Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

Press releases

Take Action: Ireland must oppose reconvening the EU-Israel Association Council

In July, despite Israel’s record of apartheid, human rights abuses and international law violations, the 27 EU Foreign Ministers voted unanimously to reconvene the EU-Israel Association Council for the first time since 2012. This is an entirely retrograde move that will serve only to embolden Israel in its denial of Palestinian rights and freedoms. The message it sends is clear; Israel can continue to act with impunity, and the EU – including Ireland – will not only ignore its continuous human rights abuses and violations of international law, but reward it with greater access to the EU centres of power. … Continue reading

Irish human rights groups call to stop EU-Israel Association Council

In an open letter issued today, 18 Irish human rights groups, civil society organisations and trade unions called for the Irish government to act to stop the reconvening of the EU-Israel Association Council scheduled for next month. ADD YOUR VOICE BY EMAILING THE MINISTER – CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION! The letter follows on from other calls for cancellation directed to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, from MEPs, Amnesty International and Palestinian and international civil society groups. The signatories, which include Trocaire, Christian Aid Ireland, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Fórsa, the Communications Workers’ Union, ActionAid … Continue reading

Israel intensifies its assault on Palestinian civil society

As Apartheid Israel intensifies its assault on Palestinian civil society, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity sends our solidarity to our sisters and brothers in the Palestinian NGOs under attack. We have continued our efforts to push the Irish government to move from words of condemnation into taking concrete action. Below you will find a copy of our latest letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney. TO: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney CC: An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin Opposition Spokespeople for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Members of the Cross Party Oireachtas Friends of Palestine group, Interested TDs, Senators and MEPs Dear … Continue reading

The Lajee Cultural Tour comes to Ireland in September!

Following their sell-out 2014 Irish tour, Lajee Cultural Centre from Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem return with a celebration of traditional Palestinian music and Dabka dance in September 2022. Set to embark on a nationwide tour of Ireland, a group of young creatives from Lajee Cultural Centre, Aida Camp in Bethlehem, Palestine plan on bringing music, dance and culture to Dublin, Kildare, Cork and Galway. The Lajee centre began as a dream of its creators, who worked intesively and with true palastinian ‘sumoud‘ (Steadfastness) in order to make that dream become a reality. You can see all the dates, as well … Continue reading

Israeli raids on Palestinian NGOs designed to instill fear and silence

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) condemned last night’s raids by Israeli occupation forces on the offices of six highly respected and effective Palestinian human rights organisations. These organisations were designated as “terrorist entities” by Israel in October 2021, a move that has been openly rejected by nine EU states, including Ireland. Late yesterday, Apartheid Israel’s forces raided the offices of the human rights organisations, confiscated equipment, documents and materials, sealed their doors, and left notices declaring them unlawful organisations and ordering them closed. In the office of Al Haq, the soldiers tore to the ground an Irish flag which had … Continue reading

Nine EU countries reject Israel’s criminalisation of Palestinian civil society organisations

Nine EU countries, including Ireland, issued a joint statement on Tuesday saying they will continue working with six Palestinian NGOs that Israel branded “terrorist organisations” last year, because Israel has failed to provide evidence to prove its claims. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign today welcomed the news. The nine countries are Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Spain and Sweden. The six Palestinian NGOs in question are Addameer, Al-Haq, the Bisan Center for Research & Development, Defense for Children International-Palestine, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees. The joint statement from the nine Foreign … Continue reading

Two Minutes for Palestine: Sign the EU Citizens’ Initiative to ban trade with illegal settlements!

Today we are proud to launch our new European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with a simple demand – we want the EU to fully and permanently ban trade with illegal settlements in occupied territories, including Israel’s colonial settlements in occupied Palestine. Our coalition includes over 100 international civil society organisations such as Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights and Avaaz, while here at home the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Trocaire, Action Aid, ICTU, UpLift, Christian Aid, Jewish Voice for a Just Peace, Financial Justice Ireland, Sadaka and Comhlámh are some of the 20+ Irish organisations involved. Click here sign … Continue reading

Leading Irish and international artists demand accountability for Israel’s killing of Palestinian journalist

