For the fifth consecutive year, members and supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign have staged a protest outside the annual general meeting of Irish multinational CRH in Dun Laoghaire. Campaigners held flags and a corriboard replica of the wall in a protest asking the company to divest from their 25% stake in the Israeli company Mashav, which is a holding company for Nesher, Israel’s sole cement manufacturer. Nesher has provided cement to the Israeli government and private enterprises that violate international law, including the Geneva Convention, by building the illegal separation wall, illegal Israeli-only settlements and associated infrastructure and checkpoints … Continue reading

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