Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

Open Letter

Stop the Prawer Plan, Stop the Ethnic Cleansing in the Naqab – IPSC Letter to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore

Dear Minister Gilmore, We in the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign are writing to bring to your attention the situation facing the Palestinian Bedouin citizens of Israel. The Israeli government is in the process of passing into law the so-called ‘Prawer Plan’. If implemented, the plan will see tens of thousands (estimates vary between 30,000 and 70,000) of Bedouin citizens forcibly displaced from their ancestral homelands in the Naqab (Negev) desert, and forced into a series of ‘Bedouin townships’. Were such an action to take place, it would be the largest act of ethnic cleansing carried out by the Israeli state since … Continue reading

IPSC welcomes University of California Irvine student government resolution on divestment from Israel

We would like to express our wholehearted support for the University of California Irvine student government’s stand for human rights and justice, in the form of its November 2012 divestment resolution. This resolution is a firm, clear sighted statement based on a commitment to justice and an understanding of the importance of ensuring that international companies comply with human rights and international law. The companies mentioned in the resolution all have an ongoing record of complicity in illegal Israeli practices in the occupied Palestinian territories. They are all engaged in well-documented and flagrant breaches of basic human rights norms, and … Continue reading

Justice and Defence Minister abuses position in attacking human rights campaigners

On Friday, May 4th, Alan Shatter the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, issued an incendiary and defamatory attack on the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s (IPSC) right to engage in peaceful campaigning for a cultural boycott of Israel. In his attack, Alan Shatter tried to spuriously link this peaceful Irish human rights group with Al Qaida.  In doing so the Minister has abused his position; the IPSC calls upon him to withdraw his attack and believes the Irish Government should immediately and publicly dissociate itself from Minister Shatter’s press release. Below is an open letter to Minister Shatter in response to his press … Continue reading

For the Record: Open Letter to Irish writer Gerard Donovan asking him not to break the cultural boycott of Israel

In the interests of the public record, and standing accused by Gerard Donovan of “actively intimidat[ing] an Irish writer”, we are republishing the IPSC/PACBI Open Letter and introduction. ============ ORIGINAL STORY – POSTED ON MAY 7th 2012 Despite repeated attempts to contact Irish writer Gerard Donovan regarding his taking part in the International Writers’ Festival to be held in Jerusalem in May – which the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel have called for a boycott of – no response has been forthcoming*. We therefore now issue the following Open Letter to Mr. Donovan in the … Continue reading

Update: Dervish cancel Israel tour

Update (Monday 30th April): Dervish have cancelled their tour of Israel. Full statement below.  The IPSC would like to thank Dervish for refusing to whitewash Israeli apartheid, occupation and war crimes against the Palestinian people. Please consider leaving them a message of support on their Official Facebook Page here. ======= Statement from Dervish, posted to the Official Dervish Facebook page at 11.25am, Monday 30th April: Dervish wish to announce they will not be taking part in the Irish music concert series in Israel this June. Our original decision to participate in the concerts was, like all our tours and appearances, … Continue reading

Open Letter to Ana Moura: Don’t perform in Apartheid Israel

Renowned Portuguese Fado singer Ana Moura plans to perform in Israel on 27th January, in violation of the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of the Israeli state. Before goingto Israel, she will be playng in Dublin’s National Concert Hall on Thursday 19th January. While welcoming Ms. Moura to Ireland, the IPSC will balance that welcome with  a leafleting and demonstration against her indifference to the fate (= “fado”) of the Palestinian people. The demo will start at 8pm on Thursday 19th January at 7pm outside the National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. The IPSC issued the following letter … Continue reading

PACBI issues Open Letter to FilmBase: Apartheid Debases Art!

We are asking our supporters to email FilmBase (as always, in a respectful manner) and ask them to cancel the Israeli Embassy sponsored ‘Israeli Film Days’ (24 – 27 November). See here for more information on this campaign. Below is an open letter issued to FilmBase today by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). Please consider citing it in any correspondence with FilmBase. ==== Open Letter to Filmbase: Apartheid Debases Art! “We are seeing culture as a hasbara [propaganda] tool of the first rank, and I do not differentiate between hasbara and culture.” –Nissim … Continue reading

Email Campaign: Protest the “Israeli Film Days” at Filmbase in Dublin

According to a page on Facebook, Filmbase in Dublin will be hosting a series of “Israeli Film Days” sponsored by the Israeli Embassy. between November 24th to 27th. The IPSC is calling on our supporters to write to Filmbase and protest this move. A model letter, already sent by the IPSC, is below – but it is always better to write your own letters. Please send to the following Email Addresses:,, To whom it concerns – I am deeply perturbed that Filmbase proposes to host “Israeli Film Days” between 24th-27th of this month. I would remind you … Continue reading

IPSC congratulates President Higgins on his inauguration

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is delighted to congratulate Michael D. Higgins on his election as the ninth President of Ireland. President Higgins has an honourable and long-standing record as a supporter of Palestinian human and political rights. On 13th April 2008 he joined an IPSC demonstration that marched from the Central Bank in Dublin to the Dáil in remembrance of the 1948 Israeli massacre at Deir Yassin. In his speech he said: “This demonstration is an opportunity to once again call on the State of Israel to cease its senseless, oppressive policies towards the people of Palestine and … Continue reading

Update: BDS victory as ‘The Guard’ director declines to participate in the Haifa Film Festival in Israel

UPDATE [17th October 2011]: The IPSC is pleased to announce that we were informed by director John Michael McDonagh that, “due to the conflict, [he] delined to attend the Haifa Film Festival 2011.” While the showing of the film is going ahead, the IPSC wish to salute this courageous personal decision on the part of its director. This is another small but significant victory for the international BDS Movement. Below is the original call from the IPSC to Mr. McDonagh, issued on October 7th 2011. IPSC calls on ‘The Guard’ director not to participate in the Haifa Film Festival in … Continue reading

Appeal to the Riverdance company not to tour Israel

Note: There will be a final action in the IPSC’s series of ongoing protests at the Gaiety Theatre before Riverdance heads off to perform for Israeli Apartheid – so please make the effort to come along on Thursday 18th August! More info here. On 6th April last, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign appealed to Riverdance to cancel its tour of Israel scheduled for 1-13 September next. In response, Riverdance posted the following on its website: “Riverdance supports the policy of the Irish Government and indeed the policy of every other EU state that cultural interaction is preferable to isolation.” Significantly, … Continue reading

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