Past IPSC Events

2011
Event #1026
on 4/Nov/2011, West Bank
West Bank Trip - Nov 2011
Trip to the West Bank (4th - 12th November 2011)

Are you interested in travelling to the West Bank? Would you like to see for yourself the situation in the West Bank? Would you like to stay in Bethlehem and to visit Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus and Jerusalem? A seven day tour of the West Bank is being organised from Ireland to give you the opportunity to meet with Palestinian and Israeli activists working for peace and justice in the region. Departing from Dublin on the 4th of November, we will spend the week meeting various groups, organisations and individuals who will share their knowledge and experiences with us.

Places are limited to 25 people so early booking is recommended. Please contact Elaine on westbanktrip [at] eircom.net or by phone on 086 1568 234 or 045 449 675 (after 6.30 pm) for further information.
Event #1106
on 10/Sep/2011, Jenin to Jerusalem
Bike Palestine

Bike Palestine - 10th - 17th September 2011

Cycle through history on the roads taken by pilgrims and crusaders

*  A unique experience in a new and exciting territory

*  Professional and experienced guides

*  Select accommodation and a rich enticing cuisine

*  Full logistical support and back-up transportation

* Organised by the Siraj Center in Bethlehem with 10 years hospitality experience

* Official recognition as a tourist entity in Palestine

Imagine cycling from Jenin to Hebron- passing Jerusalem and Bethlehem on the way. Immersed in the breathtaking Biblical landscape, taking the ancient roads of pilgrims and warriors- from the quiet of the Jerusalem Wilderness desert to the majesty of the Dead Sea

Experience the cultural and religious diversity of this fascinating country

Secure and easy cycling in an enchanted landscape rich in history

Getting here is simple. You fly to Ben Gurion Airport in Israel where we will collect you and take you to your hotel in Jenin

Itinerary
From Jenin to Jerusalem - A day by day breakdown

Day 1: Saturday:
Arrival

On arrival at Ben Gurion Airport the Siraj Centre representative will transfer you to your hotel in Jenin. We will tour Jenin and take coffee in one of the numerous coffee bars. Accommodation will be at Hadad resort village outside of Jenin. Dinner and orientation.

Day 2: Sunday
Jenin to Nablus

Cycle from Jenin towards Sabastya, ancient Canaanite, Hellenistic and Roman city. Sabastya is believed to be the place where John the Baptist was beheaded. Lunch in Sabastya then tour the ancient city and meet with the local community. After lunch we cycle to Nabulus, tour the old city and enjoy a Turkish bath. Dinner and overnight in the Al- Yasmin hotel- in the old city of Nabulus

Day 3: Monday
Nablus to Taybeh

Cycle to Taybeh. There we'll tour the old village and St. George's Church. Then we'll visit the Peace Lantern factory, the beer factory and enjoy dinner with local families. We'll stay overnight in the Church guesthouse in Taybeh.

Day 4: Tuesday
Taybeh to Jericho and the Dead Sea

Cycle to Jericho. Visit Hisham's Palace and the Mount of Temptation. Then cycle through the Jerusalem Wilderness to the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in the Jericho resort village.

Day 5: Wednesday
Bethlehem

Cycle to Bethlehem. Visit Nabi Musa then take the dirt road to Mar Saba Monastery. Enjoy the wilderness and experience the landscape. After visiting Mar Saba Monastery we'll cycle to Bethlehem. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem. Accommodation will be in the Golden Park Resort Hotel in Beit Sahour.

Day 6: Thursday
Bethlehem to Hebron

Cycle around Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity and the Shepherd's Field. In the afternoon we'll cycle to Hebron and visit the old city. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem Farewell party and Debkeh dance event in the tent restaurant.

Day 7: Friday
Hebron to Jerusalem

From the divided city of Hebron to the divisive city of Jerusalem

Day 8: Saturday
Departure.

Event #1034
on 23/Jul/2011, East Jerusalem
Join the Journey for Justice Program 2011 (Joint Advocacy Initiative)



Join the Journey for Justice Program 2011

Register now!

Journey for Justice Youth Program

23rd (arrival) - 31st (departure) July 2011

Palestine


Youth leaders from and through the YMCA and YWCA movements around the world are invited to join the annual Journey for Justice Program in Palestine and Israel.


Watch Journey for Justice promotion video

Criterea / Remarks (read carefully):

  • Participants ages should be between 17 and 25 (up to 30 could be allowed for special cases).

  • No limited number of participants from one movement.

  • Participant must not necessary be YMCA or YWCA member / volunteer already, but  should represent / be delegated or coordinate their participation with their respective YMCA/YWCA movements.
  • The JAI covers a large portion of the program costs, while participation still need to cover their VISA (to Israel, if needed in advance) beside the participation fees of 450 Euros.

  • Each participant, or his/her respective movement, covers his/her air ticket. Tickets should be reserved so as to arrive on the 23rd and departure on the 31st of July 2011.

  • The participation fees cover transportation from and to Tel-Aviv airport, local transportation during the program, accommodation, meals, and all extra guiding and entrance fees during the program. This amount is to be paid in advance, or soon as the participant arrives.

  • Limited subsidies are available for participants in need, from financially dependent movements. Accepted subsidies could contribute to but not cover all expenses. An official request should be submitted by the respective movement, and each requested subsidy will be studied individually and responded on accordingly.

  • Participants of nationalities that need a VISA to Israel in advance they, or their respective movements, are in charge of obtaining and managing their VISAs on their own.

  • Deadline for filled applications submission is mid June 2011.

Application

Application is available online


Otherwise, you can download the application form: [doc], [pdf]

and send the filled application to:

E-mail: ihannouneh@jai-pal.org
Tel / Fax: + 970 (0)2 2774540

Ibrahim Hannouneh
Media Officer / Exchange Programs Coordinator
YMCA - YWCA Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI)


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Event #1104
on 8/Jul/2011, West Bank
Week of solidarity with Palestine will start in Tel Aviv Airport on July 8th - Appeal to world citizens to join

Below is an important call for a mobilisation and participation in a week of solidarity in Palestine between the 8th and 16th July. If you are interested in travelling from Ireland to be part of this historic mission, then please contact the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign at uk@bienvenuepalestine.com. The IPSC supports this initiative, but due to pressures of time/resources/logistics, we cannot take on coordination of an Irish delegation this time around.

Week of solidarity with Palestine will start in Tel Aviv Airport on July 8th
Appeal to British (and other) citizens to join us

“The Secretary of State…requests and requires all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary.”
(Wording in British, Canadian and other passports)

1.      We declare openly that we are peaceful travellers who will be going in groups large and small from cities around the world to Tel Aviv Airport on July 8th.  Since Israel currently controls all entry and exit points to Palestine, there is no other way to travel there than through Israeli passport control.

2.      We expect consular protection from our respective governments, and moral and political support from civil society institutions in our countries, in our peaceful challenge to Israel’s illegal actions in hindering access to the illegally occupied and colonised West Bank.

3.      The roar of Israeli bulldozers signals more demolitions of Palestinian homes, the destruction of farms and olive groves. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine is in full swing. For this programme to proceed the Israelis must seal off the Palestinian people from any international links.

4.      The Israeli authorities at Tel Aviv Airport routinely turn away peaceful travellers who wish to reach Palestine in the only way possible; through Israeli immigration.

5.      Gaza is being subjected to a brutal siege and so is the West Bank; Palestinians in Gaza are shelled and bombed from the air while Palestinians in the West Bank are evicted from their homes, murdered, beaten, humiliated, robbed, kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured by the Israeli military regime there.

6.      The flotilla will challenge Israel’s illegal high-handedness by sea, while the July 8th initiative will challenge it by land and air.

7.      Hundreds of us have already purchased our seats on flights into Tel Aviv on July 8th ; the Israeli authorities will do what they will do:

o   if they block us in Tel Aviv Airport from peacefully continuing on our journey we will peacefully and patiently explain our rights.

o   if, as they have done so often in the past, they illegally order us onto a flight out of Tel Aviv Airport we will refuse to board and will exercise our rights under international law to peacefully resist being taken aboard the aircraft.

When they concede our right to continue our peaceful journey we will proceed directly to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to enjoy the world-famous hospitality of our Palestinian hosts. On completion of our visit to Palestine we will return to our jobs and lives in our home countries.

Enough of Israel’s cruel siege and silence in the face of cruelty.
No more dissimulation in the face of an arrogant authority that imprisons a whole people and denies us visiting rights. July 8th at Tel Aviv Airport is our moment of dignity and will symbolise the right of all to dignity, including free peaceful movement as enshrined in international law.

Do you want to join the initiative? Email uk@bienvenuepalestine.com with your name, location and telephone number for further information.

Call from Palestine

Dear friends,

Palestinian civil society organizations applaud the Freedom Flotilla that will again, in June, challenge the brutal and illegal siege of the people of Gaza. Decent people around the world will be working in support of this international initiative. 

While we rightly focus on Gaza we must not forget that Israeli colonial authorities are implementing their racist apartheid policies throughout historic Palestine.  In the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and in the Negev and the Galilee, ethnic cleansing and killing/injuring civilians are just some of the many violations of basic human rights. The aim is always to keep us isolated as well as divided, the better to achieve the goal of dispossessing us.

For this reason, we call on civil society organizations and people of conscience around the world to support and join the other important international challenge this summer to the Israeli siege of the whole of Palestine. The daily indignities heaped on the Palestinian people are reflected in the attitude of officials at Tel Aviv airport to prevent any humanitarian/solidarity trips. Israel's attempts to prevent entry by peace activists even though the occuupied Palestinian Territories are recognized internationally as illegally occupied by Israel. We must oppose Israel’s arbitrary, unlawful, and abusive behavior (See the Right to Enter Campaign at http://www.righttoenter.ps/)

A week of solidarity: 8 – 16 July
Hundreds of men, women and children fly into Tel Aviv airport to visit us in the occupied Palestinian territories The international community must recognize our basic human right to receive visitors from abroad and support the right of their own citizens to travel to Palestine without harassement. We call upon citizens of many countries to visit us on July 8th. Where Israel works to isolate us, we invite you to join with us openly and proudly as the decent human beings you are. We do not accept the attempts to keep us apart or to force you to speak less than with the honesty you are used to.

You will be accommodated locally. You will enjoy Palestinian hospitality and a program of networking, fellowship, and volunteer  peace work in Palestinian towns and villages (e.g. land reclamation).

Event #1027
on 29/Jun/2011,
Volunteer with UniPal (Closing date for Applications end of Feb 2011)
Is this for me?

Volunteers should be native English speakers, living in the UK and must be 20+ on January 1st in the year in which they volunteer. There is no upper age limit but it is very demanding work in a hot climate, so you need to be fit.

What will I do?

Teach English to young children and adults or arts, crafts, music and drama to younger children in the West Bank or with Palestinian communities in Lebanon.

Is it dangerous?

The Middle East is an area where there is always the possibility of conflict. Through training we attempt to minimise the risk to you and expect our volunteers to behave in a responsible manner.

What happens when?

Closing date for applications is the end of February. Interviews for the summer 2011 programme will take place in London on 26th March (if short-listed). There are training days (if selected) on 16th and 17th April and 18th June, which you must attend. The programmes will last the whole of July but the departure date may be as early as 29th June.

Do I need to be a qualified teacher?

No, but a TEFL is an advantage and you should have teaching experience.

How much will it cost?

Each volunteer pays £550 which covers flights, insurance, accommodation, food and teaching materials.

Will I be on my own?

No, volunteers live in small single-sex teams of 4 or 5 with an experienced coordinator.

What are the living conditions?

Fairly basic within the refugee camps, often with power and water shortages. You must not expect home comforts or privacy.

What personal qualities are important?

Sensitivity, tolerance, adaptability, readiness to learn, political awareness and tenacity. You must be a good team person.

How do I apply?

Download and read the Notes, then download and fill out the Application Form. E-mail the completed form to volunteers@unipal.org.uk with the names and contact details of two referees, work or study related. (They will only be contacted if you are selected). Alternatively, send it to Unipal by post at BCM Unipal, London, WC1N 3XX.

Event #1103
8:30PM on 18/Jun/2011, Ruta (O'Byrnes), Capel St / North King St, D1
Sounds of Resistance Present: TV Smith (The Adverts) & Paranoid Visions


Legendary Punk Acts Together in Dublin this June

TV Smith of the Adverts plays with Paranoid Visions to support anti-racism campaigns

Saturday 18th June sees the return to these shores of TV Smith, co-founder of 70’s British punk legends The Adverts. The Adverts, who in their time shared the stage with The Damned, The Jam and Generation X, were pioneers of a burgeoning late seventies British punk scene, and led the way with anthems like “Bored Teenagers,” a song whose lyrics, “We're just bored teenagers. Looking for love, or should I say emotional rages”, ring true now, just as they did 35 years ago, and the controversial “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes,” a song about an executed American convict.

Also on the bill are Dublin punk stalwarts Paranoid Visions, still going strong after close to twenty nine years, and and relative newcomers Liz Is Evil. While both TV Smith and Paranoid Visions will be playing their own sets, there are plans afoot for collaboration wherein the two legendary acts collide and a concoction of The Adverts with a very definite Dublin twist will take the stage.

The gig is being promoted by “Sounds of Resistance,” who have been organising events since June 2010. The organisation is backed by three very different groups, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Anti- Fascist Action Ireland and the Dublin St. Pauli Supporters Club. All proceeds from the gigs are shared amongst all three, the DSPSC sending their money across to their sister organisation in Hamburg to contribute towards creating displays against sexism, homophobia and racism in the Millerntor Stadium.

The gig takes place in O’Byrnes / Ruta (formerly the Four Seasons) on the junction of Capel Street and North King Street, home to Sounds of Resistance and the Dublin St. Pauli Supporters Club.

Cover charge is €10, payable on entry to venue.
Event #1100
2:00PM on 18/Jun/2011, Black Mountain
Across the Belfast hills for Gaza (Belfast FOP)
A fun family sponsored walk in aid of the irish ship to gaza campaign, funds urgently needed!! We are inviting everyone young and old, community groups, schools, youth groups, sporting groups etc etc. why not come along and show solidarity for the people of Gaza, bring along a picnic and enjoy the hills of belfast, also anyone with guitars, bodhrans drums come along and fill the hills with music :-) we also plan to cover the black mountain with the Palestinian flag for the hole of belfast to see!!!! Ireland is sailing to gaza soon, come along and be part of the Irish effort...EVERY LITTLE PENNY COUNTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(sponsor forms will be provided once confirmation is received)... grma

Organised by Belfast Friends of Palestine.
Event #1108
7:30PM on 16/Jun/2011, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St, D2
IPSC Dublin Branch Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next dublin branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?



The next meeting is at Thursday 16/06/11 at 7.30pm.

Held upstairs in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St. dublin 2.

Map to hotel

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Please call the office 01 6770253 or email info@ ipsc.ie for more details.
Event #1101
5:30PM on 14/Jun/2011, Connnolly Books, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2
Book Launch: "The Unlikely Secret Agent" by Ronnie Kasrils.
Note: Ronnie Kasrils is a good friend of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and, like his late wife, has been a consistently articulate voice for Palestinian freedom from Israeli Apartheid. While this book is not directly related to the Palestinian issue, we would encourage our supporters to attend in support of Ronnie and to remember the victorious struggle against South African Apartheid which inspires BDS activist in the Palestinian movement.

INVITE TO BOOKLAUNCH
Connolly Books
43 East Essex St. Dublin
14 June 2011 at 5.30pm



"The Unlikely Secret Agent" by South African struggle veteran Ronnie Kasrils. The book is a real-life romance and thriller about his late wife and their daring exploits at the commencement of the armed struggle in 1961-63. It deals with her arrest, brutal interrogation and amazing escape from police custody. The book has been shortlisted for South Africa's most prestigious literary prize. The author, a life long freedom fighter was minister in South Africa's government 1994-2008, will discuss the book.

The Unlikely Secret AgentIt is 1963. South Africa is in crisis and the white state is under siege. On 19 August the dreaded Security Police swoop on Griggs bookstore in downtown Durban and arrest Eleanor, the daughter of the manageress. They threaten to “break her or hang her” if she does not lead them to her lover, “Red” Ronnie Kasrils, who is wanted on suspicion of involvement in recent acts of sabotage, including the toppling of electricity pylons and explosions at a Security Police office in Durban.

Though she comes under intense pressure during interrogation, Eleanor has her own secret to conceal. She has been acting as a clandestine agent for the underground ANC and must protect her handlers and Ronnie at all costs. Astutely, she convinces the police that she is on the verge of a nervous breakdown and, still a prisoner, is sent off to a mental hospital in Pietermaritzburg for assessment. It is here that she plots her escape …

The Unlikely Secret Agent is the remarkable story of a young woman’s courage and daring at a time of increasing repression in apartheid South Africa is told here for the first time with great verve and élan by Eleanor’s husband, Ronnie Kasrils, who eventually became South Africa’s Minister of Intelligence Services in 2004. He is the author of a bestselling autobiography, Armed and Dangerous.

About the author

Ronnie Kasrils started off as a script writer for a Johannesburg film studio and then for Lever Brothers, as Television and Film Director for their advertising division in Durban, until 1962. In 1960 he was prompted by the Sharpville Massacre to join the ANC, where he served as the secretary of the ANC-aligned Congress of Democrats in Natal until it was banned in 1962. In 1963, Kasrils became Commander of the Natal Regional Command of MK. Exiled for 27 years; he was based in London, Luanda, Maputo, Swaziland, Botswana and Lusaka.

He worked underground for the ANC in South Africa during Operation Vula. After the first democratic elections in South Africa, Kasrils was appointed Deputy Minister of Defence from 1994-1999. He then became Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry from 1999-2004 and was appointed Minister of Intelligence Services until he submitted his resignation on 23 September 2008 following former President Thabo Mbeki’s resignation in the same month.

Ronnie Kasrils' extraordinary wife, Eleanor died last year at the age of 73.
Event #1107
on 12/Jun/2011, West Bank
The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2011

Come and celebrate Palestine! The Palestinian Summer Celebration is a unique annual program that gives people from all over the world the chance to encounter the life, culture, and politics of Palestine. Learn Arabic and study Palestinian history at Bethlehem University, spend time with local families and volunteer with a community organization.

Cost
Weekly activities
Volunteer
Application Form
Course Out Line
Blogs
Videos
FAQ

The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2011 will take place in Bethlehem from June 12th to August 08th. The program consists of two terms: June 12th to July 10 th , and July 11th to August 08th. Program participants can choose to stay for one or both terms. The celebration is organized by Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies in partnership with Bethlehem University (www.bethlehem.edu) and the U.S.-based Society for Biblical Studies (www.sbsedu.org). Program participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn with accomplished speakers, experts, activists, and officials.

 

FIRST TERM (June 12th to July 10th 2011):

Sunday 12th June 2011: Arrival

Guests will arrive at Siraj Center in Bethlehem, where they will be introduced to their host families. Dinner and overnight with host families.

Monday 13th June: Orientation day 
We will begin bright and early at Siraj Center, where participants will be briefed on the customs of the region and the layout of Bethlehem—restaurants, health services, and public transport. We will visit Shepherd’s Field and The Church of the Nativity. In the afternoon, we will tour Bethlehem University and find out more about class offerings. Dinner and overnight with host families.

Tuesday 14th June – Friday 17th June: Classes and volunteer work.
On Tuesday morning, representatives from local organizations will introduce themselves and pick volunteers. For the rest of the week, volunteers will go to the office in the mornings and attend classes in the evenings at Bethlehem University. Dinner and overnight with the host families.

Saturday 18st June: First Day Tour – Hebron
We will tour the old city of Hebron and meet with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT Palestine) organizations committed to peace and reconciliation in Palestine. We will visit traditional glass and pottery factories, Ibrahiemi Mosque, The Tombs of the Patriarchs, and converse with locals. On the way back to Bethlehem we will stop at the Tent of Nations to hear stories about the conflict. In the evening, we will have a barbecue in Beit Sahour. Overnight with host families.

Sunday 19 June: Free Day

Monday 20rd June – Friday 24th June: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Volunteer work.
PM: Classes at Bethlehem University.

Saturday 25th June: Second Day Tour – Jerusalem
We will explore the Mount of Olives and the Old City of Jerusalem, Al Aqsa Mosque, the Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. In the afternoon we will meet with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) for a tour and lecture regarding the geo-political situation in Jerusalem. After that we will go to B’Tselem—an Israeli NGO committed to documenting and educating the Israeli public about human rights abuses in Occupied Territories—and meet leading figures in the fight for human rights. Dinner and overnight with host families.

 Sunday 26th June: Free Day

From Monday 27th June – Friday 01 July: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Volunteer work.
PM: Classes at Bethlehem University.
 
Saturday 2th July: Third Day Tour – Jericho and the Dead Sea
On this day-trip we will visit the world’s oldest continuously thriving city—Jericho—whose settlements date back to 9000 BCE. In the early morning we will hike Wadi Qelt, the Mount of Temptation, and Tel Jericho. In the afternoon we will splash and float in the famous, salt-dense and mineral rich Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight with host families. 

Sunday 3th July: Free Day

Monday 4th July – Friday 08th July: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Volunteer work.
PM: Classes at Bethlehem University.
 
Saturday 09th July:  Fourth Day Trip – Ramallah
We will tour the city of Ramallah—an exciting political scene, home to many human rights organizations, broadcast centers, and artists. We will meet with students of Birzeit University and representatives from The Right of Education Campaign. In the afternoon there will be time to visit galleries, eat ice cream, and stroll Rukab Street. Dinner and overnight with host families. 
 
Sunday 10th July: Free Day

SECOND TERM (July 11th to August 08th  2011):

Monday 11th July – Friday 15th July: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Volunteer work.
PM: Classes at Bethlehem University.
 
Saturday 16th July and Sunday 17th July: Fifth Day Trip – Nazareth and Galilee
We will travel to Nazareth and Galilee for an overnight excursion, and participants will learn about the current state of Israel and the 1948 catastrophe. Along the way we will meet with Ittijah, a coalition of Arab community organizations, tour destroyed and unrecognized villages, see Haifa, Jaffa, and Akko, and visit a number of holy sites. We will return to Bethlehem late on Sunday night for dinner and overnight with host families.

Monday 18st July – Friday 22th July: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Volunteer work.
PM: Classes at Bethlehem University.
 
Saturday 23th July: Sixth Day Trip – Negev or Jericho  
On this day trip we will be escorted by an Israeli organization to the stunning Negev desert, where we will learn about the Bedouin culture and visit unrecognized Bedouin villages. While in the Negev, we will see holy and historical sites, too. Dinner and overnight with host families.

Sunday 24th July: Free Day
 
Monday 25th July – Friday 29th July: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Volunteer work.
PM: Classes at Bethlehem University.
 
Saturday 30th July: Seventh Day Trip – North of the West Bank
In the Northern West Bank, we will tour the cities of Qalqilieh, Tulkarem and Jinin. In Jinin, we will visit the Arab American University. We will also meet with local organizations and officials, see refugee camps, and learn about regional living conditions. Dinner and overnight with host families.

Sunday 31 July : Free Day

Monday 01 August – Friday 5th August: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Volunteer work.
PM: Classes at Bethlehem University.

Saturday night Siraj will host a farewell party with guests and host families.
 
Monday 08th August 2011: Departure.
 
Other Activities:
Hiking. Participants will be able to take short and long hikes while in Palestine, enjoying wonderful outdoor experiences.

Half-day trips. During the week, participants can visit the rural areas of Bethlehem and Palestine for authentic village experiences. All visits will be organized by Siraj Center.

