Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

Hunger Strike

Hunger for Justice in Cork: Hunger strike relay in support of Samer Issawi to begin Saturday 20 April

Samer Issawi’s body is breaking down. A symbol of the Palestinian people, he is on hunger strike against the evils of the Israeli occupation. Just as his people are enduring the longest military occupation in recent history, Samer, who has recently been transferred from prison to hospital, is enduring the longest hunger strike. The people of Cork know a thing or two about hunger strikes. One of our Lord Mayors, Terence MacSwiney, died after a hunger strike of 74 days in 1920. But Samer Issawi has already endured more than 250 days of hunger. Gradually turning into a ghost, he … Continue reading

Action Item: Sign petition ‘Remove UEFA 2013 European Under-21 Championship from Israel’

It took three months of hunger strike and the near death of a Palestinian footballer, held for three years without charge or trial under the ‘Unlawful Combatants Law’ which is itself illegal under international law, for the Israeli authorities to agree to a release deal. While we cautiously welcome the deal that should see Mahmoud Sarsak released on 10 July 2012, we are alarmed that Olympic squad goalkeeper Omar Abu Rois and Ramallah player Mohammed Nimr are also being held by Israel without charge. We maintain that a state which holds sportsmen as political prisoners is unfit to host an international sporting event. This … Continue reading

Hunger Strike: FIFA, FIFPro, Eric Cantona express grave concern over condition of Palestinian footballer

Over the past number of days, FIFA’s Sepp Blatter, FIFPro (“the voice of all professional footballers in the world”), footballing legend Eric Cantona, Show Racism the Red Card and film director Ken Loach (‘Looking for Eric’) have all made statements expressing concern for the life of Mahmoud Sarsak, a 25-year-old Palestinian national team footballer who has been on hunger strike for 87 days in an Israeli prison protesting against his three year internment without trial. (Note – you can sign a petition calling on UEFA President Michel Platini to help secure release of ahmoud Sarsak held by UEFA member Israel … Continue reading

Action Item: Irish government must act in the case of Palestinian hunger strikers facing “imminent threat to their lives”

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign has sent the following message to all elected TDs in the Irish parliament. We encourage supporters to contact An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Mr. Eamon Gilmore TD, and urge him to act immediately. Contact: eamon.gilmore@oireachtas.ie Note: Please be polite and respectful at all times (not that we need to tell you that). ============== Dear [elected representative], Please see below for an urgent appeal from a coalition of Palestinian and Israeli regarding the lives of two Palestinian political prisoners who are currently on hunger strike. Today they were finally allowed access to independent … Continue reading

IPSC condemns abduction of Palestinian Theatre Director and ongoing Israeli attacks

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) today condemned the detention of Nabil Al-Raee, the Artistic Director of the Jenin Freedom Theatre, by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank. Martin O’Quigley, IPSC Chairperson said, “the IPSC condmens this act of cultural repression by the Israeli occupation forces. The Freedom Theatre is an internationally renowned and respected artistic company. In light of this, and previous similar attacks on the theatre, this abduction can only be seen as a targeted act of intimidation and harassment of Palestinian artists by Israel’s apartheid regime”. Mr. Al-Raee was taken at approximately 3:15 am this morning when … Continue reading

Irish Government and footballing organisations must intervene in case of Palestinian hunger strikers nearing death

Today, Tuesday 5th June, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) called on the Irish Government to intervene to save the lives of two Palestinian political prisoners, Mahmoud Sarsak and Akram Rikhawi who have been on hunger strike for 80 days and 55 days respectively. The IPSC also called on the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), the Irish Football Association (IFA), UEFA and FIFA to publicly raise the issue of Mr. Sarsak who is a member of the Palestinian national soccer team. Mahmoud Sarsak from Gaza’s Rafah refugee camp was detained by the Israeli military on July 22, 2009, when he … Continue reading

Action Item: Hana Shalabi Reaches 40 Days of Hunger Strike

EDIT 29 March 2012: According to breaking reports in the media, Hana has ended her hunger strike and will be exiled to Gaza. We are glad that Hana, who was in extremely bad condition when last seen by medics, will be freed and hope that her strike has not resulted in any lasting ill effects. However, we are disgusted that instead of releasing Hana – who has been held without charge for more than two years in total – back to her home, the Israeli state seeks to dictate the whereabouts in which someone can live. Hana is a Palestinian … Continue reading

Report: “Free Hana’ Shalabi” – IPSC mark International Women’s Day 2012

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign marked International Women’s Day 2012 with a demonstration in Dublin city centre calling for the release of Palestinian hunger striker and political prisoner Hana’ Shalabi and celebrating women’s resistance to Israeli Apartheid and occupation. Independents  Maureen O’Sullivan TD and Senator David Norris stopped by during the action to show their solidarity. Wearing locks over their mouths, solidarity activists assembled in the shadow of the Spire on O’Connell Street, and for two hours stood with banners, placards and leaflets (download PDF) calling for the release of Hana’ Shalabi, who was on the 22nd day of her hunger … Continue reading

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