Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني


Action Item: Question your candidates for the European Elections about EU-Israel relations

Hold your candidates to account during the European Elections, and help gather information which will help Palestine supporters decide how to vote. Challenging local, regional, and national politicians on their position on EU relations with Israel is a very important ongoing activity. Particularly in the run-up to elections, engaging candidates and parties in EU-Israel relations related questions can have an impact. Any time is good to ask your candidates about the EU- Israel relations but the run up to elections provides a particularly good opportunity as more attention is paid to the policies, intentions and promises of politicians and their … Continue reading

Stop Israeli destruction and forcible displacement of the Palestinian community of Beit Safafa in occupied East Jerusalem!

The Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem and the Ministry of Transport are currently undertaking large-scale construction work in Beit Safafa, occupied East Jerusalem, in order to complete a highway (“Begin Highway”) that will serve the expansion of Israel’s illegal settlements in and around the southern part of occupied East Jerusalem and expedite the annexation de facto of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. The occupied Palestinian population of Beit Safafa does not benefit from this highway which is being imposed on them against their will. Although the highway is being built on land confiscated in the past from members of the community … Continue reading

European Parliament Working Group refused entry to Gaza by Israel

The Chairperson of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council (DPLC), Irish MEP Emer Costello (Labour, S&D), has said that she is both astounded and dismayed at the decision of the Israeli authorities to refuse an official visit of the Delegation to Gaza. The visit, which was scheduled to take place between 27th and 30th October 2013, had the full support of Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament. “Despite interventions by the President Schulz and other distinguished parliamentarians, the Israeli authorities are preventing elected members of an official delegation from paying a humanitarian visit to this ravaged … Continue reading

ECCP Statement on the EU guidelines excluding settlements from EU-funded projects

The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP), the largest European coalition of organisations in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom and justice, welcomes the new guidelines published by the EU. After years of merely criticizing the Israeli government over its numerous violations of international law, the EU has finally taken concrete action by setting out guidelines which state that EU funding, grants and loans can no longer be used to finance Israeli entities or activities in areas occupied by Israel in 1967. The new guidelines recall the conclusions of the European Foreign Affairs Council  of … Continue reading

EU decision on agreements with Israel welcome, but doesn’t go far enough

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign tentatively welcomed the EU decision reported yesterday that from 2014 any future agreements between Israel and the European Union will have to “unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to the territories occupied by Israel in 1967”. Furthermore, according to an Israeli official quoted in Haaretz, such agreements will be consequent on Israel recognising “in writing that the West Bank [and East Jerusalem] settlements are not part of Israel”. IPSC Chairperson Martin O’Quigley said, that “after an initial reading of the guidelines, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign tentatively welcomes this decision. We sincerely hope, and will push for, … Continue reading

Discriminatory Prawer Plan to evict tens of thousands of Bedouins from their communities in the Negev

Statement by the ECCP, Brussels, 12th July 2013: The Israeli government is expecting the Knesset to pass a law regulating the resettlement of Bedouins in the Negev, by which tens of thousands of Bedouins will be expelled from their homes, villages and lands, and concentrated in several more townships to be founded at sites of villages recognized for this purpose. Under the Prawer Plan it is estimated that some 30,000 to 40,000 people in at least 25 of the unrecognized Bedouin villages would be forcibly relocated. This is the largest attempted eviction of a native Palestinian population by Israel in … Continue reading

EU-Israel ACAA: Europe once again rewards Israel in spite of violations of International Law

On October 23rd the European Parliament adopted the EU-Israel ACAA trade agreement by 379 votes to 230, with 41 abstentions despite the escalation of Israel’s illegal settlement policies and the entrenchment of its occupation of Palestinian lands. The vote was prompted by last month’s decision of the International Trade committee which, by a single vote, decided to oppose a further suspension of the agreement. MEPs who voted in favor of the agreement send a dangerous signal to the Israeli government: continued settlement construction, denial of the basic rights of the Palestinian people, inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners and the … Continue reading

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