Event #1105
7:30PM on 2/Jun/2011, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St, D2
IPSC Dublin Branch Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next dublin branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?



The next meeting is at Thursday 21/04/11 at 7.30pm.

Held upstairs in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St. Dublin 2.

Map: Click Here

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Please call the office 01 6770253, or email info@ipsc.ie for more details.

Event #1099
1:00PM on 31/May/2011, City Hall
Vigil remembering Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla (PalestineAid)
PalestineAid are holding a vigil to remember the 9 murdered passengers of the Mavi Marmara on 31 May 2011 at Belfast City Hall at 1pm.

Guest speakers to include to John Hurson and Dr Saeb Shaath.

All welcome.
Event #1092
7:00PM on 28/May/2011, Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court (near Mountjoy Sq), D1
Palestine Night in Seomra Spraoi: Film Screening of 'Paradise Now' & Palestinian Food and Music (IPSC)
7pm - Screening of 'Paradise Now' (No cover charge) - 'Paradise Now' follows two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv and focuses on their last days together. When they are intercepted at the Israeli border and separated from their handlers, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions.

8.30pm onwards - Palestinian food (courtesy of Seomra Kicthen) and music (courtesy of Citizen Partridge). Entry is a sugested donation of €8/€5 (concessions). Food charge is separate.

Come along for what is always a night of craic, and a great way to meet new people and catch up with old friends.

All proceeds go to the IPSC and Seomra Spraoi.
Event #1102
1:00 PM on 28/May/2011, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Boycott Israel demo and march
Saturday, 28 May, is the last Saturday of the month, so ... it's the day for the monthly Boycott Israel Demonstration and March

Come to Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade) for 1:00 PM
Event #1045
on 28/May/2011, Palestine
An-Najah (Nablus) International Summer Camp in Palestine

An-Najah (Nablus) International Summer Camp in Palestine (Rays of Justice)

We are pleased to extent our invitation to join us at An-Najah National University in our International Summer work camp “Rays of Justice” which will be organized between May 28th to June 11th , 2011. This program has been designed to bring 40 individuals from around the world to Palestine in order to foster relationships, exchange skills and ideas, and progress cultural exchange in an academic setting.

The international summer camp will bring together people from around the world who are interested in experiencing the unique place and people in Palestine. Our goal is to host volunteers interested in the Middle East question, from above all, while Palestine may seem daunting, it is also a highly rewarding environment to study firsthand. We strongly encourage motivated and serious men and women to apply.

The daily program of the international summer camp consists of daily voluntary work at the campus delivered by international volunteers to local students on the topics mentioned in the link provided below. In return, the internationals will be involved in workshops that are administered by professors from our University on the Middle East issues that are of interest to them.

For more information, please visit our summer program webpage at:

http://youth.zajel.org/summer_camps/camp2011-rays-of-justice.htm
For the information packet and application form for the summer camp please contact us at: placement@najah.edu and zajel.camp@gmail.com
It would be our pleasure to host you in Palestine and we look forward to future correspondence.

Yours sincerely,
Alaa Yousef
Zajel Youth Exchange Program
Public Relations Department
An-Najah National University
www.najah.edu

Event #1083
7:30PM on 26/May/2011, Break for the Border, Stephens Street, D2
4th Annual Palestinian Pub Quiz for Nablus Students
Dear All

It's that time of the year again - time to get reading wikipedia, brush up on your general knowledge, and come to our 4th annual pub quiz to raise money for Palestinian university students (Al Najah University in Nablus in the West Bank) and the Al Basma Arab Womens Union Special Needs School Summer Camp in Bethlehem.

When: Thursday, 26th May 2011
When: Take your seats @7:30, quiz begins @ 8pm
Where: Break for the Border, Stephen Street, Dublin 2

Teams of 4-5 (€ 10 per team member). We will have a raffle on the night also, with lots of prizes.

Thanks to your previous donations, we have sponsored 15 students (4 of whom have graduated) in the last three years. Students there have great difficulty in accessing education due to the restrictions of the occupation in place, not least in obtaining funding to actually go to university. Semester costs per student are from US$ 400 to US$ 1000 approximately, and we would like to continue the sponsorship for both the special needs school and the students this year also. We need about 5000 € to do this.

About us:- This is an unaffiliated event arising from a group of us who visited Palestine in February 2008. There were four of us who decided to do something positive for Palestine after the visit, and while it is not a lot in global terms, we feel that doing a little is better than otherwise doing nothing.

For more details, please contact ronannolan@hotmail.com, or (086) 380 4382

or Facebook event here - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132658293428416

Hope you can make it and please share widely with your friends!

Organised by Rónan, Suzanne, Chris, Erin

Note: This is not an IPSC event, but we encourage all our supporters to attend this great event.
Event #1098
7:30PM on 19/May/2011, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting
Would you like to come along to the next dublin branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?



The next meeting is at Thursday 21/04/11 at 7.30pm.

Held upstairs in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St. dublin 2.

Map: Click Here

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Please call the office 01 6770253 or conall 087 6410048, or email info@ipsc.ie for more details.
Event #1091
6:00PM on 17/May/2011, The Pearse Centre (aka The Ireland Institute), 27 Pearse St, D2
Remembering the Palestinian Nakba: A cultural evening of film, photos, readings and music (IPSC)


Join the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign for a cultural evening of film, photos, discussion, readings (poetry and testimony) and music remembering the 63rd year of the Palestinian Nakba.

The event will take place between 6 and 10pm on Tuedsay 17th May 2011 in The Pearse Centre (aka The Ireland Institute), 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

All are welcome and entry is free

What is Nakba?

Al Nakba (The Catastrophe) is what Palestinians call the events of 1947/48 when - on the back of a campaign of vicious ethnic cleansing in which over 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homeland never to return - the establishment of the State of Israel was achieved.

Every year, on 15th May Palestinians and their supporters around the world mark Nakba Day. In 2011, the Israeli parliament criminalised commemoration of Al Nakba within the state[1].

Notes

[1] http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/human-rights-groups-petition-high-court-to-overthrow-nakba-law-1.359802
Event #1097
3:00PM on 15/May/2011, An Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, Falls Road
Nakba Day: Lecture: Palestinian Refugees Today (Dr Anaheed Al Hardan) / Film Screening (Promises)


Nakba Day
Sunday 15 May

Palestinian Refugees Today
A lecture by Dr Anaheed al-Hardan followed by the Award Winning Film: Promises

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is honoured to host this annual event highlighting the 1948 destruction of Palestinian society and expulsion of over two thirds its people. The theme this year is Palestinian refugees today and Dr Anaheed Al Hardan is excellently placed to provide us with an overview of their situation.

Dr Al Hardan is an independent Palestinian scholar and activist; she specialises in Palestinian refugee studies; has lived and worked in the Palestinian refugee camps of Syria; worked with the Palestinian refugee community from Iraq; and completed her dissertation in Department of Sociology at TCD on the meaning of the Nakba among three generations of Palestinian refugees.

Following Dr Al Hardan’s lecture there will be a showing of the award winning Promises, a film exploring the lives of Israeli and Palestinian children.

Everyone Welcome

The Culurlann, Falls Road, Belfast, Sunday 15 May 2011

Dr Al Hardan lecture begins 3pm. Promises begins 4:40pm

Event #1087
2:00PM on 15/May/2011, (Moving Gallery) St Stepthens Green / (Demo) Israeli Embassy, 122 Pembroke Road, D4
Nakba Day: Moving Gallery & Demo in solidarity with the Palestinian People (IPSC)


Dublin - Nakba Day: Moving Gallery & Demo in solidarity with the Palestinian People (IPSC)

Moving Gallery:
St. Stephens Green Entrance (Grafton St), Dublin 2 - walk to Israeli Embassy
Assemble 1pm, leave 1.30pm sharp

Demonstration:
Israeli Embassy
122 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
2-4pm

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MOVING GALLERY: Before the demonstration, we plan to hold a 'Moving Gallery', where people will walk to the Israeli Embassy carrying large photographs from Al Nakba and Palestinian flags. We are assembling at 1pm at the Grafton Street entrance to St. Stephens' Green, and will set off at 1.30pm sharp.

DEMONSTRATION: In response to the call of the Palestinian people for a popular uprising on May 15th, we will demonstrate outside the Israeli Embassy in Dublin at 2pm on the same day to protest Israel's continued disregard for international law and to remember Al Nakba (The Catastrophe) - the establishment of Israel achieved on the back of a campaign of vicious ethnic cleansing which saw over 700,000 Palestinians expelled from their homeland never to return. May 15th is Nakba Day, commemorated by Palestinians and their supporters all over the globe.

We must show the Palestinian people that we fully support them in their struggle for freedom, justice and human rights.

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie
Event #1094
10:00AM on 14/May/2011, Liberty Hall, Eden Quay
Anarchsit Bookfair (IPSC Stall and Session)

Dublin Anarchist Bookfair 2011 - May 14th

Note: The IPSC will have a stall at this event, and will be hosting a session on Palestine at 1pm in the Red Space. See below for full details of the day, which is always a great day out in Dublin.

The 6th Anarchist Bookfair will take place in Dublin the weekend of 14th May 2011 at Liberty Hall, Eden Quay. We have a full schedule of meetings planned and a varied range of book stalls from a host of anarchist and radical publishers and organisations.

Doors open at 10am and the first meetings start at 11:30 so forgo the  weekend lie-in, grab a coffee and come on down!

Admission is free but a donation to costs is appreciated!

Stalls: PM Press, AK, WSM, RAG, Irish Labour History, IPSC, Choice Ireland, IBT, HOPI, Manchester AF, S2S, Solidarity Books, Rebel Books, Provisional University, Pepper Morrison zine, LASC, Look Left magazine, Moccu Press, AFA, Dublin Housing Action, Campaign for City Arts, Dublin Basque Committee.

Meetings Schedule

Sins of the Father
(11:30 - 12:30 Theatre)

Dublin historian and Irish Labour History member Conor McCabe on the development of the Irish economy in the 20th century and the roots of the bank bailout.  This talk is based on a book scheduled to be published in June called "Sins of the Father: Tracing the Decisions That Shaped the Irish Economy", which is an elaboration on a series of blog posts he's written over the past three years which deal directly with this subject, on the popular DublinOpinion.com blog and Irish Left Review, as well as the journal, Look Left.

Exploring attitudes to abortion
(11:30 - 12:30 Connolly Room)
A workshop by Choice Ireland on social attitudes around this perennial issue in practically the only country in the EU to still legally deny women's reproductive rights.

Introduction to Anarchism
(13:00 - 14:00 Theatre)
A speaker from the Workers Solidarity Movement presents their vision of what anarchism means for the project of the self-emancipation of the working class.

Anarchism & Socialism:  Reformism or Revolution?
(13:00 - 14:00 Connolly Room)
Wayne Price on the revolutionary road to freedom. Wayne Price is a long-time anarchist activist and founder member of the North Eastern Federation of Anarchist-Communists (NEFAC) in the USA. He has written a number of books on the politics of anarchist-communism, including "The Abolition of the State" and will be talking on the subject of his latest book "Anarchism & Socialism:  Reformism or Revolution?". He will discuss the two main trends in anarchism today, revolutionary, class-struggle, anarchist-communism and reformist, alternate-institution-building, alternate-lifestylist, anarchism. Covering key issues such as anarchist organizations, the question of power, the nature of a post-capitalist society, the nature of revolution.

Palestine Today
(13:00 - 14:00 Red Space)
Daniel Finn and Freda Hughes of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign deliver the latest news from the Palestinian struggle against Israeli oppression, in light of recent developments including the change of Egyptian policy on the Gaza border and their facilitation of a reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.

Soccer versus the State
(14:30 - 16:00 Theatre)
PM Press author Gabriel Kuhn on the subversive side of football. "Soccer versus the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics" is the latest book by Gabriel who published four books with PM Press in the last year.
Soccer has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. Professionalism and commercialization dominate its global image. Yet the game retains a rebellious side, maybe more so than any other sport co-opted by money makers and corrupt politicians. From its roots in working-class England to political protests by players and fans, and a current radical soccer underground, the notion of football as the "people's game" has been kept alive by numerous individuals, teams, and communities.

Peripheral Vision
(14:30 - 16:00 Connolly Room)
Anarchists from Portugal, Ireland, Greece & Spain discuss alternatives to Frankfurt-rule and the bailout blues.  Manuel Baptista is a veteran anarchist activist and author from Lisbon, Portugal.  Manu Garcia is and activist with CNT Seville in the Andalucia region of Spain.  Mario is an anarchist from Greece, now living in Cork and Paul Bowman is a member of the WSM in Dublin.

Revolutionary Anarcha-Feminism
(14:30 - 16:00 Red Space)
The members of the Revolutionary Anarcha-Feminist Group (RAG) will be leading this discussion on the way forward for libertarian women in Austerity Ireland.

Film: The Pipe
(16:30 - 18:00 Theatre)
Risteard O Domhnaill's film of the resistance to Shell by the Rossport and Erris community in West Mayo. The Irish Times review said: "Already acclaimed at half a dozen festivals, Risteard Ó Domhnaill's film is an unashamedly personal - not to mention aligned - attempt to convey the character of the troubled community in Kilcommon Parish.[...] a fine slice of verité". There will be a short talk after the film by a member of Dublin Shell to Sea to update people on the latest situation in Rossport.

The Arab Spring, News and Reflections
(16:30 - 18:00 Connolly Room)
José Antonio Gutiérrez Danton returns from Egypt with news of the state of the struggle for greater freedom in the post-Mubarak era. This will also be an opportunity to discuss the wider winds of change sweeping through North Africa and the Middle East sparked by the Tunisian uprising. José Antonio is a Chilean anarchist living in Dublin, a prolific writer on Anarkismo.net and in myriad publications, he writes, translates and links anarchist and anti-imperialist struggles from across Latin America, through Europe and to the Middle East and further abroad.

Event #1096
9:00PM on 13/May/2011, The Rag
Fun Table Quiz: Fundraiser for the Irish Ship To Gaza
FUNDRAISER - IRISH SHIP TO GAZA

FUN TABLE QUIZ

FRIDAY 13th MAY 9pm

THE RAG, NEW ROSS

€20 per team of four

Event #1077
7:00PM on 12/May/2011, Peace House, Lisburn Road
'Promises' - Development Education 6 Week Course (Palestine Education)
Palestine Education is an exciting new development education initiative which aims to provide up to date, relevant and reliable information to those wishing to understand the roots and realities of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The initiative includes a six week course entitled 'Promises' which aims to provide an introduction to human rights, media and campaigning. This short interactive course encourages empathy with the victims of human rights violations, and equips them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to become local and global advocates for human rights.

The course commences on Thursday May 12th 2011 from 7-9pm in Peace House, Lisburn Road, Belfast, and runs on subsequent Thursday nights until June 16th 2011. For more information or to book a place please contact palestineeducation@gmail.com
Event #1095
8:00PM on 11/May/2011, Solidarity Books, 43 Douglas St
Film Screening: Arna's Children
Film night: Arna's Children from 8-10pm in Solidarity Books, 43 Douglas Street.



Ama's Children is the story of the children involved in Freedom Theatre set up by an Israel woman Ama Mer Khamis in Jenin, Palestine in the early 1990s. A decade later her son returns and finds out what has happened to the children due to the occupation since their involvement in the project. Juliano was murdered by persons unknown in the West Bank recently.

Related Link: http://www.solidaritybooks.org/
Event #1074
6:30PM on 10/May/2011, Irish Aid Centre, O'Connell Street
'Promises' - Development Education 6 Week Course (Palestine Education)
Palestine Education is an exciting new development education initiative which aims to provide up to date, relevant and reliable information to those wishing to understand the roots and realities of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The initiative includes a six week course entitled 'Promises' which aims to provide an introduction to human rights, media and campaigning. This short interactive course encourages empathy with the victims of human rights violations, and equips them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to become local and global advocates for human rights.

The course commences on Tuesday May 10th 2011 from 6.30-8.30pm in The Irish Aid Centre, O'Connel St. Dublin 1 and runs on subsequent Tuesday nights until June 28th 2011. The course fee is €100 or €75 for students and unwaged. For more information or to book a place please contact palestineeducation@gmail.com
Event #1093
5:30PM on 10/May/2011, Burlington Hotel, Sussex St (near Upper Leeson Street), D4
Silent Protest Vigil at Israeli 'Independence Celebrations' (IPSC)

Silent Protest Vigil at Israeli 'Independence Celebrations'

THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF PALESTINE IS NOTHING TO CELEBRATE!

On Tuesday 10th May join the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign in a silent protest vigil at the 'Israeli Independence Celebrations', sponsored by the Israeli Embassy. '

Assemble 5.30pm @ the Burlington Hotel, Sussex St (near Upper Leeson Street), Dublin 4. Map here: http://tinyurl.com/6y58bl6

Attending the celebrations on the anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel is to celebrate a process of brutal ethnic cleansing and colonisation.

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On Tuesday 10th May the Israeli Embassy in Ireland is hosting an event at the Burlington Hotel in Sussex St (near Upper Leeson Street), Dublin 4, celebrating the founding of the State of Israel. The establishment of Israel was achieved on the back of a campaign of vicious ethnic cleansing which saw over 700,000 Paletsinians expelled from their homeland never to return. Palestinians call these events "Al Nakba" (The Catastrophe).

The IPSC will peacefully, lawfully and silently protest outside this event. We will be providing tape with the word 'Nakba' to cover our mouths, to highlight the fact that in Israel, public commemoration of the Nakba is now illegal. See: http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/human-rights-group...59802

Background:

Israel was founded subsequent to a UN decision partitioning Palestine in 1947, but the state it founded was not within the partition boundaries set by the UN. Instead, before and after that UN decision Zionist forces carried out a ruthless campaign of ethnic cleansing, driving out the indigenous Palestinian population through a campaign of terror and selective massacre. The Israeli State was founded in 1948 in the midst of the forceful flight and expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians, involving the destruction of over 500 villages amid scenes of terror. Celebrating the foundation of the State of Israel is to celebrate this campaign of terror and ethnic cleansing.

Attending the Israeli celebrations is tantamount to endorsing this illegal colonisation of Palestinian lands, a process that continues to this day.

We call on you to show solidarity with the Palestinian People and their struggle for their human, democratic and national, rights and call for the Right of Return of the Palestinian refugees expelled by Israeli forces before and after 1948, as enshrined in UN Resolution 194.

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie
Event #1081
2:00PM on 7/May/2011, Whitla Hall, Queen's University
No Victory In Violence: in conversation with Bassam Aramin and Shimri Zameret (Amnesty)
No Victory In Violence: in conversation with Bassam Aramin and Shimri Zameret

2pm - 3pm, Saturday 7 May 2011, Whitla Hall, Queen's University, Belfast

Amnesty International

One Israeli refusenik and one Palestinian militant-turned-peacemaker in conversation with Malachi O'Doherty about their personal journeys and their hopes for a peaceful future.

As a Israeli high school student poised for military service, Shimri Zameret refused to serve because of what he saw as an illegal and immoral occupation of the Palestinian territories. He spent 21 tough months in jail, and in 2002 Shimri and fellow activists were named as 'prisoners of conscience' by Amnesty International. Shimri was one of 305 Israeli students who founded the "Shministim" refuseniks movement.

Bassam Aramin became involved in the Palestinian struggle as a boy growing up in the ancient city of Hebron. At 17, he was caught planning an attack on Israeli troops, and spent seven years in prison. In 2005, he co-founded Combatants for Peace, an organisation of former Israeli and Palestinian combatants leading a non-violent struggle against the occupation.

Discussion Chair, Malachi O'Doherty, is one of Northern Ireland's leading journalists, commentators and authors.

This Amnesty International event is free to attend but booking is essential.

More details here: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/events_details.asp?ID=1810
Event #1089
5:00 PM on 6/May/2011, Boole Lecture Theatre 2, University College Cork
Prof. Shlomo Sand of the University of Tel Aviv talks about his book, The Invention of the Jewish People
LECTURE BY SHLOMO SAND OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEL AVIV

The Invention of the Jewish People

Boole 2, University College Cork, 5pm, Friday, 6 May

A historical tour de force, The Invention of the Jewish People offers a groundbreaking account of Jewish and Israeli history. Exploding the myth that there was a forced Jewish exile in the first century at the hands of the Romans, Israeli historian Shlomo Sand argues that most modern Jews descend from converts, whose native lands were scattered across the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

In this iconoclastic work, which spent nineteen weeks on the Israeli bestseller list and won the coveted Aujourd'hui Award in France, Sand provides the intellectual foundations for a new vision of Israel’s future.
Event #1090
7:30PM on 5/May/2011, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next dublin branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?



The next meeting is at Thursday 05/05/11 at 7.30pm.

Held upstairs in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St. dublin 2.

http://www.centralhotel dublin.com/contact.php

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Please call the office 01 6770253 or conall 087 6410048, or email info@ ipsc.ie for more details.
Event #1088
9:30AM on 4/May/2011, Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road
IPSC Protest at CRH AGM: Stop Cementing Misery in Palestine!

On Wednesday, 4 May, at 11am, Irish multinational CRH will hold their Annual General Meeting in the Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.  The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign plan a highly visual photo-friendly protest outside the venue, featuring a mock checkpoint with soldiers, scale model wall, and a 'human wall'.

This is a call out to all solidarity activists to turn up on the morning and become part of a striking human wall along Marine Road.

The wall will symbolise the illegal separation wall built by Israel in the occupied West Bank and will highlight CRH’s involvement with the wall and settlements.

Details:

What: The AGM is next Wednesday morning 4th May. 

When to meet:  9.30am.

Where: opposite the entrance to the Royal Marine Hotel on Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire

What to wear: black or dark clothes-hopefully it will not rain but be prepared just in case. It is a windy road so bring warm clothes.

How long: 2 hours. 

Who to bring: Please try to bring as many people as you can convince.

Why: The IPSC is organising this protest because CRH owns 25% of the Israeli company Mashav Initiative and Development Ltd which, in turn, owns Israel’s sole cement producer Nesher Cement Enterprises Ltd. Nesher provide up to 90% of all cement sold in Israel, including cement used in the construction of Israel's illegal separation wall in Palestine and illegal settlements and checkpoints. We are calling on CRH to end its shameful investment in Israel and to stop profiting from the occupation of Palestine by divesting from its Israeli interests.

Last year the issue of CRH's investment in Israel dominated the AGM proceedings and press coverage of the event - see: http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/ipsc/displayRelease.php?releaseID=329.

For more about the IPSC's CRH Divestment Campaign see: http://www.ipsc.ie/crhdivest
Event #1084
2:30PM on 1/May/2011, O'Byrnes Pub, Capel St / North Kings St, D1
Sounds of Resistance May Day Gig: Mutefish, Punky Reggae DJs + Guests


Sunday, May 1 · 2:30pm - 7:30pm

O'Byrnes Pub Caple St/North King St. Dublin 1

Music from Mutefish, Punky Reggae DJs + Guests. Visuals from Sounds of Resistance in O'Byrnes after the May Day March

Admission - €5 (IPSC/AFA/St. Pauli Dublin Supporters Club fundraiser)

Event #1085
11:30AM on 1/May/2011, Assemble at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Sq, D1
IPSC Contingent in the May Day March


This year's Dublin May Day march and rally will be held on Sunday May 1st, assembling at Parnell Square at 11.30 and marching to Liberty Hall. The IPSC will have a contingent as part of it, why not join us in solidarity with Palestinian workers.

