Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني


Israel prevents Irish activists from boarding flight home

The seven Irish human rights activists due home in Ireland this afternoon at 2:25 pm were at the last minute prevented from boarding their flight out of Ben Gurion airport by Israeli armed guards. They had been taken last night to a holding cell and were ready to board their 7:40 am flight to London this morning when at the last minute they were prevented from doing so by Israeli security forces and returned to Givon prison. All seven are now being detained indefinitely, with no further news available from Israeli authorities or the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs about … Continue reading

Update on #FreedomWaves political prisoners

21 still detained and refusing to sign false statements Of the 27 human rights defenders captured during Israel’s illegal takeover of the Freedom Waves to Gaza vessels on Friday, 4 November, 20 remain in Givon prison and the whereabouts of one is unknown. Israeli officials have been claiming that all 27 people aboard the MV Saoirse and the MV Tahrir have been released or are awaiting deportation. This is not true. Irish Ship to Gaza can confirm that six people have been released or deported. These are Majd Kayyal (Palestinian from Haifa), Lina Attalah (Journalist from Egypt), Casey James (Journalist … Continue reading

[Dublin] Demo – #FreedomWaves: Irish government must take action

We must show the Department of Foreign Affairs that they are NOT doing enough either to support our friends in an Israeli prison, or to put pressure on Israel to comply with international law. The Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign has called for a demo outside the Department of Foreign Affairs, St Stephen’s Green, on Monday 7th November at 5PM. The Irish Ship to Gaza campaign is calling on the Irish government to take the following concrete actions against the state of Israel: (1) Suspend Israel from the Euromed Agreement, which gives Israel special trading status; (2) End all arms … Continue reading

Hijacking of MV Saoirse “Violent and Dangerous” – call received directly from Israeli prison

Irish Ship to Gaza National Coordinator Fintan Lane was able to make a phone call this afternoon from the Israeli prison in which he and 13 other Irish citizens are being held. He communicated the following to the Irish Ship to Gaza team in Dublin:   The takeover of the MV Saoirse was violent and dangerous. Despite very clear protests from the occupants of the two boats that they did not want to be taken to Israel, they were forcibly removed from the boats in a violent manner. The whole takeover took about three hours. It began with Israeli forces … Continue reading

Media reports say #FreedomWaves ships boarded – Demo tonight 6pm in Dublin

Media reports along with Israeli military statements appear to confirm that the Irish and Canadian ships attempting to sail to Gaza and break the illegal siege have been boarded in international waters by Israeli forces. We believe they are now being taken against their will to the Israeli port of Ashdod. This is the information we have as of 4pm November 5th. THERE IS A DEMO TONIGHT IN DUBLIN AT 6PM AT THE SPIRE, O’CONNELL STREET. Click here for full details. The following image was released to the media by the Israeli military in the past few minutes.

Contact lost with #FreedomWaves to Gaza in Eastern Mediterranean

Press release from the Irish Ship to Gaza campaign, 12pm Friday November 4th Irish and Canadian ships sailing with Freedom Waves to Gaza are likely being illegally boarded and commandeered right now by the Israeli military in international waters – or they are about to be. Freedom Waves to Gaza organizers have been unable to make contact with the MV Saoirse since our last communication with the boat at 10.58. At 11:12 am (Irish time) Israeli forces made radio contact with the Tahrir and asked them to state their final destination.   Canadian boat organizer, Ehab Lotayef, responded: ‘The conscience of … Continue reading

EMERGENCY DEMO in Dublin in support of #FreedomWaves – End the Siege of Gaza

Emergency Demonstration – Support the #FreedomWaves ships to Gaza – End the Siege of Gaza Friday 4th November 6pm, The Spire O’Connell Street Dublin 1 At 7.30pm tonight (Thursday) the Irish Ship To Gaza shore team were informed that Israeli warships were seen 6 miles from the Irish (MV Saoirse) and Canadian (Tahrir) ships attempting to break the siege of Gaza. The ships are currently in international waters around 200 miles from Gaza. Israeli spotter planes were also observed flying overhead according to Fintan Lane, who is on board the Irish ship Saoirse. Crew and passengers on the boats fear … Continue reading

