Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

Prisoners

Statement in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers

On 17 April 2017 around 1500 Palestinian prisoners announced the beginning of an open hunger strike calling for an end to the state of Israel’s practice of prisoner abuse, solitary confinement, torture, medical negligence and denial of rights guaranteed under international law—including the right to a fair trial and family visits. Several Palestinian prisoners leading the hunger strike have been transferred into isolation and at the moment all striking prisoners are being denied lawyer and family visits. Currently the state of Israel holds more then 7150 Palestinian political prisoners of which approximately 6300 are male political prisoners, 300 male children … Continue reading

Palestinian Freedom & Dignity Hunger Strike – Updated list of solidarity actions in Ireland

On Monday 17th April – Palestinian Prisoners’ Day – around 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Apartheid Israel’s jails began what they call the Freedom & Dignity Hunger Strike. The strike is calling for an end to the state of Israel’s practice of prisoner abuse, solitary confinement, torture, medical negligence and denial of rights guaranteed under international law—including the right to a fair trial and family visits. Below you will find an updated list of solidarity events taking place around Ireland in support of the hunger strikers: UPCOMING EVENTS Thursday 25th May Portadown – Vigil in solidarity with Palestinian Hunger Strikers … Continue reading

12 things you should know about the conviction of the Israeli solider for 2016 Hebron execution

Elor Azaria, the Israeli occupation soldier who executed the wounded and incapacitated Palestinian man Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif in Hebron last year has been convicted of manslaughter (not murder). He now faces a sentence of up to 20 years – it will be interesting to see what he actually receives (though his legal team is likely to appeal both conviction and the sentence, leading to yet more drawn out pain and misery for the victim’s family). Nevertheless, here are 12 important and highly instructive things you should know note about this case: 1) The court case was an anomaly… It was … Continue reading

In Pictures: Newbridge, Portadown and Galway stand in solidarity with Gaza and Bilal Kayed

On Thursday 26th August, IPSC branches in Galway, Newbridge and Portadown organised solidarity protests against the ongoing siege and renewed bombing of Gaza, and calling for freedom for Palestinian hunger strike Bilal Kayed, who ended his fast after 71 days without food. Portadown: Ireland to Gaza – Hand in Hand to Break the Siege The Portadown branch of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) responded positively to a request received on Tuesday night from their contacts in Gaza asking them to show solidarity in the wake of Israeli attacks earlier this week by organising a street vigil in the town … Continue reading

Palestine Days at Belfast’s Feile An Phobail (Thur 4th & Fri 5th August)

As part of the annual Felie An Phobail, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) present two days of events in solidarity with the Palestinian people. All events are FREE and there will be stalls and exhibitions throughout the day. Palestine Day #1: Israel’s War on Palestinian Children Thursday 4th August 2016 St. Mary’s University College, Falls Road, Belfast. Schedule: 12-2 pm          Palestinian Lunch.  A selection of delicious homemade Palestinian food. There will be a small charge to cover costs. 2.00 pm           Film:  Small Hands in Handcuffs Anrai Carroll, 2014, 40 mins In October 2013, 16-year-old Anrai Carroll from Ireland travelled … Continue reading

The Palestine Podcast #16: Aouda Zbidat on ‘Palestinian Political Prisoners from children to internees’

The Palestine Podcast showcases a selection of lectures, talks and interviews featuring leading experts and social justice activists active on the Palestine-Israel issue. Brought to you by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Click here to view all podcasts. ===== PP#16 – Aouda Zbidat on ‘Palestinian Political Prisoners from children to internees’ [2016-04-20] – (Download here) INFO: To mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 2016 the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign was honoured to present Palestinian-Israeli lawyer Aouda Zbidat from Addameer, the Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association who spoke on Wednesday 20th April in The Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin. Her talk was be a … Continue reading

In pictures: Raising awareness for Palestinian Prisoners’ Day

Today, April 17th, is Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. Yesterday IPSC branches in Dublin and Portadown hosted information stalls dedicated to the issue of political prisoners in Apartheid Israel’s jails – where torture and other physical and psychological ill treatment, denial of visitation rights, terrible food and appalling conditions are routine. Since 1967 Israeli has imprisoned over 800,000 Palestinians – around 1/4 of the male population in the OPT – and currently holds over 7,640 political prisoners, including 700 internees, 68 women and 420 children, the youngest being a 12-year-old girl. All are treated with the same callousness regardless of age or … Continue reading

