Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

Siege of Gaza

Briefing: Ireland, Palestine & the International Criminal Court

In August 2020 the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign produced its latest briefing paper ‘War Crimes in Palestine and the International Criminal Court’. Although primarily aimed at political representatives, we believe it will be of general interest to our supporters. You can read or download the whole document below.   Download the full Briefing Paper here   War Crimes in Palestine and the International Criminal Court Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign  | Briefing Paper | August 2020   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In 2015 the situation in Palestine was referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). After a preliminary examination, in December 2019 the Prosecutor of … Continue reading

Sunset for international law? Israel’s annexation plan and the re-partition of Palestine

From the first of July the government of Israel is planning to bring forth legislation to unilaterally annex Israel’s illegal settlements and the Jordan Valley region of the Palestinian West Bank. This constitutes an area of roughly 30% of the West Bank, and will be in addition to Israel’s already illegal annexations of Palestinian East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights. This is an attempt to re-partition Palestine, and represents the latest phase in the ongoing Nakba endured by the Palestinian people. The annexation plan eliminates whatever diminished prospect still exists of achieving a viable sovereign independent state. In its … Continue reading

Over 240 Irish & International artists urge end to Israel’s siege of Gaza amid COVID-19 pandemic

Mary Black, Liam Cunningham, Christy Moore, Stephen Rea, Lankum, Frances Black, Colm Tóibín and over 240 others back Amnesty International’s call for a military embargo on Israel “until it fully complies with its obligations under international law” and for the rights of Palestinian refugees to be upheld. Irish cultural figures Mary Black, Lankum, Liam Cunningham, Sinéad Cusack, Christy Moore, Dónal Lunny, Stephen Rea, Kevin Barry, Emer Martin, Frances Black, Anne Enright and Colm Tóibín are among more than 240 musicians, actors, filmmakers, authors and others calling for an end to Israel’s siege of the Gaza Strip amid the coronavirus crisis. … Continue reading

Watch: Palestinian Stories #3 – Aziz the Qanun Player from Gaza

In the third of our Palestinian Stories short video series, we hear from Aziz, a young Palestinian from Gaza who now lives in Ireland. Aziz speaks of how he was excited to come to Ireland and how he has adapted to his new life here – and talks of the enjoyment he feels when sharing Palestinian culture through music and dance with Irish people. Palestinian Stories is a new series of short videos featuring the voices and stories of Palestinians living in places from Bethlehem to Beirut to Blanchardstown. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR MORE VIDEOS LIKE THIS.

Palestine Podcast #42: Fayrouz Sharqawi & Alys Samson-Estapé on ‘Coronacrisis: Anti-Palestinian Racism and Grassroots Resistance’

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#42 – Fayrouz Sharqawi & Alys Samson-Estapé on ‘Coronacrisis: Anti-Palestinian Racism and Grassroots Resistance’ [2020-06-16] – (Download here) INFO: During the coronacrisis, one thing that has not been on lockdown is Israel’s system of occupation and apartheid. On the contrary, the threat of annexation of part of the West Bank, arbitrary arrests of students and human rights activists, destruction of homes, fields … Continue reading

Watch: Palestinian Stories #1 – Reem the Embroider from Gaza

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new series of short videos featuring the voices and stories of Palestinians living in places from Bethlehem to Beirut to Blanchardstown. In our first video, we hear from Reem, a young woman from the besieged Gaza Strip who moved to Ireland two years ago. She maintains her connection to her homeland through the art of Palestinian embroidery, and finds hope in the solidarity Irish people show with the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, justice, equality and return. Palestinian Stories is a new series of short videos featuring the voices and stories of … Continue reading

Take Action: COVID-19 Emergency – Gaza Needs You!

Last March, with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the situation of the two million Palestinians trapped in the besieged Gaza Strip gave cause for grave concern. Now, sadly, the worst has begun to come to pass; at the time of writing Gaza has seen at least 400 active cases, most of them from community transmission, with 3 deaths. This means that the coronavirus is at large and a serious threat to Gazan society, not least the estimated 50,000 Nakba survivors who live there. This disaster comes in the context of the apartheid state of Israel tightening the blockade of … Continue reading

Palestine Campaigners welcome Irish UNRWA funding boost & call for government to help end Israel’s illegal Gaza siege

