Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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(13-17 May) Mousa Abu Maria speaking tour: The Palestinian Nakba – An Ongoing Catastrophe (Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Dublin)

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to present a speaking tour featuring Palestinian activist, farmer and former political prisoner Mousa Abu Maria. Mousa will visit Belfast (Mon 13), Cork (Wed 15), Limerick (Thur 16) and Dublin (Fri 17), and be speaking on the topic of ‘The Palestinian Nakba – An Ongoing Catastrophe’, to commemorate Nakba Week. The full itinerary is below: MON 13 MAY – BELFAST: Nakba Day Meeting with Mousa Abu Maria & Stephen McCloskey (7.30pm, Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre, 45/47 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2FG) WED 15 MAY – CORK: Palestinian Nakba – The Ongoing Catastrophe: Dervla … Continue reading

Irish cameraman again shot and injured by Israeli military in the West Bank

This evening, Friday 3rd May, Irish cameraman Tommy Donnellan was shot in the back, leg and arm by the Israeli military while filming a protest in the Palestinian village of Silwad in the occupied West Bank. Mr. Donnellan, who is from near Ballinasloe in Galway travelled to the West Bank in February. Today he sustained three wounds from a rubber-coated steel bullets which punctured his left leg, and bruised his back and upper right arm. This is the third time Mr. Donnellan has been injured by the Israeli military in as many months. On 19th March, he sustained a wound … Continue reading

Statement by European Parliamentary Delegation to Palestine: Freedom and dignity – Israel must end the occupation

A five member cross-party working group from the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council, led by Emer Costello, conducted a visit to the occupied State of Palestine (East Jerusalem and the West Bank) from 27 April to 2 May, taking in the “Freedom and Dignity” Conference in Ramallah on the subject of Palestinian prisoners and the Palestinian people. The European Parliament passed a resolution on 14 March 2013 expressing concern about the conditions under which Palestinian prisoners are being held in Israeli prisons and called for a fact-finding mission to “assess the current situation”.  The debates … Continue reading

BNC Statement: Palestinian civil society welcomes the findings and recommendations of the UN Fact Finding Mission on Israeli settlements

Occupied Palestine, 15 February 2013 – The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), a broad coalition of the largest Palestinian civil society organizations, trade unions and NGO networks, supports the outcomes of the UN Fact Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements[1] that calls for boycotts and sanctions as measures required to end the illegal Israeli settlement enterprise. The BNC calls upon states, members of the Human Rights Council, to adopt the report, and on all governments and business enterprises to implement its recommendations. The BNC also calls upon conscientious citizens and civic organizations worldwide to use this report as … Continue reading

Impunity to kill: Six Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces in less than a fortnight

Yesterday, as media outlets focused on the outcome of the elections in Israel, it was business as usual in Israeli-occupied Palestine. Two Palestinians lost their lives at the hands of the Israeli occupation forces, bringing to six the number of young Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the past fortnight alone. These deaths have gone largely unreported in the Irish media and Israeli aggression continues apace. The Israeli government and its military continue to kill, maim and destroy lives and livelihoods with impunity, unchecked by the international community. Yesterday, 23rd January 2013, Lubna Munir Hanash, a young 22-year-old Palestinian woman … Continue reading

Not just for Christmas, and not just on Facebook – Israel’s racism and hostility towards Palestinians

A “thought for Christmas”, posted by the Israeli Embassy in Dublin on its official Facebook page this week, said that if Jesus Christ and his mother Mary were alive today they would “probably end up being lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians”. After an outcry and backlash at the racism on display, the post in question was removed and replaced with a mealy-mouthed apology. Subsequently, the entire ‘Israel in Ireland’ Facebook page was removed, at least temporarily. However, for those familiar with Israeli policy and public statements by official Israeli spokespeople and politicians, such derogatory words and overt displays of … Continue reading

Important NGO reports (November 2012)

Below are some recently issued reports on the Palestinian issue that will be of interest to our supporters. 1. Caabu – The Council for British-Arab Understanding: “Palestinian Prisoners: No Security in Injustice” (September 2012) 2.  B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories: “Arrested Development: The Long Term Impact of Israel’s Separation Barrier in the West Bank” (October 2012) 3.  Addameer – Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association: “Eyes on Israeli Military Court: A Collection of Impressions” (October 2012) 4.  Gideon Levy in Haaretz: “Survey: Most Israelis support an apartheid regime in Israel” (October 2012) … Continue reading

Action Item: Please urge Minister Gilmore to support a ban on settlement goods & support Trocaire’s campaign

Update (30/09/2012) The Irish NGO Trocaire has also launched a campaign on this issue aimed at TDs, please take the time to mail your local TDS using the form on Trocaire’s website by clicking here. — On Wednesday 19th September the Irish Times newspaper reported that an the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade was “to write to the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamonn Gilmore, calling for a national ban on imports from illegal Israeli settlements”, following a full briefing from the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign supports this limited … Continue reading

Important NGO reports (September 2012)

Below are some recently issued reports on the Palestinian issue that will be of interest to our supporters. 1. UN Country Team in the occupied Palestinian territories: “Gaza in 2020 A liveable place?” (August 2012) 2. Breaking the Silence: “Children and Youth – Soldiers’ Testimonies 2005-2011” (August 2012) 3. Alternative Information Center: “Outposts and Price Tag Violence: A Blow Upon a Bruise” (September 2012) 4. Al-Haq: “Pillage of the Dead Sea: Israel’s Unlawful Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory” (September 2012) 5. Addameer: “Quarterly Update on Palestinian Prisoners” (August 2012)

E-Action Item: European Parliament must reject EU-Israel ACAA agreement

Please send the following letter, or one of your own composition, to MEPs in Ireland north and south. The ACAA trade agreement between the EU and Israel is due to be discussed and voted on by the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade committees on 24th and 26th April respectively. Email addresses of MEPs: emer.costello@europarl.europa.eu, paul.murphy@europarl.europa.eu, gay.mitchell@europarl.europa.eu, liam.aylward@europarl.europa.eu, nessa.childers@europarl.europa.eu, mairead.mcguinness@europarl.europa.eu, brian.crowley@europarl.europa.eu, sean.kelly@europarl.europa.eu, phil.prendergast@europarl.europa.eu, patthecope.gallagher@europarl.europa.eu, marian.harkin@europarl.europa.eu, jim.higgins@europarl.europa.eu, bairbre.debrun@europarl.europa.eu, diane.dodds@europarl.europa.eu, “james.nicholson@europarl.europa.eu” SAMPLE LETTER === Subject: European Parliament must reject EU-Israel ACAA agreement === Dear MEP, The Additional Protocol to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an EC-Israel Association on an EC-Israel Agreement on … Continue reading

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