Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

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Watch: Street Theatre – Palestinian Olive Harvest (in Dublin)

On Saturday 28th October 2017 members and supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign engaged in street theatre in Dublin’s Grafton Street shopping district. The action explored the experiences of Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest season, which is underway right now. The period always sees an uptick in the number of violent attacks on Palestinian farmers and their olive groves by illegal Israeli colonial settlers, backed up by the Israeli occupation forces. Olive trees carry more than an economic significance in the lives of Palestinians. They are not just like any another trees, they are symbolic of Palestinians’ attachment to … Continue reading

FAQ: Why are over 1,500 Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike?

Why are 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike? On Monday 17th April – Palestinian Prisoners’ Day – around 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Apartheid Israel’s jails began what they call the Freedom & Dignity Hunger Strike. The primary reasons the prisoners are on hunger strike is to secure more frequent and lengthy family visits, better prison conditions such as improved medical care, and an end to the practice of solitary confinement and Administrative Detention (internment without charge or trial). How many Palestinian political prisoners does Israel hold? At present there are over 6,300 Palestinian political prisoners in Israel’s jails. … Continue reading

Israel’s system of permanent violence: The new Palestinian uprising in context

There has been an upsurge of violence in the Palestine-Israel region since October 1st. Settler attacks on Palestinians, which had been running at between 50 and 80 per month, have surged to over 120 attacks in the first week of October. These attacks include firebombings, shootings, burning crops and stoning houses – often under the protection of the army.[1] Israeli army and police have brutally attacked West Bank Palestinian demonstrators, with over 1,300 people injured by live and rubber-coated bullets. Against this background of widespread colonial violence against Palestinians, condemned by human rights groups like Amnesty International, there have been … Continue reading

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

DCI report shows Israel ‘directly targeted’ Palestinian children and violates IHL: Another reason to the end the Irish arms trade with Israel

In the latest of literally thousands of such reports dating back over decades, this week Defence For Children International produced a report entitled ‘Operation Protective Edge: A War Waged on Gaza’s Children’. The findings of the report merely add more weight to the call for an arms embargo on Israel and an end to the Irish arms trade with this rogue state. The report “found overwhelming and repeated evidence of international humanitarian law violations committed by Israeli forces. These included direct attacks on children, and indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilian homes, schools, and residential neighbourhoods”, that “Israel, the world’s … 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.

In Pictures: Israeli Apartheid Week ‘Boycott Israeli Goods’ Day of Action in Dublin

Members and supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity campaign brought the Boycott Israeli Goods message to shoppers and shops in Dublin on 7th March 2015 by visiting several city centre outlets that stock Israeli goods, making consumers aware of their presence, the connection between these products and the occupation of Palestine and asking people to boycott them. As part of the day, outside each store the activists staged street theatre informing peopleabout the vast destruction of Palestinian olive trees under Israel’s apartheid occupation regime. Did you know that since the beginning of Israel’s military conquest of the West Bank and Gaza … Continue reading

7 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. A Palestinian fisherman was shot dead by the … Continue reading

Israel’s violations of international law – A brief introduction

Human rights and Palestinian solidarity activists frequently mention violations of international law and the commission of war crimes by the state of Israel. The IPSC National Coordinator Kevin Squires took a look at some of these offences in detail for Liberty, the monthly newspaper of SIPTU, the largest trade union in Ireland. It was part of a four page ‘Palestine Special’ in the September edition, which also included contributions from Palestinian lawyer Diana Buttu, Dr. Claudia Saba of Gaza Action Ireland, and Mags O’Brien of Trade Union Friends of Palestine. You can read the whole section online by clicking here … Continue reading

After Gaza: Israeli impunity must end – there must be justice for Palestinians (IPSC Briefing Document)

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

Infographic: The Palestinian Mass Hunger Strike at 60 Days

On Sunday 22nd June 2014 the mass Palestinian hunger strike in Israeli prisons – the longest such mass strike in Palestinian history – moved into it’s 60th day. We present and an info-graphic explaining why the strike is taking place, and what is going on inside the prisons and on the strike. The strike is now taking place in the context of the mass Israeli collective punishment of the Palestinian people, ostensibly as part of a search for three missing Israeli teenage illegal settlers, who are presumed kidnapped. This collective punishment, which has seen a further 400 Palestinians arrested, at … Continue reading

April 17 – Palestinian Prisoners’ Day Events & Action Items (with added infographic)

Today, Thursday April 17th is Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, and to mark the occasion the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign will be hosting two events in Dublin – A vigil from 5-7pm outside St. Stephen’s Green to highlight private security firm G4S’ complicity with Israeli abuses in apartheid’s prison regime. (Click here for more info) and Two film screenings focusing on Palestinian child prisoners beginning at 7.30pm in the Pearse Centre on Pearse St; the Dublin premiere of  ‘Small Hands in Handcuffs’ & excerpts of ‘Stone Cold Justice’. (Click here for more info) Since the beginning of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories … Continue reading

Gaza: How far can it bend before it snaps? – A new article by Stephen McCloskey

The following article was written by Stephen McCloskey, a member of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign who has written extensively on the occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank by Israel. Note: To download a PDF version of the article, please click here.   Gaza: How far can it bend before it snaps?   In December last Amnesty International warned that the Gaza Strip was ‘in the shadow of a public health catastrophe’ given the deteriorating living conditions for the region’s 1.7 million people, most of whom are refugees.  Subjected to an Israeli blockade since 2007 that has devastated … Continue reading

Report: Israeli Apartheid Week 2014

Between 1st and 8th March, Ireland took part in the 10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week with a series of events including meetings and protests organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC). On Saturday 1st March, the Dublin IPSC branch of the kicked off  IAW with a Boycott Israeli Goods day of action. We visited four city centre supermarkets, making consumers aware of their presence, the connection between these products and the occupation of Palestine and asking people to boycott them. We also handed in letters of protest to the management of each store, asking them to cease sticking Israeli goods. … Continue reading

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