Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

450+ Palestinian, Irish and International groups call on the UN to investigate Israeli apartheid

In a statement issued yesterday, more than 450 Palestinian and international organisations have called on the United Nations General Assembly to investigate Israel for committing the Crime of Apartheid. Some 50 Irish organisations are signatories to the call, which originated with Palestinian civil society.

Noting that “Apartheid is a crime against humanity, giving rise to individual criminal responsibility and State responsibility to bring the illegal situation to an end,” the letter calls on all the UN General Assembly, which begans its 75th session yesterday, to:

  • Launch international investigations into Israel’s apartheid regime over the Palestinian people, including by reconstituting the UN Special Committee against Apartheid and the UN Centre Against Apartheid.
  • Prohibit trade with illegal Israeli settlements; and
  • Ban the arms trade and military-security cooperation with Israel

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More than 50 Irish civil society organisations, trade unions, political parties, and anti-racist and community groups north and south co-signed the statement including Trócaire, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), Mandate, Unison NI, the USI and the NUS-USI. Also signing were political organisations including Sinn Féin, People Before Profit and RISE, anti-racist groups like MASI, Solidarity Against Racism and Fascism and United Against Racism, and Palestine solidarity groups such as the Comhlámh Justice for Palestine group, Sadaka, Trade Union Friends of Palestine, Jewish Voice for a Just Peace and the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The full list of Irish signatories is below.

The call further states that “in light of the mounting recognition of Israel’s maintenance of an apartheid regime over the Palestinian people, which will only continue to be entrenched through annexation, we, the undersigned Palestinian, regional, and international civil society organisations, urge the UN General Assembly to take urgent and effective actions to address the root causes of Palestinian oppression”  and calls for an end to “Israel’s occupation, illegal blockade of Gaza, unlawful acquisition of Palestinian territory by force, its regime of apartheid over the Palestinian people as a whole, and the prolonged denial of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including to self-determination and the right of Palestinian refugees and displaced persons to return to their homes, lands, and property.”

Welcoming the statement, Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign chairperson Fatin Al Tamimi said: “It is time for the United Nations to sit up, listen and take effective action. We Palestinians have been subjected to decades of human rights abuses and international law violations, including being victims of the Crime of Apartheid, perpetrated by the Israeli state. All we ask is for our freedom, justice and equality – instead what we get is silence and inaction in the face of oppression, war crimes and racism. In the past, the international community came together to reject and help bring the apartheid regime in South Africa to an end, through effective accountability measures. An equally urgent situation today calls us to once again help end decades of Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people. The UN can no longer stay silent – it must act.”

You can read the full statement and see the full list of international signatories here.


Irish organisations endorsing the statement

Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO)
Mandate Trade Union
UNISON Northern Ireland
Independent Workers Union
Industrial Workers of the World (Ireland)
Cork Council of Trade Unions
Galway Council of Trade Unions
Craigavon Council of Trade Unions
Sligo/Leitrim Council of Trade Unions
Union of Students in Ireland
Sinn Féin
People Before Profit
Independent Left
The Workers' Party of Ireland
Éirígí - For a New Republic
Communist Party of Ireland
Workers Solidarity Movement
Labour Youth
Connolly Youth Movement
Brazilian Left Front
Peoples Movement - Gluaiseacht an Phobail
Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Sadaka - The Ireland Palestine Alliance
Academics for Palestine
Trade Union Friends of Palestine
Gaza Action Ireland
Comhlámh Justice for Palestine
Jewish Voice for a Just Peace - Ireland
Kairos Ireland
Students For Justice in Palestine - Trinity College Dublin
Light For Gaza - Béal Feirste
Irish Football Fans Against Israeli Apartheid
Centre for Global Education
MASI - Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland
SARF - Solidarity Against Racism and Fascism
United Against Racism
Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council
Abolish Direct Provision Ireland
Galway Anti Racism Network
Black Pride Ireland
BLM Kerry
Anti Deportation Ireland
Abolish Direct Provision Ireland
Fingal Communities Against Racism
End Deportations Belfast
Queer Action Ireland
Irish Anti-War Movement
Peace and Neutrality Alliance




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