May Day March organised by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions

Image copyright IPSC, 2010.
Event #1082
6:00PM on 30/Apr/2011, Griffith College, South Circular Road, D8
Fifth Annual Aqsa Festival (PRI)


Organised by the Palestinian Right Institute.
Event #1086
1:00 PM on 30/Apr/2011, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Boycott Israel demo and march
Saturday, 30 April, is the last Saturday of the month, so ... it's the day for the monthly Boycott Israel Demonstration and March

Come to Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade) for 1:00 PM
Event #1079
8:00PM on 21/Apr/2011, O'Byrne's Pub, Capel St / North King's St
Sounds of Resistance Monthly Gig - Liz is Evil, Dirge plus DJ (IPSC/AFA/St. Pauli Fundrasier)
Anti-Fascist Action, Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign & Dublin St. Pauli Supporters Club Joint Gig

Thursday 21st April (Holy Thursday) 8:00pm - 11.45pm

Acts:
Liz Is Evil - http://www.myspace.com/lizisevil/
Dirge - http://www.myspace.com/thedirgepunk
Plus DJs

Admission: €5
Event #1080
7:30PM on 21/Apr/2011, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next dublin branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is at Thursday 21/04/11 at 7.30pm.

Held upstairs in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin 2

http://www.centralhotel dublin.com/contact.php

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Please call the office 01 6770253 or Conall 087 6410048, or email info@ipsc.ie for more details.

Event #1078
2:00PM on 17/Apr/2011, The Spire, O'Connell St
Palestinian Prisoners Day Demo (Focusing on Child Prisoners)
On Sunday April 17th at 2pm the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) will mark Palestinian Prisoners Day with a demonstration at the Spire in O'Connell St.

The demonstration will call for the release of all Palestinian political prisoners imprisoned by the Israeli State - those 'convicted' in Israeli Military courts and those interned without trial under the 'Administrative Detention' regime. There will be a particular focus on the issue of child prisoners - of which there are currently 216 (45 under the age of 16) being held in Israeli jails.[1]

The IPSC have called this demonstration - as part of the international activities taking place on Palestinian Prisoners Day 2010 - as we believe that all Palestinian political prisoners are victims of Israeli colonialism and apartheid. We therefore demand the release of all political prisoners held by the Israeli state.

Palestinian Prisoners - The Grim Reality

According to ADDAMEER, the Palestinian Prisoners' Rights NGO, at present over 5,770 Palestinians are currently imprisoned by the Israeli state for resisting Israeli colonialism, Apartheid and oppression. Of those, 216 are children, 37 are women, 12 are elected Palestinian representatives and over 200 are 'Administrative Detainees' - that is they have been interned without trial not having been charged with any crime or seeing the secret evidence against them. Those 'convicted' prisoners were jailed by non-jury Israeli Military Courts (all Palestinians in the Occupied Territories are subject to Israeli military law, while Israel's colonial settlers are ruled by Israeli civil law - yet another example Israel's Apartheid system). These courts, biased from the outset, do not meet international fair trial standards.[2]

Over four decades of illegal Israeli military occupation, Palestinians from all walks of life have been illegally detained by Israel. Since the beginning of the occupation in 1967, over 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel. This forms approximately 20% of the total Palestinian population in the OPT. Considering the fact that the majority of those detained are male, the number of Palestinians detained forms approximately 40% of the total male Palestinian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Notes: [1] http://addameer.info/?cat=18

[2] http://addameer.info/?cat=18

Event #1071
3:00PM on 16/Apr/2011, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street
'The Siege of Gaza: Eyewitness Account' with Gazan journalist Yousef Al-Helou (ISTG)
'The Siege of Gaza: Eyewitness Account'

Speaker: Yousef Al-Helou (Palestinian journalist living in Gaza)

Chair: Fintan Lane (Coordinator of Irish Ship to Gaza)

BIOGRAPHY OF YOUSEF AL-HELOU

Yousef Al-Helou was born in Gaza city in 1979, his grandfather originally from a village called Khofakha in occupied Palestine about 50 km away to the east of Gaza city, was forced to flee his home like the rest of 750,000 Palestinians who ...were driven out by Zionist gangs back in 1948 to make room for Israel to exist on historic Palestine, both his father and mother were born in Gaza city. Yousef finished his secondary school and BA from Gaza in 1999, he then traveled to Britain from 2000-2005 for his higher studies in telecommunication engineering. During his 5-year stay he gained a diploma in media where he worked at local a radio station in England. In late 2005, he returned to Gaza and started working as a Freelance journalist till present; he worked enjoyed working in the field of media and telecommunication. He presented Gaza's first English program at a local radio station, wrote many articles that were published on many global media outlets, and has been working as a TV reporter since June 2007 and produced 100's of TV reports and features for Press TV. In a recent attack on Gaza, Israeli forces murdered children from the Al-Helou family, relatives of Yousef's.

Video from Yousef - http://www.ikbis.com/shots/274420?locale=en

Organised by IRISH SHIP TO GAZA CAMPAIGN
Event #1076
8:00PM on 14/Apr/2011, One Pery Square Hotel
'The Siege of Gaza: Eyewitness Account' with Gazan journalist Yousef Al-Helou (ISTG)
'The Siege of Gaza: Eyewitness Account'

Speaker: Yousef Al-Helou (Palestinian journalist living in Gaza)

BIOGRAPHY OF YOUSEF AL-HELOU

Yousef Al-Helou was born in Gaza city in 1979, his grandfather originally from a village called Khofakha in occupied Palestine about 50 km away to the east of Gaza city, was forced to flee his home like the rest of 750,000 Palestinians who ...were driven out by Zionist gangs back in 1948 to make room for Israel to exist on historic Palestine, both his father and mother were born in Gaza city. Yousef finished his secondary school and BA from Gaza in 1999, he then traveled to Britain from 2000-2005 for his higher studies in telecommunication engineering. During his 5-year stay he gained a diploma in media where he worked at local a radio station in England. In late 2005, he returned to Gaza and started working as a Freelance journalist till present; he worked enjoyed working in the field of media and telecommunication. He presented Gaza's first English program at a local radio station, wrote many articles that were published on many global media outlets, and has been working as a TV reporter since June 2007 and produced 100's of TV reports and features for Press TV. In a recent attack on Gaza, Israeli forces murdered children from the Al-Helou family, relatives of Yousef's.

Video from Yousef - http://www.ikbis.com/shots/274420?locale=en

Organised by IRISH SHIP TO GAZA CAMPAIGN
Event #1075
7:00PM on 13/Apr/2011, National University of Ireland Galway, O’Flaherty Theatre
'The Siege of Gaza: Eyewitness Account' with Gazan journalist Yousef Al-Helou (ISTG)
'The Siege of Gaza: Eyewitness Account'

Speaker: Yousef Al-Helou (Palestinian journalist living in Gaza)

BIOGRAPHY OF YOUSEF AL-HELOU

Yousef Al-Helou was born in Gaza city in 1979, his grandfather originally from a village called Khofakha in occupied Palestine about 50 km away to the east of Gaza city, was forced to flee his home like the rest of 750,000 Palestinians who ...were driven out by Zionist gangs back in 1948 to make room for Israel to exist on historic Palestine, both his father and mother were born in Gaza city. Yousef finished his secondary school and BA from Gaza in 1999, he then traveled to Britain from 2000-2005 for his higher studies in telecommunication engineering. During his 5-year stay he gained a diploma in media where he worked at local a radio station in England. In late 2005, he returned to Gaza and started working as a Freelance journalist till present; he worked enjoyed working in the field of media and telecommunication. He presented Gaza's first English program at a local radio station, wrote many articles that were published on many global media outlets, and has been working as a TV reporter since June 2007 and produced 100's of TV reports and features for Press TV. In a recent attack on Gaza, Israeli forces murdered children from the Al-Helou family, relatives of Yousef's.

Video from Yousef - http://www.ikbis.com/shots/274420?locale=en

Organised by IRISH SHIP TO GAZA CAMPAIGN
Event #1072
7:00PM on 12/Apr/2011, Liberty Hall, Eden Quay
'The Siege of Gaza: Eyewitness Account' with Gazan journalist Yousef Al-Helou (ISTG)
'The Siege of Gaza: Eyewitness Account'

Speaker: Yousef Al-Helou (Palestinian journalist living in Gaza)

Chair: Fintan Lane (Coordinator of Irish Ship to Gaza)

BIOGRAPHY OF YOUSEF AL-HELOU

Yousef Al-Helou was born in Gaza city in 1979, his grandfather originally from a village called Khofakha in occupied Palestine about 50 km away to the east of Gaza city, was forced to flee his home like the rest of 750,000 Palestinians who ...were driven out by Zionist gangs back in 1948 to make room for Israel to exist on historic Palestine, both his father and mother were born in Gaza city. Yousef finished his secondary school and BA from Gaza in 1999, he then traveled to Britain from 2000-2005 for his higher studies in telecommunication engineering. During his 5-year stay he gained a diploma in media where he worked at local a radio station in England. In late 2005, he returned to Gaza and started working as a Freelance journalist till present; he worked enjoyed working in the field of media and telecommunication. He presented Gaza's first English program at a local radio station, wrote many articles that were published on many global media outlets, and has been working as a TV reporter since June 2007 and produced 100's of TV reports and features for Press TV. In a recent attack on Gaza, Israeli forces murdered children from the Al-Helou family, relatives of Yousef's.

Video from Yousef - http://www.ikbis.com/shots/274420?locale=en

Organised by IRISH SHIP TO GAZA CAMPAIGN
Event #1073
6:30PM on 12/Apr/2011, Queen's Medical Biology Centre, Lecture Theatre 1
Film Screening: LIttle Town of Bethlehem (QUB Pal-Soc)
Tuesday 12th of April
18:30 PM
Queen's Medical Biology Centre Lecture Theatre 1

Little Town of Bethlehem, a documentary film, follows the story of three men of three different faiths and their lives in Israel and Palestine.... The story explores each man’s choice of nonviolent action amidst a culture of overwhelming violence.

The film examines the struggle to promote equality through nonviolent engagement in the midst of incredible violence that has dehumanized all sides. Sami’s story begins as a young boy living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank; Yonatan’s starts on an Israeli military base; and Ahmad’s begins in a Palestinian refugee camp.

The film screening will be introduced by a short introduction to nonviolence as Gary Spedding discusses his own experiences and what he has learned in Palestine and Israel which has helped him gain a greater understanding of the situation there empowering him and helping him discover the reconciliatory methods that stem from nonviolence.

After the film there will be a short lecture on nonviolence followed by a live link to Sami Awad who is the Palestinian Christian in the film who gary has worked and continues to work closely with to this day. Sami is an inspiring man who is so strong and peaceful he is a beacon of hope for the Palestinian people and touchs the hearts of everyone he meets.

Q/A session to follow

There will also possibly be a skype link up with Sami Awad the Palestinian Christian from the film.

Please join the Palestine Solidarity Society at 18:30 on the 12th of April 2011 this will be the Societies last film screening of the year so we want to make it special.

For any further information please contact palestine.solidarity@qub.ac.uk or 07749409147
Event #1069
7:30PM on 7/Apr/2011, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is at Thursday 24/03/11 at 7.30pm.

Held upstairs in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St. Dublin 2.

Map

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Please call the office 01 6770253 or email info@ipsc.ie for more details.
Event #1068
6:00PM on 7/Apr/2011, NUIM Students Union, Room 3/4
Public Forum on Israel-Palestine: Deconstructing the conflict and rejecting the rhetoric (IPSC & Palestine Education)


Organised by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, NUI Maynooth Branch. All welcome.
Event #1070
6:00PM on 7/Apr/2011, Town Hall Theatre
Irish Art for Gaza print exhibition opening with Felim Egan

Irish Art for Gaza print exhibition opening with Felim Egan

Date: Thursday, 7 April, 6pm
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Location: Town Hall Theatre, GALWAY
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Renowned Irish artist Felim Egan will be at the Town Hall Theatre this Thursday 7th April to open the exhibition of prints for the Irish Artists for Gaza, Felim will be joining the Irish ship sailing to Gaza this May with the International Freedom Flotilla along with along with travel writer Dervla Murphy.

Four of Ireland’s leading visual artists have joined forces to create a unique series of art print to support the Irish Ship to Gaza. Felim Egan, Robert Ballagh, Pat Harris and Guggi have each kindly donated a unique set of 100 personally signed prints, produced to the highest standard on top-quality cotton archival paper, these prints can be viewed at the Town Hall Theatre from 7th - 22nd April.

They each evoke the cause of Gaza in different ways — the work by Pat Harris, for example, is a painting of flowers from Gaza. Along with the prints we are introducing some of the work of Basel El Maqosui, an photographer and artist from the group 'Windows from Gaza' who's painting we hope to exhibit in the near future.

Music for the evening by Nial Teague & the Fast Company, they're Irish, they're folk, they're country, they're bluegrass, they're great!

Hope you can join us.

All prints for sale from the website http://irishart4gaza.com/. or call Art for Gaza at 086 2474951.

www.irishart4gaza.com

www.irishshiptogaza.org

Event #1067
11:30AM on 1/Apr/2011, The Felons' Club
Ireland's Day For Gaza (ISTG)


THE FELONS CLUB ALONG WITH BOTH DERRY FRIENDS OF PALESTINE AND FRIENDS OF PALESTINE BÉAL FEIRSTE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME EVERYONE TO A DAY IN SUPPORT OF THE IRISH SHIP TO GAZA CAMPAIGN. AN EXHIBITION WILL BE RUNNING DURING THE DAY AND ALSO EYE WITNESSES TO THE SIEGE WILL BE THERE FOR PEOPLE TO TALK TO, LATER IN THE EVENING THERE WILL BE MUSIC FROM LOCAL MUSICIANS , THERE WILL ALSO BE A LIVE LINK UP TO GAZA ON THE NIGHT ... PLEASE COME ALONG AND SHOW IRELAND'S SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF GAZA....

Runs From 11am to 12.30am
Event #1020
6:00PM on 31/Mar/2011, Queens Univeristy, Medical Biology Centre, Room 103
Israel and Palestine: Conflict Without End or Hope For Peace? (Global Education Centre / Trocaire)
Israel and Palestine: Conflict Without End or Hope For Peace?
Garry Walsh
Trocaire
Thursday, 31 March 2011, 6pm
Medical Biology Centre, Room 103
Queen's University Belfast
Part of the Global Issues Seminars organised by the Global Education Centre For further details on the seminars and how to enrol contact stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com
Event #1065
TBC on 30/Mar/2011, TBC
Palestinian Land Day Action (IPSC)
TBC - check back later, finalsied details will be posted here.
Event #1066
1:00 PM on 26/Mar/2011, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Boycott Israel Demonstration and March
Saturday, 26 March, is the last Saturday of the month, so ... it's the day for the monthly Boycott Israel Demonstration and March Come to Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade) for 1:00 PM
Event #1064
7:30PM on 24/Mar/2011, The Central Hotel
IPSC Dublin Branch Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is at Thursday 24/03/11 at 7.30pm.

Held upstairs in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St. Dublin 2.

Map

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Please call the office 01 6770253 or email info@ipsc.ie for more details.
Event #1062
1:00PM on 23/Mar/2011, Peter Froggatt Centre
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011: Lecture - Israeli Apartheid (QUB Pal-Soc)
QUB Palestine Society President Gary Spedding will be giving a lecture to finalise Israeli Apartheid week with information and a summary of just exactly what Israeli Apartheid is, how it works and what occurs under such a regime including the cleverly put together laws in Israeli government allowing such Apartheid with some of the history surrounding it. Lecture to be held in the Peter Froggat Centre at 1pm on Wednesday 23rd March .
Event #1063
8.15PM on 23/Mar/2011, Helix/DCU
Play: What's Left of the Flag by Jimmy Murphy
VENUE: The Space (Helix/DCU)
DATE: Wed 23 - Fri 25 Mar
TIME: 8.15pm, 1.15pm(Thu)
TICKETS: €12.50, Conc €10



In a Dublin apartment, two men wait patiently by a window. The men are Mossad, the mission is murder.

In his highly-charged, 45-minute thriller, writer Jimmy Murphy (Brothers of the Brush, Kings of the Kilburn High Road) confronts us with the dark side of political conviction, and the conflict between youth and experience over a question of conscience.

Matinee performance including light lunch.

Book Now by clicking here:

What the critics say:

‘Both actors deliver adrenaline-fuelled performances, political point-scoring whizzing like shrapnel, with that unnervingly realistic rifle between them, waiting to be fired’
IRISH INDEPENDENT

‘A sensitive study of politics and morality’
IRISH TIMES

Jimmy Murphy is a signatory of the IPSC's Irish Artists' Pledge to Boycott Israel.
Event #1061
6.30PM on 22/Mar/2011, Queen's University Medical Biology Centre (Room MBC/G07NT)
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011: Film Screening - Budrus (QUB Pal-Soc)


This event is to be held in the Queen's University Medical Biology Centre in room MBC/G07NT on Tuesday 22nd March 2011 at 6.30pm.

Budrus is a village in the West Bank of Palestine where they did something truly amazing.

The film 'Budrus' is a documentary style film which gives an insight into the power of nonviolence, reconciliation and deeper humanity. It takes a village to unite the most di...vided people on earth and this is exactly what happened there.

Fatah, Hamas and Israeli's all unite in Budrus to struggle against the construction of the 30ft concrete wall that threaten's the village land's and the village life itself. Showing that Political divide's as well as social and ethnic divides can all crumble in the face of greater humanity and justice.

In Budrus we have a people determined to fight for their rights in a way that does not take other's rights from them here we see the true idea's of every day Palestinians and the truth about the serious and horrific oppression they face from the Israeli government and Military

The Queen's University Belfast Palestine Solidarity Society would like to invite you to follow this story with us by watching the film to see if the people of Budrus suceed in their united stance against the wall.

Anyone wishing to see first hand the truth about how Israel uses self defense as an ultimate excuse to disposes people from their land's and to witness people truly struggling for peace should not miss this film!

There will be a Question and Answer session after the film for people to ask question's or give their views.

ALL WELCOME

Event #1060
9:00AM on 21/Mar/2011, Queen's University Student Union Building
Apartheid Wall (QUB Pal-Soc)
There will be an all day long event outside the QUB Student's Union where we shall have balloon's, Palestinian good's and a mock Apartheid wall with information about it and its construction in the occupied Palestinian territories.

We will be offering people the chance to support our struggle to say:

YES TO PEACE
SHALOM YES
SALAAM YES

BUT

WALL NO

We would like people to leave a message of support on our wall and sign a petition asking the University to take a stance on the construction of the wall on Palestinian property.

It is not a complicated legal question you don't build a wall on somebody elses property.
Event #1058
8:00PM on 19/Mar/2011, Cleere's, Parliament Street
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011: Film Screening of Budrus plus musical fundraiser with Cpt. Moonlight, Easpa Measa and Owensie (IPSC)


The Kilkenny branch of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign will show a film followed by a fundraising gig this Saturday 19th March in Cleere's on Parliament Street.

At 8pm Budrus, the story a Palestinian community organizer who united Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction by the Israeli security barrier. There will be questions and a short talk by Freda Hughes, National Chairperson of the IPSC.

Following the film there will be music from Easpa Measa, Captain Moonlight, and Owensie starting at 10pm.

Admission is €5 on the night, monies raised on the night will go to the IPSC campaign and towards the upcoming Irish Ship to Gaza.

For more info call 0864061049
Event #1054
8:00PM on 16/Mar/2011, Solidarity Books, Douglas St
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011: 'Children of Gaza' & 'Israeli Soldiers Speak About Hebron' film screenings (IPSC)


On Wednesday 16th March at 8PM in Solidarity Books the Cork branch of the IPSC will be showing the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary 'Children of Gaza' followed by 'Israeli Soldiers Speak About Hebron' by Breaking The Silence. This event is organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) as one of a series of events taking place around Ireland during international Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 (6 – 12 March). For more information on other events in Ireland please see: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011

Israeli Apartheid Week 2011
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011
Event #1055
7:30PM on 16/Mar/2011, The Absolute Hotel
Film Screening: Budrus (IPSC)


The Limerick branch of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is screening the award-winning documentary Budrus on Wednesday 16th March at 7.30pm in the Absolute Hotel. The film highlights Palestinian non-violent resistance to occupation and injustice. All welcome, admission is free.

Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat. The movie is directed by award-winning filmmaker Julia Bacha (co-writer and editor of Control Room and co-director Encounter Point), and produced by Bacha, Palestinian journalist Rula Salameh, and filmmaker and human rights advocate Ronit Avni (formerly of WITNESS, Director of Encounter Point).

This event is organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) as one of a series of events taking place around Ireland during international Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 (6 – 12 March). For more information on other events in Ireland please see: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011

Israeli Apartheid Week 2011
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011
Event #1059
4:00PM on 16/Mar/2011, US Embassy, Stranmillis Road
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011: Remembering Rachel Corrie Vigil (QUB Pal-Soc)
Rachel Corrie, a 23 year old peace activist died on the 16th of march 2003. She was killed while nonviolently trying to prevent an Israeli Military bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian Families home in Rafah, Gaza strip.

... Crushed to death by the bulldozer which could plainly see her standing infront of it there has since her death still been no justice for her. She was with an organization called ISM (International Solidarity Movement).

The American government is still to do anything in regards to her death and the Israeli government have came out with all kinds of propaganda against her and her family who now actively seek to ensure she is remembered and that her mission of saving the Palestinians from Israeli oppression is not forgotten.

Her death was condemned by Amnesty international and several other human rights organizations.

Yasser Araffat named a street after her in Ramallah having stated to Rachel's father that she "Is your daughter but she is also the daughter of all Palestinians".

The demolitions still continue to this day and i wish to state that demolishing civilian homes is an atrocious act of violence that violates Articles 12 and 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Articles 33, 53, and 54 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Despite this clear international prohibition, the Israeli military government has carried out thousands of these home demolitions with impunity; resulting in thousands of innocent Palestinian civilians left without basic shelter and experiencing a cataclysmic blow to their lives, some becoming refugees for the second or third time in their lives.

Please join with us the QUB Palestine Solidarity Society in remembering Rachel Corrie and recognizing that other nonviolent activists have also suffered at the hands of Israeli brutality and murder.

Our vigil is to be held outside the American Embassy on Stranmillis as part of our Israeli Apartheid week we hope that you can join us in lighting a Red candle for Rachel on the steps of the Embassy which represents the American government, a government which failed to represent or protect Rachel Corrie.

The details of the vigil are as follows:

16/03/2011
15:40 Meet at Queen's University Student's union in the space for a short session where I will give information about Rachel Corrie and tell everyone about some of the things she did we will also listen to one or two pieces of poetry.
16:00 Travel to the American Embassy on Stranmillis road
16:10 - 16:40 Demonstration/vigil outside the American Embassy demanding justice for Rachel Corrie, Demanding Justice for Palestine and justice for everyone who is suffering because of the Israeli Regime.
16:50 Light candles and hold a minutes silence.
17:30 End of Demonstration

This event is organized and run by the QUB Palestne Solidarity Society as part of our Israeli Apartheid week we will hold one event each day of this week demonstrating the impacts of Israeli Apartheid on the Palestinian people and wider region culminating with a finishing event on the following Monday.

Kindest Regards,

Gary Spedding - QUB Palestine Society President 2010/11

Event #1057
3:00PM on 15/Mar/2011, Peter Froggart Centre
Stories from Apartheid Israel (QUB Pal-Soc)
There will be a selection of individual real life stories from Apartheid Israel. Some of them shall be Israeli stories, others Palestinian two key videos being displayed will be a short documentary made by B'tselem on the Tel Rumeida neighbourhood in Hebron and another video showing a Palm Sunday Demonstration.

