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.
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
The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) today welcomed An Taoiseach [Irish Prime Minister] Enda Kenny’s statement that shocking anti-Palestinian statements by members of the new Israeli cabinet are “not part of a philosophy of a democratic government working to bring about peace”. However, the IPSC remains disappointed; despite this recognition of the true character of the Netanyahu administration, the Irish government continues to refuse to implement any meaningful sanctions on Israel thereby allowing it to continue acting with impunity towards Palestinians. By not implementing sanctions our government is tacitly permitting Israel’s commission of human rights and international law violations. Responding to … Continue reading
Mass murdering war criminal, Benjamin Netanyahu, the butcher of Gaza, has emerged victorious in the Israeli general election, foisted to victory on the back of racist campaigning and a pledge for the permanent occupation of Palestine . As the IPSC pointed out, it really didn’t matter who came out on top in the election, the net result for Palestinians would still be occupation and apartheid – but the outcome is significant nonetheless. That Netanyahu and his party topped the poll for the third time in a row, and that the Zionist right in general did so well, should serve as … Continue reading
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
On Wednesday 17th December members and supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign handed in a petition signed by over 8,000 people calling on Irish supermarket chain Dunnes Stores to make a public commitment that their outlets will not stock goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The petition – signatures for which were collected on streets around Ireland during 2014 – was initiated to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the 1984 Dunnes Stores anti-Apartheid strike by IDATU (now called Mandate) trade union members in Dublin’s Henry Street, and calls on Dunnes to support justice for … Continue reading
The ECCP – European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine has launched http://www.freepalestine.eu/, a new online platform that encourages people to contact members of the European parliament about the EU-Israel Association Agreement – please take a minute to contact your MEPs and let them know you support Israel’s suspension from the agreement. Click here to contact your MEPs – it only takes a minute so please take action!
More than 350 human rights groups, trade unions and political parties from across Europe – including 16 from Ireland – have called for the EU to hold Israel accountable for its massacre of Gaza earlier this year by suspending the EU-Israel Association Agreement, the main treaty between the EU and Israel. (See the full list of signatories by clicking here) Note: The ECCP has launched www.freepalestine.eu, an online platform that encourages people to contact members of the European parliament about the EU-Israel Association Agreement – please take a minute to contact your MEPs and let them know you support Israel’s … Continue reading
This Briefing Document, After Gaza: Israeli impunity must end – there must be justice for Palestinians, was produced by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign and was submitted to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade in advance of the meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli Ambassadors to Ireland held on Wednesday 3rd September This is a fully updated and expanded version of a similar document we prepared in advance of the recent Seanad recall, taking into account the developments since then. We are pleased to make it available to the public. As an organisation that has played a key … Continue reading
On Saturday 30th August 2014 The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign teamed up with the Resistance Choir to bring songs for Palestinian freedom to Dublin’s Henry Street, one of the city’s main shopping thoroughfare. Standing outside Arnotts iconic store, choristers sangs songs while leafleteers enaged, and distributed hundreds of Boycott Israeli Goods information sheets, to shoppers on the busy street. You can see videos of some of the songs below. IPSC Vice Chairperson Fatin Al Tamimi, who was present at the event, said “while the ceasefire between Palestinian groups and Israel is a welcome step towards Palestinian freedom, Israel’s occupation and associated … Continue reading
Stories and images have been doing the rounds on social media sites claiming that Israel has changed its barcode from 729 to 871 (or other numbers like 500) in order to fool people looking out for the 729 barcode. This mistaken belief stems from a misunderstanding of how barcodes work. A barcode only tells you which country a company is from, not where the contents of the product originate. What appears to be happening is that 871 is the Dutch barcode (and 500 is the UK one) and Israeli products are being sold by Dutch and UK (and even Irish)-based … Continue reading
Boycotting Israeli products is one important way individuals can express their support for Palestine and opposition to Israeli apartheid against the Palestinians. What is even stronger is when people act collectively, and we all demand the removal of Israeli products – revenues from which help fund the decades long brutal occupation of Palestine – from the shelves of stores in Ireland. Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the anti-apartheid strike at Dunnes Stores, an action that resounded all the way to Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island in Apartheid South Africa; we believe that thirty years on, it remains … Continue reading
Dear supporters, following on from the Seanad recall debate on Gaza on Thursday 31st July, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan made it clear that Ireland would not support any meaningful concrete action aimed at ending either the Israeli onslaught on Gaza or Israeli impunity in general. We find this very disappointing, as Ireland has supported sanctions on other countries in the past. We are asking those of you who find this situation unacceptable – especially after the Irish abstention in the vote at the UN Human Rights Council – to write to the following people. Below we provide … Continue reading
An article appeared in The Irish Sun yesterday which was headlined “Tesco: We’ve axed fruit from Israel”. This headline is very misleading. This statement from Tesco is simply a reaffirmation of Tesco’s previously held position that they won’t use settlement products in their Tesco brand range. While this is to be welcomed by Palestinian rights campaigners, it unfortunately does not say anything about not stocking settlement goods from other brands, nor about refusing to deal with complicit companies that have operations in the illegal settlements (eg Mehadrin). Furthermore, even in the article itself, it states “it does still sell products … Continue reading
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign has written to the head offices of Dunnes Store, Marks & Spencer, Tesco Ireland, Aldi and Lidl asking to to remove Israeli products from their shelves, as they come from a country which continues a brutal military occupation of the occupied Palestinian territories. Revenues from these products help fund regular human rights abuses and violations of international law. The campaign cited two United Nations Special Rapporteurs; John Dugard and Richard Falk, Israeli Human Rights groups B’Tselem and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions as likening Israel’s occupation of Palestine to the Apartheid regime that existed … Continue reading
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