Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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BDS Day of Action in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Limerick tomorrow Sat 25 Feb

As part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012, there will be a series of Boycott Israeli Goods actions taking place in Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Galway tomorrow, Saturday 25th February. We encourage all our members and supporters in these areas to come out and support these actions. END ISRAELI APARTHEID – BOYCOTT ISRAELI GOODS [Limerick, Israeli Apartheid Week 2012] Boycott Israeli Goods action Sat, 25 February 2012, 10:30AM (The Milk Market, Limerick City) [Cork, Israeli Apartheid Week 2012] Boycott Israeli Goods Demonstration Sat, 25 February 2012, 1:00PM (Daunt Square, Cork City) [Galway, Israeli Apartheid Week 2012] Boycott Israeli Goods action Sat, … Continue reading

Report of IPSC protest against Israeli parliamentary visit to Ireland

On the evening of Wednesday 18th January, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) held a protest against an official Israeli parliamentary visit to the Oireachtas. This visit of two Israeli Knesset [Parliament] members and their entourage was kept secret by the Irish state until the evening before the two MKs arrived. With less than 12 hours notice, the IPSC organised a protest of over 40 pro-Palestine activists outside the gates of the Dail to coincide with the MKs’ official meeting with the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD. The MKs were ushered in via … Continue reading

Photos: Irish Ship to Gaza #FreedomWaves demo

Dublin: On the evening of Friday 4th November 2011, the Irish Ship to Gaza campaign  organised an emergency demo at the Spire in solidarity with the #FreedomWaves activists kidnapped in international waters by the Israeli military. The demo called for an end to the siege of Gaza and release of the unlawfully detained international activists. Around 250 people attended the short-notice protest, and were addressed by Claudia Saba (ISTG Media Coordinator), Dr Raymond Deane (IPSC Cultural Boycott Officer) Joe Higgins TD (Socialist Party), Richard Boyd-Barrett TD (People Before Profit Alliance), Aengus O Snodaign TD (Sinn Fein), Marie Barry (SIPTU) and … Continue reading

Latest update re #FreedomWaves prisoners

Fintan Lane and Zoë Lawlor are now in the air en route to Istanbul! They will have to spend the night there, then will get a connecting flight tomorrow. No details yet about arrival time Dublin. Five others arrive tonight in Dublin Airport at 11.40pm. Hopefully the final seven will be home by tomorrow afternoon, but after today’s shenanigans, we’re not counting any chickens…

Dublin Airport: Welcome Home for #FreedomWaves prisoners (Thursday & Friday)

THURSDAY: Five of the kidnapped Irish participants in the #FreedomWaves to Gaza mission will return home on flight LH982 (from Frankfurt) at 11.40pm on Thursday 10th November. Mags O’Brien, John Mallon, Trevor Hogan, Hugh Lewis and Patrick Fitzgerald have all been illegally held by the Israeli state since Friday afternoon after being violently abducted in international waters while attempting to break the illegal siege and sailing to the blockaded Gaza Strip. The Irish Ship To Gaza campaign is organising a welcoming committee to meet them at Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport, and asking people to gather there at around 11.30pm … Continue reading

5 Irish #FreedomWaves prisoners on their way home, 2 again prevented from leaving Israel

Below is the latest press release from the Irish Ship To Gaza campaign IRISH ACTIVISTS AGAIN STOPPED FROM LEAVING ISRAEL Two leading Irish human rights activists were prevented for a second time today from flying home from Israel, in the latest strange twist to the protracted homecoming saga of Ireland’s #FreedomWaves campaigners.They were among the 14 Irish passengers of the MV Saoirse, hijacked in international waters last Friday on a humanitarian mission to Gaza. The seven people who had earlier been stopped from flying out on a morning British Airways flight were returned to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport this … Continue reading

Israel prevents Irish activists from boarding flight home

The seven Irish human rights activists due home in Ireland this afternoon at 2:25 pm were at the last minute prevented from boarding their flight out of Ben Gurion airport by Israeli armed guards. They had been taken last night to a holding cell and were ready to board their 7:40 am flight to London this morning when at the last minute they were prevented from doing so by Israeli security forces and returned to Givon prison. All seven are now being detained indefinitely, with no further news available from Israeli authorities or the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs about … Continue reading

Update on #FreedomWaves political prisoners

21 still detained and refusing to sign false statements Of the 27 human rights defenders captured during Israel’s illegal takeover of the Freedom Waves to Gaza vessels on Friday, 4 November, 20 remain in Givon prison and the whereabouts of one is unknown. Israeli officials have been claiming that all 27 people aboard the MV Saoirse and the MV Tahrir have been released or are awaiting deportation. This is not true. Irish Ship to Gaza can confirm that six people have been released or deported. These are Majd Kayyal (Palestinian from Haifa), Lina Attalah (Journalist from Egypt), Casey James (Journalist … Continue reading

[Dublin] Demo – #FreedomWaves: Irish government must take action

We must show the Department of Foreign Affairs that they are NOT doing enough either to support our friends in an Israeli prison, or to put pressure on Israel to comply with international law. The Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign has called for a demo outside the Department of Foreign Affairs, St Stephen’s Green, on Monday 7th November at 5PM. The Irish Ship to Gaza campaign is calling on the Irish government to take the following concrete actions against the state of Israel: (1) Suspend Israel from the Euromed Agreement, which gives Israel special trading status; (2) End all arms … Continue reading

Media reports say #FreedomWaves ships boarded – Demo tonight 6pm in Dublin

Media reports along with Israeli military statements appear to confirm that the Irish and Canadian ships attempting to sail to Gaza and break the illegal siege have been boarded in international waters by Israeli forces. We believe they are now being taken against their will to the Israeli port of Ashdod. This is the information we have as of 4pm November 5th. THERE IS A DEMO TONIGHT IN DUBLIN AT 6PM AT THE SPIRE, O’CONNELL STREET. Click here for full details. The following image was released to the media by the Israeli military in the past few minutes.

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

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