Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

Briefing Paper

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

Gaza: How far can it bend before it snaps? – A new article by Stephen McCloskey

The following article was written by Stephen McCloskey, a member of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign who has written extensively on the occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank by Israel. Note: To download a PDF version of the article, please click here.   Gaza: How far can it bend before it snaps?   In December last Amnesty International warned that the Gaza Strip was ‘in the shadow of a public health catastrophe’ given the deteriorating living conditions for the region’s 1.7 million people, most of whom are refugees.  Subjected to an Israeli blockade since 2007 that has devastated … Continue reading

IPSC Foreign Affairs Submission: review of Ireland’s foreign policy approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

On February 4th 2014 the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign made a 14-page submission to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s ‘Review of Ireland’s Foreign Policy and External Relations’. You can read the IPSC submission ‘A review of Ireland’s foreign policy approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’ by clicking here.   Background In Decemeber 2013 the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: “invited [people] to have your say on what our foreign policy priorities and goals should be” [and that] “submissions can address any issue related to Ireland’s foreign policy which they consider to be of relevance“ As the Department also … Continue reading

Zionism and Anti-Semitism: Racist Political Twins (J-BIG Briefing)

Below is a briefing document from the British based organisation Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (J-BIG). === The movement for freedom, justice and equality for Palestinians opposes Israel’s occupation, colonisation of Arab lands and its apartheid system. The campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) targets the Israeli state, institutions and companies complicit in Israel’s crimes.[1]BDS has become an effective means for people of diverse backgrounds to express their humanitarian, anti-racist impulses in solidarity with Palestine. Recognising the power of BDS, Israel’s defenders have regularly accused the movement of antisemitism. They use this favourite weapon to intimidate and silence critics … Continue reading

Take action to help end Irish media bias against Palestine

As part of their attack on Gaza, Israel has conducted a media war in Ireland – media outlets have spoken to us of being ‘bombarded’ by Israeli press releases and having Israeli spokespeople continually haranguing them. As we’re sure you’ve noticed, this has led to a significant bias in media reportage of the issues – whether on TV, radio or newspapers. We need to redress this imbalance – Irish media outlets must be asked to provide a fair and balanced coverage. NOTE: You can download this document as a printable PDF here. Below, we have listed the main anti-Palestinian forms … Continue reading

The Histadrut: Its History and Role in Occupation, Colonisation and Apartheid

Richard Irvine has written the following important pamphlet for the ICTU Trade Union Friends of Palestine. From the introduction: “The Histadrut was founded in December 1920 in British Mandate Palestine. From its inception its aims were neither to build workers’ solidarity nor represent or campaign for workers’ rights; instead it was founded as an exclusively Jewish organisation to facilitate the colonisation of Palestine. As such it worked in tandem with the Jewish Agency to promote the exclusion of Palestinian labour and produce and was at the forefront of the movement to turn Palestine from an Arab country into a Zionist … Continue reading

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