Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

100+ unions, parties and NGOs send letter to EU in defence of 6 Palestinian human rights organisations

Over 100 European political parties, trade unions, human rights organisations and civil society groups today sent a letter to Josep Borrell, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, outlining their grave concern at Israel’s decision to label six Palestinian human rights NGOs as ‘terrorist entities’. The letter, the full text of which is below,  states that the EU has not done enough to protect these Palestinian groups, calls for a clear rejection of the designation by the EU, and asks the EU to suspend the acceptance of Israel into the highly lucrative Horizon Europe research and development programme. Aside from … Continue reading

100+ actors, authors, directors and musicians call for end to Israeli attacks on Palestinian human rights groups

More than 100 public figures urge the international community to protect Palestinian human rights defenders. Musicians Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Jarvis Cocker and Massive Attack, film directors Laura Poitras, Jim Jarmusch, Costa Gravas and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, actors Mark Rylance, Tilda Swinton, Simon Pegg, Richard Gere, authors Philip Pullman, Naomi Klein, Irvine Welsh, Colm Tóibín and Monica Ali — are among dozens of high profile figures who have signed a statement criticising the Israeli government for launching what they say is: “An unprecedented and blanket attack on Palestinian human rights defenders beginning with the designation […] of six leading Palestinian human … Continue reading

[Webinar] Stand with the 6: A Conversation with Palestinian Rights Groups Under Attack (Makan)

This talk will take place on Wednesday 1st December 2021 at 6pm Irish Time. The talk will last 1 hour and 30 minutes. REGISTER HERE Makan presents: ‘Stand with the 6: A Conversation with Palestinian Rights Groups Under Attack’ In the last month, Israel designated six prominent Palestinian civil society institutions as ‘terrorist organisations’.  The list includes Al-Haq, Addameer, Defence for Children International, the Bisan Center for Research and Development, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees. These organisations play a critical role in highlighting the impact of Israel’s settler colonial and apartheid regime on … Continue reading

Take Action: Irish Government must condemn criminalisation of Palestinian human rights defenders by Apartheid Israel

On 22nd October, Apartheid Israel moved to criminalise and ban six prominent civil society organisations, an escalation in its systematic targeting of human rights defenders, and an attempt to evade accountability for its violations of international law. Click here to take action! The six organisations are: Addameer, Al-Haq, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International – Palestine, Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees. They are all internationally renowned, principled, and effective Palestinian human rights organisations doing critical work protecting women’s rights, supporting famers impacted by Israel’s illegal land grabs, and supporting the … Continue reading

IPSC condemns attempts to criminalise and intimidate Palestinian human rights defenders

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) unreservedly condemns a military order issued last week by the Israeli Ministry of Defence that aims to criminalise and ban six prominent, highly respected and effective Palestinian human rights organisations. The groups in question are Defense for Children International Palestine, Al-Haq, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Bisan Center for Research and Development and the Union of Palestinian Women Committees. This is a dangerous and deplorable decision, the culmination of decades of the Israeli state’s attempts to smear, silence and shut down Palestinian civil society organisations and to … Continue reading

IPSC welcomes Sally Rooney’s decision to support the cultural boycott of Apartheid Israel

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) commends acclaimed author Sally Rooney for her principled stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people by refusing a deal with Israeli publishing house, Modan, which is complicit in that state’s crimes against the Palestinian people. We welcome Ms. Rooney’s position and her moral clarity in respecting the Palestinian BDS call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until such time as it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights, ending its oppression of the Palestinian people. We are proud to count Sally Rooney among the now 1,342 artists who have signed … Continue reading

Legal victory against European Commission paves way to ending trade with illegal settlements

On 8 September 2021 the European Commission registered a European Citizens Initiative (ECI) that calls to end trade with illegal settlements in occupied territories such as Palestine and Western Sahara. This only came after the organizers of the Initiative won a lawsuit against the European Commission, which had first rejected the initiative claiming a lack of competence. Their rejection was annulled by a humiliating decision of the European Court of Justice. What this means now is that over the coming months Palestine solidarity campaigners all over Europe will begin the hard work of collecting one million signatures from EU citizens in order … Continue reading

Waterford twins with Ramallah!