There MIGHT also be two Israeli speakers from Combatant's for Peace these are yet to be confirmed but we encourage everyone to attend as we may surprise you! There will be a discussion about Combatant's for Peace any way and a few videos telling some stories from within the State of Israel proper.
Event #1056
11:00AM on 14/Mar/2011, QUB Student's Union Building (outside)
Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Day (QUB Pal-Soc)
The Demonstration and awareness raising event is to be held outside the Student's Union over lunch time 11:00am to 1:00Pm

The lecture is to be held in the Queen's University Belfast Peter Froggatt Centre room PFC/03/005 at 13:30PM till 15:00PM with a Question and Answer period at the end.

The Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Day at QUB shall consist of an awareness raising event outside the Student's union in the morning with posters, fly...ers and information about Sheikh Jarrah and East Jerusalem along with the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement information.

Sheikh Jarrah is a key area which display's fully the amazing and wonderful but not new phenomena of Jewish - Arab Solidarity against human rights abuses and injustices it show's the model that is becoming more and more popular for Arabs and Jews to live as neighbours once again in peace using the tools of reconciliation and trust which comes with such heart warming humanity.

Later in the day there shall be a lecture about Sheikh Jarrah and the situation there and how it is not an isolated phenomena. East Jerusalem is part of the occupied Palestinian Territories which has been annexed by Israel. Part of the plan in East Jerusalem is to continue the ethnic cleansing by replacing Arab families with Jewish families. One of the places this is happening is Sheikh Jarrah but also Silwan and several other districts which are not far from the wall's of the Old City.

There is a wider political and legal framework which allows situations such as that in Sheikh Jarrah to occur all this and more shall be discussed while provided a very human aspect to the debate by telling people the stories of the evicted families and how Israeli's are coming together with Palestinians to demand equal and democratic rights which has been massively difficult but crucial to the struggle in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan.

The QUB Palestine solidarity Society president Gary Spedding shall take this lecture discussing the core issue's and key problems while also telling people about his own experiences in East Jerusalem and the people he met there.

ALL WELCOME

This event will be especially interesting for those studying Politic's, International Law and conflict studies please circulate widely.

This event is organised by the QUB Palestine Solidarity Society (QUB Pal-Soc) as one of a series of events taking place around Ireland during international Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 (6 – 12 March). For more information on other events in Ireland please see: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011

Israeli Apartheid Week 2011
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011
Event #1040
1:00PM on 12/Mar/2011, Gratfon Street, D2
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011: CRH Complicity With Israeli Apartheid Information Stall

IPSC INFORMATION STALL: From 1-4pm on Saturday 12th March there will be an IPSC information distribution stall and ‘mock checkpoint’ taking place at the Stephen’s Green end of Grafton Street.

We will be highlighting the role of Irish multinational CRH in facilitating Israeli Apartheid and human rights abuses against Palestinians through its failure to comply with international law due to its awareness of, proximity to and financial benefit derived from the construction of Israel’s illegal apartheid wall, colonial settlements, settler-only roads and light rail system. For background see www.ipsc.ie/crhdivest



This event is organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) as one of a series of events taking place around Ireland during international Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 (6 – 12 March). For more information on other events in Ireland please see: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011 and for a brochure of Dublin events please see the PDF below.

Israeli Apartheid Week 2011
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011

PDF Document PDF Brochure of all IAW 2011 events in Dublin 1.79 Mb

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011
Event #1030
on 12/Mar/2011, Wild Geese Skydiving School
“Jump For Gaza” - Skydive Event for Irish Ship To Gaza

Derry Friends of Palestine is teaming up with Friends of Palestine Belfast for an amazing Irish Ship to Gaza skydive event called “Jump for Gaza” in aid of the Irish Ship to Gaza campaign. And just to prove this is an all Ireland campaign to send an Irish Ship to Gaza, that’s right, our own Fintan Lane, Irish Ship to Gaza coordinator, will be Jumping for Gaza!! What about them Cork lads, they’re a brave lot!!

The event itself will take place at the Wild Geese Skydiving school in County Derry, March 12th 2011. So plenty of time to raise sponsorship monies for a great cause!! You can register to jump online at our Facebook event HERE, once registered you will be emailed your sponsorship form and can start fundraising right away!!

If you are not on Facebook then you can email (minus the spaces) Philly at friendsofpalestinebelfast @ gmail.com or Sinead at chair @ derryfriendsofpalestine.org for more information and to register or get your sponsorship form.

The Wild Geese are located at Movenis Airfield, Carrowreagh Road,
Garvagh, Co. Derry. Here is some information from the Wild Geese about making your first jump!!

Are you 16 years or over, if so, then let us introduce you to an experience of a lifetime. A thrill that you will never forget. Your first sky-dive will remain forever in your memory. A thrill that you will not only experience during your first sky-dive but continue, should you go on to make many hundreds more! We work under the regulations of the British Parachute Association (B.P.A.), the governing body of our sport in the U.K., therefore all your training will be carried out by highly qualified B.P.A. Approved Instructors.

A full time operation, the centre itself is open seven days a week, all year round. Now all we need is your commitment to join us in the most amazing world and off-this-planet (literally) experience of Skydiving.

Read about what your first jump experience will be like HERE
REQUIREMENTS

• Minimum age is 16yrs.
• Under 18’s need parental/guardian written consent before training and jumping: (Please Click HERE to download and print the appropriate form).
• Anyone 40 yrs and over will need a doctor’s written permission before jumping, get it HERE.
• No maximum age for those doing a Tandem Skydive.
• Weight limits for a Tandem Skydive are:
– Male 102kg. (15 stone) max.
– Female 82kg. (13 stone) max

Event #1053
3:00PM on 12/Mar/2011, Cassidy's Hotel, O'Connell Street
Revolutions in Egypt and the Arab World (IAWM)


Revolutions in Egypt and the Arab World

Wassim Wagdy, well known Egyptian activist
Anne Alexander, writer on Egypt and the Middle East
Richard Boyd Barrett T.D.
and speakers from Libya

3-4.30: The Egyptian Revolution
5-6.30: Uprisings in Libya and the Arab world and the dangers of Western Intervention

SATURDAY, 12 MARCH 3–6.30pm
CASSIDY’S HOTEL
CAVENDISH ROW, UPPER O’CONNELL ST
Event #1038
8:00PM on 11/Mar/2011, Croke Park
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011: Palestine Fight Night (IPSC Boxing Fundraiser)


Part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2011
Friday, March 11 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: CROKE PARK, DUBLIN
Cost of Entry only €25

A night of boxing and entertainment in aid of the IRELAND PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN. Appearances by the cream of Irish professional and amateur boxing on the night. We will be holding an auction of boxing and other sporting memorabilia - as well as a raffle featuring some great prizes.

Catered food and DJ.

Boxing bouts from lightweight to heavyweight and women's and men's boxing.

For ticket information contact Gary Daly at gary [at] garydalyandco.ie or call 087 2831178

Tickets are also available from the IPSC Office - email info [at] ipsc.ie or call (01) 6770253 for more information.

This event is organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) as one of a series of events taking place around Ireland during international Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 (6 – 12 March). For more information on other events in Ireland please see: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011 and for a brochure of Dublin events please see the PDF below.

Israeli Apartheid Week 2011
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011

PDF Document PDF Brochure of all IAW 2011 events in Dublin 1.79 Mb

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011
Event #1039
1:00PM on 10/Mar/2011, EU House, Molesworth Street, D2
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011: Lunchtime Protest - End EU Facilitation of Israeli Human Rights Abuses (IPSC)

LUNCHTIME DEMO: On Thursday 10th March from 1-2pm the IPSC will be holding a small demonstration outside EU House, Molesworth Street (Dublin 2) to highlight the European Union’s ongoing faciliatation of Israel’s apartheid policies and war crimes. In particular we will be highlighting the role of Irish EU Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, who is responsible for administering “scientific grants” to Israeli arms manufacturing companies, effectively amounting to rewarding Israeli for its terrorisation of the Palestinians people!

For background to the EU and Israel, please see:

The European Union's Blind Eye: How the EU ignores Israel's failure to fulfil its obligations under EU agreements (PDF, 2008)

How Israeli arms companies benefit from EU science funds (PDF, 2009)

IPSC condemns EU-Israel data-sharing plan (Press Release, 2011)



This event is organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) as one of a series of events taking place around Ireland during international Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 (6 – 12 March). For more information on other events in Ireland please see: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011 and for a brochure of Dublin events please see the PDF below.

Israeli Apartheid Week 2011
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011

PDF Document PDF Brochure of all IAW 2011 events in Dublin 1.79 Mb

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011
Event #1041
7:00PM on 9/Mar/2011, Emmet Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011: Gideon Levy - The Punishment of Gaza (IPSC)

Public Lecture and Book Launch
Renowned dissident Israeli journalist
GIDEON LEVY
Speaks about ‘The Punishment of Gaza’

World renowned award-winning dissident Israeli journalist Gideon Levy is to speak in Dublin’s Trinity College on Wednesday March 9th as part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2011. Levy, an acclaimed critic of Israel’s brutal policies towards the Palestinian people via his column in the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, will be here to launch his book The Punishment of Gaza. The lecture will take place at 7pm in the Emmet Theatre, Arts Block, TCD and entry is free. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

Levy – who has written for Haaretz since 1982 - for has been the subject of much criticism in mainstream Israeli society for his views, including having one senior Israeli official call for the secret police to monitor him. Conversely, his writings has been much praised by those who support Palestinian human rights; he has been called “brave”, “heroic”, “passionate”, “eloquent”, a “rare voice of courage” and a “searing critic of Israeli brutality”.

The Punishment of Gaza (Verso 2010), his second book, covers the period from 2005 - the year of the Israeli “withdrawal” - through to 2009 and the aftermath of the attack on Gaza that left over 1,400 people dead. Levy shows how the ground was prepared for this assault and documents its continuing effects. The book tracks the development of Israel policy, which has abandoned the pretence of diplomacy in favour of raw military power, the ultimate aim of which is to deny Palestinians any chance of forming their own independent state.

Punished by Israel and the Quartet of international powers for the democratic election of Hamas, Gaza has been transformed into the world’s largest open-air prison. From Gazan families struggling to cope with the random violence of Israel’s blockade and its “targeted” assassinations, to the machinations of legal experts and the continued connivance of the international community, every aspect of this ongoing tragedy is eloquently recorded and forensically analyzed. Levy’s powerful journalism shows how the brutality at the heart of Israel’s occupation of Palestine has found its most complete expression to date in the collective punishment of Gaza's residents.

This event is organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) in conjunction with the TCD MPhil in Race, Ethnicity & Conflict. It is one of a series of events taking place around Ireland during international Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 (6 – 12 March). For more information on other events in Ireland please see: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011



For more information on other events in Ireland please see: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011 and for a brochure of Dublin events please see the PDF below.

Israeli Apartheid Week 2011
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011

PDF Document PDF Brochure of all IAW 2011 events in Dublin 1.79 Mb

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011

Praise for the book:

    • “There are more terrible atrocities in the world than what is being done to the caged prisoners of Gaza, but it is not easy to think of a more cruel and cowardly exhibition of human savagery, fully supported by the US, with Europe trailing politely behind. Gideon Levy’s passionate and revealing account is an eloquent, even desperate, call to bring this shocking tragedy to an end, as can easily be done.”

    – Noam Chomsky

  • “Levy has a way with words that leads him to some brilliant indictments of Israel.”

– Electronic Intifada

  • “Levy has made it his exclusive mission ... to document the grim and brutal facts of the occupation, to tell the stories he knows Israelis do not want to hear ... To this shiny nation—democratic, prosperous, confident in its righteousness—Levy holds up Gaza like a mirror.”

– Ben Ehrenreich, Nation

  • “Gideon Levy is among a small group of Israeli journalists giving a face and a voice to Palestinians in the world's most intractable conflict.”

– Montreal Gazette

  • “Levy ... deals with the politically and emotionally charged subject of the hardships of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, and their conflicts with the Israeli military and Jewish settlers.”

– Rabble.ca

  • “The story of Gideon Levy—and the attempt to deride, suppress or deny his words—is the story of Israel distilled. If he loses, Israel itself is lost.”

– Johann Hari, Independent

For more about the book see: http://www.versobooks.com/books/485-485-the-punishment-of-gaza
Event #1051
6:00PM on 8/Mar/2011, Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square
International Women's Day - Live Link-Up With Palestinian Women (TUFP)
International Women's Day

We are delighted to invite you to join ICTU Women's Committee and the Trade Union Friends of Palestine to celebrate International Women's day, linking up live, through satellite with women from Palestine

Tuesday 8th March

6.00 p.m.

Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Map
Event #1044
12:30PM on 6/Mar/2011, The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Palestine Film Festival - Three films and shorts (IPSC)

Palestine Film Festival - Three films and shorts

PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL: From 12.30pm on Sunday 6th March there will be a full day Palestine film festival taking place in the Pearse Centre located at 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

Palestine One Day Film Festival
Palestine One Day Film Festival - Click for larger image

Aside from the three main films, there will also be screenings of thewinners of the ItIsApartheid.org short film contest, and Haitham Khatib’s short Life On Wheels (@4.40pm) about Jody McIntyre and Bil’in.

12.30pm: Avenge But One Of My Two Eyes (2005, Avi Mograbi). A controversial documentary drawing parallels between the Israeli-Palestinian situation and the enduring myths of Samson and Masada. A powerful, at times chilling, lament of the continuing violence - eloquent and vital. More info here: http://www.secondrundvd.com/release_avenge.php

2.40pm: American Radical - The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (2009, David Ridgen & Nicolas Rossier). Probing and intimate film about controversial US academic Norman Finkelstein, the son of holocaust survivors, ardent critic of Israel, and author of five landmark books. More info here: http://www.americanradicalthefilm.com/

5.30pm: Private (2005, Saverio Costanzo). Oscar-nominated Feature film in which a group of Israeli soldiers take possession of a house owned by a Palestinian family. The owner is a pacifist named Mohammed who refuses to leave his home. More info here: http://www.palestineonlinestore.com/films/private.htm

Entry is €5 per film, or €12 for a full day ticket.

This event is organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) as one of a series of events taking place around Ireland during international Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 (6 – 12 March). For more information on other events in Ireland please see: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011 and for a brochure of Dublin events please see the PDF below.

Israeli Apartheid Week 2011
Israeli Apartheid Week 2011

PDF Document PDF Brochure of all IAW 2011 events in Dublin 1.79 Mb

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2011

 

Event #1052
1:00 PM on 5/Mar/2011, 1:00 PM in Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Demonstration of solidarity with the pro-democracy movement in Libya
The pro-democracy movements in Middle Eastern countries are a hopeful indicator that the peoples in this part of the world may soon be able to bring pressure on their governments to stop assisting the implementation of Israeli and US anti-Palestinian policies. This week's demonstration will be dedicated to solidarity with the pro-democracy movements in the Arab world, in particular the movement in Libya. Join us in Daunt Square, Cork (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade), at 1:00 PM on Saturday, 5 March.
Event #1014
9:00AM on 5/Mar/2011, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Past Is Present: Settler Colonialism in Palestine (7th Annual SOAS Palestine Society Conference)
PAST IS PRESENT: SETTLER COLONIALISM IN PALESTINE

7th Annual Conference

5- 6 March | Brunei Gallery | School of Oriental and African Studies – London

organised by
SOAS Palestine Society

and hosted by the 
London Middle East Institute 


For over a century, Zionism has subjected Palestine and Palestinians to a structural and violent form of destruction, dispossession, land appropriation, and erasure in the pursuit of a new colonial Israeli society. Too often, this Palestine ‘Question’ has been framed as unique; a national, religious, and/or liberation struggle with little semblance to colonial conflicts elsewhere. The two-day conference, Past is Present: Settler Colonialism in Palestine, seeks to reclaim settler colonialism as the central paradigm from which to understand Palestine. It asks: what are the socio-political, economic and spatial processes and mechanisms of settler colonialism in Palestine, and what are the logics underpinning it? By unearthing the histories and geographies of the Palestinian experience of settler colonialism, this conference does not only chart possibilities for understanding Palestine within comparative settler colonial analyses. Rather, it also seeks to break open frameworks binding Palestine, re-align the Palestinian movement within a universal history of decolonisation, and imagine new possibilities for Palestinian resistance, solidarity and common struggle.



Day One: Saturday, 5th March 2011

Registration and Refreshments: 9.00-9.30

Opening and Keynote: 9.30-10.15


Hassan Hakimian – London Middle East Institute

Not Another Racism: Zionism, a Logic of Elimination
Patrick Wolfe – La Trobe University



Session One – Empire, Settler Colonialism and Zionism: 10.45-12.15

Chair: Nelida Fuccaro – School of Oriental and African Studies

Playing the Zionist Card: The British Empire and the Middle East
John Newsinger – Bath Spa University

Literature of Settler Societies: Albert Camus, S. Yizhar, and Amos Oz
Gabriel Piterberg – University of California, Los Angeles

The Settler Colonialism Paradigm and its History in Revolutionary Palestinian Resistance Literature: Poetry and Politics
Naseer Aruri – University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Refreshments: 12.15-12.30

Session Two – Zionism Destroys to Replace: 12.30-14.00

Chair: Laleh Khalili – School of Oriental and African Studies

The Palestinian Labour Market and the Politics of Zionist Settler Colonialism
Gershon Shafir – University of California, San Diego

The Erasure of the Native
Ilan Pappe – University of Exeter

The Second Phase of the Settler Colonial Conquest of Palestine: The 1967 Allon Plan and the Search for a Zionist ‘Settlement’
Gilbert Achcar – School of Oriental and African Studies

Lunch: 14.00-14.45

Session Three – Zionism Controls the Native: 14.45-16.15

Chair: Ruba Salih – School of Oriental and African Studies

Chronicles of a Cultural Destruction: The Appropriation of Palestinian Knowledge during the 1948 War
Gish Amit – Ben-Gurion University

Indigenous Citizens and the Contradictions of Status amongst Palestinians in Israel
As’ad Ghanem – Ibn Khaldun, The Arab Association for Research and Development

Frontier Wars and Robotic Colonisation
Eyal Weizman – Goldsmiths College

Refreshments: 16.15-16.30

Session Four – A Political Economy of Settler Colonialism: 16.30-18.00

Chair: Elisa van Waeyenberge – School of Oriental and African Studies

A ‘Bad Lot’? Palestinian Businessmen and the British Colonial State
Sherene Seikaly – American University of Cairo

The Exploitation of the Palestinian Economy by Israel
Shir Hever – Alternative Information Center

Palestinian Capitalism, Regional Accumulation Processes and Implications for Liberation Strategy
Adam Hanieh – School of Oriental and African Studies



Day Two: Sunday 6th March 2011

Registration and Refreshments: 10.30-11.00

Keynote: 11.00-12.00

Letter from Gaza: On Colonialism, Capitalism and Resistance
Rabah Mohanna – Palestinian Legislative Council, Gaza

Session Five – Indigenous Life and the Reverberations of Settler Colonialism: 12.00-13.30

Chair: Lori Allen - University of Cambridge

Counterfeit Citizenship: On the Politics of Property in Nahr El-Bared
Monika Halkort – Queen’s University, Belfast

Ethnic Cleansing in the Naqab: The Razings of the Bedouin Village of 
Al-‘Araqib

Mansour Nsasra – University of Exeter

Policing, Self-Policing and Indigenous Collaboration
Mouin Rabbani – Institute of Palestine Studies

Lunch: 13.30-14.30

Session Six – Overcoming Zionism, Dismantling Settler Colonialism: 14.30-16.00

Chair: Jan Jananayagam – Tamils Against Genocide

Decolonising Settler Colonialisms
Lorenzo Veracini – Swinburne University of Technology

The Power and Pitfalls of a Support Movement: Campaigning Against the Jewish National Fund
Selma James – International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Towards Common Liberation
Mezna Qato – University of Oxford

Refreshments: 16.00-16.15


Roundtable – Unsettling (Settler) Colonialism: 16.15-18.15




Tickets
Please note SEATS ARE LIMITED – book in advance
Price: £30 (£20 concessions, and £40 organisations) – all tickets include lunch and refreshments

To buy your tickets
Online – www.soaspalsoc.org
By cheque: Send cheques payable to SOAS Palestine Society with attached note of email address to: SOAS Palestine Society, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG

Location

SOAS Brunei Gallery
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London, WC1H 0XG

Contact
palestineconference@gmail.com
www.soaspalsoc.org
Event #1049
8:30PM on 3/Mar/2011, Murray's Bar, O'Connell Street
Gig For Gaza: David Rovics & Conor Kelly
Event #1050
7:30PM on 3/Mar/2011, The Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, D2
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next dublin branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC)?

The next meeting is at Thursday 03/03/11 at 7.30pm.

Held upstairs in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St. Dublin 2.

MAP HERE

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Please call the office 01 6770253 or Conall 087 6410048, or email info@ ipsc.ie for more details.
Event #1046
10:00AM on 28/Feb/2011, Dairy Farm (starts)
10K Run for Gaza (ISTG)


THIS SUNDAY.... IRELAND RUNS FOR GAZA!!!!!! SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TO ALL RUNNERS /WALKERS LEAVING DAIRY FARM , LISBURN AT 10.AM ENDS AT CASTLE STREET BELFAST CITY CENTRE......

Organised by Irish Ship To Gaza Campaign.
Event #1043
8:30PM on 26/Feb/2011, Casa Rebelde (Downstairs in Murray's), O'Connell St, D1
Sounds of Resistance Punk Night (IPSC / AFA / St Pauli Fundraiser)


Easpa Measa ( http://www.myspace.com/easpameasaband)

with

Droppin' Bombs ( http://www.myspace.com/gerrup )
Dirge (http://www.myspace.com/thedirgepunk) &
Punky Reggae DJs (http://www.facebook.com/punkyreggaeparty) until late.

Saturday 26th February.
€8 waged / €5 unwaged - All proceeds go to the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Anti-Fascist Action and Dublin St. Pauli's Supporters' Club.
Event #1048
1:00 PM on 26/Feb/2011, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Demonstration of solidarity with the pro-democracy movements in the Arab world
The pro-democracy movements in Middle Eastern countries are a hopeful indicator that the peoples in this part of the world may soon be able to bring pressure on their governments to stop assisting the implementation of Israeli and US anti-Palestinian policies.

This month's Palestine solidarity demonstration will be dedicated to solidarity with the pro-democracy movements in the Arab world.

Join us in Daunt Square, Cork (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade), at 1:00 PM on Saturday, 26th February.
Event #1037
6:30PM on 24/Feb/2011, Queen's University Student's Union
Film Screening: American Radical - The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (QUB Palestine Society)
Queen's University Belfast Palestine Solidarity Society would like invite you to attend a film screening of American Radical: The Trials of Norman G. Finkelstein. We will screen the film on the 24/02/2011 in the evening time 18:30 - Finish the screening will be held in the Queen's Student's union.

This film we feel is an important one for any and all people interested in Israel/Palestine to come and see as well for many people who are merely interested in Politics. Norman is accurately depicted in the film as someone who holds his core values very close to his heart and remains a beacon of integrity despite the major difficulties and set back's he is faced with because of the power given to a select few in the American Political system.

The screening is also specific in that it discusses the fundamental facts which cannot be denied that encompass the state of Israel today including the human rights abuses, the false use of "Self Defense" as an excuse to take more and more land from Palestinians and what international law says about Israel and its continued violations which as a state it is still not being held to account for by the international community.

