Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

Irish Ship To Gaza

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: ‘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

Irish Ship To Gaza events this week (meeting / gig / demo)

In Dublin there will be a number of Irish Ship to Gaza events taking place this week. Thur 7 July – Gig for Gaza The Button Factory, Eustace St/ Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Day Gig – 2pm-7pm – €5.00 Night Gig – 7.30pm-2.30am – €5.00 All day pass – only €8.00 More info here Thur 7 July – Public Meeting: Achievements of the Flotilla Movement & Building Solidarity With Palestine 7pm, The Connolly Room, Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin 1 More info here Sat 9 July – Demo: End the Siege of Gaza – Let the Flotilla Go … Continue reading

Irish Ship To Gaza: The Turkish “investigation” into the sabotage of the ‘MV Saoirse’ should not be taken at face value

Initial reports suggest that the official Turkish investigation into the sabotage of the Irish ship MV Saoirse that was due to take part in the now Greek-impounded Freedom Flotilla Two will find that “the breakdown of the ship might not be a result of sabotage” and that even if it was sabotaged, it “was damaged before it entered Turkish waters”.[1] However, the Irish Ship To Gaza (ISTG)[2] campaign view such conclusions with deep suspicion. It remains the opinion of the Irish Ship To Gaza campaign that an act of underwater sabotage was conducted against the Irish boat, the MV Saoirse, … Continue reading

Irish Ship to Gaza SABOTAGED by Israeli agents: Protest & sit in today

Terrible news has reached us in the early hours of Thursday – the Irish Ship To Gaza, MV Saoirse, has been SABOTAGED, presumably by agents of Israel. The damage is extensive, and indeed, if it had gone undetected apparently may have been lıfe-threatenıng if the ship had been at sea. This is an unacceptable act of aggression against an Irish vessel (which is sovereign Irish territory), against the Freedom Flotilla, and most importantly against the people of Palestine which this flotilla was intending to reach in an act of humanitarian solidarity. Full details of the extent of the sabotage, including … Continue reading

Irish Government Should Seek Safe Passage for MV Saoirse and Gaza Freedom Flotilla II

Below is a letter sent by today – Tuesday 21st June – by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign to Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore TD, requesting that on behalf of the Irish State he demand safe passage for the Irish ship going to Gaza next week (the MV Saoirse) and for the whole of ‘Freedom Flotilla 2 – Stay Human. For more on the Irish Ship To Gaza and/or to donate to the project – please click here. =================== Dear Minister Gilmore, We are writing to you on behalf of the 25 Irish citizens who will be sailing to … Continue reading

Tue 28 June: Demo in support of Irish Ship To Gaza and the Freedom Flotilla

This Tuesday 28th June a demonstration will be held in Dublin in support of the Irish Ship To Gaza and the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. The demonstration, which begins at 6pm at the Central Bank Plaza on Dame Street, will call for an end to Israel’s illegal five-year siege of  Gaza and for the Flotilla’s safe passage. It will then march to the Israeli Embassy in Ballsbridge. There will be a live phone link-up to  the Irish boat MV Saoirse, along with high profile speakers and music plus a stop off at the Gaeity Theatre to link up with the ‘Don’t … Continue reading

“Don’t dance for Israeli Apartheid” protest at Riverdance’s opening night in Dublin

On Tuesday 28th June at 6pm the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) will hold a loud and colourful ‘Don’t Dance for Israeli Apartheid’ protest outside Riverdance’s opening night in the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. The protest was called to highlight the shameful fact that Riverdance is scheduled to tour Israel this September. The protest forms part of the international Cultural Boycott of Israel campaign which has seen many stars such as Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, Carlos Santana, Christy Moore and Damien Dempsey refuse to perform in Israel.  The Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel – until it ends … Continue reading

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