Statement on the cancellation of our rally, and future actions
Dear friends, unfortunately following legal advice we were forced to cancel our planned Rally for Palestine this Saturday, 15th May, Nakba Day. You can read about the reasons why in this article on TheJournal.ie
We are obviously extremely disappointed and frustrated that the Gardaí have said that they will not allow a masked and socially distanced pandemic-safe protest to go ahead at a time when Palestinians need the people of the world to raise their voices against Apartheid Israel’s latest onslaught.
So in order to avoid the potential prosecution of members, the IPSC will be organising a number of small Covid-compliant actions around Dublin city centre. Unfortunately to ensure numbers are strictly limited to comply with the current Covid restrictions, we are unable to issue an open invitation to our supporters .
However, we urge people to organise your own local Covid-compliant actions in your communities, or to join other such protests that you may be aware of – over the weekend and beyond.
We ask the people of Ireland to continue to show your solidarity by supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Apartheid Israel, and by demanding real action from our government to hold Israel to account for its crimes against humanity.
We can still raise our voices, and take actions in support of the Palestinian people – check our website for action items over the coming hours and days.
The Irish Council For Civil Liberties is also asking people to contact their local elected representatives to ensure that any renewal of pandemic restrictions – including the restriction on pandemic-safe protest – does not happen without a proper debate in the Oireachtas. You can send an email to your TDs and Senators here in a few clicks.
Thank you for your support, understanding and solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality.