Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني


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

IPSC action asks Ana Moura not to sing in Apartheid Israel

On the cold and dark evening of Thursday 19th January 2012, members and supporters of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) stood outside Dublin’s National Concert Hall to deliver a simple message to Portuguese Fado signer Ana Moura. That message was: “Please don’t perform in Apartheid Israel!” Holding banners saying “Boycott Apartheid Israel” and “Stop the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”, the activists leafleted and engaged with Ana Moura’s fans who were attending the concert, making them aware of Ms. Moura’s plan to play a gig in Tel Aviv on 27th January and explaining how this was in breach of the … Continue reading

BNC call for the World Social Forum Free Palestine, November 2012, Brazil

Occupied Palestine is part of every free heartbeat in this world and her cause continues to inspire solidarity across the globe.  The World Social Forum Free Palestine is an expression of the human instinct to unite for justice and freedom and an echo of the World Social Forum’s opposition to neo-liberal hegemony, colonialism, and racism through struggles for social, political and economic alternatives to promote justice, equality, and the sovereignty of peoples. The WSF Free Palestine will be a global encounter of broad-based popular and civil society mobilizations from around the world. It aims to: 1. Show the strength of … Continue reading

Report: Third National BDS Conference in Paletsine

On 17 December 2011, Palestinians gathered in the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank for the Third National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions  (BDS) Conference. The event took place against the backdrop of continuous Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, and a growing resistance against injustice worldwide as demonstrated by the Arab revolutions and the occupy movements.  Just minutes away from the conference venue, 500 Jewish settlers live under escort of the Israeli military in a colonial enclave in the middle of old Hebron, terrorizing local Palestinian residents on a daily basis, with the stated intent of driving them from … Continue reading

2011 Successes of the Cultural Boycott of Apartheid Israel

2011 was a year full of many successes in the campaign for the cultural boycott of Israel.  This summary will focus on the cultural boycott with emphasis on musical artists and groups. The fall of South African apartheid was preceded by many musical artists who joined to create a movement. That movement became known popularly as “I’m not gonna play Sun City.”  Israel has not yet seen its Sun City moment fully, but as you’ll see, significant rumblings are beginning. January, 2011: Jon Bon Jovi was asked not play in Israel.  Thus far, boycott efforts have been successful.  The singer … Continue reading

New Year’s Eve vigil commemorates 3rd anniversary of the attack on Gaza

To commemorate the third anniversary of the Israeli ‘Operation Cast Lead’ attack on Gaza, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) organised a vigil on New Year’s Eve on  the Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin. The Israeli massacre during Winter of 2008/2009 left over 1,400 people dead, thousands injured and destroyed the civilian infrastructure of the tiny coastal region. The Gaza Strip, home to over 1.5 million people, remains under a cruel and illegal Israeli-imposed siege. Photos courtesy of Citizen Partridge, Fatin Al Tamimi and Kifah Ajamiah. Video courtesy of Paula Geraghty, Trade Union TV

Open Letter to Ana Moura: Don’t perform in Apartheid Israel

Renowned Portuguese Fado singer Ana Moura plans to perform in Israel on 27th January, in violation of the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of the Israeli state. Before goingto Israel, she will be playng in Dublin’s National Concert Hall on Thursday 19th January. While welcoming Ms. Moura to Ireland, the IPSC will balance that welcome with  a leafleting and demonstration against her indifference to the fate (= “fado”) of the Palestinian people. The demo will start at 8pm on Thursday 19th January at 7pm outside the National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. The IPSC issued the following letter … Continue reading

Gardai break up peaceful protest outside Israeli Embassy sponsored film festival

A protest outside the Israeli Embassy sponsored “Israeli Film Days” in Temple Bar turned acrimonious this evening when Gardai broke up a peaceful demonstration by pro-Palestinian activists outside the venue. Citing Section 21 of the Public Order Act, Gardai forcibly removed around sixty activists from the area outside the venue, Filmbase, on Curved Street in Temple Bar, while others were removed from inside the venue. [Images below] Prior to the removal, the protestors had gathered to chant slogans and hand out leaflets explaining why they were opposed to the event. Between 5.30 and 6.40pm the activists held a loud, colourful, … Continue reading

CRH Divestment Action: ‘Stall with the wall’ on Grafton St

On Saturday 12th November 2011, Dublin’s central shopping district Grafton Street saw the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign stage a virtual Israeli checkpoint highlighting the brutality and humiliation faced by Palestinians every day as they attempt to go about their daily lives. The IPSC were exposing the role Irish cement multinational CRH plays in the building of the illegal apartheid wall, checkpoints and settlements. In just a few hours we collected over 300 signatures for our petition calling on CRH to divest from it’s Israeli subsidiary the Mashav Group which owns Nesher cement. You can sign the petition online by clicking here. … Continue reading

PACBI issues Open Letter to FilmBase: Apartheid Debases Art!

