Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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Anne Clinton: Palestine solidarity and anti-war activist – Rest in Power

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The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, especially the Limerick branch, along with Shannonwatch and Gaza Action Ireland, would like to express our deep sadness at the passing of our dear friend Anne Clinton on Tuesday 6th May 2014. We would also like to extend our sincere sympathies to her husband Seán, brothers, sisters, extended family and friends. Anne was a warm, beautiful person who dedicated much of her life to solidarity with the Palestinian people. She participated in many actions for Palestine, from organising and attending talks and demonstrations, to working on stalls to better inform people about the situation in Palestine. … Continue reading

Full Statement: South African Officials Must Reject Israeli Blood Diamonds and Secure Jobs in Diamond Beneficiation

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South African civil society and organised labour call on South African officials to show leadership by demanding change to the shamefully discredited “Kimberley Process Certification Scheme” which facilitates trade in diamonds that fund gross human rights violations by rogue regimes, and by securing decent jobs for South Africans in diamond beneficiation. From the 4th to the 7th of June, the city of Kimberley will host a meeting of the “Kimberley Process Certification Scheme”, the diamond regulatory body ostensibly set up to end the trade in diamonds that fund human rights violations – “blood diamonds”. With South Africa currently serving as … Continue reading

South African Officials Must Reject Israeli Blood Diamonds and Secure Jobs in Diamond Beneficiation

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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

Israeli blood diamond agreement scuppered by BDS activists

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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

Palestinians call for a boycott of Israeli diamonds

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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

Opposition Dail parties call for action on Gaza ceasefire as death toll reaches 108

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All opposition parties in the Dail have called on Tainiste and Minster for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore, to take action to secure a ceasefire in the Israeli assault on Gaza which has now left 105 Palestinians dead, including 70 civilians, and over 800 injured since Israeli sabotaged an Egyptian brokered ceasefire last Wendesday. The latest figures from the Irish-Aid funded Palestinian Centre for Human Rights confirm that of the 105 Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces, 23 are children and 12 are women and that civilians make up two thirds of the casualties. Of the 805 injuries, 786 are civilians, … Continue reading

Call for fair reporting as Israel attacks journalists in Gaza

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Reports from Gaza confirm that 92 people have died in Israeli strikes on Gaza since Israel breached ceasefire brokered by Egypt on Wednesday 14th November. Over 750 others have been injured in the bombardment from air, land and sea. 3 Israelis have died as a result of shelling from Gaza since 14th November. In light of these figures the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign calls for fair and unbiased reporting of the situation. On the night of Saturday 17th November the Israeli military assault targeted two buildings in Gaza City that housed international and Palestinian media outlets including both local Arab and … Continue reading

Stop the Attack on Gaza: 5 Simple Things YOU Can Do!

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Israel is bombarding Gaza from air and sea. There is a rising death toll and fears that Israel is preparing to launch a ground invasion. The latest attack on Gaza, called ‘Operation Pillar of Cloud’ comes four years after the devastating ‘Operation Cast Lead’, in which Israel massacred over 1400 Palestinians. We can’t let it happen again! Here are five very simple things you can do to help stop the Israeli assault on Gaza. 1. Email your public representatives and ask them to demand the Irish Government take action to end to the Israeli attacks. (Takes 1 minute) 2. Email or … 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

Gaza family, victims of Israeli war crimes, appeal to British Queen to remove “blood diamond”

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The Sammoni family, 29 members of which were killed by the Israeli military in Gaza in 2009, have issued an appeal to the British Queen to remove the Steinmetz Forevermark Jubilee Diamond which De Beers put on display in the Tower of London to mark the Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee. In total, 29 members of the Sammoni family were killed by the Givati Brigade of the Israeli army during the Israeli assault on Gaza (Operation Cast Lead) in December 2008 – January 2009. 21 were killed in a single airstrike on a building in which the family were taking cover, … Continue reading

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