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Divestment

EU Foreign Affairs chief affirms the right to Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions

Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, has condemned attacks on human rights defenders and affirmed the right of European citizens to freedom of expression and association, including through participation in the global Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In response to a question on whether the EU commission will commit to defending BDS activists’ right to exercise their democratic freedom of expression, put forward by MEP Martina Anderson, the EU High Representative stated: “The EU stands firm in protecting freedom of expression and freedom of association in line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the … Continue reading

Dozens of MEPs call on the EU to support the right to boycott Israel

More than 30 MEPs have called on the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, to take measures assuring freedom of expression regarding the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for justice and equality and recognising Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS movement, as a human rights defender. Irish MEPs Martina Anderson and Nessa Childers are among the signatories. Note: For the full letter and list of signatories please see here. While the signatories views on the BDS movement differ, they expressed concern regarding “growing attempts to silence and repress advocates of BDS” and called on the EU to “guarantee that it will not introduce … Continue reading

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

#RightToBoycott: 356 European & Irish human rights orgs, faith groups, unions & parties call on EU to support the Right to Boycott Israel

More than 300 human rights and aid organisations, faith groups, trade unions and political parties from across Europe have called on the EU to uphold its legal responsibilities and hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and to defend the right of individuals and institutions to take part in the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for justice and equality.  Signatories to the letter called on the EU commission to “introduce the human rights guidelines guaranteeing freedom of speech and right to boycott and to use all other means you have in your disposal to support European … Continue reading

Huge BDS success: Veolia finally pulls completely out of the Israeli market

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign welcomes the news that, more than a decade after winning the tender for the construction and operation of the Jerusalem Light Rail (JLR) which serves illegal Israeli colonial settlements in occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem, Veolia’s subsidiary, Transdev, has divested itself from the Israeli market. As the website of the Israeli anti-occupation group Who Profits notes: “The approval of the deal by the Israeli authorities and the completion of the ownership transfer, earlier this month, mark an end to Veolia’s operations in the Israeli market in general and to its involvement in the controversial JLR project in … Continue reading

RIYA HASSAN TOUR: 10 years of the Palestinian BDS Movement – A decade of global resistance to Israeli Apartheid

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is excited and honoured to host a speaking tour featuring Riya Hassan, the European coordinator of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee in Palestine. The tour marks ten years since the BDS call was issued from Palestine by a huge coalition of civil society, trade union, faith and political organisations.

Israel 2015: A government of extremists in charge of an-out-of control military (New IPSC Briefing Paper)

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign has distributed the following important and informative new briefing paper to members of the Oireachtas, members of the European Parliament and members of local Irish councils. Titled Israel 2015: A government of extremists in charge of an-out-of control military, the paper is an in-depth investigation the extremist nature of the new Israeli government, the shocking views of its leading members, and the appalling recent record of the Israeli occupation forces in Gaza. Finally the document makes a series of recommendations that we believe the Irish government must take to help ensure that Israel is held to … Continue reading

Barclays bank no longer listed as Elbit Systems shareholder

British high street bank Barclays is no longer listed as a shareholder in Elbit Systems, the major Israeli military company that manufactures drones used in Israel’s attacks on Palestinians and helps Israel build its illegal Apartheid wall. The news follows a high profile campaign launched after Barclays emerged as the named owner of $2.9 million worth of shares in Elbit. More than 1.7 million people signed a petition organised by Avaaz calling on Barclays to divest from Elbit Systems and campaigners have occupied and protested at bank branches across the Britain and the north of Ireland. On November 28 last year, campaigners held occupations and protests at more than 15 Barclays branches across … Continue reading

IPSC submission to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade call for input on the ‘National Plan on Business and Human Rights’

In March 2015 the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in response to a call for suggestions regarding the development of a government ‘National Plan on Business and Human Rights’, submitted the following document to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In it we outline what we feel are necessary elements any such plan must incorporate in order to ensure that fundamental Palestinian rights are respected by Irish based-businesses and international businesses that operate within Ireland. You can also download the report as a PDF file here.   Submission to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade call for input … Continue reading

Action Item: Write to CRH and ask them to divest from their Israeli subsidiary

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is asking our supporters to wrote to the Irish multinational CRH to ask it to divest from it’s one-quarter ownership of Mashav, and Israeli holding company that owns Nesher cement, Israel’s sole cement manufacturer. Nesher cement is used in the construction of Israel’s illegal apartheid wall, checkpoints and settlements. Recent media reports suggest that CRH is reviewing its investment in Mashav, along with several other investments. We urge you to write the new CEO, Mr. Albert Manifold, and ask that CRH finally acts in an ethical manner and drops its Israeli interest which is involved in … Continue reading

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