The film has caused quite a stir around the world but for those who are able to watch it seriously and take in the man being presented and the information he brings forth it will surely benefit you.

"Norman Finkelstein has a mission – to speak the truth. And the truth, as he sees it, is inflammatory to his fellow Jews, including arch enemy and distinguished Harvard scholar Alan Dershowitz. The son of concentration camp survivors, Finkelstein was heavily influenced by his mother, who became an impassioned pacifist. Finkelstein has devoted his energetic academic career to publishing and speaking out against Israel, and denouncing the invocation of the Holocaust to justify displacement and oppression of Palestinians." - Sheffield Documentary Festival

"This documentary shows the uphill struggle of a highly controversial and outspoken academic. Finkelstein's special area of interest is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As an American-Jewish scholar and child of Holocaust survivors, he is notorious (or in some circles, famous) for challenging many strongly held positions of the mainstream Jewish and academic communities.  Finkelstein’s polarizing politics will inflame some viewers, validate others and intrigue everyone." - The Jewish Film Festival

The screening will give people the opportunity to discuss afterwards what has been shown and ask some questions to a number of people from the Queen's University Belfast Palestine Solidarity Society including its President Gary Spedding who is in contact with Norman regularly and has read his many books.

It also is very important to highlight that anyone who has seen the film presented by Alan Dershowitz "The case for Israel" or read Dershowitz's book entitled the same that the film American Radical show's how Norman completely picks apart Dershowitz and oust's him as the fraud he is and we believe that this is very important! We are currently aware that the film "The case for Israel" is being shown at venue's in Northern Ireland and we hope that we can provide some balance to the obviously bias views presented in the case for israel. We would as a society in fact recommend finkelstein's books "Beyond Chutzpah on the misuse of anti-semitism" and "Image and reality of the Israel/Palestine conflict"


So we hope to see you at the film showing:

On the 24/02/2011
At 18:30pm
in Queen's University Belfast Student's Union

For more information on the film and to see some of Finkelstein's Books please visit:

http://www.americanradicalthefilm.com/

http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/

Kindest regards,

QUB Palestine Solidarity Society
Event #1047
2:00PM on 23/Feb/2011, DCU, Room T101
Public Meeting: Anti-Zionism Is Not Anti-Semitism (SUAS, Islamic Society, Amnesty and UNICEF soceities)


Wednesday the 23rd February in T101 at 2pm is your chance to listen to a human right activist who speaks across the globe about the universal oppression faced by people of all faiths in the state of Israel. “Anti-Zionism not anti-Semitism” is a talk delivered by orthodox Jews who refuse to live in the existing state of Israel. It is an in-depth insight into the struggles and challenges faced by those who believe that this conflict is not a religious issue but rather a political one. Religion is hijacked and misrepresented in a land that truly did once have peace. As a result of the efforts of these individuals from Neturei Karta international the Jews who stood united against this regime have been tortured, persecuted and abused. It is truly a story that has not been told and is not to be missed! Organised and brought to you by the collaborative work of Unicef, Amnesty International, DCU Islamic Society, and SUAS we urge you to come along and invite all your friends!
Event #1042
7:30PM on 17/Feb/2011, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St, D2
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next dublin branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is at Thursday 17/02/11 at 7.30pm.

Held upstairs in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St. Dublin 2.

http://www.centralhotel dublin.com/contact.php

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Please call the office 01 6770253 or Conall 087 6410048, or email info@ ipsc.ie for more details.
Event #1035
7:00PM on 12/Feb/2011, Sandinos
Public Meeting: The Siege of Gaza - Eyewitness Accounts (ISTG)
This public meeting will feature eyewitness accounts of the illegal and brutal Israeli siege of Gaza, and will also discuss ways forward and how the siege can be challenged.

Speakers:

EWA JASIEWICZ: An English/Polish member of the the Free Gaza Movement and of the International Solidarity Movement, Ewa was in Gaza during the 'Operation Cast Lead' massacre in 2009. She was also on the Freedom Flotilla that was attacked by Israeli forces last May as it brought aid to Gaza and attempted to break the siege.

FINTAN LANE: Coordinator of the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign which is sending an Irish ship as part of Freedom Flotilla 2 in spring 2011.

Organised by IRISH SHIP TO GAZA - www.irishshiptogaza.org
Event #1036
8 on 12/Feb/2011, Ligonel Working Men's Club
Irish Ship to Gaza Fundraising Night
AN EVENING IN SUPPORT OF THE IRISH SHIP TO GAZA CAMPAIGN... 8 TILL LATE...
Event #1031
8:00PM on 10/Feb/2011, Wynn's Hotel, Abbey Street, D1
Public Meeting: The Siege of Gaza - Eyewitness Accounts (ISTG)
This public meeting will feature eyewitness accounts of the illegal and brutal Israeli siege of Gaza, and will also discuss ways forward and how the siege can be challenged.

Speaker:

EWA JASIEWICZ: An English/Polish member of the the Free Gaza Movement and of the International Solidarity Movement, Ewa was in Gaza during the 'Operation Cast Lead' massacre in 2009. She was also on the Freedom Flotilla that was attacked by Israeli forces last May as it brought aid to Gaza and attempted to break the siege.

Chair:

FINTAN LANE: Coordinator of the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign which is sending an Irish ship as part of Freedom Flotilla 2 in spring 2011.

Organised by IRISH SHIP TO GAZA - www.irishshiptogaza.org
Event #1033
7:00PM on 9/Feb/2011, Andersonstown Social Club (PD)
Postponed: Public Meeting: The Siege of Gaza - Eyewitness Accounts (ISTG)
This event has been postponed as Yousef Al-Helou has been unable to leave Gaza. Please check back for a rescheduled date, thank you.

This public meeting will feature eyewitness accounts of the illegal and brutal Israeli siege of Gaza, and will also discuss ways forward and how the siege can be challenged.

Speakers:

YOUSEF AL-HELOU: Palestinian freelance journalist based in Gaza, who reports for Press TV. Yousef is travelling directly from Gaza to Ireland for this speaking tour and will talk about daily life on the ground.

Other speakers from the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign will be updating people on the campaign and what else is happening. We hope that you can come along and support this event for the Irish ship to Gaza Campaign.

Organised by IRISH SHIP TO GAZA - www.irishshiptogaza.org
Event #1032
2:20PM on 5/Feb/2011, Culturlann Mcadam O Fiaich, Falls Road
Play: Seven Jewish Children By Caryl Churchill
Brassneck Theatre company present Caryl Churchills 'Seven Jewish Children' this Saturday the 5th of Feb. at @ 2.20pm and 4pm in Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich. in aid of Fop Béal Feirste . Free Event, But Donations are Welcome. donations from the play will be going to the irish ship to gaza campaign and to MAP.

Cast include:
Helena Bereen
Paul Kennedy
Conor Madden
Tara-Lynne O'Neill
Zara Star

Directed by: Conor MacNeill.
Event #1011
on 5/Feb/2011, West Bank
Call for participation in the olive tree planting program
On behalf of the Olive Tree Campaign – Keep Hope Alive – We wish you a very good ending of 2010 and hope that 2011 will be a better year for all.
 
In February 2011 we will have our 4th annual olive planting program, which will take place in February 5th to 14th 2011 and we  would love to invite you to be part of this event.   
Agricultural experts in Palestine estimate that over a million olive trees have been uprooted and destroyed by Israel since it was created in 1948. More than half of these olive trees were uprooted and destroyed during the past few years after the start of the 2nd Intifada (Palestinian uprising against the Israeli Military Occupation).
Disrespecting its’ religious, cultural, natural, nutritious and economic value, the olive tree has been constantly targeted by the Israeli military occupation under the guise of security, the construction of the Wall on Palestinian lands and the continuous expansion of Israeli – Jewish only - colonies (settlements). The destruction of olive trees has had intentional and destructive results on the lives of many Palestinian farmers, land owners and the Palestinian population in general.
For these reasons and many others, the Olive Tree Campaign was launched in 2001 as a positive response to systematic destruction by addressing the needs of the effected farmers. The Olive Tree Campaign uses the olive tree as a tool to advocate for the Palestinians right to peace with justice. So far eight seasons of planting have helped hundreds of Palestinian farmers and brought awareness to the expanding international network of friends and partners about the real life of the Palestinians who have been striving for peace with justice for more than 60 years.
You are all encouraged to pass the word about this event to people who might be interested come to Palestine and to participate.
 
Please review the invitation, proposed schedule and other information at: http://www.jai-pal.org/content.php?page=1006  
 
For any other information, questions, concerns, or to request a registration form, please contact us:
 
Baha Hilo, Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA and the YWCA of Palestine, campaigns officer, via email at: olivetree@jai-pal.org or by phone at (+970) 2 2774540.
Jawad Musleh, Alternative Tourism Group, program coordinator, via email at: jawad@atg.ps or by phone at (+970) 2 2772151
 
Note:       To see previous olive planting events please go to: http://www.jai-pal.org/content.php?page=915  
                To see previous olive picking events please go to: http://www.jai-pal.org/content.php?page=914
To see short films on 2010 olive planting please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_KJBqs55tw
 
Looking forward to seeing you in February!  
 
Baha' Hilo
Campaigns officer
Joint Advocacy Initiative
The East Jerusalem YMCA,
POB 19023 East Jerusalem
Tel: +970 2 2 77 4540
Mob: +970 598 941 185
Email: Olivetree@jai-pal.org
Web: www.jai-pal.org
Event #1024
1:00PM on 1/Feb/2011, Israeli Embassy, 122 Pembroke Road, D4
Remembering Jawaher Abu Rahmah - Demo in Solidarity With Bil'in (IPSC)


Tuesday 1st February will be one month since the tragic death of Jawaher Abu Rahmah who became the first Palestinian casualty of the occupation in 2011. 36-year-old Jawaher was attending a non-violent protest at the illegal construction of the Israeli wall in occupied Bil'in in the West Bank when she inhaled toxic tear-gas fired by the Israeli occupation forces. She later died from the gas inhalation, suffering a heart attack.

Jawaher is the sister of Bassem Abu Rahmah , also murdered by the Israeli military in April 2009, when he was shot in the chest with high-velocity tear-gas canister.

Since January 2005, the village has been organizing weekly protests against the construction of the wall deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice.

Please show you support by protesting at the Israeli Embassy (122 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4) at 1pm on Tuesday 1st February 2011.

Event #1028
12:00PM on 1/Feb/2011, Queen's University, Student Union
Protest in memory of Jawaher Abu Rahmeh and in Solidarity with Bil'in village (QUB Palestine Soc)
Protest in memory of Jawaher Abu Rahmeh and in Solidarity with Bil'in village.

Jawaher Abu Rahmeh was a person whom i had the pleasure of meeting on the one or two occasions i was in Bil'in village during the summer of 2010. Her death is a travesty and an injustice which mirrors the tragedy and injustice of the very occupation that caused her death.

She died of asphyxiation due to tear gas inhallation, an experience i myself have gone through in Bil'in village. Her death adds to the growing suffering of the people of Bil'in and wider Palestine.

The focus of the event should be to raise awareness about Her death and the reasons why it happened in the first place. Highlighting the lack of Justice that can be found for Palestinians living in the occupied west Bank. We must demand that Establishments cease supporting the Israeli' state's regime of occupation and oppression and make it clear that we here at QUB stand with the nonviolent struggle in Bil'in and the rest of palestine.

I can do no more honor to Jawaher with my limited writing skills so please await the email and further information about this event. In the mean time google Bil'in village to find out more about the situation there.
Event #1029
1:00 PM on 29/Jan/2011, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Boycott Israel Demonstration and March
Event #1022
9:00PM on 28/Jan/2011, Casa Rebelde (Basement in Murray's Bar, O'Connell St)
Sounds of Resistance: AFA, IPSC & Dublin St. Pauli Supporters Club Joint Gig!
Direct from Hamburg THE MILLERNTOR BRIGADE and CIARAN MURPHY plus DJS

Event #1017
8:00PM on 28/Jan/2011, Bacchus Nightclub
Cabaret ExtravaGaza! (Cork-Palestine Link)

Fundraiser for Cork-Palestine Link

Friday 28th January at 8pm in Bacchus Nightclub, Kinsale

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A fundraiser cabaret for Cork-Palestine Link featuring a motley crew of musicians, poets and comedians! :)

Event #1015
7.45PM on 28/Jan/2011, Churchtown Meeting House, Churchtown, D14
Film Screening: Lemon Tree (Quakers)

Film evening at Churchtown: Lemon Tree

On Friday evening, January 28, Churchtown Quakers Fundraising Committee will host a film evening as part of its ongoing fundraising campaign for the caretaker’s extension.

The film is “Lemon Tree” which tells the story of Palestinian Salma Zidane, a widow, who lives simply from her grove of lemon trees in the West Bank's occupied territory.

The evening starts at 8pm (so be there for about 7.45) and there will be tea and coffees afterwards.

Location: Churchtown Meeting House, 82 Lower Churchtown Road , Churchtown , Dublin 14 - Map here

Those who attend will be invited to make a small donation.

Event #1016
8:00PM on 27/Jan/2011, An Spailpin Fanac
Cabaret ExtravaGaza! (Cork-Palestine Link)

Fundraiser for Cork-Palestine Link

Thursday 27th January at 8pm upstairs in An Spailpin Fanac

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A fundraiser cabaret for Cork-Palestine Link featuring a motley crew of musicians, poets and comedians! :)

Event #1013
on 24/Jan/2011, Queens University
The Battle for Palestine (10 Week Night Course)
The Battle for Palestine

Queens Univeristy, Night Course
Taught by Richard Irvine, BA, MA
Fee £53.00 (concession rate £33.00)
10 weekly sessions
New Year 2011
Group 2 OLE0302
Mondays 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm, starting 24 January

Beginning with the pogroms of nineteenth century Russia, this course will outline the tragic history of the Palestine/Israel conflict. Topics that will be covered are the origins and development of the Zionist movement; Palestine under the British Mandate; the creation of the State of Israel; the creation of the Palestinian refugees; the Arab-Israeli wars; the development of Palestinian nationalism; the Occupation and the two uprisings; the peace process and the current situation. This course should be of interest to anyone who wishes to understand why this region is almost permanently in a state of crisis.

Recommended Textbook: The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World, A Shlaim (Penguin Books Ltd).

10 CATS (Level 1)

If interested please contact Richard at palestineeducation@gmail.com
Event #1023
9:00AM on 21/Jan/2011, Queens Student Union
'Unknown Journeys’ photo exhibit (QUB Palestine Soc)
The Queens University Belfast Palestine Solidarity Society welcomes Trocaire and their ‘Unknown Journeys’ Exhibition

The exhibition will be held in the Queens University Student’s Union until Friday 21/01/2010 9AM to 5PM

The photographs and the journeys displayed are those which remain unknown to most people in this modern day and age and depict just how difficult life now is for Palestinians living under occupation and oppression. Many photographs display traditional life, religious life and then of course the walks of life not usually seen such as the hours standing at a checkpoint. The aim is to allow you to see the diverse culture and history whilst seeing the shocking truths of the occupation.

This week at Queens we are also holding a nonviolence themed week where we are spreading the message of nonviolence. We wish to invite you all to discuss with out Society President the concepts of nonviolence while viewing our brilliant collection of photographs kindly loaned to us from Trocaire.

The discussions on nonviolence will be on a person to person basis nothing too formal so if you happen to be in the area then why not pop by and take a look and lend an ear!

Best wishes,

QUB Palestine Solidarity Society

Event #1021
7:30PM on 20/Jan/2011, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is at Thursday 20/01/2011 at 7.30pm.

Held upstairs in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St. Dublin 2.

http://www.centralhoteldublin.com/contact.php

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Please call the office 01 6770253 or Conall 087 6410048, or email info@ ipsc.ie for more details.
Event #1019
6:30PM on 19/Jan/2011, Israeli Embassy, 122 Pembroke Road, D4
Vigil in support of Palestinian Hunger-Strikers (Eirigi)
Vigil starts at 6.30pm at the Israeli Embassy, 122 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4 on Wednesday 19th Januray.

Organised by éirígí.

Concern is growing for the welfare of two Palestinian political prisoners who have entered their third week on hunger strike.

Ahmed Sa’adat, the general secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and Jamal Abu Al-Haija, a leader of Hamas and Jenin resistance fighter, began their hunger strike in protest at the mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners by Israeli authorities.

Both men have been held in isolation for almost two years and, during this time, have been deprived of the most basic human rights, including the denial of family visits.

Little information is available on the men's current condition and the corporate media has failed to give this story the coverage it deserves.

The PFLP have announced they are holding the Israeli government directly responsible for the lives of Sadaat and Al-Haija. In a statement released on Sunday [January 9], the organisation called for human rights groups, including the International Red Cross, to put pressure on the zionist regime to end all practices which are contrary to international law, and to uphold the human rights of prisoners, including allowing necessary medical treatment.

In an effort to highlight the inhuman treatment of Palestinian prisoners, éirígí Áth Cliath have organised a vigil in support of the hunger strike for 6.30pm on Wednesday, January 19 at the Israeli embassy, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

All those opposed to Israel's abuse of human rights are encouraged to attend the vigil to show their support for the Palestinian prisoners and to send a message to the zionist regime that its war crimes continue to be opposed.
Event #1018
6:30PM on 18/Jan/2011, Seán MacBride House, 48 Fleet Street, D2
Video Link Up: Khalil Shaheen of PCHR & Itay Epstein of Amnesty Israel (Amnesty / Trocaire / Christian Aid)
You are invited to an event to mark the 2nd anniversary of the end of the Gaza War in 2009.
Tuesday 18th January, 6.30pm.

At 6.30 pm, in Amnesty International’s public space (Seán MacBride House, 48 Fleet Street), speakers will be streamed live from Israel and Gaza.
-        Itay Epstein (Amnesty International, Israel)
-        Khalil Shaheen (Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Gaza)

At 7pm we will make our way to Temple Bar Square where we will release 7 Chinese lanterns, each with one letter of the word JUSTICE.

The aim of this event is

-        To ensure that the issue remains in the public consciousness, and that we remember the 1400 people killed in 22 days that are yet to obtain justice.

-        To drive the message that without justice, peace is not sustainable.

I hope that you can attend.

This is a joint Trócaire  / Amnesty International  /  Christian Aid event.
Event #1012
7:30PM on 6/Jan/2011, The Central Hotel
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is at Thursday 06/01/2011 at 7.30pm.

Held upstairs in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St. Dublin 2.

http://www.centralhoteldublin.com/contact.php

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Please call the office 01 6770253 or Conall 087 6410048, or email info@ ipsc.ie for more details.

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie
2010
Event #1010
2:00PM on 31/Dec/2010, The Ha'Penny Bridge
New Year's Eve Vigil to Commemorate Second Anniversary of the Attack on Gaza


To commemorate second anniversary of the Israeli 'Cast Lead' attack on Gaza, in Dublin we are calling on people to gather at 2pm at the Ha’penny Bridge on New Year's Eve. Please bring Palestinian flags if you have them.

Please spare an hour of your time to remember the victims of the attack and the ongoing siege.
Event #1005
3:00PM on 27/Dec/2010, Belfast City Hall
Commemoration Marking Second Anniversary of Operation Cast Lead (BFOP)
On 27 December 2008, without warning, Israeli forces began a devastating bombing campaign on the Gaza Strip codenamed Operation “Cast Lead”. By 18 January 2009 some 1,400 Palestinians had been killed and large areas of Gaza had been razed to the ground. Friends of Palestine Béal Feirste would like to mark this anniversary to show our solidarity to the families and friends of those 1400 unarmed Palestinian civilians, with a vigil at the city hall in belfast, we are also demanding a thorough, independant and impartial investigation into the conduct of those who murdered these innocent people. Please join us, go raibh maith agat.

Organised by Belfast Friends of Palestine
Event #999
7:00PM on 18/Dec/2010, Murray's Bar, O'Connell St
Sounds of Resistance Christmas Party (IPSC, AFA & St Pauli fundraiser)


On Saturday 18th December there will be a joint Christmas Party benefit night for Anti-Fascist Action and the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Murray's Bar, 33-34 O'Connell Street Upper, featuring The Wakes (Glasgow-Irish Folk 'n' Roll), Ciaran Murphy (singer-songwriter, Lynched (folk-punk) & the Punky Reggae Party DJs. From 7pm til late. Cost of Entry is only €10

The Wakes
(http://thewakes-band.co.uk/)

Ciaran Murphy
(http://www.myspace.com/ciaranabc)

Lynched
(http://www.myspace.com/lynched4life)

Punky Reggae Party DJs
(http://www.facebook.com/punkyreggaepartydublin)

Event #1008
11:00AM on 18/Dec/2010, Gratfon Street
Boycott Israeli Blood Diamonds stall
Boycott Israeli Blood Diamond Campaign – Stall in Grafton Street, Dublin on Saturday December 18th Contact diamonds@ipsc.ie for further info
Event #1004
6:00PM on 15/Dec/2010, Queens Student Union, The Space, Room 2
Belfast Film Screening: Little Town of Bethlehem


Sami Awad is a Palestinian Christian whose grandfather was killed in Jerusalem in 1948. Today, he is the executive director of Holy Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that promotes Palestinian independence through peaceful means. Yonatan Shapira is an Israeli Jew whose grandparents were Zionist settlers who witnessed the birth of Israel. Today, he is an outspoken advocate for the nonviole...nce movement, both in his homeland and abroad. Ahmad Al'Azzah is a Palestinian Muslim who has lived his entire life in the Azzah refugee camp in Bethlehem. Today, Ahmad heads the nonviolence program at Holy Land Trust, where he trains others in the methods of peaceful activism.

Queens University Belfast Palestine Solidarity Society invites you to watch this incredible documentary style film. It was filmed on location in the West Bank, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem, Little Town of Bethlehem brings awareness to a growing nonviolence movement in the Middle East that seldom makes international headlines.

Founder and President of the QUB - Palestine Solidarity Society Gary Spedding invites you to watch the film and then have a brief 15 minute lecture on none violence struggle in the West Bank of Palestine and the Gaza strip. Afterwards there will be 20 minutes for Questions and Answers



Organised by QUB Palestine Solidarity Society

For more information call: 07747817595
Event #1009
12:00PM on 13/Dec/2010, Civic Offices, Wood Quay
Lahza Palestinian Photo Exhibition
Dublin City Council will host a photo exhibition with images from the Lahza Project from Monday, 13th December (mid-day) until Friday, 17th December (mid-day) in the Atrium of the Civic Offices (Wood Quay).

Launched in 2007, Lahza seeks to identify young Palestinians with artistic potential and to develop that talent through photography. The goal is to create a photographic record of daily life in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon as seen through the eyes of children.

For over a year, the members and volunteers of Zakira, an NGO whose primary goal is to promote the value of photography and images in general in our society, taught 500 children between the ages of 5 to 12 the basics of photography; they taught them about working with images, their impact and uses as a means of public communication and personal expression. The best pictures from this project were included in the Lahza book and have been displayed in different cities around the world such as Athens, Princeton University (New Jersey) and Abu Dabi.

For more information please visit www.zakira.org
Event #995
2:00PM on 11/Dec/2010, Silk Road Cafe, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle
FULLY BOOKED: IPSC Annual Christmas Fundraiser Dinner
Please Note: There are no more places left for theIPSC Annual Christmas Fundraiser Dinner. Thank you to all who have booked their seats and see you on the 11th.

The Annual IPSC Christmas fundraiser dinner will be held in The Silk Road Cafe, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle this year on Saturday December 11th @ 2pm. The Silk Road is a Palestinian owned restaurant with an excellent menu and the Christmas dinners are always a great social event and a good way to wind down at the end of the year.

