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Leading Irish human rights groups issue call to #FreeMahmoud Nawajaa!

In a letter published in today’s Irish Times, 18 leading Irish and Palestinian human rights and Palestine solidarity organisations have called for Israel to immediately release Palestinian human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Mahmoud Nawajaa, the General Coordinator of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. “Mr Nawajaa is a human rights defender and community leader who has been imprisoned solely for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association. He is therefore a prisoner of conscience, and he must be immediately and unconditionally released. Both the Irish Government and the EU must loudly echo this call … Continue reading

Watch: Palestinian Stories #4: Mohammad the Cartoonist

In the fourth of our Palestinian Stories short video series, we hear from Mohammad, a Palestinian cartoonist, artist and former political prisoner from the West Bank. Mohammad asks us in the West to reflect on the difficulties of our lives over the past number of months in lockdown, and then to imagine how much worse life is for Palestinians, especially political prisoners in Apartheid Israel’s jails. All images © Mohammad Sabaaneh: http://www.sabaaneh.com/ Music: Karloma – The White Nile, from ‘Palestinian Sounds’ (Yabous Productions, 2001) Palestinian Stories is a new series of short videos featuring the voices and stories of Palestinians … Continue reading

62 newly elected TDs support the #PalestinePledges for justice for Palestinians

The Irish general election of 8th February saw the election of 62 TDs who endorsed the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s three #PalestinePledges, while a number of the other 147 candidates who signed up narrowly missed out on taking seats. The pledges call on candidates to Support a ban on trade with Israel’s illegal colonial settlements in Palestine Support an end to the Irish arms trade with Israel, and an end to EU funding of Israeli military manufactures Support free speech and protection of the right to engage in boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigning in the face of efforts to silence and … Continue reading

Let’s make Palestine an election issue: #PalestinePledges for #GE2020

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is asking our members and supporters to make justice for the Palestinian people an issue in the 2020 Irish General Election. We have produced a short handout with three important issues to raise with canvassers on the doorsteps, or to contact candidates about, and have initiated a campaign asking the candidates to take our three #PalestinePledges in support of the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, justice and equality. The handout contains questions and important information related to • Support for a ban on trade with Israel’s illegal colonial settlements in Palestine • Support for an end … Continue reading

Make Palestine an EU & Local Election Issue!

It’s that time of year again, when politicians come knocking on doors looking for your vote. This May there will be European and Local elections in Ireland north and south. While domestic issues are, as always, likely to dominate the discussions, we believe it is vitally important that the issue of Palestine is kept firmly in the minds and mouths of all our politicians. The very essence of the Palestine solidarity movement is to ‘think globally, act locally’ – and we have seen impressive local support for Palestinian freedom by many local councils over the past decade. We need to … Continue reading

The Palestine Podcast #23: Steven Salaita on ‘Why Palestine Is Everyone’s Moral Issue’

The Palestine Podcast showcases a selection of lectures, talks and interviews featuring leading experts and social justice activists active on the Palestine-Israel issue. Brought to you by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Click here to view all podcasts. ===== PP#23 – Steven Salaita on ‘Why Palestine Is Everyone’s Moral Issue’ [2017-09-12] – (Download here) INFO: The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in association with Academics for Palestine, were honoured to present a public talk by renowned Palestinian-American author and intellectual Steven Salaita. The event took place on Tuesday 12th September 2017 in Dublin. In his talk, Steven Salaita explored why Palestine is one … Continue reading

Take Action in support of flying Palestinian flag on Dublin City Hall

On March 30th the ‘Protocol Committee’ of Dublin City Council voted unanimously to fly the Palestinian flag from Dublin’s City Hall between 15 May and early June 2017, in what Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) Chairperson Fatin Al Tamimi called “a heartening gesture of solidarity“. This historic decision was greeted with joy and appreciation by Palestinians in Ireland, in Palestine and in the diaspora. However, the decision has still to be ratified at the next full meeting of Dublin City Council which will be held on Monday 8th May – it is not a sure thing, and your help is needed! … Continue reading

‘A heartening gesture of solidarity’: Decision to fly Palestinian flag over Dublin City Hall welcomed!

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) welcomed today’s announcement that Dublin City Hall will fly the Palestinian flag between 15th May and June this year, following a unanimous vote by city councillors on the council’s Protocol Committee.[1] Obviously this move will cause extreme anger amongst the ranks of the small but vocal group of apologists for Israeli Apartheid in this country and DCC will come under a certain amount of pressure and intimidation, and so we are asking our supporters – especially those who live in Dublin – to please contact the Dublin City CEO Owen Keegan, the Lord Mayor of … Continue reading

Who Fears to Speak of ’48? Take action to support Cork academic conference under threat (again!)

Take action in support of historic ‘International Law & the State of Israel’ academic conference in Cork We would like to bring you news of an important conference entitled ‘International Law & the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism and Responsibility‘ set to take place in Cork between 31st March and 2nd April. We are asking for your support to ensure that this Conference will actually take place, as it is coming under severe pressure from those who would prefer that no critical academic discussion on the nature of the Israeli state, its foundation, its legacy, and its violations of international … Continue reading

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

Palestine Podcast #19: Ronit Lentin, David Landy & Harry Brown on ‘Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism’

The Palestine Podcast showcases a selection of lectures, talks and interviews featuring leading experts and social justice activists active on the Palestine-Israel issue. Brought to you by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Click here to view all podcasts. ===== PP#19 – Ronit Lentin, David Landy & Harry Brown on ‘Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism’ [2016-06-07] – (Download here) INFO: What is antisemitism? What is anti-Zionism? Are they the same thing as many apologists for the crimes of the Israeli state would have people believe? This meeting held in Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin on 7th June 2016 explored these issues in depth and argues that … 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

Irish and Dutch governments join Sweden in speaking out for right to call for BDS

Irish foreign minister says BDS is a “legitimate political viewpoint” and that his department is monitoring Israel’s repression of BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti Dutch foreign minister says BDS “protected by the freedom of expression” 352 European bodies call on the EU to support right to boycott 23,000 people appeal to UN on the #RightToBoycott The Dutch and Irish governments have publicly stated that calls for a boycott of Israel are legitimate, with the Dutch foreign minister saying that advocating and campaigning for Palestinian rights through the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel are “protected by the … Continue reading

IPSC Statement: #NousSommesBDS – Defend Free Speech in France – Defend the Right to Boycott

The following statement was issued on 1st February by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign in response to the French state’s continues attempt to criminalise the right to boycott Israeli goods and to trample over free speech rights. Background: France’s highest appeals court, issued a decision in October 2015, affirming that the call to boycott Israeli goods is a misdemeanor in France and, thus, punishable as a crime. This is an outrage. We ask you to please also sign and share these two important petitions on this issue (each will only take 30 seconds). Petition 1: Boycott – protect your right to … Continue reading