Irish cultural figures Frances Black, Ronan Bennett, Liam Cunningham, Lankum, Dónal Lunny, Emer Martin, Christy Moore, Stephen Rea and Colm Tóibín have joined international artists including Pedro Almodovar, Susan Sarandon, Tilda Swinton, Mark Ruffalo, Eric Cantona, Miriam Margolyes, Jim Jarmusch, Naomi Klein and Peter Gabriel to call for “meaningful measures to ensure accountability for the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and all other Palestinian civilians.” More than a hundred artists, including Hollywood stars, acclaimed authors and prominent musicians, have condemned Israel’s killing of esteemed Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Actors Susan Sarandon, Tilda Swinton, Stephen Rea, Mark Ruffalo, Kathryn Hahn … Continue reading

Israel is guilty of Apartheid and Annexation says UN’s Palestine Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has welcomed the publication of the latest report by Michael Lynk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which states clearly that “Israel has imposed upon Palestine an apartheid reality in a post-apartheid world.” The Special Rapporteur’s report now joins others by Al Haq, Yesh Din, B’Tselem, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International in concluding that Israel is guilty of the crime against humanity of Apartheid. Help End Israeli Apartheid: Please take two minutes to sign our EU Citizen’s Initiative calling for an end to trade … Continue reading

Amnesty condemns Israeli Apartheid and calls for international action to end oppression of Palestinians

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign has praised today’s publication of a detailed new report by Amnesty International showing that Israel is committing the crime against humanity of Apartheid against the Palestinian people. The 211 page report, entitled ‘Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime Against Humanity’, is the latest in a long line of human rights organisations levelling similar charges against Israel. It calls for international sanctions, including an arms embargo, against the Israeli state and individuals implicated in these crimes, for the International Criminal Court to investigate Israeli Apartheid, and for the United Nations to re-establish the Special Committee against … Continue reading

Stop Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinian lands – Join the Day of Action!

From the Naqab to Sheikh Jarrah to the West Bank —Palestinians are resisting land grabs and the destruction of their homes, and calling for solidarity in their battle against Israel’s ethnic cleansing policies. Palestinians have called a weekend of protest across their historic lands, and are asking internationals to standing in solidarity with them as they face down the brutality of Israel’s apartheid regime. We ask you to please join us at one of our actions around Ireland this Thursday 27th and Friday 28th January to show your opposition to Israel’s actions, and to tell our government that words are … Continue reading

60 international organisations condemn Dutch government for cutting aid to Palestinian NGO

60 NGOs, trade unions and other civil society groups from Europe and elsewhere have condemned the decision of the previous Dutch government to terminate its funding for the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC). In a joint letter sent on 26 January 2022 to Dutch Foreign Minister Hoekstra and Dutch Development Minister Schreinemacher, the 60 organizations, which include the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, and Sadaka, urge the current Dutch government to resume funding for UAWC. They do so with reference to an investigation launched by the previous government, which found no evidence at all that … Continue reading

Take Action: Irish Government must condemn criminalisation of Palestinian human rights defenders by Apartheid Israel

On 22nd October, Apartheid Israel moved to criminalise and ban six prominent civil society organisations, an escalation in its systematic targeting of human rights defenders, and an attempt to evade accountability for its violations of international law. Click here to take action! The six organisations are: Addameer, Al-Haq, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International – Palestine, Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees. They are all internationally renowned, principled, and effective Palestinian human rights organisations doing critical work protecting women’s rights, supporting famers impacted by Israel’s illegal land grabs, and supporting the … Continue reading

Legal victory against European Commission paves way to ending trade with illegal settlements

On 8 September 2021 the European Commission registered a European Citizens Initiative (ECI) that calls to end trade with illegal settlements in occupied territories such as Palestine and Western Sahara. This only came after the organizers of the Initiative won a lawsuit against the European Commission, which had first rejected the initiative claiming a lack of competence. Their rejection was annulled by a humiliating decision of the European Court of Justice. What this means now is that over the coming months Palestine solidarity campaigners all over Europe will begin the hard work of collecting one million signatures from EU citizens in order … Continue reading

100+ unions, parties and NGOs send letter to EU in defence of 6 Palestinian human rights organisations

Over 100 European political parties, trade unions, human rights organisations and civil society groups today sent a letter to Josep Borrell, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, outlining their grave concern at Israel’s decision to label six Palestinian human rights NGOs as ‘terrorist entities’. The letter, the full text of which is below,  states that the EU has not done enough to protect these Palestinian groups, calls for a clear rejection of the designation by the EU, and asks the EU to suspend the acceptance of Israel into the highly lucrative Horizon Europe research and development programme. Aside from … Continue reading

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