Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

Human Rights

Two Minutes for Palestine: Sign the EU Citizens’ Initiative to ban trade with illegal settlements!

Today we are proud to launch our new European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with a simple demand – we want the EU to fully and permanently ban trade with illegal settlements in occupied territories, including Israel’s colonial settlements in occupied Palestine. Our coalition includes over 100 international civil society organisations such as Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights and Avaaz, while here at home the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Trocaire, Action Aid, ICTU, UpLift, Christian Aid, Jewish Voice for a Just Peace, Financial Justice Ireland, Sadaka and Comhlámh are some of the 20+ Irish organisations involved. Click here sign … Continue reading

Launching the Irish Anti-Apartheid Coalition, celebrating Palestine, and much more!

Phew, what a week we just had! Tuesday 29th November was International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and this past week saw the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign organise events the length and breadth of the country, from Waterford to Sligo, Limerick to Belfast, Newbridge to Navan, and Dublin to Derry. In Dublin, on November 30th, to mark 21 years of the IPSC, there was a standing-room only Palestinian Cultural Evening featuring world renowned oud player Saied Silbak, alongside readings from Sen. Frances Black, broadcaster Mike Murphy and actress Neili Conroy, and contributions from the current and former Chairs of the … Continue reading

Israel intensifies its assault on Palestinian civil society

As Apartheid Israel intensifies its assault on Palestinian civil society, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity sends our solidarity to our sisters and brothers in the Palestinian NGOs under attack. We have continued our efforts to push the Irish government to move from words of condemnation into taking concrete action. Below you will find a copy of our latest letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney. TO: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney CC: An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin Opposition Spokespeople for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Members of the Cross Party Oireachtas Friends of Palestine group, Interested TDs, Senators and MEPs Dear … Continue reading

Nine EU countries reject Israel’s criminalisation of Palestinian civil society organisations

Nine EU countries, including Ireland, issued a joint statement on Tuesday saying they will continue working with six Palestinian NGOs that Israel branded “terrorist organisations” last year, because Israel has failed to provide evidence to prove its claims. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign today welcomed the news. The nine countries are Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Spain and Sweden. The six Palestinian NGOs in question are Addameer, Al-Haq, the Bisan Center for Research & Development, Defense for Children International-Palestine, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees. The joint statement from the nine Foreign … Continue reading

IPSC welcomes launch of Musicians for Palestine

Speaking about the launch of the new global Musicians for Palestine initiative launched today, Chairperson of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Aisling Micklethwaite, said: “We in the Ireland Palestine-Solidarity Campaign welcome the global expression of solidarity with the Palestinian people as expressed by Musicians for Palestine. The appeal by hundreds of musicians globally to stand with the Palestinian human rights and to refuse to collaborate with cultural institutions linked to the Israeli state is an important step in the fight against apartheid and oppression. Here in Ireland, more than 1,400 musicians, artists and cultural workers have already taken a principled stand … Continue reading

New Years’ Eve Vigils for Palestine around Ireland

To commemorate the 14th anniversary of the Israeli ‘Operation Cast Lead’ attack on Gaza, and to highlight Israeli’s ongoing brutality coupled with the cruel and illegal siege of Gaza, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is calling on people to gather on Saturday 31st December to attend one of our nationwide vigils for the people of Palestine, especially those in besieged in Gaza. Armagh, 12pm, Market Square – Details here Dublin, 2pm, Ha’penny Bridge – Details here Derry, 2pm, Peace Bridge – Details here Limerick, 2pm, Thomas Street – Details here Waterford, 2pm, Station Roundabout – Details here Galway, 2pm, Spanish … Continue reading

Mini-Tour: Cooperation Under Occupation – Nawal Slemiah and the ‘Women In Hebron’ Co-op

Nawal Slemiah is the director and co-founder of the Women In Hebron nonprofit co-op  in Palestine. It was established in 2005 and began by selling handicrafts in the Old City market of Hebron. Today it has more than 150 women producing items sold across the Hebron district – an area which is under Israeli military domination and where settler attacks on Palestinians are frequent and flagrant. Nawal will be speaking in the following places to tell the story of her co-operative and what it is like to live, work and co-operate under the Israel’s apartheid regime. Wednesday 16th Nov – … Continue reading

Irish human rights groups call to stop EU-Israel Association Council

In an open letter issued today, 18 Irish human rights groups, civil society organisations and trade unions called for the Irish government to act to stop the reconvening of the EU-Israel Association Council scheduled for next month. ADD YOUR VOICE BY EMAILING THE MINISTER – CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION! The letter follows on from other calls for cancellation directed to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, from MEPs, Amnesty International and Palestinian and international civil society groups. The signatories, which include Trocaire, Christian Aid Ireland, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Fórsa, the Communications Workers’ Union, ActionAid … Continue reading

URGENT: Stop Israel’s deportation of Salah Hammouri!

