Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

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IPSC position on Irish government recognition of a Palestinian state

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Introductory note: The following statement, issued on 20th February 2017, outlines the position of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign towards the reported upcoming motion in Dáil Eireann concerning Irish recognition of a Palestinian state. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) fully supports the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination as guaranteed by UN General Assembly Resolution 3236. This right is the foremost and most fundamental human right of the Palestinian people and it is the basis of the Palestinian national liberation movement. It is an inalienable right of all Palestinians – those in the Occupied Territories, Palestinian citizens of Israel and … Continue reading

200 European Legal Scholars Uphold the Right to Boycott Israel for Palestinian Rights

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Marking the 10th December UN Human Rights Day, which this year raises the slogan, “Stand up for someone’s rights today,” about 200 legal scholars and practicing lawyers from 15 European states have issued a statement that stands for Palestinian rights and considers the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality as “a lawful exercise of freedom of expression.” The full text of the letter can be read below. The list of statement signatories includes world-renowned legal figures of the prominence of South African jurist John Dugard, who served at the International Court of Justice; Sir … Continue reading

In Pictures: #StopHP global week of action kicks off with two victories

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Press Release from the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC): November 25 marked the launch of the global BDS Week of Action to hold Hewlett Packard (HP) companies accountable for providing technology that enables Israel’s system of occupation, racial segregation and denial of Palestinian human rights. The Week of Action is called for by the new International Boycott HP Network, led by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), and will extend through December 3rd. Over 100 cities worldwide are participating, with BDS partners in more cities continuing to confirm participation each day. See the BNC’s Boycott HP Week of Action page … Continue reading

Action Item: Write to Minister of State John Halligan urging no collaboration with Apartheid Israel’s education ministry

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The Irish Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan is on an official visit to the Palestine-Israel region at the moment. We are informed that as part of his itinerary he is due to meet Naftali Bennett, the Israeli Minster for Education, to discuss “innovation and education”. Bennett is one of the most reprehensible and racist figures in the current Israeli government, which itself is widely considered to be the most extremist in Israel’s history. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) believes that such a meeting should not take place, and furthermore, that there should be no cooperation … Continue reading

EU Foreign Affairs chief affirms the right to Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions

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Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, has condemned attacks on human rights defenders and affirmed the right of European citizens to freedom of expression and association, including through participation in the global Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In response to a question on whether the EU commission will commit to defending BDS activists’ right to exercise their democratic freedom of expression, put forward by MEP Martina Anderson, the EU High Representative stated: “The EU stands firm in protecting freedom of expression and freedom of association in line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the … Continue reading

David Lloyd: On the malevolence of occupation and necessity of BDS

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David Lloyd, the Distinguished Professor, poet, activist and signatory to both the Irish Academics’ and Irish Artists’ pledges to boycott Israel, has a wonderful piece entitled ‘The Malevolence of Occupation’ in the new issue of the Dublin Review of Books. Below is an excerpt, you can read the full piece here. Above all, boycott is an instrument of civil society. We call for a boycott when the means to redress an ongoing injury are denied by the legal or political institutions that ought to intervene. In December 2009, Israel launched its catastrophic “Cast Lead” assault on Gaza ‑ as it … Continue reading

Dozens of MEPs call on the EU to support the right to boycott Israel

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More than 30 MEPs have called on the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, to take measures assuring freedom of expression regarding the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for justice and equality and recognising Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS movement, as a human rights defender. Irish MEPs Martina Anderson and Nessa Childers are among the signatories. Note: For the full letter and list of signatories please see here. While the signatories views on the BDS movement differ, they expressed concern regarding “growing attempts to silence and repress advocates of BDS” and called on the EU to “guarantee that it will not introduce … Continue reading

Irish public figures’ statement in support of Israel boycott welcomed by human rights campaigners

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In an open letter published in today’s Irish Times and Irish Independent, thirteen of Ireland’s best-known musicians, writers, artists and sports stars have called on the Irish government to join them in supporting the growing worldwide boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The statement has been welcomed by Palestinian and Irish human rights campaigners. The letter’s signatories are Christy Moore, Mary Coughlan, Robert Ballagh, Donal Lunny, Frances Black, Trevor Hogan, Dervla Murphy, Seamus Deane, Felim Egan, Margaretta D’Arcy, Jim Fitzpatrick, Honor Heffernan and Gavin Kostick. The letter welcomes Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan’s support for BDS as … Continue reading

Palestine Days at Belfast’s Feile An Phobail (Thur 4th & Fri 5th August)

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As part of the annual Felie An Phobail, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) present two days of events in solidarity with the Palestinian people. All events are FREE and there will be stalls and exhibitions throughout the day. Palestine Day #1: Israel’s War on Palestinian Children Thursday 4th August 2016 St. Mary’s University College, Falls Road, Belfast. Schedule: 12-2 pm          Palestinian Lunch.  A selection of delicious homemade Palestinian food. There will be a small charge to cover costs. 2.00 pm           Film:  Small Hands in Handcuffs Anrai Carroll, 2014, 40 mins In October 2013, 16-year-old Anrai Carroll from Ireland travelled … Continue reading

Attempt to conceal Israeli Embassy funding for NCH jazz concert shows toxicity of Brand Israel in Ireland

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According to a story in the Irish Times, the Israeli Embassy and Teddy D Promotions, along with the venue itself, appear to have attempted to conceal the involvement of funding from the Israeli state in a upcoming gig by Israeli jazz trumpeter Avishai Cohen in the National Concert Hall in Dublin. This attempt at deception illustrates just how utterly toxic Brand Israel has become in the eyes of the Irish public – and begs the question as to why funding from Apartheid Israel was accepted in the first place. Unfortunately, due to the involvement of Israeli state funding, this concert … Continue reading

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