Tickets for the dinner are €40 each (price includes dinner, desert and wine). Payment can be made on the day but PLACES MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE through info@ipsc.ie or 01 6770253. There are only 40 places available, so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

Many thanks and happy holidays.
Event #1007
10.30AM on 11/Dec/2010, Shop Street
Boycott Israeli Blood Diamonds stall
Boycott Israeli Blood Diamond Campaign – the IPSC will have a stall in the vicinity of Lynch’s Castle from 10:30 am on Saturday morning to highlight the trade in Israeli blood diamonds and collect signatures on a petition to the Retail Jewellers of Ireland.

Contact diamonds@ipsc.ie for further info
Event #1006
11:00AM on 4/Dec/2010, Milk Market , Western Entrance
Boycott Israeli Blood Diamonds action
Boycott Israeli Blood Diamond Campaign - The Limerick Branch of the IPSC will have a stall in the vicinity of the Milk Market on Saturday 4th December to highlight the trade in Israeli blood diamonds and collect signatures to a petition to the Retail Jewellers of Ireland. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Western entrance at 10:00 am Contact diamonds@ipsc.ie for further info.
Event #1000
6:30PM on 3/Dec/2010, The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse St, D2
Dublin Book Launch: Europe's Alliance with Israel - Aiding the Occupation by David Cronin

Dublin Book Launch

Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation

by David Cronin

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to present a book launch tour by Irish journalist and author David Cronin who has just published his excellent exposé of the nature of the relationship between the European Union and the Apartheid State of Israel. The book, Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation, will become essential reading for all those concerned with a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

When & Where: Friday 3rd December, 6.30pm, The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse St, Dublin 2. Wine and cheese reception.

Cronin argues that in carefully crafted official statements, the European Union presents itself as an honest broker in the Middle East. In reality, however, the EU’s 27 governments have been engaged in a long process of accommodating Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

The book interrogates the relationship and its outcomes. A recent agreement for 'more intense, more fruitful, more influential co-operation' between the EU and Israel has meant that Israel has become a member state of the Union in all but name. Cronin shows that rather than using this relationship to encourage Israeli restraint, the EU has legitimised actions such as the ill-treatment of prisoners and the Gaza invasion.

Concluding his revealing and shocking account, Cronin calls for a continuation and deepening of international activism and protest to halt the EU's slide into complicity.

About The Author

David Cronin is a Brussels-based Irish journalist specialising in European politics. He has written for a variety of publications, including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal Europe, European Voice, The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune and the Inter Press Service.

Praise for the Book

"It seems to many that Israel is above international law. This important book explores the complex political ties that have prevented European countries from holding Israel to account. It is essential reading for all who care about justice and the rule of law. I hope David Cronin is prepared for the abuse he and his book will incur. All the more reason to buy it, read it and take the discussion forward." - Ken Loach, award winning film director

 

Event #1001
7:00PM on 2/Dec/2010, The Granville Hotel, Meagher Quay
CANCELLED: Waterford Book Launch: Europe's Alliance with Israel - Aiding the Occupation by David Cronin

Waterford Book Launch

Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation

by David Cronin

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to present a book launch tour by Irish journalist and author David Cronin who has just published his excellent exposé of the nature of the relationship between the European Union and the Apartheid State of Israel. The book, Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation, will become essential reading for all those concerned with a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

When & Where: Thursday 2nd December, 7pm, The Granville Hotel, Meagher Quay, Wateford City

Cronin argues that in carefully crafted official statements, the European Union presents itself as an honest broker in the Middle East. In reality, however, the EU’s 27 governments have been engaged in a long process of accommodating Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

The book interrogates the relationship and its outcomes. A recent agreement for 'more intense, more fruitful, more influential co-operation' between the EU and Israel has meant that Israel has become a member state of the Union in all but name. Cronin shows that rather than using this relationship to encourage Israeli restraint, the EU has legitimised actions such as the ill-treatment of prisoners and the Gaza invasion.

Concluding his revealing and shocking account, Cronin calls for a continuation and deepening of international activism and protest to halt the EU's slide into complicity.

About The Author

David Cronin is a Brussels-based Irish journalist specialising in European politics. He has written for a variety of publications, including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal Europe, European Voice, The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune and the Inter Press Service.

Praise for the Book

"It seems to many that Israel is above international law. This important book explores the complex political ties that have prevented European countries from holding Israel to account. It is essential reading for all who care about justice and the rule of law. I hope David Cronin is prepared for the abuse he and his book will incur. All the more reason to buy it, read it and take the discussion forward." - Ken Loach, award winning film director

 

Event #998
7:00PM on 1/Dec/2010, Room G18, Western Gateway Building, University College Cork
Cork Book Launch: Europe’s Alliance with Israel - Aiding the Occupation by David Cronin

Cork Book Launch

Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation

by David Cronin

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to present a book launch tour by Irish journalist and author David Cronin who has just published his excellent exposé of the nature of the relationship between the European Union and the Apartheid State of Israel. The book, Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation, will become essential reading for all those concerned with a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

When & Where: Wednesday 1st December, 7pm, Room G18, Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, Western Road, Cork

Cronin argues that in carefully crafted official statements, the European Union presents itself as an honest broker in the Middle East. In reality, however, the EU’s 27 governments have been engaged in a long process of accommodating Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

The book interrogates the relationship and its outcomes. A recent agreement for 'more intense, more fruitful, more influential co-operation' between the EU and Israel has meant that Israel has become a member state of the Union in all but name. Cronin shows that rather than using this relationship to encourage Israeli restraint, the EU has legitimised actions such as the ill-treatment of prisoners and the Gaza invasion.

Concluding his revealing and shocking account, Cronin calls for a continuation and deepening of international activism and protest to halt the EU's slide into complicity.

About The Author

David Cronin is a Brussels-based Irish journalist specialising in European politics. He has written for a variety of publications, including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal Europe, European Voice, The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune and the Inter Press Service.

Praise for the Book

"It seems to many that Israel is above international law. This important book explores the complex political ties that have prevented European countries from holding Israel to account. It is essential reading for all who care about justice and the rule of law. I hope David Cronin is prepared for the abuse he and his book will incur. All the more reason to buy it, read it and take the discussion forward." - Ken Loach, award winning film director

 

Event #1003
1.15PM on 1/Dec/2010, Room C1059, Main Building UL, University of Limerick
Limerick Book Launch: Europe's Alliance with Israel - Aiding the Occupation by David Cronin

Limerick Book Launch

Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation

by David Cronin

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to present a book launch tour by Irish journalist and author David Cronin who has just published his excellent exposé of the nature of the relationship between the European Union and the Apartheid State of Israel. The book, Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation, will become essential reading for all those concerned with a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

When & Where: Wednesday, 1st December 1.15pm, Room C1059, Main Building UL, University of Limerick

Cronin argues that in carefully crafted official statements, the European Union presents itself as an honest broker in the Middle East. In reality, however, the EU’s 27 governments have been engaged in a long process of accommodating Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

The book interrogates the relationship and its outcomes. A recent agreement for 'more intense, more fruitful, more influential co-operation' between the EU and Israel has meant that Israel has become a member state of the Union in all but name. Cronin shows that rather than using this relationship to encourage Israeli restraint, the EU has legitimised actions such as the ill-treatment of prisoners and the Gaza invasion.

Concluding his revealing and shocking account, Cronin calls for a continuation and deepening of international activism and protest to halt the EU's slide into complicity.

About The Author

David Cronin is a Brussels-based Irish journalist specialising in European politics. He has written for a variety of publications, including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal Europe, European Voice, The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune and the Inter Press Service.

Praise for the Book

"It seems to many that Israel is above international law. This important book explores the complex political ties that have prevented European countries from holding Israel to account. It is essential reading for all who care about justice and the rule of law. I hope David Cronin is prepared for the abuse he and his book will incur. All the more reason to buy it, read it and take the discussion forward." - Ken Loach, award winning film director

Event #1002
1:00 PM on 27/Nov/2010, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Boycott Israeli Products Demonstration and March
Event #996
7:30PM on 24/Nov/2010, NUI Maynooth Student's Union Building
Gig for Gaza (ISTG Fundraiser)


Organised by IPSC Maynooth.
Event #997
7:00PM on 23/Nov/2010, Spirit Store
Dundalk Film Premiere: Inshallah - A Documentary Journey Through Gaza


Part of the International Week Against the Apartheid Wall:

Inshallah, a feature length documentary chronicling life in Gaza under siege is proud to announce its series of special preview screenings in Galway, Derry, Belfast, Dublin and Dundalk.


DUNDALK - SPIRIT STORE @ 7pm Tuesday 23rd November - Cost of entry €7 / €5 concession (tickets to be bought on the door)
As the only independent Western journalist living and working in the Gaza Strip, after 12 months of production Maurice Jacobsen and the Inshallah Media Project has begun a world-wide preview tour.

The documentary Inshallah is a series of interwoven profiles of Gazans living under siege and has been created to open a window of communications between the people “inside” Gaza and the Western world.

Each Irish screening will feature a live Internet link between the local audiences and participants in the documentary directly from the studios of Almuntada Television in Gaza. The project is a close collaboration with the Gaza media community and during these live exchanges no question will be off limits.
In the Gaza studio for the Galway link up will be Ayman Mghames, 24 year old poet & rapper with Palestinian Rapperz & university student of English & French, along with Semeeha Ulwan, University lecturer of English Literature & translator for the media project.

“The goal of the project is to show Gaza as a society that is diverse, intelligent, hard working and creative”, so states the director Maurice Jacobsen, “at the same time it is a community that is deeply troubled, living under a complete political, economic and military siege. I think,” he adds, “Gaza is completely misunderstood and that this is a situation a documentary like Inshallah and the live Q&A can hopefully help alleviate.”

The preview screening tour will continue on from Ireland to Scandinavia, the U.S. and Canada, before the team returns to Gaza to continue documenting the on-going story of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.


AYMAN MGHAMES FROM PALESTINIAN RAPPERZ

http://vimeo.com/13753479

INSHALLAH PREVIEW

http://vimeo.com/13608540



Bio Maurice Jacobsen
Maurice Jacobsen is an independent documentary producer/director who has worked on projects throughout the world for the past thirty years. With projects produced for PBS America (Dialogue, Will Our Children Thank Us?) and Discovery Channel Europe (Expedition 360), he began working in the Middle East with funding from KQED-TV, San Francisco and ITVS.

Beginning in Jerusalem and the West in 2007 he has spent the past 12 months living and working in the Gaza Strip as the only Western independent journalist in residence. The result is a 90-minute documentary feature titled Inshallah currently on a preview tour. The documentary, a human look at the life of a cross-section of Gazans living under siege is being shown throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the U.S., before final editing takes place in Gaza.

Mr. Jacobsen has a degree in Film Production from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado and has studied at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts and The American Film Institute Digital Content Lab, Los Angeles, California where he specialized in the production of online interactive documentary programming
Event #993
8:00PM on 18/Nov/2010, Filmbase, Temple Bar
Dublin Film Premiere: Inshallah - A Documentary Journey Through Gaza
Part of the International Week Against the Apartheid Wall:

Inshallah, a feature length documentary chronicling life in Gaza under siege is proud to announce its series of special preview screenings in Galway, Derry, Belfast and Dublin.


DUBLIN - FLIMBASE, TEMPLE BARE @ 8pm Thursday 18th November - Cost of entry €7 / €5 concession (tickets to be bought on the door)
                                          
As the only independent Western journalist living and working in the Gaza Strip, after 12 months of production Maurice Jacobsen and the Inshallah Media Project has begun a world-wide preview tour.  

The documentary Inshallah is a series of interwoven profiles of Gazans living under siege and has been created to open a window of communications between the people “inside” Gaza and the Western world.  

Each Irish screening will feature a live Internet link between the local audiences and participants in the documentary directly from the studios of Almuntada Television in Gaza.   The project is a close collaboration with the Gaza media community and during these live exchanges no question will be off limits. 
In the Gaza studio for the Galway link up will be Ayman Mghames, 24 year old poet & rapper with Palestinian Rapperz & university student of English & French, along with Semeeha Ulwan, University lecturer of English Literature & translator for the media project.

“The goal of the project is to show Gaza as a society that is diverse, intelligent, hard working and creative”, so states the director Maurice Jacobsen, “at the same time it is a community that is deeply troubled, living under a complete political, economic and military siege.  I think,” he adds, “Gaza is completely misunderstood and that this is a situation a documentary like Inshallah and the live Q&A can hopefully help alleviate.” 

The preview screening tour will continue on from Ireland to Scandinavia, the U.S. and Canada, before the team returns to Gaza to continue documenting the on-going story of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

Contact:
Maurice Jacobsen – Producer/Director
085 881 3553
Niamh Moloughney – Ireland screening coordinator

085 774 7257 

 


AYMAN MGHAMES FROM PALESTINIAN RAPPERZ

http://vimeo.com/13753479

 

INSHALLAH PREVIEW

http://vimeo.com/13608540

 



Bio Maurice Jacobsen
Maurice Jacobsen is an independent documentary producer/director who has worked on projects throughout the world for the past thirty years.  With projects produced for PBS America (Dialogue, Will Our Children Thank Us?) and Discovery Channel Europe (Expedition 360), he began working in the Middle East with funding from KQED-TV, San Francisco and ITVS.

Beginning in Jerusalem and the West in 2007 he has spent the past 12 months living and working in the Gaza Strip as the only Western independent journalist in residence.  The result is a 90-minute documentary feature titled Inshallah currently on a preview tour.  The documentary, a human look at the life of a cross-section of Gazans living under siege is being shown throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the U.S., before final editing takes place in Gaza.  

Mr. Jacobsen has a degree in Film Production from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado and has studied at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts and The American Film Institute Digital Content Lab, Los Angeles, California where he specialized in the production of online interactive documentary programming
Event #990
7:30PM on 18/Nov/2010, Fresh Claims (off Castle Street)
Fund Raising Event, In Aid of The MAHER CENTER FOR CHILDREN, WEST BANK
Fund Raising Event, In Aid of The MAHER CENTER FOR CHILDREN, WEST BANK.

Taste of Palestine, Sample some light refreshments with a free glass of wine, Live Music, and a raffle.

(byo) bring your own, minimum donation £5

Venue: Fresh Claims, off Caslte Street: THE OLD (BX) BELFAST

THURSDAY 18TH NOVEMBER, 7.30PM TO 11.30PM

FOR MORE INFO: CONTACT MICHAEL ON 07783974382
Event #989
7:00PM on 17/Nov/2010, Trinity College Dublin, J M Synge Lecture Hall, Arts Building
Ilan Pappe: Ilan Pappe: The current struggle against Nakba denial (Ronit Lentin Book Launch)
17 November, 19.00-21.00, J M Synge Lecture Hall, Arts Building TCD. Ilan Pappe: The current struggle against Nakba denial

Book launch of Ronit Lentin's Co Memory and Melancholia: Israelis Memorialise the Palestinian Nakba
Event #994
6:30 PM on 17/Nov/2010, Victoria Hotel, Patrick Street
Exploring Palestine - An evening of Music, Food, Poetry, Presentations and Discussion

Exploring Palestine

An evening of Music, Food, Poetry, Presentations and Discussion
Victoria Hotel, Patrick St. Cork
Wednesday 17th November 6.30 – 9.30 pm

Presentations by:
  • Smadar Lavie: Israeli Politics and Mizrahi Jews
  • Rola Hamed-O’Neill: Palestinians inside Israel - Daily Discrimination and Racism
  • Ciara Burke: Personal Stories of Resistance in the West Bank
  • Poetry by Palestinian and Mizrahi Poets: Tawfiq Zayyad, Fadwa Tuqan & Naomi Shibab Nye
    Read by: Manal Shaladan, Mary Noonan, Matthew Sweeney
Event #988
7:00PM on 15/Nov/2010, Cultúrlann McAdaimh Ó Fiaich, Falls Road
Belfast Film Premiere: Inshallah - A Documentary Journey Through Gaza
Part of the International Week Against the Apartheid Wall:



INSHALLAH

A DOCUMENTARY JOURNEY THROUGH THE GAZA STRIP

WORLDWIDE PREVIEW SCREENING TOUR
FILM AND DISCUSSION WITH PROJECT DIRECTOR
MAURICE JACOBSEN

BELFAST PREMIERE

MONDAY 15TH NOVEMBER
7.00 pm Cultúrlann McAdaimh Ó Fiaich
Falls Road Belfast

Organised by Belfast IPSC in partnership with Free Gaza

Cost £5 waged, £3 concession (tickets to be bought on the door)

Film clip and information below

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/938933977/inshallah-a-video-journey-through-the-gaza-strip-w-0
Event #992
7:00PM on 14/Nov/2010, The Playhouse
Derry Film Premiere: Inshallah - A Documentary Journey Through Gaza
Part of the International Week Against the Apartheid Wall:

Inshallah, a feature length documentary chronicling life in Gaza under siege is proud to announce its series of special preview screenings in Galway, Derry, Belfast and Dublin.


DERRY - THE PLAYHOUSE @ 7pm Sunday 14th November - Free Entry
                                          
As the only independent Western journalist living and working in the Gaza Strip, after 12 months of production Maurice Jacobsen and the Inshallah Media Project has begun a world-wide preview tour.  

The documentary Inshallah is a series of interwoven profiles of Gazans living under siege and has been created to open a window of communications between the people “inside” Gaza and the Western world.  

Each Irish screening will feature a live Internet link between the local audiences and participants in the documentary directly from the studios of Almuntada Television in Gaza.   The project is a close collaboration with the Gaza media community and during these live exchanges no question will be off limits. 
In the Gaza studio for the Galway link up will be Ayman Mghames, 24 year old poet & rapper with Palestinian Rapperz & university student of English & French, along with Semeeha Ulwan, University lecturer of English Literature & translator for the media project.

“The goal of the project is to show Gaza as a society that is diverse, intelligent, hard working and creative”, so states the director Maurice Jacobsen, “at the same time it is a community that is deeply troubled, living under a complete political, economic and military siege.  I think,” he adds, “Gaza is completely misunderstood and that this is a situation a documentary like Inshallah and the live Q&A can hopefully help alleviate.” 

The preview screening tour will continue on from Ireland to Scandinavia, the U.S. and Canada, before the team returns to Gaza to continue documenting the on-going story of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

Contact:
Maurice Jacobsen – Producer/Director
085 881 3553
Niamh Moloughney – Ireland screening coordinator

085 774 7257 

 


AYMAN MGHAMES FROM PALESTINIAN RAPPERZ

http://vimeo.com/13753479

 

INSHALLAH PREVIEW

http://vimeo.com/13608540

 



Bio Maurice Jacobsen
Maurice Jacobsen is an independent documentary producer/director who has worked on projects throughout the world for the past thirty years.  With projects produced for PBS America (Dialogue, Will Our Children Thank Us?) and Discovery Channel Europe (Expedition 360), he began working in the Middle East with funding from KQED-TV, San Francisco and ITVS.

Beginning in Jerusalem and the West in 2007 he has spent the past 12 months living and working in the Gaza Strip as the only Western independent journalist in residence.  The result is a 90-minute documentary feature titled Inshallah currently on a preview tour.  The documentary, a human look at the life of a cross-section of Gazans living under siege is being shown throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the U.S., before final editing takes place in Gaza.  

Mr. Jacobsen has a degree in Film Production from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado and has studied at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts and The American Film Institute Digital Content Lab, Los Angeles, California where he specialized in the production of online interactive documentary programming
Event #991
8PM on 9/Nov/2010, Town Hall Theatre
Galway Film Premiere: Inshallah - A Documentary Journey Through Gaza
Part of the International Week Against the Apartheid Wall:

Inshallah, a feature length documentary chronicling life in Gaza under siege is proud to announce its series of special preview screenings in Galway, Derry, Belfast and Dublin.


GALWAY - TOWN HALL THEATRE @ 8pm Tuesday 9th November - Cost of entry €7 / €5 concession (tickets to be bought on the door)
                                          
As the only independent Western journalist living and working in the Gaza Strip, after 12 months of production Maurice Jacobsen and the Inshallah Media Project has begun a world-wide preview tour.  

The documentary Inshallah is a series of interwoven profiles of Gazans living under siege and has been created to open a window of communications between the people “inside” Gaza and the Western world.  

Each Irish screening will feature a live Internet link between the local audiences and participants in the documentary directly from the studios of Almuntada Television in Gaza.   The project is a close collaboration with the Gaza media community and during these live exchanges no question will be off limits. 
In the Gaza studio for the Galway link up will be Ayman Mghames, 24 year old poet & rapper with Palestinian Rapperz & university student of English & French, along with Semeeha Ulwan, University lecturer of English Literature & translator for the media project.

“The goal of the project is to show Gaza as a society that is diverse, intelligent, hard working and creative”, so states the director Maurice Jacobsen, “at the same time it is a community that is deeply troubled, living under a complete political, economic and military siege.  I think,” he adds, “Gaza is completely misunderstood and that this is a situation a documentary like Inshallah and the live Q&A can hopefully help alleviate.” 

The preview screening tour will continue on from Ireland to Scandinavia, the U.S. and Canada, before the team returns to Gaza to continue documenting the on-going story of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

Contact:
Maurice Jacobsen – Producer/Director
085 881 3553
Niamh Moloughney – Ireland screening coordinator

085 774 7257 

 


AYMAN MGHAMES FROM PALESTINIAN RAPPERZ

http://vimeo.com/13753479

 

INSHALLAH PREVIEW

http://vimeo.com/13608540

 



Bio Maurice Jacobsen
Maurice Jacobsen is an independent documentary producer/director who has worked on projects throughout the world for the past thirty years.  With projects produced for PBS America (Dialogue, Will Our Children Thank Us?) and Discovery Channel Europe (Expedition 360), he began working in the Middle East with funding from KQED-TV, San Francisco and ITVS.

Beginning in Jerusalem and the West in 2007 he has spent the past 12 months living and working in the Gaza Strip as the only Western independent journalist in residence.  The result is a 90-minute documentary feature titled Inshallah currently on a preview tour.  The documentary, a human look at the life of a cross-section of Gazans living under siege is being shown throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the U.S., before final editing takes place in Gaza.  

Mr. Jacobsen has a degree in Film Production from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado and has studied at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts and The American Film Institute Digital Content Lab, Los Angeles, California where he specialized in the production of online interactive documentary programming
Event #980
6:00PM on 7/Nov/2010, Dolan's Warehouse (Upstairs)
Gig For Gaza

Upstairs in Dolans, Sunday November 7th from 6pm.

The event is organised by the Limerick branch of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign who have established a Fundraising Committee for the Irish Ship to Gaza (ITSG). The Second Freedom Flotilla to Gaza is set to take to the seas in November and will have between ten and fifteen boats attempting to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Performing on the night:

Steve Spade, magician.
http://www.myspace.com/regina.stevespade

MC MiMMic-
A freestyle emcee from Limerick, determined to prove the planet he is as quick as the road runner with his lyrics and freestyle concepts and story telling while running from the coyotes.
Read more: http://www.myspace.com/mcmimmic#ixzz116qumurb

Paul O'Connor and John Steele
Paul is known for is funky stylee and has been causing Limerick dancers 'Morning After Muscle Pain' ever since he played his first Stevie Wonder song.
John is a Blues and Rock cat through and through, and has played with virtually every band in Limerick. Two of the best known musicians in Limerick, when these lads get together to play, the dynamic is amazing, they raise the roof, each as good as each other, quick and nimble on the strings you never know what might happen!

