Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

Press releases

Two Minutes for Palestine: Sign the EU Citizens’ Initiative to ban trade with illegal settlements!

Today we are proud to launch our new European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with a simple demand – we want the EU to fully and permanently ban trade with illegal settlements in occupied territories, including Israel’s colonial settlements in occupied Palestine. Our coalition includes over 100 international civil society organisations such as Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights and Avaaz, while here at home the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Trocaire, Action Aid, ICTU, UpLift, Christian Aid, Jewish Voice for a Just Peace, Financial Justice Ireland, Sadaka and Comhlámh are some of the 20+ Irish organisations involved. Click here sign … Continue reading

Launching the Irish Anti-Apartheid Coalition, celebrating Palestine, and much more!

Phew, what a week we just had! Tuesday 29th November was International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and this past week saw the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign organise events the length and breadth of the country, from Waterford to Sligo, Limerick to Belfast, Newbridge to Navan, and Dublin to Derry. In Dublin, on November 30th, to mark 21 years of the IPSC, there was a standing-room only Palestinian Cultural Evening featuring world renowned oud player Saied Silbak, alongside readings from Sen. Frances Black, broadcaster Mike Murphy and actress Neili Conroy, and contributions from the current and former Chairs of the … Continue reading

Israel intensifies its assault on Palestinian civil society

As Apartheid Israel intensifies its assault on Palestinian civil society, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity sends our solidarity to our sisters and brothers in the Palestinian NGOs under attack. We have continued our efforts to push the Irish government to move from words of condemnation into taking concrete action. Below you will find a copy of our latest letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney. TO: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney CC: An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin Opposition Spokespeople for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Members of the Cross Party Oireachtas Friends of Palestine group, Interested TDs, Senators and MEPs Dear … Continue reading

Nine EU countries reject Israel’s criminalisation of Palestinian civil society organisations

Nine EU countries, including Ireland, issued a joint statement on Tuesday saying they will continue working with six Palestinian NGOs that Israel branded “terrorist organisations” last year, because Israel has failed to provide evidence to prove its claims. The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign today welcomed the news. The nine countries are Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Spain and Sweden. The six Palestinian NGOs in question are Addameer, Al-Haq, the Bisan Center for Research & Development, Defense for Children International-Palestine, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees. The joint statement from the nine Foreign … Continue reading

IPSC welcomes launch of Musicians for Palestine

Speaking about the launch of the new global Musicians for Palestine initiative launched today, Chairperson of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Aisling Micklethwaite, said: “We in the Ireland Palestine-Solidarity Campaign welcome the global expression of solidarity with the Palestinian people as expressed by Musicians for Palestine. The appeal by hundreds of musicians globally to stand with the Palestinian human rights and to refuse to collaborate with cultural institutions linked to the Israeli state is an important step in the fight against apartheid and oppression. Here in Ireland, more than 1,400 musicians, artists and cultural workers have already taken a principled stand … Continue reading

New Years’ Eve Vigils for Palestine around Ireland

To commemorate the 14th anniversary of the Israeli ‘Operation Cast Lead’ attack on Gaza, and to highlight Israeli’s ongoing brutality coupled with the cruel and illegal siege of Gaza, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is calling on people to gather on Saturday 31st December to attend one of our nationwide vigils for the people of Palestine, especially those in besieged in Gaza. Armagh, 12pm, Market Square – Details here Dublin, 2pm, Ha’penny Bridge – Details here Derry, 2pm, Peace Bridge – Details here Limerick, 2pm, Thomas Street – Details here Waterford, 2pm, Station Roundabout – Details here Galway, 2pm, Spanish … Continue reading

Events marking International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2022

29th November will mark UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – and there are a number of events organised on and around the day to celebrate ongoing Palestinian resistance to Israeli apartheid, occupation and settler-colonialism. On 30th November, Dublin will see a gala event, that will also mark the IPSC’s 21st anniversary, with special guest Saied Silbak. Saied is an internationally renowned Palestinian oud player and composer who will take us on a musical journey through Palestine’s rich music of joy and resistance. There will also be food, poetry, words and an exhibition of Palestinian art and … Continue reading

Mini-Tour: Cooperation Under Occupation – Nawal Slemiah and the ‘Women In Hebron’ Co-op

Nawal Slemiah is the director and co-founder of the Women In Hebron nonprofit co-op  in Palestine. It was established in 2005 and began by selling handicrafts in the Old City market of Hebron. Today it has more than 150 women producing items sold across the Hebron district – an area which is under Israeli military domination and where settler attacks on Palestinians are frequent and flagrant. Nawal will be speaking in the following places to tell the story of her co-operative and what it is like to live, work and co-operate under the Israel’s apartheid regime. Wednesday 16th Nov – … Continue reading