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) welcomed today’s announcement by the Irish Government regarding the provision of €6 million in extra funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is tasked with overseeing the welfare of Palestinian refugees. However, the human rights organisation also called on the government to do more to help end Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza which is putting Palestinians at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic and to put pressure on Israel to ensure it meets its legal obligations to provide adequate healthcare to the people of Palestine. IPSC Chairperson Fatin Al Tamimi said: “Palestinian refugees … Continue reading

IPSC Statement: On Land Day Palestine stands on the brink of unimaginable tragedy

Dear members and supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), we hope that you and your loved ones are doing as well as you can be in these very difficult and uncertain times, we are thinking of you and send our best wishes to you all. Today we commemorate Palestinian Land Day, which marks the date in 1976 when Palestinian citizens of Israel were gunned down, six of them murdered, while protesting for their rights – and also marks the second anniversary of the Great March of Return in Gaza. Sadly, four decades later those rights are still to be … Continue reading

Eurovision: 7000-strong petition asks Sarah McTernan to boycott song contest in Apartheid Israel as Galway City Council passes motion

A petition signed by over 7,000 people which asks Ireland’s Eurovision entrant Sarah McTernan to pull out of the song contest in Apartheid Israel this week has been delivered to the singer ahead of her scheduled appearance in this Thursday’s semi-final. The signatures were collected online and on the streets over the past two months. The delivery comes a day after Galway City Council passed a motion supporting calls for a boycott of the controversial contest, noting that “it will be openly used for political and militaristic propaganda purposes”. Galway is the third local council to make such a call, … Continue reading

Land Day Protests for Gaza: One Year of the Great March of Return

On Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March there will be mobilisations in Derry, Dublin, Belfast and Limerick to respond to the call from Gaza to mark the first anniversary of the heroic Great March of Return and to protest against the escalation of attacks on Gaza. The date also marks the 43rd Anniversary of Palestinian Land Day. Friday 29th March – Derry, 7pm – 8pm, Free Derry Corner Saturday 30th March – Dublin, 1pm – 2pm, The Spire, O’Connell St Saturday 30th March – Beflast, 3pm – 4pm, City Hall Saturday 30th March – Limerick, 4pm – 5pm, Thomas Street … Continue reading

Eurovision: RTÉ to broadcast Israeli settlement propaganda while acts to perform for Israeli soldiers

The Irish Campaign to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel has learned the shocking news that the Israeli state broadcaster KAN, which is hosting the Eurovision song contest in May, will reserve 500 rehearsal tickets for Israeli soldiers. This despite the competition being billed by the EBU and RTÉ as “a non-political music event”. Furthermore, in an example showing just how political and propagandistic Israel’s hosting of Eurovision is, it was revealed that the locations on the “visual postcards” which RTÉ will broadcast between acts will feature the occupied Golan Heights among other places, likely including the Old City in Palestinian … Continue reading

Watch: Palestinian Freedom Conference – Overcoming the Ongoing Nakba (Dublin, May 2018)

On 12th and 23th May 2018, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Trade Union Friends of Palestine and BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights were honoured to host an inspiring and action-focused weekend of talks from important voices in the Palestinian struggle for Freedom, Justice and Equality. Speakers over the course of two days included Omar Barghouti, Haneen Zoabi, Ali Abunimah, John Reynolds, Sahar Francis, Lubnah Shomali, Shir Hever, Mona El Farra, Jamal Juma’, Eitan Bronstein Aparicio, Fatin Al Tamimi and Eamon McMahon. Now we are pleased to present the … Continue reading

In Pictures: New Year’s Eve vigils for Palestine held around Ireland

Happy New Year from Ireland to Palestine! Below are some pictures and a short video from the many solidarity vigils that took place around Ireland this New Year’s Eve to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2008/09 Israeli attack that killed over 1,400 people. Palestinians have asked us to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, so let’s work together even harder to ensure that 2019 is the year the people of Palestine finally enjoy freedom, justice and equality!

Taoiseach’s double standards and Ireland’s human rights obligations re: Palestine and Israel

The following letter was sent to the Office of the Taoiseach in December 2018. Subject: Double Standards and Ireland’s human rights obligations re: Palestine and Israel On 13th November 2018 Richard Boyd Barrett TD asked Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to condemn Israeli acts of aggression in Gaza. These acts led to the deaths of 14 people – 12 of them at the hands of Israeli forces.  Amongst widespread Israeli bombing, a TV station was destroyed, a university building and  human rights centre damaged.  Clear attacks on civilian infrastructure against the laws of war. Unfortunately, instead of condemning these acts, the Taoiseach … Continue reading

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