Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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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

Listowel Writers’ Week refusal to accept Israeli state funding welcomed by artists and human rights campaigners

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Today’s decision by Listowel Writers’ Week Festival to refuse funding from the Israeli Embassy in Ireland has been welcomed by artists, human rights campaigners and Palestine solidarity activists in Ireland, and is being hailed as victory for the growing Palestinian-led global Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement. The festival’s courageous and principled decision came after festival orgainsers were informed that the acceptance of any such funding would be in breach of the Palestinian civil society call for a cultural boycott of Israel, and after being contacted by concerned members of the public, several of them artists who are due to … Continue reading

7 things you may have missed this week in Palestine

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Irish media continues to frequently ignore important stories emerging from Palestine-Israel, stories that are vital to context setting and framing during those times when the issue actually does hit international headlines. By ignoring such stories, which expose the true nature of Palestinian life under military occupation and apartheid, the media can only be considered to be complicit via their silence. Therefore the IPSC continues with our new weekly round up of the most important stories that you may have missed if your only source of information is the Irish mainstream media. #1. A Palestinian fisherman was shot dead by the … Continue reading

Victory in Galway as NUIG Students’ Union votes to join BDS movement

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The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has welcomed the passing of motion calling on the National University of Galway (NUIG) Students’ Union to actively participate in the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel until it ends the occupation of Palestine and complies with its obligations under international law. The motion, which reads in full “That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.” was passed by an almost  2 to 1 margin (1,954 to 1,054 votes) during a student referendum held on March 6th. NUIG Students’ Union becomes the … Continue reading

Scarlett Johansson quits Oxfam role following public outcry

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Scarlett Johansson has today announced that she is resigning her role as Oxfam ambassador following a huge outcry over her role as the public face of a ad campaign by SodaStream, an Israeli company that based in an illegal Israeli settlement. Rafeef Ziadah, a spokesperson with the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the coalition of Palestinian trade unions, campaigns, NGOs and political parties that works to lead and support the BDS movement, said: “Scarlett Johansson has abandoned her reputation as a progressive celebrity in exchange for the money that accompanies becoming the new face of Israeli apartheid. Just like the few … Continue reading

Action Item: Scarlett Johansson, Don’t Be the Face of Occupation! Oxfam must end relationship with settlement shill.

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UPDATE (30/01/2014): Scarlett Johansson quits Oxfam role following public outcry Scarlett Johansson has announced that she is resigning her role as Oxfam ambassador following a huge outcry over her role as the public face of a ad campaign by SodaStream, an Israeli company that based in an illegal Israeli settlement. Read more here. Note: Below you can also still sign the petition calling on Ms. Johannson to drop her endorsement of occupation profiteers SodaStream. ==== On January 10, 2014, occupation profiteer SodaStream announced that Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson had become their first-ever Global Brand Ambassador and will be starring in SodaStream’s Super … Continue reading

Israel’s academic standing: mediocre and slipping

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Dr. David Landy of Academics for Palestine and the IPSC looks at the latest Times HES survey of world university rankings which reveals some surprising truths about the state of the Israeli academy. One reason we are always told that we can never ever boycott Israel is because of its sterling academic reputation. Israel, we have heard on countless occasions, is a paragon of science, medicine and humanities. If we boycott Israel we’ll be boycotting the cutting-edgiest of high-tech, the most miraculous research in medicine, the inventors of… well, just about everything Well, it seems that such talk of Israeli … Continue reading

In Pictures: ‘What About Palestinians’ Birthright?’ protest against ‘Birthright Israel’ CEO at Global Diaspora Forum

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On Wednesday 15th May (Nakba Day) the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign held a peaceful protest at 9am outside the Global Diaspora Forum which took place in the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney, Co. Dublin. The protest was held as one of the speakers during the 9.30am session was Gidi Mark, the CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel. Below are photos of the action, and here is the leaflet we handed out (PDF). We were proud to be joined on the by Palestinian activist Mousa Abu Maria, who was visiting Ireland on a speaking tour organised by the IPSC. Birthright Israel – part funded by … Continue reading

2012 Summary of the Cultural Boycott of Israel

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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

Not just for Christmas, and not just on Facebook – Israel’s racism and hostility towards Palestinians

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A “thought for Christmas”, posted by the Israeli Embassy in Dublin on its official Facebook page this week, said that if Jesus Christ and his mother Mary were alive today they would “probably end up being lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians”. After an outcry and backlash at the racism on display, the post in question was removed and replaced with a mealy-mouthed apology. Subsequently, the entire ‘Israel in Ireland’ Facebook page was removed, at least temporarily. However, for those familiar with Israeli policy and public statements by official Israeli spokespeople and politicians, such derogatory words and overt displays of … Continue reading

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