Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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3 Minutes for Palestine: Write to Minister for Foreign Affairs urging Irish action over Gaza crisis

Dear friends, The situation in Gaza has become unbearable for the two million people living under Israel’s decade-long illegal siege. Just last week the UN declared that “the ‘unliveability’ threshold has already been passed” in the strip and this has been compounded by Israel’s policy of reducing electricity supply to a few hours every day. For a decade of cruel and illegal siege, for three devastating criminal assaults, for near-daily ceasefire violations, and for making Gaza unlivable, the Israeli state has faced not a single sanction from the international community. This impunity must end, so we are asking you to … Continue reading

URGENT ACTION ITEM: 24hrs to ensure Ireland votes for Gaza resolution at UN Human Rights Council

It is imperative that the Irish government vote in favour of the UN Human Rights Council resolution endorsing the conclusions of the ‘United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict’ and for national and international actions “to ensure justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators”. The vote will take place TOMORROW afternoon, Thursday 2nd July – in LESS THAN 24 HOURS! Last summer, as Israel was raining bombs down on the people of Gaza in an attack that killed over 2,200 Palestinians, including 550 kids, the Irish government shamefully abstained from the vote to establish this inquiry. … Continue reading

Inquiry finds Israel guilty of targetting UN shelters and schools in Gaza – Take action to end the arms trade with Israel now

A secret inquiry by the United Nations, parts of which have been leaked to the public, says that Israel was “responsible for striking seven United Nations sites used as civilian shelters” during its assault on Gaza last summer. The report highlights once again the absolute necessity of imposing an arms embargo on Israel, thereby ending the Irish arms trade with this rogue state. Parts of the report, leaked to the Guardian newspaper, state that: * Israel was responsible for striking seven United Nations sites used as civilian shelters during the 2014 Gaza war in which 44 Palestinians died and 227 … Continue reading

8 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. Israel pressures UN to remove it from a … 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

Cork Palestine Week: A week of events to remember the 1947 partition of Palestine

To commemorate the 1947 partition of Palestine, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Cork is proud to host a unique week of events starting on Monday 25th November. Mon 25 – Thur 28 Nov 4-Day Film Screening: Al Nakba by Rawan Damen (Parts I – IV) Different Venue in UCC each Day at 1pm – See link for details More info – click here Wed 27 Nov “…for the day after…”: A talk on Gaza by Desmond Travers Metropole Hotel, Cork City at 8pm More info – click here Thur 28 Nov “Reflections on a Voyage among the Dispossessed”: A talk … 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

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)

Concluding observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concerning Israel

Below are the concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) concerning Israel, which operates under the auspices of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. This report was compiled by Patricia Deane. The full report can be read online here. See also the Palestinian Center for Human Rights’ analysis here. Introduction The Committee, responding to Israel’s arguments about “self-defence” and “security”, warns that any security measures taken should be proportionate and should not discriminate against Palestinians in “Israel proper” and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) or against other minorities.   Settlements in … Continue reading