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Freedom: A message from Mahmoud Nawajaa after his release!

Mahmoud Nawajaa, the recently released Palestinian human rights defender and General Coordinator of the BDS Movement has released the following statement thanking all who stood in solidarity with him and acted to secure his release. We are happy to share it below: It was 3:30 am, just before Eid al-Adha. We had prepared ourselves to celebrate the holiday in our new dream home, which took us years to finish. Tens of Israeli soldiers, with dogs, stormed our home, terrifying our three children. They took me blindfolded and handcuffed to a military interrogation center near Haifa. I wish I could visit … Continue reading

#FreeMahmoud: Palestinian human rights defender Mahmoud Nawajaa is FREE!

Today, Palestinian human rights defender and General Coordinator of the BDS Movement, Mahmoud Nawajaa, was released by an Israeli military court, after 19 days of illegal detention without charges. Since his arrest on July 30, the Israeli internal security Shin Bet has failed to present any formal charges against him. His release comes on the back of an intensive global campaign to pressure Israel to free him. Palestinian and international civil society organisations like the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC), Front Line Defenders, Amnesty International and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) called and campaigned for his release … Continue reading

Palestine Podcast #49: ‘Israel’s illegal settlement economy’

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#49 – ‘Israel’s illegal settlement economy’ with Maha Abdallah, David Kattenburg, Valentina Azarova & Giovanni Fassina [2020-08-14] – (Download here) INFO: For the Israeli state, its settlement project is not merely an ideological and political project, but an economic one. In this episode of the podcast we focus on the settlement economy, and the human rights abuses resulting from business activities with … Continue reading

Palestine Podcast #48: ‘Apartheid in Palestine – Yesh Din’s landmark legal opinion’

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#48 – ‘Collective Punishment as a Tool of Israeli Domination’ with Michael Lynk, Rania Muhareb, Munir Nuseibah, Budour Hassan, Sahar Francis & Nada Awad [2020-08-14] – (Download here) INFO: In this episode of The Palestine Podcast, Israeli human rights activists Michael Sfard and Sharona Weiss speak about the findings and conclusions of a landmark legal opinion on Apartheid in Palestine, and Palestinian … Continue reading

Leading Irish human rights groups issue call to #FreeMahmoud Nawajaa!

In a letter published in today’s Irish Times, 18 leading Irish and Palestinian human rights and Palestine solidarity organisations have called for Israel to immediately release Palestinian human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Mahmoud Nawajaa, the General Coordinator of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. “Mr Nawajaa is a human rights defender and community leader who has been imprisoned solely for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association. He is therefore a prisoner of conscience, and he must be immediately and unconditionally released. Both the Irish Government and the EU must loudly echo this call … Continue reading

Take Action to #FreeMahmoud: Irish Government must act for release of leading Palestinian BDS Activist

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign has condemned last night’s arrest and detention of well known Palestinian human rights defender Mahmoud Nawajaa (34), the General Coordinator of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC). According to reports from Palestine, at around 3.30am last night, dozens of Israeli occupation soldiers stormed the village of Abu Qash near Ramallah, kicked in the door of Mr. Nawajaa’s house, handcuffed and blindfolded him in front of his family, and then hauled him off to Jalameh prison inside the state of Israel. The BNC is a broad coalition of over 200 Palestinian civil society organisations … Continue reading

In Pictures: Protest for release of Palestinian human rights defender & BDS activist Mahmoud Nawajaa

At lunchtime today, Thursday 6th August, Palestinian rights campaigners gathered outside the Irish parliament in a symbolic and socially distanced protest to call for the release of Palestinian human rights defender and BDS activist Mahmoud Nawajaa, who has been imprisoned for a week without charge by Israel. IPSC members alongside Irish public, political and human rights figures including renowned artist Robert Ballagh, TDs Seán Crowe, Chris Andrews, Bríd Smith, Mairead Farrell, Martin Browne and David Cullinane, Senator Fintan Warfield, Dublin City Councillors Daniel Céitinn and Tina McVeigh, and members of Comhlámh, Afri, Kairos Ireland, and Academics for Palestine called on … Continue reading

