Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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Volunteering in Palestine: A report from the 15th Lajee Center International Summer Camp

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As a strong supporter of the work of the Lajee Center in Aida refugee camp in occupied Palestine, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is happy to publish below a report back from the centre’s latest summer volunteer work camp from an Irishman who took part.  The author would like to return to Aida in the future, therefore to reduce the risk of being denied re-entry by Israeli official, we have published this piece anonymously. The 15th Lajee Center International Summer Camp The Lajee Center’s 15th international summer camp brought over thirty volunteers to the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem between the … Continue reading

Inquiry finds Israel guilty of targetting UN shelters and schools in Gaza – Take action to end the arms trade with Israel now

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A secret inquiry by the United Nations, parts of which have been leaked to the public, says that Israel was “responsible for striking seven United Nations sites used as civilian shelters” during its assault on Gaza last summer. The report highlights once again the absolute necessity of imposing an arms embargo on Israel, thereby ending the Irish arms trade with this rogue state. Parts of the report, leaked to the Guardian newspaper, state that: * Israel was responsible for striking seven United Nations sites used as civilian shelters during the 2014 Gaza war in which 44 Palestinians died and 227 … Continue reading

IPSC submission to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade call for input on the ‘National Plan on Business and Human Rights’

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In March 2015 the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in response to a call for suggestions regarding the development of a government ‘National Plan on Business and Human Rights’, submitted the following document to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In it we outline what we feel are necessary elements any such plan must incorporate in order to ensure that fundamental Palestinian rights are respected by Irish based-businesses and international businesses that operate within Ireland. You can also download the report as a PDF file here.   Submission to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade call for input … Continue reading

8000 strong petition handed to Dunnes Stores calling for a boycott of illegal Israeli settlement goods

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On Wednesday 17th December members and supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign handed in a petition signed by over 8,000 people calling on Irish supermarket chain Dunnes Stores to make a public commitment that their outlets will not stock goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The petition – signatures for which were collected on streets around Ireland during 2014 – was initiated to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the 1984 Dunnes Stores anti-Apartheid strike by IDATU (now called Mandate) trade union members in Dublin’s Henry Street, and calls on Dunnes to support justice for … Continue reading

Gaza Conflict: Israeli impunity must end (IPSC Briefing Document)

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When Seanad Eireann was recalled to discuss the issue of Gaza on July 31st, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign issued the following briefing document to all Senators, and subsequently to all TDs and MEPs. As an organisation that has played a key role in mobilising thousands of people around the country to get active on this issue, we invite everyone to read and share the document as it outlines our view of the crisis and the political steps necessary to help bring justice to the Palestine-Israel region. The document explores and addresses eleven of the most common misconceptions about the conflict, … Continue reading

Gaza: How far can it bend before it snaps? – A new article by Stephen McCloskey

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The following article was written by Stephen McCloskey, a member of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign who has written extensively on the occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank by Israel. Note: To download a PDF version of the article, please click here.   Gaza: How far can it bend before it snaps?   In December last Amnesty International warned that the Gaza Strip was ‘in the shadow of a public health catastrophe’ given the deteriorating living conditions for the region’s 1.7 million people, most of whom are refugees.  Subjected to an Israeli blockade since 2007 that has devastated … Continue reading

IPSC Foreign Affairs Submission: review of Ireland’s foreign policy approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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On February 4th 2014 the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign made a 14-page submission to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s ‘Review of Ireland’s Foreign Policy and External Relations’. You can read the IPSC submission ‘A review of Ireland’s foreign policy approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’ by clicking here.   Background In Decemeber 2013 the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: “invited [people] to have your say on what our foreign policy priorities and goals should be” [and that] “submissions can address any issue related to Ireland’s foreign policy which they consider to be of relevance“ As the Department also … Continue reading

Statement by European Parliamentary Delegation to Palestine: Freedom and dignity – Israel must end the occupation

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A five member cross-party working group from the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council, led by Emer Costello, conducted a visit to the occupied State of Palestine (East Jerusalem and the West Bank) from 27 April to 2 May, taking in the “Freedom and Dignity” Conference in Ramallah on the subject of Palestinian prisoners and the Palestinian people. The European Parliament passed a resolution on 14 March 2013 expressing concern about the conditions under which Palestinian prisoners are being held in Israeli prisons and called for a fact-finding mission to “assess the current situation”.  The debates … Continue reading

TUI Dublin Colleges Branch AGM passes motions in support of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions; recognises Israel’s apartheid nature

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On Friday 9th November, the AGM of the Dublin Colleges Branch of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) passed a number of motions recognising Israel as an Apartheid state and in full support of the international campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). Three motions in support of Palestinian human rights and BDS were tabled at the 2012 AGM, and all were passed unanimously. These motions add to the many trade union and Trades Council motions supporting BDS that have been passed in Ireland over the past number of years by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), IMPACT, SIPTU, … Continue reading

Important NGO reports (November 2012)

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Below are some recently issued reports on the Palestinian issue that will be of interest to our supporters. 1. Caabu – The Council for British-Arab Understanding: “Palestinian Prisoners: No Security in Injustice” (September 2012) 2.  B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories: “Arrested Development: The Long Term Impact of Israel’s Separation Barrier in the West Bank” (October 2012) 3.  Addameer – Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association: “Eyes on Israeli Military Court: A Collection of Impressions” (October 2012) 4.  Gideon Levy in Haaretz: “Survey: Most Israelis support an apartheid regime in Israel” (October 2012) … Continue reading

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