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Israel’s blacklist of human rights orgs is appalling, anti-democratic, and a badge of honour for BDS

Although long suspected, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) yesterday learned via news reports that the organisation is one of 20 human rights advocacy groups on an official Israeli state blacklist, meaning that its members are banned from entering Israel, and thus, from entering Israeli-occupied Palestine. The Israeli apartheid regime fears solidarity so much it seeks to stop us from visiting our friends and colleagues in the Palestine-Israel region. Although appalling, saddening and manifestly anti-democratic, the IPSC views its appearance on this list as a badge of honour and a vindication of our work in solidarity with the people of Palestine … Continue reading

IPSC Statement on International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Today, November 29th, is International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and we in the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) send greetings of solidarity from Ireland to Palestinians everywhere as they struggle for their freedom and self-determination. The UN chose this day, 29th November, to mark the shameful day in 1947 when the UN voted to partition Palestine against the wishes of the indigenous people – an act that would lead to the ethnic cleansing of over 750,000 Palestinians during the Nakba (catastrophe) between 1947 and 1949. 70 years on, Palestinians continue to suffer the disastrous consequences of that imperial … Continue reading

Watch: Street Theatre – Palestinian Olive Harvest (in Dublin)

On Saturday 28th October 2017 members and supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign engaged in street theatre in Dublin’s Grafton Street shopping district. The action explored the experiences of Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest season, which is underway right now. The period always sees an uptick in the number of violent attacks on Palestinian farmers and their olive groves by illegal Israeli colonial settlers, backed up by the Israeli occupation forces. Olive trees carry more than an economic significance in the lives of Palestinians. They are not just like any another trees, they are symbolic of Palestinians’ attachment to … Continue reading

Palestinian hunger strikers declare victory – 24hr solidarity fast cancelled

On Saturday 27th May, after 41 days of a mass hunger strike involving some 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners, the leaders of the strike declared victory and suspended the strike. 80% of the hunger strikers’ demands for basic rights have been met. We salute the steadfastness of the strikers in their quest for justice – and sincerely thank all those who took part in solidarity actions over the past month. The IPSC had planned a 24 hour solidarity fast for Wednesday 31st May in order to try to highlight the strike which had been largely ignored by the mainstream media in … Continue reading

Take Action in support of flying Palestinian flag at Kildare County Council

Kildare County Councillors will vote on Monday 29th May on a motion which will allow the Palestinian flag to be flown above the Council offices for a week in June.  Independent Cllr Joanne Pender has proposed a motion which acknowledges recent moves in the Dáil towards full recognition of the state of Palestine and asks Councillors to supporting flying the flag for a week in June to mark 50 years of occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The motion also references the 1,600 Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jails who are on the sixth week of a hunger strike … Continue reading

FAQ: Why are over 1,500 Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike?

Why are 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike? On Monday 17th April – Palestinian Prisoners’ Day – around 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Apartheid Israel’s jails began what they call the Freedom & Dignity Hunger Strike. The primary reasons the prisoners are on hunger strike is to secure more frequent and lengthy family visits, better prison conditions such as improved medical care, and an end to the practice of solitary confinement and Administrative Detention (internment without charge or trial). How many Palestinian political prisoners does Israel hold? At present there are over 6,300 Palestinian political prisoners in Israel’s jails. … Continue reading

Statement in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers

On 17 April 2017 around 1500 Palestinian prisoners announced the beginning of an open hunger strike calling for an end to the state of Israel’s practice of prisoner abuse, solitary confinement, torture, medical negligence and denial of rights guaranteed under international law—including the right to a fair trial and family visits. Several Palestinian prisoners leading the hunger strike have been transferred into isolation and at the moment all striking prisoners are being denied lawyer and family visits. Currently the state of Israel holds more then 7150 Palestinian political prisoners of which approximately 6300 are male political prisoners, 300 male children … Continue reading

Palestinian Freedom & Dignity Hunger Strike – Updated list of solidarity actions in Ireland

On Monday 17th April – Palestinian Prisoners’ Day – around 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Apartheid Israel’s jails began what they call the Freedom & Dignity Hunger Strike. The strike is calling for an end to the state of Israel’s practice of prisoner abuse, solitary confinement, torture, medical negligence and denial of rights guaranteed under international law—including the right to a fair trial and family visits. Below you will find an updated list of solidarity events taking place around Ireland in support of the hunger strikers: UPCOMING EVENTS Thursday 25th May Portadown – Vigil in solidarity with Palestinian Hunger Strikers … Continue reading

12 things you should know about the conviction of the Israeli solider for 2016 Hebron execution

Elor Azaria, the Israeli occupation soldier who executed the wounded and incapacitated Palestinian man Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif in Hebron last year has been convicted of manslaughter (not murder). He now faces a sentence of up to 20 years – it will be interesting to see what he actually receives (though his legal team is likely to appeal both conviction and the sentence, leading to yet more drawn out pain and misery for the victim’s family). Nevertheless, here are 12 important and highly instructive things you should know note about this case: 1) The court case was an anomaly… It was … Continue reading

In Pictures: Newbridge, Portadown and Galway stand in solidarity with Gaza and Bilal Kayed

On Thursday 26th August, IPSC branches in Galway, Newbridge and Portadown organised solidarity protests against the ongoing siege and renewed bombing of Gaza, and calling for freedom for Palestinian hunger strike Bilal Kayed, who ended his fast after 71 days without food. Portadown: Ireland to Gaza – Hand in Hand to Break the Siege The Portadown branch of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) responded positively to a request received on Tuesday night from their contacts in Gaza asking them to show solidarity in the wake of Israeli attacks earlier this week by organising a street vigil in the town … Continue reading

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