Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

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Irish public figures’ statement in support of Israel boycott welcomed by human rights campaigners

In an open letter published in today’s Irish Times and Irish Independent, thirteen of Ireland’s best-known musicians, writers, artists and sports stars have called on the Irish government to join them in supporting the growing worldwide boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The statement has been welcomed by Palestinian and Irish human rights campaigners. The letter’s signatories are Christy Moore, Mary Coughlan, Robert Ballagh, Donal Lunny, Frances Black, Trevor Hogan, Dervla Murphy, Seamus Deane, Felim Egan, Margaretta D’Arcy, Jim Fitzpatrick, Honor Heffernan and Gavin Kostick. The letter welcomes Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan’s support for BDS as … Continue reading

‘Either free or dead’: Hunger striking Palestinian journalist close to death in Israeli jail

[Update 05/02/16] Al-Qiq rejects court freeze on detention, continues hunger strike [04/05/2016] As hunger-striking Palestinian journalist Mohammad Al-Qiq nears death in an Israeli prison, the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council has added its voice to the international outrage over his continuing internment. Al-Qiq is being held without charge or trial under Israel’s system of administrative detention, and his wife Fayha Shalash has said that “[Mohammad’s] decision is very clear: either free or dead, not in between”. Amnesty International has stated that Israel’s use of non consensual medical intervention in this case is in violation of the prohibition of torture, and … Continue reading

In Pictures: Palestinian Prisoners’ Day protest in Dublin

On Thursday 16th April the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign held a solidarity action for Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails at the top of Grafton Street. For an hour members and supporters, including many from the Palestinian community stood with placards, banners and flags in very effective visual display to get the message out to the public about the appalling plight of the Palestinian prisoners. Palestinian Prisoners’ Day is April 17 every year, however due to this falling on a Friday this year, we are staged our  event on April 16th to reach as many people on the late shopping … Continue reading

5 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. At least 2 Palestinians were among the 40 … Continue reading

7 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 will be presenting a 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. Amnesty International released its Annual Report 2014/15 … Continue reading

Dublin City Council motion calls for end to attacks on Gaza and Administrative Detention, and for arms embargo & trade sanctions on Israel

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) today welcomed Dublin City Council’s unanimous passing of a motion calling for an end to both the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza in which at least 184 Palestinian have been killed and the Israeli-imposed illegal siege of the coastal strip, as well as calling upon the Irish government to push for an arms embargo and trade sanctions on Israel.  The motion also condemned the use of Administrative Detention, a form of internment without trial, by the Israeli state. The full text of the motion is below. At the start of the meeting, councillors observed a … Continue reading

Context and collective punishment: The aftermath of recent killings in the Palestine-Israel region

The IPSC deplores the brutal murder of the three young Israeli citizens whose remains were found on Monday near Hebron and the apparent ‘revenge’ murder of a Palestinian teenager reportedly carried out by Israeli extremists early Wednesday. Equally the IPSC deplores the deaths of all civilians killed in this conflict of unequals, including the six civilians killed by Israeli occupation forces since the Israeli teenagers were kidnapped. The IPSC is concerned that the unjustifiable killings of the three Israelis will be used to justify further killings, destruction and illegal settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT) by the Israeli … Continue reading

Action Item: Stop G4S – Ask Minister to reject G4S tender for JobPath due to complicity in Israeli human rights violations

The Anglo-Danish security firm G4S is one of a number of private companies bidding for the JobPath contract with the Irish state. Amongst other things, G4S is notorious for its operations and service provision within the Israeli prison system. IMPORTANT UPDATE: It was announced on Friday 6th June by G4S that it will pull out of the Israeli prison regime within three years. But as Randa Wahbe of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association notes, ” this has no immediate effect on those facing human rights violations inside Israel’s prisons today [and] G4S has a long track record of … Continue reading

Infographic: The Palestinian Mass Hunger Strike at 60 Days

On Sunday 22nd June 2014 the mass Palestinian hunger strike in Israeli prisons – the longest such mass strike in Palestinian history – moved into it’s 60th day. We present and an info-graphic explaining why the strike is taking place, and what is going on inside the prisons and on the strike. The strike is now taking place in the context of the mass Israeli collective punishment of the Palestinian people, ostensibly as part of a search for three missing Israeli teenage illegal settlers, who are presumed kidnapped. This collective punishment, which has seen a further 400 Palestinians arrested, at … Continue reading

In Pictures: Protest in solidarity with mass Palestinian hunger strike

Members and supporters of the Campaign to Free Marwan Barghouthi and All Palestinian Political Prisoners and the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign demonstrated outside the Dail last Thursday 12th June to mark the 50th day of a mass hunger strike by Palestinians in Israeli jails. Also present on the protest were several elected representatives including independent TDs John Halligan and Thomas Pringle, Sean Crowe TD, Dessie Ellis TD, Aengus O Snodaigh TD and Cllr. Mícheál Mac Donncha from Sinn Fein, the People Before Profit Alliance’s TD Richard Boyd Barrett and Cllr. Tina McVeigh, Joan Collins TD from United Left, independent Cllr. Cieran … Continue reading

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