Email Campaign to Protect Irish and International Citizens Sailing to Gaza

Dear supporters, Please take the time to send the below appeal, organised by in support of the Freedom Waves ships the Irish MV Saoirse and the Canadian Tahrir. ============ Dear TD/Senator, At this moment, two civilian vessels (one Irish and one Canadian) are sailing to the besieged Gaza strip in Palestine. They will sail from international waters directly to Gaza, and will not pass through Israeli territorial waters. The Gaza strip is one of the most densely populated places on earth. There are 1.5 million people living in an area just 20 miles long and 6 miles wide, literally … Continue reading

Irish and Canadian ships challenge Israel’s illegal blockade with Freedom Waves to Gaza

Press Release from the Irish Ship To Gaza campaign Responding to an urgent call for international solidarity from 46 civil society organisations in Gaza, an Irish ship MV Saoirse and a Canadian ship Tahrir have successfully reached international waters in the Mediterranean Sea on a mission dubbed Freedom Waves to Gaza. The boats, two civilian vessels carrying 27 passengers from seven countries, are currently en route to Gaza, Palestine. They will sail from international waters directly to Gaza, and will not pass through Israeli territorial waters. This is the 11th attempt to break the siege of Gaza via the sea, … Continue reading

IPSC donates €1000 to Irish Ship To Gaza

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign today announced that it had donated €1000 to the Irish Ship To Gaza Campaign. The money will help cover the costs of repairs to the MV Saoirse after the Israeli sabotage of the boat in June this year, and fuel for the when it sets sail to Gaza soon. IPSC Chairperson Martin O’Quigley said: “Although largely untalked about in the media, the illegal siege of Gaza remains in place, and the IPSC supports such civil society efforts to break this inhumane blockade once and for all. We hope this small contribution will help achieve this … Continue reading

Robert Ballagh donates Riverdance royalties to Irish Ship To Gaza

Irish Ship To Gaza, Press Release, Monday 31 October 2011, 10:30 am Renowned artist Robert Ballagh has donated all royalties from the recent performance of Riverdance in Israel to the Irish Ship to Gaza campaign. As the set designer for Riverdance, Mr. Ballagh had opposed the performance in Israel saying that Israel should be boycotted until Israeli apartheid policies against the Palestinians are ended. Thanking Mr Ballagh for his “principled advocacy of Palestinian human rights”, Dr. Fintan Lane, national coordinator of Irish Ship to Gaza, said: “This generous donation will be well deployed. In fact, the money will be used … Continue reading

Audio: David Cronin on ‘Palestine, Israel and the EU’

On Tuesday 26th July 2011, Irish author, journalist and activist David Cronin gave a talk on the subject of ‘Palestine, Israel and the EU: How the European Union aids Israeli occupation and human rights abuses’.  A crowd of around 50 people packed into the Pearse Centre to listen to the lecture, hosted by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. If you were unable to make it along, you can listen to an audio recording of the talk here: Download MP3 Here (right click and ‘save target/link as’) About the meeting: In official statements, the EU presents itself as an honest broker … Continue reading

Audio: ‘The achievements of the Flotilla Movement and building solidarity with Palestine’

On Thursday 7th July the Irish Ship To Gaza Campaign hosted a public meeting featuring returnees from Freedom Flotilla II talking about the achievements of the Flotilla Movement and future actions for building solidarity with Palestine. The talk took place in the Connolly Room in Dublin’s Liberty Hall and over 50 people were in attendance. Download MP3 Here (right click and ‘save target/link as’) About the meeting: Despite being unable to sail to Gaza, the Freedom Flotilla movement succeeded in mobilising genuinely popular international support to challenge the conspiracy of silence on the occupation of Palestine and blockade of Gaza … Continue reading

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