Mark O Connor and Rex Rogers
Mark is a talented and prolific local musician, whose love for his art is slightly deeper than his love for spiffy hats. He plays a variety of instruments, has a strange liking for Boyzone songs and has recorded with every Limerick band ever.
Rex Rogers is possibly one of the most versatile and talented flautists in the country. An elusive character at times, Rex has been known to play the flute from underneath the bar counter just to avoid the hoards of screaming fans.
Read more :http://www.myspace.com/markoconnor#ixzz11Ig0JDl8

Theme Tune Boy
Niall Quinn- ex 'The Hitchers' is a legend in Limerick music circles, Niall was chief songwriter and drummer with The Hitchers releasing critically acclaimed albums in the late 90’s and counted Bob Geldof and the late, great John Peel as fans.

Drea
Damien Drea ex frontman of internationally acclaimed Vesta Varro is a captivating stage presence. Playing on the night with his merry band of musos, he is sure to keep you gripped until the end of his set.

BenOit and The Other Halves
A one man champion of acoustic music and vocal experimentation. Originally from Belgium, BenOit plays happy, honest music with a continental feel. Honest lyrics and solid beats are his trademark, winning him fans up and down the country
Read more: http://www.myspace.com/benoitvibes#ixzz11If7vT9a

Moley (Size Two Shoes)
One Half of the superstar duo, Size Two Shoes, Moley plays music under the shelf of 'Inspirational Pop' is an expert in 'Human beatbox' techniques and is a born entertainer.
Read More: http://www.size2shoes.com/biog/

Event #987
7:30PM on 4/Nov/2010, Trinity College Dublin, Synge Theatre, Arts Building
Amnesty Speaker Event: Violations of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: When Civil Society Said Enough
Amnesty Speaker Event
At 7:30pm on 4th Nov 2010
Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin
Violations of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: When Civil Society Said Enough

Amnesty International Ireland’s Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories Group invites you to a speaker event with Mairead Maguire and Denis Halliday at the Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, on Thursday 4th of November at 7.30pm to examine what more can the international community, and civil society in particular, do to end the human rights abuses and suffering in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate and co-founder of Peace People, Northern Ireland has travelled extensively to the Occupied Palestinian Territories and campaigned against the Israeli blockade and other human rights violations in Gaza. Denis Halliday, a former United Nations Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Iraq, resigned in 1998 in protest at the impact of UN economic sanctions on the people of Iraq. Mr. Halliday now lectures and speaks on Iraq and human rights issues, the UN and its reform. Both peace activists, Ms. Maguire and Mr. Halliday were on board the Rachel Corrie MV as part of the latest Freedom for Gaza flotilla to bring humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

The people of the Occupied Palestinian Territories continue to suffer human rights abuses on a daily basis. Administrative, arbitrary detention and serious violations of prisoner rights; severe restrictions of movement, the separation of family and the demolition of homes, schools and hospitals; land and water appropriation through sustained settlement and construction of the wall; the atrocities committed during Operation Cast Lead and the ongoing blockade which imposes collective punishment on the 1.4 million people of Gaza in clear violation of humanitarian law.

Barbara Faibish, a personal friend of Mordechai Vanunu will also speak on his case and the arbitrary restrictions which the Israeli anti-nuclear activist has been subjected to since his release from prison over six years ago. Mordechai is not allowed leave Israel, his freedom of movement within the country is severely curtailed and he is banned from communicating with any foreigner, including journalists.
Event #984
Varies on 30/Oct/2010, Islandwide
Israeli Blood Diamonds - 30th Oct National Boycott Day of Action

The contamination of the global diamond market with Israeli blood diamonds must be exposed. The Kimberley Process is a charade designed to convince the public that the trade in blood diamonds has ended when in fact the Process facilitates the trade in Israeli blood diamonds and embellishes them with the title "conflict free". It has become imperative for the EU to challenge the narrow focus of the Certification Scheme which is insufficient to guard against serious violations of human rights.

To coincide with the charade that will be the opening of the annual plenary meeting of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KP) in Jerusalem, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is devoting our monthly boycott day of action to the issue of Israeli Blood Diamonds.

***Events Islandwide on Saturday 30th October***

Dublin: Creative Awareness Raising Action and stall, 1pm, Grafton St

Cork: 1pm Daunt Square, Patrick Street

Galway: 10am, Shop Street (outside Lynch's Castle)

Limerick: 12pm O'Connell Street (by Bedford Row)

Wexford: 1pm, The Bullring
Waterford:2pm, Red Square

Activities will also be taking place in Kilkenny

***Facebook Day of Action on November 1***

In addition, to coincide with the meeting of the Kimberley Process in Jerusalem, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign has declared November 1st Blood Diamond Day on Facebook. The IPSC calls on supporters of the Palestinian struggle for justice to post multiple links on Facebook throughout that day to help expose the global trade in Israeli blood diamonds that is facilitated by the KP which certifies Israeli blood diamonds as "conflict free" diamonds.

***BACKGROUND***

The IPSC has been to the fore in highlighting the double standard in the diamond pipeline facilitated by the Kimberley Process which stipulates that only rough diamonds can be classed as 'conflict ' or 'blood' diamonds. Israel, the world’s leading diamond exporter, has been found guilty of gross human rights violation including war crimes and crimes against humanity by a number of UN investigations. Revenue from the Israeli diamond industry funds Israeli war crimes, its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories and the illegal siege of Gaza, yet, jewellers are selling Israeli diamonds to unsuspecting consumers as “conflict free” diamonds.

The IPSC has been liaising with MEPs to have this matter raised in the European Parliament and with the European Commission, and for EU representatives at the annual plenary meeting of the Kimberley Process scheduled for the 1-4th November in Jerusalem to seek an urgent review of the definition of a conflict diamond to include all diamonds that fund human rights abuses and not just rough diamonds used by rebel movements. We have received positive feedback from MEPs thus far. The IPSC has also been in contact with the Retail Jewellers of Ireland seeking their support for a review of the KP.

See: http://www.ipsc.ie/diamonds for more info and to send a letter to MEPs

Join the IPSC Boycott Israeli Blood Diamonds page on Facebook and spread the word! - http://www.facebook.com/IsraeliBloodDiamonds?v=info

Event #986
7:30PM on 27/Oct/2010, Holiday Inn, University Street
Public Meeting: Free Palestine - End Israeli Occupation (RCSS)


PUBLIC MEETING :FREE PALESTINE - END ISRAELI OCCUPATION

VENUE- Holiday Inn, University Street
TIME- 7.30pm
DATE- Wednesday 27th October
SPEAKERS- Freda Hughes (National Chairperson ‘Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign’), Fintan Lane (Member of Aid Flotilla to Gaza attacked by Israel) and Dr. Brian Kelly (QUB History Lecturer)

ORGANISED BY THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS STUDENT SOCIETY
Event #982
9:00PM on 24/Oct/2010, Monroe's Bar, Dominic Street
Music, Song & Dance in aid of humanitarian ship to Gaza (ISTG)
Music song & Dance in aid of humanitarian ship to Gaza

Sunday 24th October 2010 in Monroe's Bar, Dominic Street, Galway City

Music by Galway's best musicians, from 9pm til late

Ticket price: €7

Irish Ship To Gaza Campaign fundraiser - http://www.irishshiptogaza.org

Event #975
8:00PM on 23/Oct/2010, Murray's Bar, O'Connell St
AFA & IPSC Fundraiser: The Freebooters, Droppin' Bombs & Punky Reggae Party DJs


On Saturday 23rd October there will be a joint benefit night for Anti-Fascist Action and the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Murray's Bar, 33-34 O'Connell Street Upper, featuring The Freebooters, Droppin' Bombs & Punky Reggae Party DJs. Cost of Entry is only €5 (€10 with a Freebooters CD).

The Freebooters
(http://www.myspace.com/iri shfreebooters)

Droppin' Bombs
(http://www.myspace.com/ger rup)

Punky Reggae Party DJs
(http://www.facebook.com/pu nkyreggaepartydublin)
Event #985
7:00PM on 21/Oct/2010, NUI Galway, Kirwan Theatre, Arts Science Concourse
Debate: The Future for Israel-Palestine - A Panel Discussion
The NUIG Literary and Debating Society Presents

The Future for Israel-Palestine- A Panel Discussion

Venue: Kirwan Theatre, Arts Science Concourse, NUI, Galway

Date: 21/10/2010

Time: 19:00

Speakers: Denis Halliday (Former Assistant General Secretary of the UN), Dr. Ghada Karmi (Palestinian Author and Academic), Paul Usiskin (Co-Chair of Peace Now UK), Tom Carew (Chair of the Ireland-Israel Friendship League)
 
Questions for the panellists can be pre-submitted to literaryanddebating@gmail.com. Pre-submitted questions will be given preference on the night.
 
On Thursday, the 21st of October, the Literary and Debating Society will be holding a panel discussion on the future of the Israel-Palestine conflict. On the panel will be Denis Halliday, former Humanitarian Coordinator for the UN in Iraq and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Dr. Ghada Karmi, Palestinian Doctor of Medicine and respected academic and author, Paul Usiskin, Co-Chair of Peace Now UK and regular speaker on the issue of Israel-Palestine, and Tom Carew, chair of the Ireland-Israel Friendship League and member of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME). The event will be a panel discussion with members of audience being asked to submit questions to the panel who will use their expertise to analyse the issues at stake.
 
For decades, the Israel-Palestine conflict has been the source of strife, grief and political deadlock. In this time, many attempts have been made to resolve the conflict by some of the most powerful people in the world. Yet all these attempts have failed to secure the long lasting peace for the region that could end the suffering and insecurity that haunts the region. In 2010, the peace resolution sought by the so many is being started again and thus it is necessary to consider and discuss the issues which animate both the conflict and the potential solutions in the region. The conflict is often misunderstood and misinterpreted and these misconceptions have been at the heart  of bringing much of the deadlock which surrounds discussion on the issue, both in the region itself and around the world.
 

With this is mind, the Literary and Debating Society will use the expertise and experience of its panel to elucidate the subtleties and realities of this complex issue. Informed discourse is at the heart of understanding and resolving the conflict and it is in this vein that the Society asks ‘What is the Future for Israel-Palestine?’

Event #983
8:00 PM on 18/Oct/2010, University College Cork
Debate on motion "This house supports a Cultural Boycott of Israel"
UCC Philosoph Debate

Dr. Raymond Deane of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, plus one other speaker still to be announced will support the motion that
"This house supports a Cultural Boycott of Israel"
The motion will be opposed by Tom Carew and Eoghan Harris.

The room has not yet been announced, but Philosoph debates are usually held in Lecture Theatre G19 in the Kane Building on the UCC campus
Event #965
6:30PM on 18/Oct/2010, Crescent Arts Centre, 2 University Road
Lecture: Conflict in the Middle East

Lecture: Conflict in the Middle East

Venue: Crescent Arts Centre, 2 University Road, Belfast, Antrim
Times: 18 Oct 2010 6:30PM - 18 Oct 2010 8:01PM

Mon 18 Oct, 2010, 6:30pm -- Book now

Avi Shlaim and Beverly Milton-Edwards

Avi Shlaim was born in Baghdad in 1945 and grew up in Israel. He is a fellow of St. Antony’s College and a Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. He was elected fellow of the British Academy in 2006 and is a Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne. Professor Shlaim is a frequent contributor to the Guardian, Daily Mirror, and other newspapers, and commentator on radio and television on Middle Eastern affairs. His books include The Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace; War and Peace in the Middle East: A Concise History; and The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World.
Beverley Milton-Edwards is Professor in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast. She is the author of books such as Contemporary Politics in the Middle East; Islam and Violence in the modern era; Islamic Fundamentalism since 1945 and The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: a People's War. In the late 1980s and 1990s Milton-Edwards lived and work in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. She subsequently worked on the ground as an adviser to the EU on the Middle East Peace Process initiating ceasefire negotiations with Islamic militants, advising on security sector issues and promoting conflict resolution efforts.
 
To Book go to http://www.belfastfestival.com/ByCategory/EventDetails/?guid=qub_event_203023
Event #979
11:00AM on 17/Oct/2010, O'Briensbridge, County Clare.
Walk For Gaza
All ability loop walk by the river Shannon. Limerick IPSC Fundraiser for the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign. Meet by picnic area in O'Briensbridge . 10 euros or sponsor sheets can be supplied if required. Central location handy for Clare,Limerick and Tipperary. Please tell your friends. Look forward to seeing you.

For sponsorship cards or more information, please contact Zoe on limerick@ipsc.ie
Event #981
11:00AM on 17/Oct/2010, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham
World Cup For Palestine (7 Aside Ship To Gaza Fundraiser)
Starts at 11.00am, finishes about 4.30pm.
Event #978
From 2PM on 16/Oct/2010, Solidarity Books (Book Launch) & Fionnbarra's Pub (Street Art Event)
Palestine Street Art Day & Book Launch of "Against the Wall" by William Parry
PLEASE NOTE NEW CORK DETAILS

Book Launch & Street Art Events - Cork Saturday 16th October

London-based photo-journalist William Parry will be in Ireland to launch his new book about Resistance Art in Palestine. The book, Against the Wall – The Art of Resistance in Palestine, is a stunning collection of photographs that capture the graffiti and art which have transformed Israel's wall into a living canvas of resistance and solidarity. Featuring the work of artists including Banksy, Ron English, Blu and others, as well as Palestinian artists and activists, these photos express outrage, compassion, and touching humour. They illustrate the wall's toll on lives and livelihoods, showing the hardship it has brought to tens of thousands of people, preventing their access to work, education and vital medical care. Mixed with the photos are portraits and vignettes, offering a heartfelt and inspiring account of a people determined to uphold their dignity in the face of profound injustice.

==== Where and When ====

The book will be launched in the following location:

-Cork
Saturday 16th October, 2pm
Solidarity Books, Douglas Street, Cork City


Following this event, there will be accompanying events where street art inspired by the book will be painted:

-Cork
Saturday 16th October, 5.00pm
Fionnbarra's Pub, Cork City
====

Click here to read a review of the book by Raymond Deane, the IPSC Cultural Boycott Officer: http://electronicintifada. net/v2/article11497.shtml

Click here to view some images from the book: http://pulsemedia.org/2010 /07/20/images-from-against -the-wall/

About The Author

William Parry is a London-based freelance journalist and photographer who has published in the Guardian, the Independent and elsewhere. He has worked and travelled extensively in the Middle East.

Click here to see an interview with William Parry about his book on BBC World - http://veclip.com/watch-G8 auKaapVCk/bbc-world-news-w illiam-parry-against-the-w all-the-art-of-resistance- in-palestine.html

Event #969
7:30PM on 15/Oct/2010, TG4
Film Screening: Ag Filleadh ar Gaza (Repeat Showing)
Award-winning documentary maker Dearbhla Glynn’s latest film Ag Filleadh Ar Gaza, which looks at the plight of the people of Gaza and poses some challenging questions of the ruling Hamas leadership, will be repeated on TG4 on Friday, 15th of October at 7.30pm.

The film follows the story of social activist and sean-nós singer Treasa Ní Cheannabháín, a Connemara native who hit the headlines in February 2008 after being arrested and held on the Egyptian-Gaza border while undertaking a relief mission on behalf of her Galway-based charity, the Galway Palestinian Children’s Fund.

Undeterred by her dramatic experience and spurred on by the devastation caused by the Israeli offensive Operation Cast Lead, Treasa decided to return to Gaza once again in May 2009.

The documentary accompanies her on a personal journey as she witnesses destruction and death,provides comfort to the war-torn people of Gaza and distributes money directly to the people in need donated by the people of Galway and Ireland.

Four months after the end of Operation Cast Lead that saw approximately 1,400 Palestinians killed, 432 of them children, during 22 days of air, land and sea attacks by Israel, Treasa has decided to make a return trip to Gaza. Gaza as it now stands is completely devastated. The war totally destroyed the infrastructure of Gaza; within five minutes every police station was bombed, and for three weeks Israel continued to bomb hospitals, schools, mosques, cement factories, government buildings and civilian housing. Since January 2009 little or no aid has been allowed into Gaza. This is all part of the crippling siege that has been inflicted on the people of Gaza since Hamas were democratically elected in 2006.

Under the constant threat of random bombings and shootings, Treasa spends time in the over-populated refugee camps, meets the doctors who struggle to operate in the poorly equipped hospitals and visits the ruins of the El Dayah family home where 23 members, including 12 children were killed in a single attack. She also discovers the complex network of tunnels that are the last remaining route for supplies into Gaza and has the opportunity to ask some challenging questions of the ruling Hamas leadership.

Ag Filleadh ar Gaza is a personal and insightful documentary that sheds light on the plight of the people of Gaza as well as the passion and dedication of one Galway woman to their cause. This is a Luachra Production, directed by Dearbhla Glynn and produced by Laura Ní Cheallaigh.

A short version of this documentary won the prestigious ICCL Human Rights Film Award in June 2010. See: http://vimeo.com/12133297

. Ag Filleadh ar Gaza will repeat on Friday, 15th of October at 7.30pm on TG4.
Event #976
7:30PM on 15/Oct/2010, 90 Foster Avenue, Mount Merrion (near UCD)
Film Screening: Heart of Jenin


Organised as part of the 13th Annual Cleraunmedia Conference

Showing of 'Das Herz von Jenin' ('The Heart of Jenin')
2010 Winner Best Documentary Film in Germany
Interactive lecture with director Marcus Vetter about the challenges in making this film
Chair: Karen Coleman, The Wide Angle, Newstalk

Synopsis In November 2005, 12-year old Palestinian boy Ahmed Khatib was accidentally shot and killed by an Israeli soldier, as he played in the Jenin refugee camp. Following his death, his parents made the decision to donate as many of Ahmed's organs as possible, to Israeli children in need throughout the region, including an Orthodox Jew, a Bedouin and a Druze. In the process, the Ahmed Khatib Centre For Peace was established for the children of Jenin. In 'Heart Of Jenin', directed by Leon Geller and Marcus Vetter, the consequences of the brave and inspiring actions of Ahmed's father, Ismael Khatib, are documented with sensitivity and spirit. Through interviews with the children and their families we enter the tumultuous world of occupied Palestine through the perspective of those who despite great suffering and privation, still aspire to reconciliation and peace.

Note: There is no charge for attendance at the Friday event. Bookings for that evening, which should be made at the BOOK ONLINE section of the Cleraunmedia website, will be accepted until the auditorium capacity is reached. Bookings for the conference automatically include the Friday evening.
Event #977
From 3PM on 15/Oct/2010, Connolly Books (Book Launch) & The Bernard Shaw (Street Art Event & Fundraiser)
Palestine Street Art Day & Book Launch of "Against the Wall" by William Parry

Book Launch & Street Art Events - Dublin Friday 15th October

London-based photo-journalist William Parry will be in Ireland to launch his new book about Resistance Art in Palestine. The book, Against the Wall – The Art of Resistance in Palestine, is a stunning collection of photographs that capture the graffiti and art which have transformed Israel's wall into a living canvas of resistance and solidarity. Featuring the work of artists including Banksy, Ron English, Blu and others, as well as Palestinian artists and activists, these photos express outrage, compassion, and touching humour. They illustrate the wall's toll on lives and livelihoods, showing the hardship it has brought to tens of thousands of people, preventing their access to work, education and vital medical care. Mixed with the photos are portraits and vignettes, offering a heartfelt and inspiring account of a people determined to uphold their dignity in the face of profound injustice.

==== Where and When ====

Before the book launch there will be accompanying events where street art inspired by the book will be painted:

-Dublin
Friday 15th October, 3.00pm
The Bernard Shaw, South Richmond St, Dublin 2

Following this event, the book will be launched in the following location:

-Dublin
Friday 15th October, 6.30pm
Connolly Books, 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Following the launch the IPSC will be raising funds selling photo prints, books etc in The Bernard Shaw, South Richmond St, Dublin 2 from 8.30pm

====

Click here to read a review of the book by Raymond Deane, the IPSC Cultural Boycott Officer: http://electronicintifada. net/v2/article11497.shtml

Click here to view some images from the book: http://pulsemedia.org/2010 /07/20/images-from-against -the-wall/

About The Author

William Parry is a London-based freelance journalist and photographer who has published in the Guardian, the Independent and elsewhere. He has worked and travelled extensively in the Middle East.

Click here to see an interview with William Parry about his book on BBC World - http://veclip.com/watch-G8 auKaapVCk/bbc-world-news-w illiam-parry-against-the-w all-the-art-of-resistance- in-palestine.html

Event #971
7:00PM on 12/Oct/2010, Hawthorn Hotel
IPSC Public meeting: Palestine - A beginner's guide


IPSC Public meeting: Palestine - A beginner's guide

On Tuesday 12th October at 7pm there will be a public meeting in the Hawthorn Hotel in Swords, Co. Dublin hosted by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. This meeting is aimed at those who have had an interest in the subjectof Palestine and who want to find out more about its history and how to get involved in solidarity activities here at home.

The speakers will be

Freda Hughes - IPSC National Chairperson, who will give a beginner's introduction to the Palestinian question and the activities of the IPSC in building solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle for human, civil, political and national rights.

Fintan Lane - National Coordinator of the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign, who will talk abouthis experiences as part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla earlier this year, and outline the plans to send an Irish ship as part of the Second Freedom Flotilla this October/November.

All welcome!

Event #968
9:30PM on 10/Oct/2010, TG4
Film Screening: Ag Filleadh ar Gaza
Award-winning documentary maker Dearbhla Glynn’s latest film Ag Filleadh Ar Gaza, which looks at the plight of the people of Gaza and poses some challenging questions of the ruling Hamas leadership, will be shown on TG4 at 9.30pm on Sunday 10th October.

The film follows the story of social activist and sean-nós singer Treasa Ní Cheannabháín, a Connemara native who hit the headlines in February 2008 after being arrested and held on the Egyptian-Gaza border while undertaking a relief mission on behalf of her Galway-based charity, the Galway Palestinian Children’s Fund.

Undeterred by her dramatic experience and spurred on by the devastation caused by the Israeli offensive Operation Cast Lead, Treasa decided to return to Gaza once again in May 2009.

The documentary accompanies her on a personal journey as she witnesses destruction and death,provides comfort to the war-torn people of Gaza and distributes money directly to the people in need donated by the people of Galway and Ireland.

Four months after the end of Operation Cast Lead that saw approximately 1,400 Palestinians killed, 432 of them children, during 22 days of air, land and sea attacks by Israel, Treasa has decided to make a return trip to Gaza. Gaza as it now stands is completely devastated. The war totally destroyed the infrastructure of Gaza; within five minutes every police station was bombed, and for three weeks Israel continued to bomb hospitals, schools, mosques, cement factories, government buildings and civilian housing. Since January 2009 little or no aid has been allowed into Gaza. This is all part of the crippling siege that has been inflicted on the people of Gaza since Hamas were democratically elected in 2006.

Under the constant threat of random bombings and shootings, Treasa spends time in the over-populated refugee camps, meets the doctors who struggle to operate in the poorly equipped hospitals and visits the ruins of the El Dayah family home where 23 members, including 12 children were killed in a single attack. She also discovers the complex network of tunnels that are the last remaining route for supplies into Gaza and has the opportunity to ask some challenging questions of the ruling Hamas leadership.

Ag Filleadh ar Gaza is a personal and insightful documentary that sheds light on the plight of the people of Gaza as well as the passion and dedication of one Galway woman to their cause. This is a Luachra Production, directed by Dearbhla Glynn and produced by Laura Ní Cheallaigh.

