Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

Settler Violence

YOU DID IT! Irish Seanad votes in favour of Occupied Territories Bill!

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign welcomed today’s Seanad vote (25 in favour, 20 against) in support of Frances Black’s ‘Control of Economic Activities (Occupied Territories) Bill. All parties and most independents in Seanad Eireann, with the exception of the governing party Fine Gael, voted to refer the Bill to the committee stage, the next stage in the process of making a Bill into law. The Bill, if it becomes law, will would prohibit the importation of goods or services from illegal settlements in occupied territories, including Israel’s settlements in Palestine which violate the Geneva Conventions. (Note: If you haven’t yet thanked … Continue reading

Take action to thank politicians supporting the Occupied Territories Bill

We received some absolutely huge news this week as Fianna Fail announced its intention to support Sen. Frances Black’s bill to ban trade with Israel’s illegal settlements in Palestine. This shift of position is a result of the lobbying carried out by all of you – a real victory for people power! – so we would like to sincerely thank you. With Fianna Fail’s support, this bill will pass in the Seanad, moving on to the committee stage – this will be an historic first step in outlawing the profiteering from the proceeds of illegally colonised land. Those who have … Continue reading

Watch: Street Theatre – Palestinian Olive Harvest (in Dublin)

On Saturday 28th October 2017 members and supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign engaged in street theatre in Dublin’s Grafton Street shopping district. The action explored the experiences of Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest season, which is underway right now. The period always sees an uptick in the number of violent attacks on Palestinian farmers and their olive groves by illegal Israeli colonial settlers, backed up by the Israeli occupation forces. Olive trees carry more than an economic significance in the lives of Palestinians. They are not just like any another trees, they are symbolic of Palestinians’ attachment to … Continue reading

War on Palestinian rights: Become a contributor to help the IPSC’s work for justice

Dear friends, After fifty years of the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the situation for the Palestinian people has never been as bad. At least 60 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation forces since the start of this year, many of them extra-judicially executed or shot during protests. Thousands have been injured. Hundreds of Palestinians, including children, have been imprisoned and likely tortured. Military raids on Palestinian communities occur every day and night, as do attacks by illegal Israeli settlers. People in Gaza are facing into another winter under Israel’s cruel and illegal siege living, while fishermen … 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

Speaking Tour: Palestinian Children Under Israeli Occupation – with Ayed Abu Eqtaish (28 Nov – 3 Dec)

To commemorate the annual International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People 2016, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is honoured to host a speaking tour featuring Ayed Abu Eqtaish from Defence For Children International in Palestine between Monday 28th November and Saturday 3rd December.  Mr. Abu Eqtaish will speak in the following locations: Mon 28 – Cork: 7pm, Sample Studios, 3rd Floor Auditorium, 10-19 Sullivan’s Quay Tue 29 – Dublin: 7pm, Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place, D1 Wed 30 – Limerick: 7.30pm, Pery’s Hotel, Glentworth St Thur 1 – Galway: 7.30pm, The View, Aras na Mac Leinn, Galway University … Continue reading

Iyad Burnat: Palestinian human rights leader Irish speaking tour (Oct 1 – 8)

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is honoured to host a speaking tour with Iyad Burnat, a Palestinian human rights leader, from 1st to 8th October 2016. An award winning human rights activist, Iyad will describe what life is like under Israeli occupation, his village’s ongoing struggle for justice, human rights and freedom, and what inspires him to continue non-violent resistance. Born in 1973, Iyad Burnat is the head of the Bil’in popular committee and Friends of Freedom and Justice and will be a familiar figure to the many Irish who have travelled to Bil’in over the past number of years. In … Continue reading

EU ambassador to Israel must not speak alongside settler leader Dani Dayan at anti-BDS event

The following letter was sent by the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee and the European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine to the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in protest at an EU official speaking alongside an illegal settler leader at an anti-BDS conference in Israel. This is a shameful move by the EU, showing that it is willing help Israel fight the nonviolent civil society BDS movement for justice for Palestinians, but totally unwilling to take concrete action on illegal colonial settlements or Israeli war crimes. The messagethis sends to Israel is obvious – ‘carry on … Continue reading

Israel’s system of permanent violence: The new Palestinian uprising in context

There has been an upsurge of violence in the Palestine-Israel region since October 1st. Settler attacks on Palestinians, which had been running at between 50 and 80 per month, have surged to over 120 attacks in the first week of October. These attacks include firebombings, shootings, burning crops and stoning houses – often under the protection of the army.[1] Israeli army and police have brutally attacked West Bank Palestinian demonstrators, with over 1,300 people injured by live and rubber-coated bullets. Against this background of widespread colonial violence against Palestinians, condemned by human rights groups like Amnesty International, there have been … Continue reading

Israeli settler violence is not divorced from the unending violence of the colonial state – they are inextricably intertwined.

Judging by the reactions of everyone from Benjamin Nethanyahu (responsible for the deaths of over 550 kids in Gaza last year) to Ayelet Shaked (who called called Palestinian kids “little snakes”) to the US State Department (you know, the state that sponsors the murder of Palestinians) to the EU (which continues to be Israel’s number one trading partner) one would swear the the horrific burning to death of Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsh and the severe maiming of his family by illegal Israeli settler colonialists was an isolated and unpredictable incident, a bizarre aberration from some peaceful norm. If actual … Continue reading

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