The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) reiterated calls for the cancellation of the away leg of the match between the Irish and Israeli U-21 teams, and for the expulsion of the Israeli FA from FIFA and UEFA due to Israel’s ongoing human rights abuses against the Palestinian people, including Palestinian sportspeople. The match is due to be played in Tel Aviv on 11th October, and when the home leg was played in Tallaght last year, the IPSC held a protest outside. We encourage our supporters to sign the following petition calling for the cancellation of the game and to write to … Continue reading
Thursday’s protest outside the Dundalk FC v Maccabi Tel Aviv football match in Tallaght (7pm) will be a small act of solidarity with the people of Palestine who have suffered so much injustice, and continue to suffer daily, at the hands of the Israel’s apartheid regime due to the ongoing occupation of Palestine and the continual denial of rights to the Palestinian people. While there are those who insist that that sport and politics shouldn’t mix, we believe there is no place in sport for racism or teams who act as ambassadors for racist or apartheid states. As a member … Continue reading
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
The IPSC is pleased to announce that the much sought after Palestinian national football jerseys are now back in stock in our online store and on our stalls. Sizes available are Small, Medium, Large and XL. Click here to order.
Christmas is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate the holiday season than buying gifts for your loved ones and supporting the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign at the same time. Our online store has a whole range of gift ideas, from our ever popular Christmas cards and calendars, to football shirts and flags, to olive wood products from Bethlehem and of course books, DVDs and CDs. Stocks are always limited, so be sure to order early. You can pay via PayPal (even if you don’t have a PayPal account, you can still use a credit card) or with a cheque, … Continue reading
The following letter was published in the Irish Times on Monday 7th November, 2011. Sir, – Those who lead European football must respond to an appeal from Palestinians dismayed at the prospect of Israel hosting Uefa’s under-21 tournament in 2013. A state that uses military might to hold sway over land it illegally occupies and exploits, flouts international law and ignores UN resolutions surely forfeits the right to be treated as a member of the community of nations. But western powers continue to embrace Israel as an ally. During the 2011 under-21 tournament in Denmark in June, 42 Gazan football … Continue reading
On Saturday 22nd October 2011, the Irish women’s soccer team played a European Cup qualifier against the Israeli national team. The game took place at Tallaght stadium, and the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign staged a ‘Love Football, Hate Apartheid’ protest outside the grounds. IPSC Chairperson Martin O’Quigley said: “Some say that sport and politics should not mix, however we say that sport and racism should never mix – hence the theme of our protest, ‘Love Football, Hate Apartheid’. The IPSC points to the sporting boycott against South Africa, which was one of the most effective tools employed in ostracising that state … Continue reading