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Action Item: Write to Minister of State John Halligan urging no collaboration with Apartheid Israel’s education ministry

The Irish Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan is on an official visit to the Palestine-Israel region at the moment. We are informed that as part of his itinerary he is due to meet Naftali Bennett, the Israeli Minster for Education, to discuss “innovation and education”. Bennett is one of the most reprehensible and racist figures in the current Israeli government, which itself is widely considered to be the most extremist in Israel’s history. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) believes that such a meeting should not take place, and furthermore, that there should be no cooperation … Continue reading

Palestine Days at Belfast’s Feile An Phobail (Thur 4th & Fri 5th August)

As part of the annual Felie An Phobail, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) present two days of events in solidarity with the Palestinian people. All events are FREE and there will be stalls and exhibitions throughout the day. Palestine Day #1: Israel’s War on Palestinian Children Thursday 4th August 2016 St. Mary’s University College, Falls Road, Belfast. Schedule: 12-2 pm          Palestinian Lunch.  A selection of delicious homemade Palestinian food. There will be a small charge to cover costs. 2.00 pm           Film:  Small Hands in Handcuffs Anrai Carroll, 2014, 40 mins In October 2013, 16-year-old Anrai Carroll from Ireland travelled … Continue reading

Listowel Writers’ Week refusal to accept Israeli state funding welcomed by artists and human rights campaigners

Today’s decision by Listowel Writers’ Week Festival to refuse funding from the Israeli Embassy in Ireland has been welcomed by artists, human rights campaigners and Palestine solidarity activists in Ireland, and is being hailed as victory for the growing Palestinian-led global Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement. The festival’s courageous and principled decision came after festival orgainsers were informed that the acceptance of any such funding would be in breach of the Palestinian civil society call for a cultural boycott of Israel, and after being contacted by concerned members of the public, several of them artists who are due to … Continue reading

In pictures: Raising awareness for Palestinian Prisoners’ Day

Today, April 17th, is Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. Yesterday IPSC branches in Dublin and Portadown hosted information stalls dedicated to the issue of political prisoners in Apartheid Israel’s jails – where torture and other physical and psychological ill treatment, denial of visitation rights, terrible food and appalling conditions are routine. Since 1967 Israeli has imprisoned over 800,000 Palestinians – around 1/4 of the male population in the OPT – and currently holds over 7,640 political prisoners, including 700 internees, 68 women and 420 children, the youngest being a 12-year-old girl. All are treated with the same callousness regardless of age or … Continue reading

Speaking Tour: Palestinian lawyer Aouda Zbidat: Palestinian Political Prisoners from children to internees

To mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 2016 the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is honoured to present Palestinian-Israeli lawyer Aouda Zbidat from Addameer, the Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Her talk will be a first-hand account on the key human rights violations facing Palestinian Political Prisoners in occupied Palestine. Ms. Zbidat will speak in the following locations: LIMERICK: Mon 18 April, 7.30pm – Pery’s Hotel, Glentworth St CORK: Tuesday 19 April, 8pm – The Imperial Hotel, South Mall DUBLIN: Wed 20 April, 7pm – The Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place Some of the issues that Ms Zbidat will address in … Continue reading

Volunteering in Palestine: A report from the 15th Lajee Center International Summer Camp

As a strong supporter of the work of the Lajee Center in Aida refugee camp in occupied Palestine, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is happy to publish below a report back from the centre’s latest summer volunteer work camp from an Irishman who took part.  The author would like to return to Aida in the future, therefore to reduce the risk of being denied re-entry by Israeli official, we have published this piece anonymously. The 15th Lajee Center International Summer Camp The Lajee Center’s 15th international summer camp brought over thirty volunteers to the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem between the … 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

Infographic: Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails (April 2014)

According to Addameer, the Palestinian prisoner support and human rights association, as of 1st February 2015 (the latest date for which figures are available) there were 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. Of these, 454 were held under Administrative Detention (indefinitely renewable internment without charge or trial), 163 were minors, and 25 were female. Here’s our infographic of how that information looks. For more information, please see the Addameer factsheet here.

8 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. Israel pressures UN to remove it from a … 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

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