Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

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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

Palestinians call for a boycott of Israeli diamonds

Over 50 Palestinian organisations, representing a cross-section of Palestinian civil society, including women’s groups and trade unions, and international organisations in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for equality, justice and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, have issued an appeal to women and men of conscience and jewellers worldwide to reject diamonds processed in Israel. Samir Abed-Rabbo, a coordinator of the campaign for a global rejection of Israeli diamonds said: “Revenue from Israel’s diamond industry is a major source of funding for the Israeli military which stands accused of war crimes by the UN Human Rights Council, Amnesty … Continue reading

Impunity to kill: Six Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces in less than a fortnight

Yesterday, as media outlets focused on the outcome of the elections in Israel, it was business as usual in Israeli-occupied Palestine. Two Palestinians lost their lives at the hands of the Israeli occupation forces, bringing to six the number of young Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the past fortnight alone. These deaths have gone largely unreported in the Irish media and Israeli aggression continues apace. The Israeli government and its military continue to kill, maim and destroy lives and livelihoods with impunity, unchecked by the international community. Yesterday, 23rd January 2013, Lubna Munir Hanash, a young 22-year-old Palestinian woman … Continue reading

2012 Summary of the Cultural Boycott of Israel

The year 2012 was an amazing year full of many successes in the campaign for the cultural boycott of Israel.  This summary focuses on the cultural boycott with an emphasis on musical artists and groups. The fall of South African apartheid was preceded by the movement by artists of conscience to boycott “Sun City.”  A similar anti-apartheid movement is rapidly growing; and musicians increasingly do not want to perform in Israel. The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, Habima, Batsheva, and the Cameri Theater continued to be sent to perform abroad as “cultural ambassadors” for Israel.  This year people who oppose apartheid gathered … Continue reading

Mairead Maguire: “This Christmas, remember Palestine’s Christians”

Recently, the Israeli Embassy in Ireland posted a “thought for Christmas” its Facebook page to the effect that if Jesus Christ and his mother Mary alive today, they would be “lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians.” As Christians all over the world prepare to celebrate Christmas, we should also remember what that little town of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born over 2,000 years ago, looks like today. These are distressing times for the Christians of the Holy Land, as revealed by a South African ecumenical delegation who were “traumatized” during an Advent visit to Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem and East … Continue reading

The IPSC’s work in 2012 – a brief review

To all IPSC members and supporters, As 2012 draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you  for your ongoing support for Palestinian rights throughout the past year. In 2012 Palestinians have continued the struggle for their human and political rights, whether through prisoner hunger strikes, the civil resistance campaigns in West Bank villages or the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions. Thanks to  your help, we have continued to raise awareness and support the struggle for freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people. It has not been an easy year for Palestine. In December, Israel … Continue reading

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