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Watch: IPSC at Dublin’s Alternative Pride 2019

On Saturday 29th June 2019 the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) participated in the first ‘Pride Alternative’ event in Dublin. The event was established in protest at the increasing corporatisation of the Dublin Pride parade, and the associated pinkwashing of deeply problematic companies and institutions. IPSC Chairperson Fatin Al Tamimi delivered a speech at the rally about the reasons the IPSC was supporting the event, and about Israel’s cynical use of pinkwashing to mask it’s oppression of the Palestinian people. Below is a video and the text of that speech. In solidarity with our friends in Queer Action Ireland, who have … Continue reading

Over 30 Irish Anti-Apartheid veterans call for Irish Eurovision boycott

In an Open Letter published in today’s Irish Times, 32 veterans of the Irish movement against South African apartheid have called for an Irish boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest due to be held in Israel next week, comparing Israel to Apartheid-era South Africa. It is the latest move in the Irish Campaign to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Apartheid Israel. The signatories to the letter include renowned Dunnes Stores anti-apartheid strikers Mary Manning and Karen Gearon, former Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary of the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement (IAAM) Gary Kilgallen, Rafique Mottiar and Louise Asmal respectively. Further signatories comprise 10 former … Continue reading

#BoycottEurovision: Apartheid Free Eurovision Events in Ireland

In response to the call from Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Eurovision 2019 in Apartheid Israel, a whole range of Apartheid Free Eurovision events have been planned around the world – not least here at home in Ireland. So this year, give the Eurovision a miss and come to one of these amazing events instead. You won’t regret it! Tuesday 14th May DUBLIN: BYOB Anti-Apartheid Eurovision Fundraiser for Aida Youth Center (SJP) – 6pm, Jigsaw, Belvedere Court, D1 Saturday 18th May – Eurovision Night! DUBLIN: Palestine – You’re a Vision: Alternative Eurovision Night (PalFest) – 8pm, The Rigside … Continue reading

Petition: Sarah McTernan – Please Don’t Go to Eurovision 2019 in Apartheid Israel

Ireland must play no part in the art-washing of Israeli oppression, and we are asking the Irish entrant Sarah McTernan not to perform at Eurovision 2019 in Apartheid Israel. Palestinian artists, journalists and civil society groups have asked international artists of conscience to boycott the 2019 Eurovision due to be staged in Israel, due to Israel’s “regime of military occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid” which is “shamelessly using Eurovision as part of its official ‘Brand Israel’ strategy”. In solidarity with this call from the oppressed Palestinian people we ask you to sign this petition. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION ASKING … Continue reading

In open letter to Sarah McTernan LGBTQ+ activists call for Irish Eurovision Boycott

Today, 16th April 2019, an open letter from LGBTQ+ campaigners calling for Irish singer Sarah McTernan to boycott the Eurovision in Apartheid Israel was published by Gay Community News, Ireland’s leading LGBTQ+ magazine and news website. Signatories to the letter include Ailbhe Smith, Senators David Norris and Fintan Warfield, GLEN founders Cathal Kerrigan and Kieran Rose, poet Sarah Clancy and academics Mary McAuliffe, Ursula Barry and Tina O’Toole. The authors inform Sarah McTernan of Israel’s use of ‘pinkwashing,’ which they describe as a “PR tactic used by Israel which cynically exploits support for LGBTQIA people to whitewash its oppression of … Continue reading

Eurovision: The Questions RTÉ Refuse to Answer

Last month, as news began to emerge of how the Israeli state was planning to politicise and militarise the Eurovision Song Contest, the Irish Campaign to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Apartheid Israel wrote to RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster, with a series of questions regarding how these manoeuvres were going to be dealt with. Almost a month later, and despite following up, RTÉ have refused to respond. What steps are RTÉ taking to ensure that the Irish act chosen for this year will not perform for soldiers from the Israeli military? It should be absolutely unthinkable that the national Irish broadcaster … Continue reading

Eurovision boycott debate on tonight’s Late Late Show – Join the online action!

We in the Irish Campaign to Boycott Eurovison 2019 in Apartheid Israel have just found out that there will be a debate on the Eurovision on tonight’s Late Late Show on RTÉ One. For some reason RTÉ have not invited any representative from the boycott campaign to the debate, and instead will have a 2 to 1 stacked panel, with former Eurovision winner Linda Martin and actor – and propagandist for Israel’s apartheid regime – Rory Cowan arguing against a boycott, while well-known singer and human rights advocate Mary Coughlan will be the sole voice arguing in favour. Sarah McTernan, … Continue reading

Speaking & Exhibition Tour: Palestinian artist and political cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh

“A gut punch that gets straight to the essence of the stark reality of Palestinian life under Israeli occupation. This is how an artist resists.” – Joe Sacco “Sharp, incisive cartoons. His tenacity and courage is an inspiration for cartoonists around the world.” – Matt Wuerker “Images saturated with action and iconography… every tiny detail is pregnant with meaning.” – Marguerite Dabaie Between 27th March and 4th April the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is honoured to host a speaking and exhibition tour with acclaimed Palestinian political cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh. ‘Palestine in Black and White’ is an intimate and powerful portrayal of … Continue reading

RTÉ asked to support call for ban on Eurovision broadcast in illegal Israeli settlements

On Thursday 6th December, to coincide with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)’s General Assembly, the Irish Campaign to Boycott the Eurovision in Apartheid Israel 2019 wrote to the Director General of RTÉ, Dee Forbes, Rory Coveney, Strategic Advisor to the Director General, and Michael Kealy, Head of RTÉ’s delegation for Eurovision, asking them to call on the EBU not to broadcast any Eurovision events into Israel’s illegal settlements in occupied Palestine. The international campaign, acting in solidarity with Palestinian civil society, has widespread support with over 30,000 people signing a European-wide petition demanding the Eurovision not be held in Israel. … Continue reading

20 more public figures join Irish Eurovision boycott campaign as RTE announces call for submissions

The Irish Campaign to boycott the Eurovision in Israel 2019, has secured the support of a further 20 public figures including actor Stephen Rea, and musical artists Mary Coughlan, Luka Bloom and the members of Kíla , have called on RTÉ not to participate and for musicians not to make submissions to the contest. The news comes just days after the Irish National Broadcaster RTÉ announced its call for entrants for the song contest. The other new endorsers include singers and musicians Grainne Holland, Tiona McSherry, and the members of FreeSpeakingMonkey, veteran LGBTQ campaigner Cathal Kerrigan, former Lord Mayor of … Continue reading

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