Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

Soccer

Action Item: Sign petition ‘Remove UEFA 2013 European Under-21 Championship from Israel’

It took three months of hunger strike and the near death of a Palestinian footballer, held for three years without charge or trial under the ‘Unlawful Combatants Law’ which is itself illegal under international law, for the Israeli authorities to agree to a release deal. While we cautiously welcome the deal that should see Mahmoud Sarsak released on 10 July 2012, we are alarmed that Olympic squad goalkeeper Omar Abu Rois and Ramallah player Mohammed Nimr are also being held by Israel without charge. We maintain that a state which holds sportsmen as political prisoners is unfit to host an international sporting event. This … Continue reading

Hunger Strike: FIFA, FIFPro, Eric Cantona express grave concern over condition of Palestinian footballer

Over the past number of days, FIFA’s Sepp Blatter, FIFPro (“the voice of all professional footballers in the world”), footballing legend Eric Cantona, Show Racism the Red Card and film director Ken Loach (‘Looking for Eric’) have all made statements expressing concern for the life of Mahmoud Sarsak, a 25-year-old Palestinian national team footballer who has been on hunger strike for 87 days in an Israeli prison protesting against his three year internment without trial. (Note – you can sign a petition calling on UEFA President Michel Platini to help secure release of ahmoud Sarsak held by UEFA member Israel … Continue reading

Irish Government and footballing organisations must intervene in case of Palestinian hunger strikers nearing death

Today, Tuesday 5th June, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) called on the Irish Government to intervene to save the lives of two Palestinian political prisoners, Mahmoud Sarsak and Akram Rikhawi who have been on hunger strike for 80 days and 55 days respectively. The IPSC also called on the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), the Irish Football Association (IFA), UEFA and FIFA to publicly raise the issue of Mr. Sarsak who is a member of the Palestinian national soccer team. Mahmoud Sarsak from Gaza’s Rafah refugee camp was detained by the Israeli military on July 22, 2009, when he … Continue reading

The IPSC Online Store – Ideal for Christmas Gifts

Christmas is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate the holiday season than buying gifts for your loved ones and supporting the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign at the same time. Our online store has a whole range of gift ideas, from our ever popular Christmas cards and calendars, to football shirts and flags, to olive wood products from Bethlehem and of course books, DVDs and CDs. Stocks are always limited, so be sure to order early. You can pay via PayPal (even if you don’t have a PayPal account, you can still use a credit card) or with a cheque, … Continue reading

Open Letter to UEFA: “Do not reward Israel for its violent repression of Palestinian rights”

The following letter was published in the Irish Times on Monday 7th November, 2011. Sir, – Those who lead European football must respond to an appeal from Palestinians dismayed at the prospect of Israel hosting Uefa’s under-21 tournament in 2013. A state that uses military might to hold sway over land it illegally occupies and exploits, flouts international law and ignores UN resolutions surely forfeits the right to be treated as a member of the community of nations. But western powers continue to embrace Israel as an ally. During the 2011 under-21 tournament in Denmark in June, 42 Gazan football … Continue reading

Report: Love Football, Hate Apartheid Protest at Ireland v Israel women’s match

On Saturday 22nd October 2011, the Irish women’s soccer team played a European Cup qualifier against the Israeli national team. The game took place at Tallaght stadium, and the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign staged a ‘Love Football, Hate Apartheid’ protest outside the grounds. IPSC Chairperson Martin O’Quigley said: “Some say that sport and politics should not mix, however we say that sport and racism should never mix – hence the theme of our protest, ‘Love Football, Hate Apartheid’. The IPSC points to the sporting boycott against South Africa, which was one of the most effective tools employed in ostracising that state … Continue reading

‘Love Football, Hate Apartheid’ protest at Ireland-Israel women’s football match tomorrow

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC)  today issued a call to heed Palestinian civil society and ‘kick apartheid out of women’s football’. Supporters of Palestine will be organizing a protest at the Irish women’s soccer team European Cup qualifying match with Israel on Saturday, October 22 at Tallaght Stadium. The match kicks off at 3pm and the protest will start at 2 pm outside the stadium. Banners reading, ‘Love Football, Hate Apartheid’, ‘Boycott Israeli Apartheid’ and ‘Unity against Occupation’ will be displayed. The protest will be a peaceful act of solidarity with the people of Palestine. While the Israeli team can travel and … Continue reading