Irish human rights groups call to stop EU-Israel Association Council

In an open letter issued today, 18 Irish human rights groups, civil society organisations and trade unions called for the Irish government to act to stop the reconvening of the EU-Israel Association Council scheduled for next month. ADD YOUR VOICE BY EMAILING THE MINISTER – CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION! The letter follows on from other calls for cancellation directed to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, from MEPs, Amnesty International and Palestinian and international civil society groups. The signatories, which include Trocaire, Christian Aid Ireland, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Fórsa, the Communications Workers’ Union, ActionAid … Continue reading

URGENT: Stop Israel’s deportation of Salah Hammouri!

Please spare a couple of minutes to write to the Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs to raise the urgent case of Palestinian human rights defender Salah Hammouri, held without charge or trial by Israel under administrative detention since March 2022. The Israeli authorities have now revoked his Jerusalem residency, and plan to deport him from his home city of Jerusalem on Sunday 4 December.

Shawan Jabarin Speaking Tour: Apartheid and Israel’s War on Palestinian Civil Society

You are invited to attend one of these timely and important talks by preeminent Palestinian human rights defender Shawan Jabarin, Director of Al Haq, and a Secretary General of the FIDH, the International Federation for Human Rights, who is on a speaking tour of Ireland, facilitated by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Mr. Jabarin will speak in the following locations: Friday 14 Oct – Galway, 1pm @ Martin Ryan Annex, Galway University Monday 17 Oct – Navan, 7pm @ SIPTU Dan Shaw Centre Tuesday 18 Oct – Dublin, 7pm @ Robert Emmet Theatre, TCD Wednesday 19 Oct – Cork, 7.30pm @ … Continue reading

Israeli raids on Palestinian NGOs designed to instill fear and silence

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) condemned last night’s raids by Israeli occupation forces on the offices of six highly respected and effective Palestinian human rights organisations. These organisations were designated as “terrorist entities” by Israel in October 2021, a move that has been openly rejected by nine EU states, including Ireland. Late yesterday, Apartheid Israel’s forces raided the offices of the human rights organisations, confiscated equipment, documents and materials, sealed their doors, and left notices declaring them unlawful organisations and ordering them closed. In the office of Al Haq, the soldiers tore to the ground an Irish flag which had … Continue reading

Take Action: Ireland must oppose reconvening the EU-Israel Association Council

In July, despite Israel’s record of apartheid, human rights abuses and international law violations, the 27 EU Foreign Ministers voted unanimously to reconvene the EU-Israel Association Council for the first time since 2012. This is an entirely retrograde move that will serve only to embolden Israel in its denial of Palestinian rights and freedoms. The message it sends is clear; Israel can continue to act with impunity, and the EU – including Ireland – will not only ignore its continuous human rights abuses and violations of international law, but reward it with greater access to the EU centres of power. … Continue reading

The Lajee Cultural Tour comes to Ireland in September!

Following their sell-out 2014 Irish tour, Lajee Cultural Centre from Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem return with a celebration of traditional Palestinian music and Dabka dance in September 2022. Set to embark on a nationwide tour of Ireland, a group of young creatives from Lajee Cultural Centre, Aida Camp in Bethlehem, Palestine plan on bringing music, dance and culture to Dublin, Kildare, Cork and Galway. The Lajee centre began as a dream of its creators, who worked intesively and with true palastinian ‘sumoud‘ (Steadfastness) in order to make that dream become a reality. You can see all the dates, as well … Continue reading

Leading Irish and international artists demand accountability for Israel’s killing of Palestinian journalist

Irish cultural figures Frances Black, Ronan Bennett, Liam Cunningham, Lankum, Dónal Lunny, Emer Martin, Christy Moore, Stephen Rea and Colm Tóibín have joined international artists including Pedro Almodovar, Susan Sarandon, Tilda Swinton, Mark Ruffalo, Eric Cantona, Miriam Margolyes, Jim Jarmusch, Naomi Klein and Peter Gabriel to call for “meaningful measures to ensure accountability for the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and all other Palestinian civilians.” More than a hundred artists, including Hollywood stars, acclaimed authors and prominent musicians, have condemned Israel’s killing of esteemed Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Actors Susan Sarandon, Tilda Swinton, Stephen Rea, Mark Ruffalo, Kathryn Hahn … Continue reading

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