Please spare a couple of minutes to write to the Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs to raise the urgent case of Palestinian human rights defender Salah Hammouri, held without charge or trial by Israel under administrative detention since March 2022. The Israeli authorities have now revoked his Jerusalem residency, and plan to deport him from his home city of Jerusalem on Sunday 4 December.

Shawan Jabarin Speaking Tour: Apartheid and Israel’s War on Palestinian Civil Society

You are invited to attend one of these timely and important talks by preeminent Palestinian human rights defender Shawan Jabarin, Director of Al Haq, and a Secretary General of the FIDH, the International Federation for Human Rights, who is on a speaking tour of Ireland, facilitated by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Mr. Jabarin will speak in the following locations: Friday 14 Oct – Galway, 1pm @ Martin Ryan Annex, Galway University Monday 17 Oct – Navan, 7pm @ SIPTU Dan Shaw Centre Tuesday 18 Oct – Dublin, 7pm @ Robert Emmet Theatre, TCD Wednesday 19 Oct – Cork, 7.30pm @ … Continue reading

Israeli raids on Palestinian NGOs designed to instill fear and silence

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) condemned last night’s raids by Israeli occupation forces on the offices of six highly respected and effective Palestinian human rights organisations. These organisations were designated as “terrorist entities” by Israel in October 2021, a move that has been openly rejected by nine EU states, including Ireland. Late yesterday, Apartheid Israel’s forces raided the offices of the human rights organisations, confiscated equipment, documents and materials, sealed their doors, and left notices declaring them unlawful organisations and ordering them closed. In the office of Al Haq, the soldiers tore to the ground an Irish flag which had … Continue reading

Take Action: Ireland must oppose reconvening the EU-Israel Association Council

In July, despite Israel’s record of apartheid, human rights abuses and international law violations, the 27 EU Foreign Ministers voted unanimously to reconvene the EU-Israel Association Council for the first time since 2012. This is an entirely retrograde move that will serve only to embolden Israel in its denial of Palestinian rights and freedoms. The message it sends is clear; Israel can continue to act with impunity, and the EU – including Ireland – will not only ignore its continuous human rights abuses and violations of international law, but reward it with greater access to the EU centres of power. … Continue reading

Israel is guilty of Apartheid and Annexation says UN’s Palestine Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has welcomed the publication of the latest report by Michael Lynk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which states clearly that “Israel has imposed upon Palestine an apartheid reality in a post-apartheid world.” The Special Rapporteur’s report now joins others by Al Haq, Yesh Din, B’Tselem, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International in concluding that Israel is guilty of the crime against humanity of Apartheid. Help End Israeli Apartheid: Please take two minutes to sign our EU Citizen’s Initiative calling for an end to trade … Continue reading

Amnesty condemns Israeli Apartheid and calls for international action to end oppression of Palestinians

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign has praised today’s publication of a detailed new report by Amnesty International showing that Israel is committing the crime against humanity of Apartheid against the Palestinian people. The 211 page report, entitled ‘Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime Against Humanity’, is the latest in a long line of human rights organisations levelling similar charges against Israel. It calls for international sanctions, including an arms embargo, against the Israeli state and individuals implicated in these crimes, for the International Criminal Court to investigate Israeli Apartheid, and for the United Nations to re-establish the Special Committee against … Continue reading

Stop Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinian lands – Join the Day of Action!

From the Naqab to Sheikh Jarrah to the West Bank —Palestinians are resisting land grabs and the destruction of their homes, and calling for solidarity in their battle against Israel’s ethnic cleansing policies. Palestinians have called a weekend of protest across their historic lands, and are asking internationals to standing in solidarity with them as they face down the brutality of Israel’s apartheid regime. We ask you to please join us at one of our actions around Ireland this Thursday 27th and Friday 28th January to show your opposition to Israel’s actions, and to tell our government that words are … Continue reading

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