Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

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: The Questions RTÉ Refuse to Answer

Last month, as news began to emerge of how the Israeli state was planning to politicise and militarise the Eurovision Song Contest, the Irish Campaign to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Apartheid Israel wrote to RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster, with a series of questions regarding how these manoeuvres were going to be dealt with. Almost a month later, and despite following up, RTÉ have refused to respond. What steps are RTÉ taking to ensure that the Irish act chosen for this year will not perform for soldiers from the Israeli military? It should be absolutely unthinkable that the national Irish broadcaster … Continue reading

Help the IPSC raise money by volunteering at gigs and festivals this summer!

How would you like to help the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign raise money for our work and also have a great time working behind the bars at festivals and some of the biggest gigs of the summer including The Cure, Noel Gallagher, Lana Del Ray and Longitude? This is how it works: the Workers Beer Company (WBC) is a not-for- profit organisation that runs bars at festivals. The WBC bars are staffed by volunteers from social justice movements. The money that the WBC would have paid in wages is then donated to the good cause that the volunteer is supporting … Continue reading

In Pictures: Boycott Eurovision in Apartheid Israel protest at RTÉ studios

With the announcement of Sarah McTernan as Ireland’s entry to the Eurovision in Israel, the Irish Campaign to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Apartheid Israel held a large protest out RTÉ studios in Donnybrook. Campaigners handed in an additional 5,600 signatures to a petition calling on RTÉ and Ms. McTernan not to take part in the Eurovision, bringing the total number of signatures to over almost 17,000. A new petition calling on Sarah McTernan not to go to Apartheid Israel has been launched – you can sign it here! A protest was also held outside the RTÉ Regional Studios in Waterford … 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

Listen: Boycott Eurovision in Apartheid Israel discussion on Newstalk

On Tuesday 19th February, Betty Purcell of the Irish campaign to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Apartheid Israel was a guest on the Moncrieff Show, on Newstalk radio. Betty outlined why we took up the call from Palestine to support a boycott, how Israel uses cultural events like the Eurovision to ‘artwash’ its oppression of Palestinians, the support the campaign has enjoyed so far, and future steps for the campaign. Listen here Betty Purcell on the Irish campaign to bocyott Eurovision 2019 in Apartheid Israel’ [Newstalk, 2019-02-19] – (Download here)

Israeli Apartheid Week 2019 (23 Feb – 6 March)

The 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week will take place in Ireland between 23rd February and 6th March 2019. IAW is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid regime over the Palestinian people and build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It now takes place in over 200 cities across the world, where events such as lectures, film screenings, direct action, cultural performances, postering, among many more help in grassroots organizing for effective solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle. Below you can find the events taking place in Ireland. Saturday 23rd … Continue reading

Call for Ecumenical Accompaniment Volunteers in Palestine (EAPPI)

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel (EAPPI) are seeking participants for their Human Rights Programme in Palestine and Israel EAPPI provides protection by presence, monitors human rights abuses, supports Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and advocates for an end to the occupation. Based in the West Bank and Israel in 2020 for 3 months’ service. Expenses covered and living allowance + benefits offered. For more information and to download an application pack please see: www.quaker.org.uk/applyeappi Applications are welcome from people of all faiths and none. Closing date: Tuesday 23 April 2019

NUJ Dublin Broadcasting Branch commits to supporting members refusing to cover Eurovision Song Contest in Israel

The Irish Campaign to Boycott the Eurovision in 2019 in Israel welcomes the motion passed by the Dublin Broadcasting Branch of the NUJ on 29th January whereby it states it “will support any member, working in RTÉ or elsewhere, who chooses to exercise a conscientious objection towards involvement in coverage of the song contest.” The motion was passed by a large majority and represents a recognition that the Eurovision contest in Israel presents serious ethical issues for anyone who cares about human rights. We welcome this support for workers choosing not to participate in coverage of the contest, either in … Continue reading

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