Speaking Tour: Palestinian lawyer Aouda Zbidat: Palestinian Political Prisoners from children to internees

To mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 2016 the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is honoured to present Palestinian-Israeli lawyer Aouda Zbidat from Addameer, the Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Her talk will be a first-hand account on the key human rights violations facing Palestinian Political Prisoners in occupied Palestine. Ms. Zbidat will speak in the following locations: LIMERICK: Mon 18 April, 7.30pm – Pery’s Hotel, Glentworth St CORK: Tuesday 19 April, 8pm – The Imperial Hotel, South Mall DUBLIN: Wed 20 April, 7pm – The Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place Some of the issues that Ms Zbidat will address in … Continue reading

In Pictures: IPSC vigil for hunger striking Palestinian journalist Mohammed Al-Qiq

Activists in Dublin, Ireland, protested in an emergency vigil on Saturday, 13 February, demanding the release of hunger-striking Palestinian journalist, Mohammed al-Qiq, on his 81st day of hunger strike. The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign called for the urgent action to support Al-Qiq, 33, who is imprisoned without charge or trial under Israeli administrative detention. He is currently held in HaEmek hospital in Afula under “suspended” administrative detention by a ruling of the Israeli Supreme Court. However, he is not free to leave the hospital and his detention can be reimposed at any time. Al-Qiq launched his hunger strike on 25 … Continue reading

‘Either free or dead’: Hunger striking Palestinian journalist close to death in Israeli jail

[Update 05/02/16] Al-Qiq rejects court freeze on detention, continues hunger strike [04/05/2016] As hunger-striking Palestinian journalist Mohammad Al-Qiq nears death in an Israeli prison, the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council has added its voice to the international outrage over his continuing internment. Al-Qiq is being held without charge or trial under Israel’s system of administrative detention, and his wife Fayha Shalash has said that “[Mohammad’s] decision is very clear: either free or dead, not in between”. Amnesty International has stated that Israel’s use of non consensual medical intervention in this case is in violation of the prohibition of torture, and … Continue reading

Volunteering in Palestine: A report from the 15th Lajee Center International Summer Camp

As a strong supporter of the work of the Lajee Center in Aida refugee camp in occupied Palestine, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is happy to publish below a report back from the centre’s latest summer volunteer work camp from an Irishman who took part.  The author would like to return to Aida in the future, therefore to reduce the risk of being denied re-entry by Israeli official, we have published this piece anonymously. The 15th Lajee Center International Summer Camp The Lajee Center’s 15th international summer camp brought over thirty volunteers to the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem between the … Continue reading

Addameer Statement: Israeli High Court’s Decision to Suspend Muhammad Allan’s Detention Condones Administrative Detention

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association today condemned yesterday’s  Israeli occupation High Court’s decision to suspend the administrative detention of Mohammad Allan. It did so as it believes the court’s decision condones arbitrary and administrative detention used by Israeli occupation forces in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The High Court suspended Mohammad Allan’s administrative detention following his 64 days of hunger strike in which he reached a critical health condition. Medical examinations indicate Allan suffers from brain damage due to a sharp drop of Vitamin B1 levels in his brain as a result of the hunger strike. The … Continue reading

In Pictures: Palestinian Prisoners’ Day protest in Dublin

On Thursday 16th April the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign held a solidarity action for Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails at the top of Grafton Street. For an hour members and supporters, including many from the Palestinian community stood with placards, banners and flags in very effective visual display to get the message out to the public about the appalling plight of the Palestinian prisoners. Palestinian Prisoners’ Day is April 17 every year, however due to this falling on a Friday this year, we are staged our  event on April 16th to reach as many people on the late shopping … Continue reading

Infographic: Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails (April 2014)

According to Addameer, the Palestinian prisoner support and human rights association, as of 1st February 2015 (the latest date for which figures are available) there were 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. Of these, 454 were held under Administrative Detention (indefinitely renewable internment without charge or trial), 163 were minors, and 25 were female. Here’s our infographic of how that information looks. For more information, please see the Addameer factsheet here.

5 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. At least 2 Palestinians were among the 40 … Continue reading

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