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) warmly welcomes the passing of a motion by Waterford City and County Council that the Waterford Metropolitan District will twin with the Ramallah Municipality in Palestine. We commend the work done by local activists in the South East branch of the IPSC to achieve this twinning which is another shining example of the unbreakable solidarity between the peoples of Ireland and Palestine. The process of twinning is invaluable in that it builds links between communities in both localities and the IPSC South East members have forged strong connections between Palestinians and Irish schools, trade unions, … Continue reading

Israel raids Palestinian children’s NGO; Garda & PSNI collaboration with perpetrators must end

In the early hours of Thursday 29th July 2021, Israeli occupation forces raided the headquarters of Defence for Children International – Palestine, confiscating computers, laptops, hard-drives and confidential legal files related to child prisoners. The raid was conducted Israel’s notorious Border Police unit, which operates under the command of the Ministry of Public Security. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign sent the below letter to the Irish government, highlighting the ongoing collaboration between the Irish police force, An Garda Síochána, and the Ministry of Public Security through the EU-funded ROXANNE research programme. A similar letter was also sent to the Minister for … Continue reading

Take action to #SaveSilwan and #StopJerusalemExpulsions

Silwan is an area in Israeli-occupied and illegally annexed East Jerusalem that, like Sheikh Jarrah, is facing ongoing and imminent threats of ethnic cleansing. 1,500 Palestinians are under threat of having their homes demolished as Israel attempts to expel them and replace them with illegal Israeli settlers. This week the Apartheid State of Israel has begun a series of illegal demolitions in the area. The Irish government must both speak out and take concrete meaningful action – so we ask you to take one minute to send the below mail to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney. Words are not … Continue reading

New Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs Report calls for Irish Government action on Israel’s illegal settlements, demolitions and displacement

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) welcomes the publication of a new report by the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence entitled “Demolitions and Displacements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” The 112-page report, the product of several months of investigation by the Committee, is clear in its critique and condemnation of the illegal nature of Israel’s home demolitions, population displacements and settlement construction. The report also makes a list of recommendations (pp.47-49), most of which are broadly supported by the IPSC, in particular the calls for Ireland to: • Take steps towards realising its responsibility to not render aid or … Continue reading

[CLOSED] Bike Raffle – Win a ‘Palestine Fixie’!

A huge thank you to everyone who bought one of the limited tickets. This raffle is now CLOSED and the draw will take place on Saturday 7th August at 3pm. The winner will be notified by email. Here is a great opportunity to win an amazing bike customised in the Palestinian colours of Red, Black, Green and White. Whether you traverse the city streets, tour the countryside, or hang it over your mantelpiece this beaut is sure to turn heads! Click here to be in with a chance of winning this amazing bike! Specification: The 60cm frame is large-sized and suited to an adult. It … Continue reading

Israel: New Government, Same Apartheid!

The ‘coalition of change’ is really just a ‘continuity coalition’ for the same old anti-Palestinian oppression, occupation, racism and war crimes.  Much international fawning and fanfare has greeted the news that after 12 years in power in the Apartheid State of Israel, war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party has been ousted and replaced by a shaky coalition deemed the ‘government of change’, whose members range from liberal Zionists to far-right extremists. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign sees nothing to celebrate in the changing of the guard in the nuclear-armed Apartheid state that continues to destroy the lives and livelihoods of the … Continue reading

Take Action: Stop Gardaí & PSNI collaboration with Israel’s ministry of death, torture and racism

Both An Garda Síochána and the Police Service of Northern Ireland are engaged in an EU research project called ROXANNE, working in collaboration with the notorious Israeli Ministry of Public Security.    CLICK TO TAKE ACTION!   This is the Ministry responsible for both the Israel National Police (including the Border Police) and the Israel Prison Service. It oversees routine commission of serious human rights abuses and international law violations against the Palestinian people, and racism and violence directed at minorities within Israel. These well documented violations include brutal killings, the torture and imprisonment of children, medical negligence of political prisoners, … Continue reading

Take Action to #SaveSheikhJarrah & #StopJerusalemExpulsions

Over 1,500 Palestinians from neighbourhoods in occupied East Jerusalem are facing threat of forced displacement and home demolitions by Israeli authorities. Children make up a large percentage of the families threatened with homelessness. Recently Israeli courts have ruled in favor of Israeli settlers and given four Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood until May to leave their homes. In the Silwan neighborhoods of Al Bustan and Batin al Hawa, a total of 21 Palestinian families are facing home demolition as soon as May 11th to make way for an Israeli tourist site. This is part of Israel’s larger plan … Continue reading

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