Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

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Action Item: Write to Minister of State John Halligan urging no collaboration with Apartheid Israel’s education ministry

The Irish Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan is on an official visit to the Palestine-Israel region at the moment. We are informed that as part of his itinerary he is due to meet Naftali Bennett, the Israeli Minster for Education, to discuss “innovation and education”. Bennett is one of the most reprehensible and racist figures in the current Israeli government, which itself is widely considered to be the most extremist in Israel’s history. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) believes that such a meeting should not take place, and furthermore, that there should be no cooperation … Continue reading

7 things you may have missed this week in Palestine

Irish media continues to frequently ignore important stories emerging from Palestine-Israel, stories that are vital to context setting and framing during those times when the issue actually does hit international headlines. By ignoring such stories, which expose the true nature of Palestinian life under military occupation and apartheid, the media can only be considered to be complicit via their silence. Therefore the IPSC continues with our new weekly round up of the most important stories that you may have missed if your only source of information is the Irish mainstream media. #1. A Palestinian fisherman was shot dead by the … Continue reading

7 Things You May Have Missed This Week In Palestine

Irish media continues to frequently ignore important stories emerging from Palestine-Israel, stories that are vital to context setting and framing during those times when the issue actually does hit international headlines. By ignoring such stories, which expose the true nature of Palestinian life under military occupation and apartheid, the media can only be considered to be complicit via their silence. Therefore the IPSC will be presenting a new weekly round up of the most important stories that you may have missed if your only source of information is the Irish mainstream media. 1. Amnesty International released its Annual Report 2014/15 … Continue reading

After Gaza: Israeli impunity must end – there must be justice for Palestinians (IPSC Briefing Document)

This Briefing Document, After Gaza: Israeli impunity must end – there must be justice for Palestinians, was produced by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign and was submitted to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade in advance of the meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli Ambassadors to Ireland held on Wednesday 3rd September This is a fully updated and expanded version of a similar document we prepared in advance of the recent Seanad recall, taking into account the developments since then. We are pleased to make it available to the public. As an organisation that has played a key … Continue reading

Gaza Conflict: Israeli impunity must end (IPSC Briefing Document)

When Seanad Eireann was recalled to discuss the issue of Gaza on July 31st, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign issued the following briefing document to all Senators, and subsequently to all TDs and MEPs. As an organisation that has played a key role in mobilising thousands of people around the country to get active on this issue, we invite everyone to read and share the document as it outlines our view of the crisis and the political steps necessary to help bring justice to the Palestine-Israel region. The document explores and addresses eleven of the most common misconceptions about the conflict, … Continue reading

Context and collective punishment: The aftermath of recent killings in the Palestine-Israel region

The IPSC deplores the brutal murder of the three young Israeli citizens whose remains were found on Monday near Hebron and the apparent ‘revenge’ murder of a Palestinian teenager reportedly carried out by Israeli extremists early Wednesday. Equally the IPSC deplores the deaths of all civilians killed in this conflict of unequals, including the six civilians killed by Israeli occupation forces since the Israeli teenagers were kidnapped. The IPSC is concerned that the unjustifiable killings of the three Israelis will be used to justify further killings, destruction and illegal settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT) by the Israeli … Continue reading

Infographic: Peace? What Peace? Israel’s ceaseless attacks on Palestinian people and property (1 Aug – 23 Sept 2013)

In the past three days, two Israeli soldiers have been killed by Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. These attacks have generated countless headlines, both in Israel and internationally. Alas, the same cannot be said for the 7 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the weeks since the Palestinian-Israeli ‘peace talks’ reopened at the end of July last (or indeed, the 11 other Palestinians already killed this year). Of course, in the Israeli press and polity, the killings have led to denunciations of Palestinians as not being ‘serious’ about peace. Ignore for a moment the fact that the killings were … Continue reading

Three journalists killed in Gaza as Israel intensifies bombardment after ceasefire failure

