Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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8 things you may have missed this week in Palestine

Irish media continues to frequently ignore important stories emerging from Palestine-Israel, stories that are vital to context setting and framing during those times when the issue actually does hit international headlines. By ignoring such stories, which expose the true nature of Palestinian life under military occupation and apartheid, the media can only be considered to be complicit via their silence. Therefore the IPSC continues with our new weekly round up of the most important stories that you may have missed if your only source of information is the Irish mainstream media. #1. Israel pressures UN to remove it from a … Continue reading

Noam Chomsky in Gaza condemns blockade and supports flotilla

Press Release from Gaza Action Ireland: In response to a request by Gaza Action Ireland and the flotilla steering committee, the noted social activist and philosopher Professor Noam Chomsky has made the following lengthy statement in relation to the hijacking by Israel of the SV Estelle and the ongoing blockade of Gaza: Noam Chomsky said: “I’m here in Gaza, I’ve been here for several days. I was here hoping to greet the latest boat from the Flotilla, the Estelle. We were waiting at the Gaza port. The boat, like earlier ones, was hijacked by the Israeli navy. They call it … Continue reading

UPDATE: Israeli takeover of SV Estelle now confirmed

Update from Gaza Action Ireland (11:30 Sat 20 Oct): We’re now certain that Israeli commandos have taken over the Estelle and it is being towed to Ashdod. All reports at this stage originate with Israel, as we lost contact with the ship at 9.15am this morning. Therefore, we have no reliable information on the nature of the take-over or regarding injuries, if any. Update from Gaza Action Ireland (23:55): We have just received news from the SV Estelle that 6 IDF ships are circling them: 5 small and 1 bigger. No radio contact has been made yet by the Israeli forces. … Continue reading

European Parliamentarians board Gaza bound ship as SV Estelle expected in Gaza by weekend

At noon on Tuesday October 16th, additional passengers joined the SV Estelle – Ship to Gaza, to join its mission to breach the illegal siege of Gaza. (Note: You can sign the petition in support of the ship here) Members of Parliament from Greece, Norway, Sweden and Spain embarked on Estelle at sea in international waters, in an action south of the Greek archipelago. A Greek coastguard vessel nearby did not interfere as the transfer occurred outside of Greek waters. They are now together with activists and crew from Canada, Finland, Greece, Israel, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden. Estelle is … Continue reading

Action Item: Sign petition in support SV Estelle, the Swedish ship to Gaza

This summer, the intensified blockade of the Palestinian people of the Gaza Strip has continued into its sixth year. The blockade—referred to as “the siege” by its victims—is a violation of international law and of the fundamental human rights of the civilian population in Gaza. The blockade has devastating humanitarian consequences for more than 1.6 million people, most of them children, on this coastal strip between the Mediterranean Sea and the Negev desert. SIGN THE PETITION HERE The blockade is illegal, inhumane and—from Israel´s point of view—counterproductive; it neither stops weapons from being smuggled into the Strip or missiles from … Continue reading

Unprecedented cross-party call by Irish politicians for an end to the Israeli siege of Gaza

Unprecedented cross-party call by Irish politicians for an end to the Israeli siege of Gaza 80 Irish parliamentarians sign statement supporting ship, SV Estelle, now on its way to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza and call for immediate end to the siege GAZA ACTION IRELAND Press Release, 21/9/12 In an unprecedented show of support for the people of Gaza, dozens of politicians from across the island of Ireland have signed a strongly worded statement condemning Israel’s ongoing blockade of the tiny Palestinian territory and supporting a large humanitarian sailing ship, the SV Estelle, that is now on its way from … Continue reading

Speaking Tour: Israel: Democracy, Racism & Apartheid – An Insider’s View with Haneen Zoabi MK

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is proud to host a speaking tour featuring Haneen Zoabi MK, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Parliament from Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th August in Dublin, Derry, Belfast and Cork. This is a rare opportunity to find out directly from a public representative in the Israeli parliament how the self proclaimed “only democracy in the Middle East” truly functions. It promises to be an informative and eye-opening experience, and will afford those in attendance the opportunity to learn about issues relating to both the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the continuing erosion of … 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

Report of IPSC protest against Israeli parliamentary visit to Ireland

On the evening of Wednesday 18th January, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) held a protest against an official Israeli parliamentary visit to the Oireachtas. This visit of two Israeli Knesset [Parliament] members and their entourage was kept secret by the Irish state until the evening before the two MKs arrived. With less than 12 hours notice, the IPSC organised a protest of over 40 pro-Palestine activists outside the gates of the Dail to coincide with the MKs’ official meeting with the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD. The MKs were ushered in via … Continue reading

Photos: Irish Ship to Gaza #FreedomWaves demo

Dublin: On the evening of Friday 4th November 2011, the Irish Ship to Gaza campaign  organised an emergency demo at the Spire in solidarity with the #FreedomWaves activists kidnapped in international waters by the Israeli military. The demo called for an end to the siege of Gaza and release of the unlawfully detained international activists. Around 250 people attended the short-notice protest, and were addressed by Claudia Saba (ISTG Media Coordinator), Dr Raymond Deane (IPSC Cultural Boycott Officer) Joe Higgins TD (Socialist Party), Richard Boyd-Barrett TD (People Before Profit Alliance), Aengus O Snodaign TD (Sinn Fein), Marie Barry (SIPTU) and … Continue reading

IPSC congratulates President Higgins on his inauguration

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is delighted to congratulate Michael D. Higgins on his election as the ninth President of Ireland. President Higgins has an honourable and long-standing record as a supporter of Palestinian human and political rights. On 13th April 2008 he joined an IPSC demonstration that marched from the Central Bank in Dublin to the Dáil in remembrance of the 1948 Israeli massacre at Deir Yassin. In his speech he said: “This demonstration is an opportunity to once again call on the State of Israel to cease its senseless, oppressive policies towards the people of Palestine and … Continue reading

Latest update re #FreedomWaves prisoners

Fintan Lane and Zoë Lawlor are now in the air en route to Istanbul! They will have to spend the night there, then will get a connecting flight tomorrow. No details yet about arrival time Dublin. Five others arrive tonight in Dublin Airport at 11.40pm. Hopefully the final seven will be home by tomorrow afternoon, but after today’s shenanigans, we’re not counting any chickens…

Dublin Airport: Welcome Home for #FreedomWaves prisoners (Thursday & Friday)

THURSDAY: Five of the kidnapped Irish participants in the #FreedomWaves to Gaza mission will return home on flight LH982 (from Frankfurt) at 11.40pm on Thursday 10th November. Mags O’Brien, John Mallon, Trevor Hogan, Hugh Lewis and Patrick Fitzgerald have all been illegally held by the Israeli state since Friday afternoon after being violently abducted in international waters while attempting to break the illegal siege and sailing to the blockaded Gaza Strip. The Irish Ship To Gaza campaign is organising a welcoming committee to meet them at Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport, and asking people to gather there at around 11.30pm … Continue reading

5 Irish #FreedomWaves prisoners on their way home, 2 again prevented from leaving Israel

Below is the latest press release from the Irish Ship To Gaza campaign IRISH ACTIVISTS AGAIN STOPPED FROM LEAVING ISRAEL Two leading Irish human rights activists were prevented for a second time today from flying home from Israel, in the latest strange twist to the protracted homecoming saga of Ireland’s #FreedomWaves campaigners.They were among the 14 Irish passengers of the MV Saoirse, hijacked in international waters last Friday on a humanitarian mission to Gaza. The seven people who had earlier been stopped from flying out on a morning British Airways flight were returned to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport this … Continue reading

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