Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني


Open Letter to Chris de Burgh: Please Don’t Play Apartheid Israel

We are asking Chris de Burgh to respect the Palestinian boycott call and not to play apartheid Israel on March 29th 2014. Below is a letter we issued to Mr. de Burgh. As we have not received any response since sending it, we are now issuing it as an open letter.  Please like, share and post on the following Facebook page so we can inform him about BDS and ask him not to cross the Palestinian picket line: Chris de Burgh, Don’t Even Fix a Price with Apartheid Israel Palestinian civil society has called for a cultural boycott of Israel. … Continue reading

Victory in Galway as NUIG Students’ Union votes to join BDS movement

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has welcomed the passing of motion calling on the National University of Galway (NUIG) Students’ Union to actively participate in the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel until it ends the occupation of Palestine and complies with its obligations under international law. yo The motion, which reads in full “That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.” was passed by an almost  2 to 1 margin (1,954 to 1,054 votes) during a student referendum held on March 6th. NUIG Students’ Union becomes … Continue reading

BNC Statement: UN year of solidarity with the Palestinian people begins with boycott success

Statement by the Palestinian BDS National Committee, 21/01/2014: In November of last year, the UN General Assembly designated 2014 as the UN International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian people. Just three weeks into 2014, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has again shown that it represents an increasingly effective form of solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality. In early January, high profile Norwegian singer Moddi announced that he was cancelling his performance in Tel Aviv out of respect for the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel and following appeals from activists in … Continue reading

Israel’s academic standing: mediocre and slipping

Dr. David Landy of Academics for Palestine and the IPSC looks at the latest Times HES survey of world university rankings which reveals some surprising truths about the state of the Israeli academy. One reason we are always told that we can never ever boycott Israel is because of its sterling academic reputation. Israel, we have heard on countless occasions, is a paragon of science, medicine and humanities. If we boycott Israel we’ll be boycotting the cutting-edgiest of high-tech, the most miraculous research in medicine, the inventors of… well, just about everything Well, it seems that such talk of Israeli … Continue reading

Miko Peled, Israeli general’s son, backs TUI Israel boycott call

An Israeli writer whose father was a leading general in the 1967 war has warmly welcomed the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) support for an academic boycott of Israeli institutions. “It’s a particularly good time to be visiting Ireland,” Miko Peled said in Dublin tonight. “One of your teachers’ unions has just achieved a historic breakthrough for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. “I welcome the TUI’s support for the academic boycott of Israel – the first such support from a European academic union. I hope it’s followed by others, and by action.” This evening, Peled, whose 13-year-old niece was … Continue reading

BDS at 7! – Celebrating, reflecting and further mainstreaming

Statement from Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC) Occupied Palestine, 9th July 2012 Seven years after the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel was launched, the global BDS campaign has become stronger, more widespread, more effective and certainly more diverse than ever—a true cause for celebration by all those groups and conscientious citizens of the world who contributed to this success. However, Israel’s intensifying violations of international law and basic Palestinian rights, the direct threat Israel poses to the freedom of peoples across the region, and the impunity that Israel still enjoys are cause for … 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

Action Item: Red Hot Chili Peppers please cancel your performance in Israel

Originially written by Tali Shapiro, a member of the group Boycott From Within, this petition is now a global call for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to cancel their scheduled performance in Tel Aviv. Already, US, Palestinian, Israeli, Turkish and Lebanese organizations have made requests for the Chili Peppers to not cross the international picket line and respect the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. We will continue to bring to light the injustices that Palestinians face as a result of Occupation and apartheid policies and show why BDS is a moral action for artists – including the Red … Continue reading

Commemorating Al Nakba, Celebrating Palestine: Music and poetry tour in Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Derry.

A major tour of Palestinian and Arab artists, with some local support, is to take place in Ireland between the 17th and 20th May, featuring cultural concerts in Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Derry. Billed as “Commemorating Al Nakba; Celebrating Palestine”, the tour will feature two renowned Palestinians, poet Rafeef Ziadah and singer Terez Sliman. Also joining them will be acclaimed Lebanese-Australian singer-songwriter Phil Mansour (Please  ‘Like’ the tour’s Facebook Page here for updates and info). The tour will visit the following locations: Thursday 17th May – Cork: The Pavilion, Carey’s Lane, Doors 8pm. Entry €8 / €5 concession. More info … 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

Report from Israeli Apartheid Week 2012

During the week of 20th to 27th February the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and other groups marked the 8th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week with a series of actions and awareness raising events in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Belfast. Dublin, Thur 23: Première of ‘Roadmap to Apartheid’ The IPSC was proud to present the Irish Premiere of the brand new film ‘Roadmap to Apartheid’, by film-makers Ana Nogueira & Eron Davidson,  a 90 minute documentary film looking at the current situation in Palestine through the lens of South African Apartheid; comparing the two regimes in a manner not flattering for … Continue reading

Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 (20 – 27 February)

UPDATE: Here is the full report from Israeli Apartheid Week 2012. Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual international series of events held across the globe. The aim is to educate people about the nature of Israeli apartheid against the Palestinian people and to build the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement locally and globally. Last year, IAW took place in over 60 cities across the globe and this year the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to again host a series of events in Ireland. IAW 2012 takes place following three years of incredible successes for the BDS movement on … Continue reading

IPSC action asks Ana Moura not to sing in Apartheid Israel

On the cold and dark evening of Thursday 19th January 2012, members and supporters of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) stood outside Dublin’s National Concert Hall to deliver a simple message to Portuguese Fado signer Ana Moura. That message was: “Please don’t perform in Apartheid Israel!” Holding banners saying “Boycott Apartheid Israel” and “Stop the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”, the activists leafleted and engaged with Ana Moura’s fans who were attending the concert, making them aware of Ms. Moura’s plan to play a gig in Tel Aviv on 27th January and explaining how this was in breach of the … Continue reading

BNC call for the World Social Forum Free Palestine, November 2012, Brazil

Occupied Palestine is part of every free heartbeat in this world and her cause continues to inspire solidarity across the globe.  The World Social Forum Free Palestine is an expression of the human instinct to unite for justice and freedom and an echo of the World Social Forum’s opposition to neo-liberal hegemony, colonialism, and racism through struggles for social, political and economic alternatives to promote justice, equality, and the sovereignty of peoples. The WSF Free Palestine will be a global encounter of broad-based popular and civil society mobilizations from around the world. It aims to: 1. Show the strength of … Continue reading

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