Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

RIYA HASSAN TOUR: 10 years of the Palestinian BDS Movement – A decade of global resistance to Israeli Apartheid

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is excited and honoured to host a speaking tour featuring Riya Hassan, the European coordinator of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee in Palestine. The tour marks ten years since the BDS call was issued from Palestine by a huge coalition of civil society, trade union, faith and political organisations.

In those ten years the BDS campaign has gone from strength to strength (with the occasional setback) and become a major factor in the Palestine-Israel issue, so much so that Israeli officials have begun openly taking about the movement as an “existential threat” to Israeli apartheid. We are therefore honoured to host Riya Hassan on a speaking tour to talk about the unstoppable growth of this Palestinian civil society-led movement for freedom, justice, equality and a just peace in the Palestine-Israel region.

Between 21st and 26th September, Ms. Hassan will visit five Irish towns and cities

Monday 21st Sept – Galway Room AC202, NUIG Concourse, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Tuesday 22nd Sept – Ennis8pm, The Temple Gate Hotel, The Square
Wednesday 23rd Sept – Dublin7pm, The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, D2
Thursday 24th Sept – Belfast7pm, The Jurys Inn, Great Victoria Street, BT1 6DY, Belfast
Saturday 26th Sept – Cork2.30pm, The Crawford Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork

About the speaker

Riya Hassan is the Europe campaigns officer for the Palestine Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition of Palestinian civil society organisations that works to lead and support the BDS movement internationally. Riya is a Palestinian activist raised in the southern village of Laquia in the Naqab (Negev) desert. She holds a degree in International relations and an MSc Middle Eastern politics.

Day of Action on Saturday 26th

To tie in with Ms. Hassan’s visit, the IPSC is organising a national ‘Boycott Israeli Goods’ Day of Action on Saturday Sept 26th, focusing on Tescos around the island. Tesco have been a particularly eager and egregious seller of Israeli products, especially fruit, potatoes and herbs – profits from which are funnelled back into the Israeli economy and used to fund the Israeli military’s frequent war crimes and continuing brutal occupation of Palestine. See www.ipsc.ie/action for more details.

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