Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

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Infographic: Convictions of Israeli military personel for deaths of Palestinians as of 2013

The Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din last week published statistics regarding investigations by the Israeli Military Police Criminal Investigations Department (MPCID) into the circumstances surrounding the death of Palestinians since September 2000, as well as figures for convictions and penalization relating to these incidents. This is what those figures look like: According to B’Tselem, at least 6,660* Palestinians have been killed to date by the Israeli occupation military forces in the occupied Palestinian territories since September 2000. The figures published by Yesh Din show that the MPCID opened only 179 criminal investigations concerning the killing of Palestinians by Israeli … Continue reading

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd calls on fellow artists to respect the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel

In open letter issued today Monday 19th August, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd urged fellow artists to respect the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel until it ends its occupation of Palestinian lands and complies fully with its obligations under international law. The 69-year old musical veteran and co-founder of rock legends Pink Floyd was prompted to issue the letter following the BBC’s decision to censor words supportive of Palestinian human rights spoken by violinist Nigel Kennedy during a live broadcast. In the letter, appended below, Waters addresses his “brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and … Continue reading

Virtuoso violinist Nigel Kennedy hits out at BBC for censoring his Palestine comments at the 2013 Proms

Violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy has hit out at the BBC for planning to censor words spoken during a live broadcast of the Proms 2013 on August 8th on BBC Radio 3. For the BBC Four television rebroadcast, a line spoken by Kennedy is to be edited out. Along with The Palestine Strings, a group of young Palestinian musicians from the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, Kennedy performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to rousing applause. At the end of the performance, Kennedy, who is a long-standing supporter of the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel, spoke to the audience … Continue reading

In Pictures and Video: IPSC #StopPrawer demo in Dublin

On Thursday 1st August, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) will held a demonstration at The Spire on O’Connell Street in Dublin to protest Israel’s biggest planned act of ethnic cleansing since 1967, as part of an international day of action called for by Palestinians. The so-called Prawer Plan will see the forced removal of some 40,000 Palestinian Bedouin from their ancestral homelands in the Naqab/Negev Desert, in the south of the Israeli state, and relocation in a series of townships. The aim of this act is to remove the Bedouin from the land so it can be utilised for ‘Jewish … Continue reading

Stop the Prawer Plan, Stop the Ethnic Cleansing in the Naqab – IPSC Letter to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore

Dear Minister Gilmore, We in the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign are writing to bring to your attention the situation facing the Palestinian Bedouin citizens of Israel. The Israeli government is in the process of passing into law the so-called ‘Prawer Plan’. If implemented, the plan will see tens of thousands (estimates vary between 30,000 and 70,000) of Bedouin citizens forcibly displaced from their ancestral homelands in the Naqab (Negev) desert, and forced into a series of ‘Bedouin townships’. Were such an action to take place, it would be the largest act of ethnic cleansing carried out by the Israeli state since … Continue reading

Prawer Plan is Israel’s biggest act of ethnic cleansing since 1967

“The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) strongly condemns the Israeli ‘Prawer Plan’, which will dispossess and expel the indigenous Palestinian Bedouin inhabitants of the Naqab (Negev) Desert and resettle the area with Jewish residents, in the state’s biggest act of ethnic cleansing since 1967,” IPSC Chairperson Matrin O’Quigley said today, calling it “a racist act, pure and simple”. Under the current regime almost half the Bedouin population of the Naqab (40,000 people) live in 35 villages on ancestral land that constitutes less than 5% of the total area. The majority of these villages pre-date the establishment of the Israeli state, yet Israel … Continue reading

BNC: European Investment Bank to stop loans to ‘virtually all’ major Israeli businesses and public bodies

Statement from the Palestinian BNC: New European Union guidelines will prevent Israeli ministries, public bodies and businesses that operate in occupied Palestinian territory from receiving loans worth hundreds of millions of Euros each year from the European Investment Bank, it emerged today. The EU will also stop awarding grant funding to Israeli ministries, public bodies or private businesses for activities that take place in occupied Palestinian territory, even if they are headquartered inside Israel’s pre-1967 borders. . According to a leaked version of the guidelines, the EU aims to ensure that its own institutions respect the obligation to not recognize … Continue reading

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

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