Amnesty International joins calls for release of imprisoned Palestinian Human Rights Defender Mahmoud Nawajaa

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) today welcomed the news that Amnesty International has joined the calls for the immediate release of the Palestinian Human Rights Defender and General Coordinator of the BDS Movement, Mahmoud Nawajaa. Nawajaa was abducted from his home by Israeli occupation forces on 30th July and has been held without charge since, denied access to his lawyers or family. Yesterday the IPSC alongside Irish public, political and human rights figures including renowned artist Robert Ballagh, TDs Seán Crowe, Chris Andrews, Bríd Smith, Mairead Farrell, Martin Browne and David Cullinane, Senator Fintan Warfield, Dublin City Councillors Daniel Céitinn … Continue reading

Action on Annexation: Contact the Irish government to demand sanctions on Apartheid Israel

With the full backing of the US, and a virtual silence of the EU, from 1st of July, Apartheid Israel says it will begin the process of annexing some 30% of the Palestinian land it occupies, in total violation of international law. As this illegal annexation of large parts of Palestine looms, we’re asking people to mobilize to put pressure on politicians for real and meaningful action, not hollow platitudes, in defence of the Palestinian people and their right to self-determination and freedom! Sign & Share the Avaaz petition First, we ask you to please sign and share this very … Continue reading

Join Twitterstorm: Tell UN that state and corporate complicity in Israeli apartheid must end

As the United Nations holds its annual General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, join the global Twitterstorm between 2pm and 4pm TODAY calling on the UN to take concrete action to end state and corporate complicity in Israeli apartheid. This Twitterstorm is part of a week of action calling on the UN to investigate Israeli apartheid and to work to end it. Use the hashtags #UNGA75 #UNInvestigateApartheid #SanctionsOnApartheid The UN played an important role in bringing apartheid in Southern Africa to an end – investigating South Africa’s apartheid regime and imposing sanctions on it, but the UN has not yet … Continue reading

IPSC determined to help push Occupied Territories Bill forward

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign condemns the failure of the negotiating parties to include an explicit reference to the Occupied Territories Bill in the Programme for Government. The IPSC will, nevertheless, continue to hold the government accountable to the Programme for Government’s clearly stated commitment that Ireland will be adhering to its “obligations under international law” with regard to Israel’s illegal settlements in Palestine. IPSC members are aggrieved  that the Occupied Territories Bill was discarded from the Programme for Government at the last minute, seemingly to mollify the Fine Gael leadership who, for political reasons, continue attempts to block this legislation. … Continue reading

Palestine Podcast #47: ‘Collective Punishment as a Tool of Israeli Domination’

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#47 – ‘Collective Punishment as a Tool of Israeli Domination’ with Michael Lynk, Rania Muhareb, Munir Nuseibah, Budour Hassan, Sahar Francis & Nada Awad [2020-07-14] – (Download here) INFO: This episode features a fascinating and timely discussion of Apartheid Israel’s use of illegal collective punishment as a tool to dominate and control the Palestinian people, while utilizing so-called “security” pretexts and rhetoric … Continue reading

Watch: Palestinian Stories #4: Mohammad the Cartoonist

In the fourth of our Palestinian Stories short video series, we hear from Mohammad, a Palestinian cartoonist, artist and former political prisoner from the West Bank. Mohammad asks us in the West to reflect on the difficulties of our lives over the past number of months in lockdown, and then to imagine how much worse life is for Palestinians, especially political prisoners in Apartheid Israel’s jails. All images © Mohammad Sabaaneh: http://www.sabaaneh.com/ Music: Karloma – The White Nile, from ‘Palestinian Sounds’ (Yabous Productions, 2001) Palestinian Stories is a new series of short videos featuring the voices and stories of Palestinians … 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

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