Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

Statements

IPSC Chair: ‘Trump is a danger to us all – we must build effective and creative resistance movements for liberation’

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) supported the protest on Thursday 17th Novemeber in opposition US President-elect Trump that took place outside the US Embassy. The protest was called by a coalition of groups including the IPSC, United Against Racism, Friends of the Earth, ROSA and People Before Profit-Anti Austerity Alliance. Organisers said they were gravely concerned with the danger the Trump presidency poses, to the people of the US, Ireland, Palestine and the whole planet. IPSC Chairperson Fatin Al Tamimi was due to deliver the following speech at the demonstration, but could not make it due to unforeseen circumstances:  In my life I wear … Continue reading

‘Jewish community in Derry & Strabane absolutely delighted our Council supports BDS’

We carry below a statement we were sent via our colleagues in Jewish Voice for a Just Peace – Ireland, regarding comments made my Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and Gary Middleton MLA concerning the historic decision by Derry City and Strabane District Council to support the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement aimed at pressuring Israel into ending its occupation of Palestine and fulfilling its obligations under international law. We agree with JVJPI that seeking to essentialise Jewish thought, experience and action into something that is inherently not just associated with, but homogeneously supportive of, the state … Continue reading

#RightToBoycott: 356 European & Irish human rights orgs, faith groups, unions & parties call on EU to support the Right to Boycott Israel

More than 300 human rights and aid organisations, faith groups, trade unions and political parties from across Europe have called on the EU to uphold its legal responsibilities and hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and to defend the right of individuals and institutions to take part in the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for justice and equality.  Signatories to the letter called on the EU commission to “introduce the human rights guidelines guaranteeing freedom of speech and right to boycott and to use all other means you have in your disposal to support European … Continue reading

IPSC Statement: #NousSommesBDS – Defend Free Speech in France – Defend the Right to Boycott

The following statement was issued on 1st February by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign in response to the French state’s continues attempt to criminalise the right to boycott Israeli goods and to trample over free speech rights. Background: France’s highest appeals court, issued a decision in October 2015, affirming that the call to boycott Israeli goods is a misdemeanor in France and, thus, punishable as a crime. This is an outrage. We ask you to please also sign and share these two important petitions on this issue (each will only take 30 seconds). Petition 1: Boycott – protect your right to … Continue reading

Huge BDS success: Veolia finally pulls completely out of the Israeli market

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign welcomes the news that, more than a decade after winning the tender for the construction and operation of the Jerusalem Light Rail (JLR) which serves illegal Israeli colonial settlements in occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem, Veolia’s subsidiary, Transdev, has divested itself from the Israeli market. As the website of the Israeli anti-occupation group Who Profits notes: “The approval of the deal by the Israeli authorities and the completion of the ownership transfer, earlier this month, mark an end to Veolia’s operations in the Israeli market in general and to its involvement in the controversial JLR project in … 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

Netanyahu’s Victory Means It’s Time To Intensify BDS: 7 Simple Actions You Can Take To Support Justice For Palestine

Mass murdering war criminal, Benjamin Netanyahu, the butcher of Gaza, has emerged victorious in the Israeli general election, foisted to victory on the back of racist campaigning and a pledge for the permanent occupation of Palestine . As the IPSC pointed out, it really didn’t matter who came out on top in the election, the net result for Palestinians would still be occupation and apartheid – but the outcome is significant nonetheless. That Netanyahu and his party topped the poll for the third time in a row, and that the Zionist right in general did so well, should serve as … Continue reading

IPSC Statement on the Israeli elections: No support for any wing of Zionism

Some well-meaning people have been wondering if the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign are “supporting” the Zionist Union in the Israeli elections, asking if we feel that perhaps a change of government from the ‘Rightwing Zionist’ Netanyahu-Lieberman coalition to a so-called ‘Liberal Zionist’ Herzog-Livni coalition will mean a dramatic change of Israeli establishment policy toward Palestinians. Other self-declared supporters of Palestinian rights have openly stated their desire for a victory of the Zionist Union coalition believing it will be a step towards a solution. The simple answer is “No. The IPSC is not supporting the Zionist Union, or any other Zionist party … Continue reading

