Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

Sporting Boycott

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: National Demonstration for Freedom & Justice in Palestine

On Saturday 10th June around 1,500 people from all over Ireland (and further afield) marched in a National Demonstration to mark the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation and illegal colonisation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) organised the event to convey a simple message, that  ‘100 years of injustice & 50 years of occupation is enough! It’s time for freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people!’ Click here to read the leaflet (PDF) we handed out to thousands of people along the way. Speaking at the rally outside the Israeli Embassy … Continue reading

Justice v Apartheid: Israel’s attacks on Palestinian sport

Thursday’s protest outside the Dundalk FC v Maccabi Tel Aviv football match in Tallaght (7pm) will be a small act of solidarity with the people of Palestine who have suffered so much injustice, and continue to suffer daily, at the hands of the Israel’s apartheid regime due to the ongoing occupation of Palestine and the continual denial of rights to the Palestinian people. While there are those who insist that that sport and politics shouldn’t mix, we believe there is no place in sport for racism or teams who act as ambassadors for racist or apartheid states. As a member … Continue reading

Dozens of MEPs call on the EU to support the right to boycott Israel

More than 30 MEPs have called on the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, to take measures assuring freedom of expression regarding the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for justice and equality and recognising Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS movement, as a human rights defender. Irish MEPs Martina Anderson and Nessa Childers are among the signatories. Note: For the full letter and list of signatories please see here. While the signatories views on the BDS movement differ, they expressed concern regarding “growing attempts to silence and repress advocates of BDS” and called on the EU to “guarantee that it will not introduce … Continue reading

TAKE ACTION: Fair Play for Palestinian Football – Help ensure FAI & IFA support suspension of Israel from FIFA

As a result of Israel’s repression of Palestinian soccer, the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) is seeking to have Israel suspended from FIFA, the world governing body of the sport. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) fully support this move, and encourages all those concerned with justice in Palestine to take action to ensure that the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Irish Football Association (IFA) support the Palestinian move at the FIFA Congress on May 29th. Sepp Blatter, the President of FIFA visited the Palestine-Israel region this week to discuss the issue of the Palestinian FA’s complaints against Israel in … Continue reading

Live Stream: Final Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in NYC (6-7th October)

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is an International People’s Tribunal created in response to the international community’s inaction regarding Israel’s recognized violations of international law. Following the sessions in Barcelona (which focused on EU complicity), London (on Corporate Complicity) and Cape Town (on the crime of Apartheid), the New York Tribunal will go back to the root of the conflict and focus on UN and US responsibility in the denial of the Palestinian right to self-determination. There will be live streams from New York on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October (starting at 3pm Irish Time every day) – use … Continue reading

BDS at 7! – Celebrating, reflecting and further mainstreaming

Statement from Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC) Occupied Palestine, 9th July 2012 Seven years after the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel was launched, the global BDS campaign has become stronger, more widespread, more effective and certainly more diverse than ever—a true cause for celebration by all those groups and conscientious citizens of the world who contributed to this success. However, Israel’s intensifying violations of international law and basic Palestinian rights, the direct threat Israel poses to the freedom of peoples across the region, and the impunity that Israel still enjoys are cause for … Continue reading

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

BDS Day of Action in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Limerick tomorrow Sat 25 Feb

As part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012, there will be a series of Boycott Israeli Goods actions taking place in Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Galway tomorrow, Saturday 25th February. We encourage all our members and supporters in these areas to come out and support these actions. END ISRAELI APARTHEID – BOYCOTT ISRAELI GOODS [Limerick, Israeli Apartheid Week 2012] Boycott Israeli Goods action Sat, 25 February 2012, 10:30AM (The Milk Market, Limerick City) [Cork, Israeli Apartheid Week 2012] Boycott Israeli Goods Demonstration Sat, 25 February 2012, 1:00PM (Daunt Square, Cork City) [Galway, Israeli Apartheid Week 2012] Boycott Israeli Goods action Sat, … Continue reading

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