We are asking our supporters to email FilmBase (as always, in a respectful manner) and ask them to cancel the Israeli Embassy sponsored ‘Israeli Film Days’ (24 – 27 November). See here for more information on this campaign. Below is an open letter issued to FilmBase today by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). Please consider citing it in any correspondence with FilmBase. ==== Open Letter to Filmbase: Apartheid Debases Art! “We are seeing culture as a hasbara [propaganda] tool of the first rank, and I do not differentiate between hasbara and culture.” –Nissim … Continue reading

Email Campaign: Protest the “Israeli Film Days” at Filmbase in Dublin

According to a page on Facebook, Filmbase in Dublin will be hosting a series of “Israeli Film Days” sponsored by the Israeli Embassy. between November 24th to 27th. The IPSC is calling on our supporters to write to Filmbase and protest this move. A model letter, already sent by the IPSC, is below – but it is always better to write your own letters. Please send to the following Email Addresses:,, To whom it concerns – I am deeply perturbed that Filmbase proposes to host “Israeli Film Days” between 24th-27th of this month. I would remind you … Continue reading

Open Letter to UEFA: “Do not reward Israel for its violent repression of Palestinian rights”

The following letter was published in the Irish Times on Monday 7th November, 2011. Sir, – Those who lead European football must respond to an appeal from Palestinians dismayed at the prospect of Israel hosting Uefa’s under-21 tournament in 2013. A state that uses military might to hold sway over land it illegally occupies and exploits, flouts international law and ignores UN resolutions surely forfeits the right to be treated as a member of the community of nations. But western powers continue to embrace Israel as an ally. During the 2011 under-21 tournament in Denmark in June, 42 Gazan football … Continue reading

Report: Love Football, Hate Apartheid Protest at Ireland v Israel women’s match

On Saturday 22nd October 2011, the Irish women’s soccer team played a European Cup qualifier against the Israeli national team. The game took place at Tallaght stadium, and the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign staged a ‘Love Football, Hate Apartheid’ protest outside the grounds. IPSC Chairperson Martin O’Quigley said: “Some say that sport and politics should not mix, however we say that sport and racism should never mix – hence the theme of our protest, ‘Love Football, Hate Apartheid’. The IPSC points to the sporting boycott against South Africa, which was one of the most effective tools employed in ostracising that state … Continue reading

Don´t Collaborate with Apartheid – a call from Palestinian civil society on European universities, academics, students and people of conscience

Press Release, Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) 20th October 2011 The State of Israel practises a system of occupation, colonialism and apartheid over the Palestinian people, but it does not do so unaided. Israeli military companies are the main enablers of Israel´s persistent and grave violations of international law. They provide the weaponry and technology that allow Israel to commit atrocities and daily violations of human rights, and they directly participate in the construction of Israel´s Apartheid Wall, declared illegal by the International Court of Justice on 9 July 2004.[1] Israeli universities and research institutes are deeply involved in military … Continue reading

‘Love Football, Hate Apartheid’ protest at Ireland-Israel women’s football match tomorrow

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC)  today issued a call to heed Palestinian civil society and ‘kick apartheid out of women’s football’. Supporters of Palestine will be organizing a protest at the Irish women’s soccer team European Cup qualifying match with Israel on Saturday, October 22 at Tallaght Stadium. The match kicks off at 3pm and the protest will start at 2 pm outside the stadium. Banners reading, ‘Love Football, Hate Apartheid’, ‘Boycott Israeli Apartheid’ and ‘Unity against Occupation’ will be displayed. The protest will be a peaceful act of solidarity with the people of Palestine. While the Israeli team can travel and … Continue reading

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