New Ross IPSC respond to local councillor’s trivialising statement on Gaza

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign in New Ross has responded to a Facebook posting (screenshot below) by Wexford County Councillor Michael Sheehan in which he claimed that the “people of Gaza do better from the government than the people of Wexford”. Andy Kerrigan, Chairperson of the IPSC New Ross branch said: “We have been asked by many people about our views on Cllr. Michael Sheehan’s recent statement trivialising the devastation and current situation in Gaza to make a point about the recent budget in Ireland. “According to the latest UN report, there were 2,104 people killed as a result of the Isaraeli … Continue reading

Palestine campaigners celebrate exclusion of occupation profiteer G4S from Irish government contract

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) today hailed the Irish government’s decision to award the lucrative JobPath state contract to tender applicants other than the Anglo-Danish G4S security firm. The IPSC had run a campaign calling on the government not to grant this to G4S which it says both enables and profiteers from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The IPSC, along with several other human rights organisations and concerned individuals, sent a letter to the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, under whose auspices the JobPath scheme is being operated, outlining our opposition to the inclusion of G4S in the scheme … Continue reading

Watch: Speeches from the National Demonstration for Freedom and Justice in Palestine

On Saturday 9th August 2014, over 10,000 people march from the Spire in Dublin to the Israeli Embassy in an incredible show of opposition to the Israeli attacks on Gaza and in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Their message was simple, “it’s time for freedom and justice for Palestine”. When the huge crowd reached its destination, they were address by several speakers. The videos of most of these speeches are below. Freda Hughes, Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign spokesperson Martin O’Quigley, Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign chairperson Dr. Yaser Alashqar, Palestinian educationalist from Gaza Trevor Hogan, former Irish rugby international and member of Gaza … Continue reading

10 years of ongoing impunity for Israeli annexation and apartheid policies. It’s time for justice and accountability

STATEMENT OF THE EUROPEAN COORDINATION OF COMMITTEES AND ASSOCIATIONS FOR PALESTINE (ECCP)1ON THE 10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ICJ ADVISORY OPINION: On 9 July, 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an Advisory Opinion titled Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in which it concluded that “the construction of the wall being built by Israel, the occupying power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and its associated regime, are contrary to international law”. The court rejected the Israeli claim that the wall is merely a temporary ‘security barrier’ … Continue reading

ECCP Statement on the EU guidelines excluding settlements from EU-funded projects

The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP), the largest European coalition of organisations in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom and justice, welcomes the new guidelines published by the EU. After years of merely criticizing the Israeli government over its numerous violations of international law, the EU has finally taken concrete action by setting out guidelines which state that EU funding, grants and loans can no longer be used to finance Israeli entities or activities in areas occupied by Israel in 1967. The new guidelines recall the conclusions of the European Foreign Affairs Council  of … Continue reading

BNC: European Investment Bank to stop loans to ‘virtually all’ major Israeli businesses and public bodies

Statement from the Palestinian BNC: New European Union guidelines will prevent Israeli ministries, public bodies and businesses that operate in occupied Palestinian territory from receiving loans worth hundreds of millions of Euros each year from the European Investment Bank, it emerged today. The EU will also stop awarding grant funding to Israeli ministries, public bodies or private businesses for activities that take place in occupied Palestinian territory, even if they are headquartered inside Israel’s pre-1967 borders. . According to a leaked version of the guidelines, the EU aims to ensure that its own institutions respect the obligation to not recognize … Continue reading

EU decision on agreements with Israel welcome, but doesn’t go far enough

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign tentatively welcomed the EU decision reported yesterday that from 2014 any future agreements between Israel and the European Union will have to “unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to the territories occupied by Israel in 1967”. Furthermore, according to an Israeli official quoted in Haaretz, such agreements will be consequent on Israel recognising “in writing that the West Bank [and East Jerusalem] settlements are not part of Israel”. IPSC Chairperson Martin O’Quigley said, that “after an initial reading of the guidelines, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign tentatively welcomes this decision. We sincerely hope, and will push for, … Continue reading

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