Dublin – Public Meeting: Achievements of the Flotilla Movement (ISTG)
Achievements of the Flotilla Movement and building Solidarity With Palestine
7pm – Thursday 7th July 2011, The Connolly Room, Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
Speakers from the Irish ship the MV Saoirse
TREVOR HOGAN – Former Irish Rugby International
MAGS O’BRIEN – SIPTU Trade Unionist
FINTAN LANE – Irish Ship to Gaza Coordinator
Cllr. HUGH LEWIS – United Left Alliance
Chair: RAYMOND DEANE – Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Come along to hear from participants from the sabotaged Irish ship to Gaza, and to discuss the way forward for building solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle for human, democratic and national rights.
Despite being thusfar unable to sail to Gaza, the Freedom Flotilla movement has succeeded in mobilising genuinely popular international support to challenge the conspiracy of silence on the occupation of Palestine and blockade of Gaza by Israel, which is overtly and tacitly enforced by some of the most powerful governments in the world.
In Ireland, we have succeeded in transforming the terms of public debate about the occupation of Palestine, so that whereas before the flotilla’s departure many people either weren’t aware of the issue or accepted uncritically the official narrative of events propounded by the government of Israel’s propaganda machine, now increasing number of people are aware of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, its roots in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and maritime blockade, and the mendacious and violent lengths to which the Israeli government and its complicit allies will go to stamp out peaceful opposition to it.