Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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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

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

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

EU guidelines on labelling of illegal settlement goods must be rigorously enforced, but they are not enough for EU to meet its obligations under international law

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The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign sent the following letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade regarding the implementation of EU guidelines on labelling of products from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. EU guidelines on labelling of illegal settlement goods must be rigorously enforced, but they are not enough for EU to meet its obligations under international law. To: Charles Flanagan TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade CC: Dara Murphy, TD Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection BCC: All Dail Deputies, Senators and Irish MEPs Dear Minister Flanagan, I am writing to you … Continue reading

Press watchdog vindicates BDS movement over “factually inaccurate” Indo piece

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A vindication for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), and particularly the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) as the Press Ombudsman rules that a hatchet job piece by the Irish Independent‘s Ian O’Doherty was “factually inaccurate” in relation to two slurs on the movement. The complaint was made to the Ombudsman’s office by journalism lecturer Harry Browne, who is also a founder member of Academics for Palestine, a group of scholars that advocates an academic boycott of Israeli institutions. In a column on 24th June, Mr. O’Doherty  described the BDS movement as being “loud and shrill in their calls … Continue reading

In pictures: ‘Boycott Israeli Goods’ day of action at Tescos nationwide

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To coincide with the visit to Ireland by Riya Hassan of the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the Ireland-Palestine Solidairty Campaign organsied a ‘Boycott Israeli Goods’ day of action on Saturday 26th September focusing on the chain retailer Tesco across the island of Ireland. There were Boycott Israeli Goods information stalls and leafletting of shoppers in a dozen Irish towns and cities including Dublin, Belfast, Limerick, Cork, Galway, Dungannon, Naas, Kildare, Newbridge, Ennis and Sligo. Tesco have been a particularly eager and egregious seller of Israeli products, especially fruit, potatoes and herbs – profits from which are funnelled back into the … Continue reading

RIYA HASSAN TOUR: 10 years of the Palestinian BDS Movement – A decade of global resistance to Israeli Apartheid

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The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is excited and honoured to host a speaking tour featuring Riya Hassan, the European coordinator of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee in Palestine. The tour marks ten years since the BDS call was issued from Palestine by a huge coalition of civil society, trade union, faith and political organisations.

Israel 2015: A government of extremists in charge of an-out-of control military (New IPSC Briefing Paper)

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The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign has distributed the following important and informative new briefing paper to members of the Oireachtas, members of the European Parliament and members of local Irish councils. Titled Israel 2015: A government of extremists in charge of an-out-of control military, the paper is an in-depth investigation the extremist nature of the new Israeli government, the shocking views of its leading members, and the appalling recent record of the Israeli occupation forces in Gaza. Finally the document makes a series of recommendations that we believe the Irish government must take to help ensure that Israel is held to … Continue reading

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