Israel intensified its bombardment of the Gaza Strip last night, leaving the current Palestinian death toll at 136, including 92 civilians. The intensification follows the scuppering of a proposed ceasefire, which was supposed to come into effect at midnight on Wednesday. Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the breakdown was due to Israeli demands. Reports from Gaza confirm that 3 journalists have been killed in 2 separate airstrikes yesterday.  The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemned the killings and said that it believes that such crimes are aimed at silencing journalists. The latest figures from the Irish-Aid funded PCHR confirm that … Continue reading

Opposition Dail parties call for action on Gaza ceasefire as death toll reaches 108

All opposition parties in the Dail have called on Tainiste and Minster for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore, to take action to secure a ceasefire in the Israeli assault on Gaza which has now left 105 Palestinians dead, including 70 civilians, and over 800 injured since Israeli sabotaged an Egyptian brokered ceasefire last Wendesday. The latest figures from the Irish-Aid funded Palestinian Centre for Human Rights confirm that of the 105 Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces, 23 are children and 12 are women and that civilians make up two thirds of the casualties. Of the 805 injuries, 786 are civilians, … Continue reading

Call for fair reporting as Israel attacks journalists in Gaza

Reports from Gaza confirm that 92 people have died in Israeli strikes on Gaza since Israel breached ceasefire brokered by Egypt on Wednesday 14th November. Over 750 others have been injured in the bombardment from air, land and sea. 3 Israelis have died as a result of shelling from Gaza since 14th November. In light of these figures the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign calls for fair and unbiased reporting of the situation. On the night of Saturday 17th November the Israeli military assault targeted two buildings in Gaza City that housed international and Palestinian media outlets including both local Arab and … Continue reading

IPSC responds to Tánaiste’s Gaza statement, calls for concrete action to end Israeli assault

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is extremely disappointed by today’s statement from An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, on the situation in Gaza[1]. The Tánaiste’s statement accepts uncritically the official Israeli narrative of events leading up to the beginning of the Israeli attack. Several timeline analyses have shown that it was Israel that broke one lull in violence by killing a 13-year-old child playing football on 8th November, and again on Wednesday 14th violated an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire by extra-judicially assassinating a leading member of Hamas and bombing 20 areas in Gaza in an action it … Continue reading

Demonstration planned in Dublin today as death toll rises to 37 in Gaza

Reports from the respected Palestinian Center For Human Rights in Gaza confirm that at least 37 people have now died in Israeli strikes on Gaza since Israel breached a ceasefire brokered by Egypt on Wednesday 14th November. 8 children and 2 women are among the dead. A further 280 have been injured in the bombardment from air, land and sea. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has called for a demonstration at The Spire on O’Connell St. in Dublin at 2pm. Yesterday the campaign issued a statement expressing its disappointment at the Tánaiste’s uncritical acceptance of the official Israeli narrative of … Continue reading

Irish Citizen in Gaza Reports from Gaza City Hospital while Israeli airstrikes continue

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights has warned of a deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip in light of Israel’s military escalation, and it has called upon the international community to urgently convene a Special Session of the Human Rights Council in order to address the situation. Israeli airstrikes continue today despite the presence of Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil in Gaza. We have received reports from Al Haq, a human rights organisation with special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, that a civilian male and a 4-year-old boy have been killed by … Continue reading

Action Item: Email Foreign Minister Gilmore – Irish Government action needed to stop Israeli attacks on Gaza

Israel is again attacking the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip with extreme and indiscriminate violence. We ask you to send the below letter (or one of your own composition), which calls on the Irish Government to immediately demand that Israel cease these attacks and comply with international law, to An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore. You can email the Tánaiste at eamon.gilmore@oir.ie    or call (01) 4082000 and leave a message. It will only take two minutes! ========== Sample Letter Dear Minister, I am contacting you as I am very concerned about the recent Israeli … Continue reading

PCHR: Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations (15–21 March 2012)

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) Weekly report from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)   IOF continued to fire at Palestinian civilians and property in border areas in the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian child was wounded when he was at home in Rafah. IOF opened fire at agricultural areas in Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis. IOF opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats.   IOF have continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank. Two Palestinian civilians were wounded. IOF arrested two Palestinian … Continue reading

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