A short version of this documentary won the prestigious ICCL Human Rights Film Award in June 2010. See: http://vimeo.com/12133297

. Ag Filleadh ar Gaza will air on Sunday, 10th of October at 9.30pm on TG4.
Event #974
6:00PM on 5/Oct/2010, NUIG, Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Arts Millennium Building
Film Screening: Occupation 101
Next Tuesday the 5th at 6pm, we'll be showing the Award-winning documentary Occupation 101 in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Arts Millennium Building.

For those of you who want to know the basics of the situation in the middle east between Israel and Palestine, then this is the film for you. For those of you wanting to clarify the facts and statistics you've overheard about the conflict, then this is an excellent viewing for you to get the whole story.

Come along and ask any questions and we'll have an interesting debate inspired by the documentary.

Hosted by the NUIG Palesine Solidarity Society.
Event #973
6:00PM on 4/Oct/2010, University of Limerick, Room A1055
Public Meeting: Building Effective Solidarity With Palestine
On Monday 4th October there will be a public meeting in the Universiy of Limerick (Room A1055) hosted by the UL Development Society. The meeting will look at building effective solidarity with Palestine in this country and will discuss issues ranging from the history of Palestine to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign to the Freedom Flotillas. All are welcome to attend.

The speakers will be:

Zoe Lawlor - Zoe is the IPSC's Limerick branch representative and took part in the Gaza Freedom March last December.

Caroline McLoughlin - Caroline is the IPSC's National Events Coordinator and took part in the Gaza Freedom March last December.

Tommy Donnellan - Tommy is a Galway-based independent video-journalist who has released many short films and interviews about community struggles in Palestine and solidarity events in Ireland. He is a regular visitor to Palestine to document these events.
Event #966
1:00PM on 2/Oct/2010, Kennedy Centre / Sainsburys, Falls Road
White Line Picket - Boycott Israeli Goods (FOP-B)
FRIENDS OF PALESTINE BÉAL FEIRSTE ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO COME AND SUPPORT THE BOYCOTT ... HIGHLIGHTING TO BOTH CONSUMERS AND RETAILERS OF THE GOODS THEY ARE STOCKING AND PURCHASING IS SUPPORTING BOTH THE ISRAELI ECONOMY AND MURDEROUS ISRAELI WAR MACHINE..... END THE MASSACRE OF PALESTINE!!!!!! SHOW YOUR SUPPORT.

Gather at the old Andersonstown barracks site before 1pm bring along your banners and posters.... many people are unaware that this is happening..... let us make them aware.....
Event #961
10:00PM on 1/Oct/2010, The National Bar
Donegal IPSC: Freedom Flotilla Fundraiser Gig


The Donegal branch of the IPSC has organised a fundraiser gig for the Irish Ship to Gaza for Friday 1st October. the gig will take place in The National Bar, Donegal Town at 10pm. There will be music by The Bellies and entry is just €5.
Event #970
8:00PM on 1/Oct/2010, (Upstairs) Toner's, Baggot St
Pub Quiz (Irish Ship to Gaza Fundraiser)
Pub Quiz Fundraiser to help buy an Irish ship for next flotilla to Gaza.

Organised by the Irish Anti War Movement

Poetry reading by Dave Lordan, raffle prizes etc.

This Friday 01 Oct, 8.00pm.

Upstairs, Toners Pub, 2 Upper Baggot St, Dublin 4.

€10 (€5 concessions) | Reservations: call 086-3938821

Come along, bring your friends, have a great fun evening and help us end an Irish Ship to Gaza. See below for info on flotilla.

The Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign is an umbrella organisation consisting of many activists groups dedicated to supporting the just struggle of the Palestinian people for human rights. The ISG aims to buy a ship in Greece or Turkey to participate in the second international Gaza Freedom Flotilla this October. We hope to see up to 50 Irish people on board the ship. Two TDs, one Senator, several Councillors, journalists and activists are already committed to traveling. The campaign needs to raise funds urgently to ensure it is a success and is calling on all supporters of the Palestinian people's struggle for human rights to donate generously and to assist in this effort to break the illegal siege.

The purpose of the flotilla is twofold:1. To respond to the call of the people of Gaza for world help in challenging an illegal and immoral Israeli naval blockade that is causing terrible human suffering. 2. To bring much-needed humanitarian aid to Gaza. Our intention is to overcome the continuing Israeli siege of Gaza through civil resistance and non-violent direct action, and to establish a permanent sea-lane between Gaza and the rest of the world. Between 10 and 15 ships are expected to participate in the flotilla. The fleet will include cargo ships, as well as passenger vessels from Britain, the United States, Canada and continental Europe. We intend to ensure that an Irish ship is also part of the flotilla.

Donate to the ISTG bank account:Irish Ship To Gaza, AIB Bank, P.O. Box 96A, 7/12 Dame Street, Dublin 2 Sort Code: 93-20-86 Account Number: 33077059

Donate through Paypal on the ISG website; www.irishshiptogaza.org
Event #972
8:00PM on 30/Sep/2010, The Teachers' Club, Parnell Sq
Fundraising Pub Quiz for Irish Ship To Gaza (TUFP)
Pub Quiz in the Teachers' Club, Parnell Square

Thursday 30th September at 8.00pm

Organised by ICTU Trade Union Friends of Palestine to raise funds for the Irish Ship To Gaza.

M.C. Joe Kelly

Further details: Mags O’Brien - 087 6594443
Event #967
8:30PM on 28/Sep/2010, Roisin Dubh
Gig for Gaza (ISTG Fundraiser)
There will be a Gig for Gaza in the Roisin Dubh to raise money for the Irish Ship to Gaza campaign. Line up includes Niall Teague and the Fast Company, Marc O'Reilly, Mad Uncle Harry and special guest Sharon Shannon. Entry is €10. Doors at 20.30
Event #957
6:00PM on 26/Sep/2010, Kelly's Cellars
Sunday Sessions: Trad Sessions for Gaza (Ship to Gaza Fundraiser)
Event #962
3:00PM on 25/Sep/2010, Glasshouse Hotel
Public Meeting: Launch of IPSC Northwest Branch


Saturday 25th September 2010 sees the launch of the Northwest Branch of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

A public meeting with speakers Anne Kennedy (IPSC Consumer Boycott Officer), Fintan Lane (Free Gaza Movement & Freedom Flotilla survivor) and Fiachra O Luain (local peace activist & Freedom Flotilla survivor) will be held at 3pm, in the Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo Town.

If you would like further information or would like to get involved, please contact us on northwest@ipsc.ie.
Event #863
on 25/Sep/2010, West Bank
West Bank Trip 2010
Are you interesting in traveling to the West Bank? Do you want to see for yourself the situation in the West Bank? Do you want to meet with Israeli and Palestinian groups working for peace and justice in the region? Do you want to visit Jerusalem, Nablus, Ramallah, Hebron?

An 8 day trip to the West Bank is being organised from Ireland. The trip commences on Saturday 25th September (we travel on Friday 24th) and returns to Ireland on Saturday 2nd October.

Places are limited to 25 people, so early booking is advised. For further information, please contact Elaine at westbanktrip@eircom.net or 086 1568 234.
Event #964
9:30AM on 24/Sep/2010, Shop Street & Outside Lynch's Castle AIB branch
Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign Public Information Day

Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign Public Information Day

 

What:  Public information day on the next ‘Free Gaza Flotilla’ due to depart November 2010

 

When: Friday September 24th   from 9.30 -5.00

 

Where:  Shop Street – Outside Lynch’s Castle AIB branch Galway

 

Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign Public Information Day:


The Galway branch of the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign (ISTG) will host a public information day on Friday 24th September on Shop Street in Galway to highlight the continuing humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The group is enlisting public support for a nationwide fundraising campaign to finance the participation of an Irish ship in the second ‘Freedom Flotilla’ which is due to depart later this year.  Galway resident Niamh Moloughney,who is the Coordinator of Free Gaza Ireland will be on hand to answer questions along with other Galway based campaigners.

 

Several of Ireland’s elected representatives have already indicated that they intend to travel with this flotilla to non violently breach the illegal siege, these include Senator Mark Daly FF and Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD SF, and it is hoped that up to fifty other Irish Citizens will also participate.

 

The First Freedom Flotilla, which sailed in May 2010, was attacked by Israel in an act of brazen piracy in international waters and 9 human rights activists were killed and many others including Irish Historian Dr Fintan Lane were arrested and brought against their will to Israel. Despite this tragic loss of life the first flotilla did succeed in bringing the plight of those trapped in Gaza to international attention and caused international condemnation of the actions of the Israeli state in regard to both Gaza and the West Bank. Against this backdrop Lane, who intends to travel once more on the forthcoming mission said;

 

 ‘‘This second flotilla has the potential to be a game-changer - if we succeed in breaching the sea blockade, and even if the Israelis intervene to stop us, the illegal siege of Gaza will be badly - perhaps fatally - undermined. This is an opportunity to directly and tangibly demonstrate your solidarity with the people of Gaza.’’

 

Further information on the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign can be found on the group's website www.irishshiptogaza.org.  Donations can be made to the Irish Ship to Gaza fund, Account Number 33077059, Sort Code 93-20-86, AIB Bank, P.O. Box 96A, 7/12 Dame Street, Dublin 2.

 

Note: Galway people attending this event will have the opportunity to donate directly to the Irish Ship to Gaza’s Bank Account using AIB’s quick lodge facility.  

Event #963
9:00PM on 23/Sep/2010, The Lower Deck, Portobello Harbour
Pub Quiz: Irish Ship to Gaza Fundraiser
Pub Quiz to raise funds for the Irish Ship to Gaza, part of the upcoming Freedom Flotilla 2, planning to break the siege of Gaza.

The Lower Deck Pub, Portebello, Rathmines.

Thursday 23rd September at 9pm

€10/€5 per person(waged/unwaged)

Event #956
6:00PM on 19/Sep/2010, Maddens
Sunday Sessions: Trad Sessions for Gaza (Ship to Gaza Fundraiser)
Event #943
TBC on 19/Sep/2010, Dublin/Wicklow Mountains
IPSC Annual Sponsored Hillwalk


Help us raise money for the campaign and have a fun day out in beautiful Wicklow
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign's annual sponsored hillwalk will take place in the Wicklow mountains on Sunday 19th September 2010.

NB: If you are interested in signing up, please contact info@ipsc.ie for a sponsorship card or call 01 6770253.



The walk is starting in Curtlestown Wood in the Glencree valley. We plan on meeting in Enniskerry at 11:30 (to make this people can get the 10:30 44 Bus from Dublin city centre. It departs from outside the Screen cinema, near College Green).

The walk will be in the lovely valley of Glencree starting in Curtlestown Wood on the Wicklow Way. From Curtlestown we will follow the Wicklow Way to Knockree Hostel, then down to the Glencree river and up the other side of the valley to Crone Wood. From Crone Wood we will go up to Ride Rock overlooking Powerscourt Waterfall and from there to the summit of Maulin which is 570m. We will descend Maulin to a new waymarked trail in Crone Wood through spruce and firs, back down to the Glencree river, a riverside walk for about 1km and then back to Curtlestown Wood via Knockree. It's a circular walk, starting and finishing in the same place.

Total walk distance is circa 15k, assent is 560m. We expect it to take 5 to 6 hours.

As usual everyone should bring good waterproof walking boots, warm and waterproof clothing, a packed lunch and enough liquid for 6 hours walking.

Event #960
3:00PM on 18/Sep/2010, Abbey Hotel
Public Meeting: Launch of IPSC Donegal Branch


Saturday 18th September 2010 sees the launch of the Donegal Branch of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

A public meeting with speakers Anne Kennedy (IPSC Consumer Boycott Officer), Fintan Lane (Free Gaza Movementa nd Freedom Flotilla Survivor) and local Councillor Thomas Pringle will be held at 3pm, in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town.

The group will be involved in awareness and fund raising initiatives to support the Palestinian people. If you would like further information or would like to get involved, please contact us on donegal@ipsc.ie.

All welcome. For more info call 087 9730539
Event #955
6.00PM on 12/Sep/2010, Kelly's Cellars
Sunday Sessions: Trad Sessions for Gaza (Ship to Gaza Fundraiser)
Event #959
7:30AM on 10/Sep/2010, ISraeli Embassy, 122 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge
9th Peaceful Blockade of Israeli Embassy (IAWM)
9th Peaceful Blockade of the Israeli Embassy

7:30 AM, Friday the 10th of September
Irish Antiwar Movement is calling for

* End the siege of Gaza
* Sanctions on Israel
* Break diplomatic ties with Israel
* Stop ethnic cleansing in Palestine
* Boycott apartheid Israel

Please tell all your friends, and show your support for the people of Gaza.

http://www.yelp.ie/map/israel-embassy-dublin
Event #954
8:00PM on 6/Sep/2010, The Parish Pump, Rosbercon
Public Meeting: Building for an Irish Ship to Gaza
The South-East branches of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) have combined to organise a public meeting to launch their 'Irish Ship To Gaza' (ISTG) campaign.

Guest speaker will be Dr. Fintan Lane, an Irish peace activist from Cork, and survivor of the massacre on the last Freedom Flotilla, when nine aid workers were brutally murdered by Israeli armed forces.

At the meeting which is being held on Monday 6th September, at 8pm in the Parish Pump, Rosbercon, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Dr Lane will be outlining plans for the next Freedom Flotilla which is to sail in October, including the Irish ship, and and discussing how people can help with this action to break the siege of Gaza.

IPSC National Committee representative Gerard Barron said "The people in the South-East protested in their hundreds against Israel's attack on Gaza, as well as the assault on the Flotilla, and again we call upon the people of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow to support this initiative by attending Monday's launch, and by helping in the promotion and funding of the Irish Ship To Gaza campaign."

Gerard can be contacted at: wexford@ipsc.ie or by phone: 087 9039731
Event #948
3:00PM on 4/Sep/2010, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street
Public Meeting: Building for an Irish Ship to Gaza
Speakers: Fintan Lane (Free Gaza Movement), Prof. John Maguire, Issam Ben Ali (Palestinian Rights Institute)

Venue: Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street

Time & Date: 3pm, Saturday, 4th September

Organised by Irish Ship To Gaza Campaign

Fundraising is underway to buy an Irish ship to participate in the 15-ship Second Freedom Flotilla which is due to set sail for Gaza in late October or early November. A public meeting to launch the campaign in Cork and to discuss the siege of Gaza and the planned flotilla will be held on Saturday, 4th September. Please attend and show your solidarity with the people of Gaza by getting involved with the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign!

Organisations affiliated with the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign are the Free Gaza Movement, Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Irish Anti-War Movement, Derry Friends of Palestine, Trade Union Friends of Palestine, Palestinian Rights Institute and Ireland to Gaza.

Event #952
9:30AM on 4/Sep/2010, The Spire, O'Connell St
Major protest for Tony Blair's visit to Dublin
The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) has announced it will open a book of condolences this weekend in Dublin for the victims of Tony Blair's military actions and foreign policies in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine.

The book of condolences will be gathered in Dublin's city centre in the coming week as part of the preparations for a major demonstration on Saturday September 4th during Mr Blair's visit to Dublin to launch his memoirs.

The book of condolences will be located near Eason's, as this is where Mr Blair is due to hold the book-signing event on the morning of September 4th.

The demonstration on that day will assemble at 9.30am at the Spire, O'Connell Street, near Eason's where Tony Blair's book signing event will be taking place.

The protest will focus on Tony Blair's key role in launching the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and devastated both countries.

It will also focus on Blair's complicity - both as Prime Minister and now as EU envoy to the Middle East - with the war crimes and human rights abuses committed by Israel against the Palestinians.

Other groups such as the Peace & Neutrality Alliance (PANA) and Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) have pledged their support for the demonstration.
Event #929
7:00PM on 3/Sep/2010, Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West
Conference: An Independent Irish Foreign Policy - A Future? (PANA)
Conference: An Independent Irish Foreign Policy - A Future?

Organised by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA)

The full schedule is below. David Landy, IPSC National Organiser, will be co-hosting a workshop on Palestine at 3.45pm on the Saturday.



Event #950
7:30PM on 2/Sep/2010, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Meeting (all welcome)
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin Branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is on Thursday 02/09/2010 at 7.30pm in The Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin 2.

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Event #949
4:00PM on 28/Aug/2010, Nun's Island Theatre
Ireland and the Freedom Flotilla: Eyewitness Accounts
A meeting will be held in Galway on Saturday organised by the Irish Ship To Gaza Campaign.

The speakers, who were both participants in the Freedom Flotilla, will discuss their experiences and plans to send an Irish ship as part of the Second Freedom Flotilla which is scheduled for late October or early November.

Time: Saturday 28 August at 4pm

Venue: Nun's Island Theatre

Speakers: Fintan Lane & Issam Ben Ali, who were passengers on the Freedom Flotilla that was attacked on 31st May by Israeli forces.

Organised by the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign

Event #946
1:00 PM on 28/Aug/2010, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Boycott Israeli products demo and march
Event #951
1:00PM on 28/Aug/2010, Outside Jervis Shopping Centre, Mary St
IPSC Dublin Monthly Boycott Action
The latest Dublin IPSC monthly boycott action will be directed against Dunnes Stores, Tesco the Dead Sea Spa stall in Jervis St. Shopping Centre on Saturday 28th August. Meet at 12pm in the office (Unit 5, 64 Dame St - Press 1-0-5-Bell to buzz up) or at 1pm on Mary St. outside Jervis Centre entrance. All welcome.
Event #947
8:00PM on 27/Aug/2010, Absolute Hotel
Public Meeting: Building for an Irish Ship to Gaza
The Limerick branch of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) are delighted to have Dr. Fintan Lane, Irish activist from the Freedom Flotilla and Free Gaza Movement speaking in Limerick on Friday 27th August at 8.00pm in the Absolute Hotel, he will be discussing the next Freedom Flotilla which is to sail in October, and encouraging support for the Irish Ship To Gaza project.

There will be an Irish ship taking part in the Freedom Flotilla 2 and Fintan will be outlining plans for the Irish Ship to Gaza and discussing how people can participate in this action to break the siege of Gaza.

Fintan was on board the Challenger 1 which was hijacked on Monday 31 May when the Gaza Freedom Flotilla was attacked by Israeli forces who murdered nine aid activists on the Mavi Marmara.

This is a great opportunity for people in Limerick who protested in their hundreds against Israel's attack on Gaza as well as the assault on the Flotilla to be part of the Irish Ship to Gaza and this solidarity initiative.

All most welcome, hope to see you there.

Event #937
12:00PM on 27/Aug/2010, Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation
Glencree Summer School: Leadership for a new generation

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

Summer School 2010 

Glencree

Co. Wicklow 
 

27-29 August, 2010 
 
 
 
 
 

Leadership for a new generation

Power, politics and participation

 
 
 
 

In an Ireland which is broadly referred to as “Post Conflict” and which has seen rapid economic and cultural change what is the role of young people?

 

The Glencree summer school provides the opportunity for an interactive and intergenerational dialogue about the transition from a mono cultural society to an inclusive, multicultural one, from a society plagued by violent conflict to an environment that settles its historic disputes through non violent means, from a society which has enjoyed rapid economic growth to a one which is now experiencing economic crisis and has difficulty guaranteeing financial security for younger generations.

 

The summer school is aimed at those in the 20-35 year old age group who are political activists in that they are members of political parties or affiliated to political groups or perhaps just feel strongly about specific political issues.  Participants from all ages and Ireland North and South are welcome.

 

 

 

 

Friday 27 August

 

12.00pm Registration and Lunch

 

1.45pm  Welcome:

          David Bloomfield, Chief Executive, Glencree

 

      2.00pm  Session 1: Opening session –

      Dawn Purvis MLA, former leader Progressive Unionist Party (TBC)

      Laurence McKeown, former IRA prisoner and hunger striker

 

3.00pm Coffee

 

3.30pm Session 2: What kind of leadership do we need?

            Jimmy Spratt MLA, DUP

            , Fianna Fail (TBC)

      Tom Hyland, Irish Consul to East Timor and former leader of East Timor Solidarity Campaign (TBC)

      Sean Ruth, Author Leadership and Liberation

 

6.00pm Dinner in the Armoury Cafe

 

      7.30pm Session 3: What is the role of young people in creating change?

            Alex Maskey MLA, Sinn Fein

            Brian Hayes TD, Fine Gael

            Dominic Bradly MLA, SDLP  (TBC)

            Basil McCrea MLA, Ulster Unionist Party

          Robert Mulhall, Lucca Leadership

          Matthew McDermott, County Councillor Chair SDLP Youth

 
 

 

 

Saturday 28August 

 

8.00AM Breakfast

 

9.00am Session 4: Minority Issues in Irish Politics

      Hallala Ahmadi , Kurdish Community in Ireland

      Patrick Nevin, Travellers for Travellers 

      Yaser Alashqer, Palestinian living in Ireland

      Salome Mbugua, Akidwa

 
 

11.00am Session 4: Open Space Technology

Open Space is a method that allows the participants to set their own agenda.  Parallel sessions will take place, facilitated by the participants themselves.  The Glencree Programme Team will lead the session. The overarching question for this session is:

What is the role of young people in moving beyond a legacy of violence?

 

1.00pmLunch

 

2.00pm Open Space

 

6.00pm Dinner in the Armoury Cafe

 

7.30pm Entertainment – Stephen Hall, followed by house party

 
 

Sunday 29 August 

 

8.00am Breakfast

 

9.00am Session 5: International Dimensions

            Wilhelm Verwoerd, Former Combatants worker Glencree.

            Michael Semple, Author ‘Reconciliation in Afghanistan’

            Freda Hughes, Chair Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

            Ruth Zach, Deputy Head of Mission, Israeli Embassy

 

11:00am Closing Circle

            Facilitated by Ian White

 

1.00pm Lunch

 

Registration Form

  • Full costs  €100 includes all meals, accommodation in shared rooms, and fees. This rate is subsidised.
 

Some bursaries are available, so please don’t let the fee deter you. Please tick the Bursary box below if you would like to apply for this and give a brief rationale for you request.

 

Send this form to: emmet.macswiney@glencree.ie or:

Summer School, Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Glencree,

Co. Wicklow, Ireland

 

NAME:_______________________________________

 

ADDRESS:____________________________________

 

_____________________________________________

 

PHONE NUMBER:  ____________________ E-MAIL ADRESS: ______________________

 

ORGANISATION: (if applicable)___________________

 

SPECIAL DIETARY OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

(e.g. Vegetarian)

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Residential €100 ¨ Non-residential €75¨

 

Bursary Application  ¨

Payment Method:  ¨ Credit Card       ¨ Bank Transfer       ¨ Cheque  

Credit Card

I authorise Glencree to charge my contribution to my: ¨Visa  ¨MasterCard

Name on Card: ___________________________

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Signed: _________________________

Bank Transfer

    Account:  Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation:

Account Number:  33203069

Sort Code:    93-10-47

Bank: Allied Irish Bank

      100-101 Grafton St.

      Dublin 2

Cheque Please write cheques to: Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation

Alternative payment methods can be agreed.

 
For further information please contact: +353 (0) 1 2829711 or info@glencree.ie
Event #945
5:30PM on 25/Aug/2010, Royal Hotel (dinner) and Carlise Ground Stadium (match)
Protest at Ireland v Israel women's football match and pre-match dinner
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), will hold a peaceful protest at the Irish Women's soccer team World Cup qualifier with Israel in Bray on Wednesday 25th August.

The protest will take place in two parts

1. At 6pm there will be an Israeli Embassy-hosted pre-match dinner in the Bray Royal Hotel. We are asking people to turn up at 5.30pm outside the hotel to protest.

2. The macth itself kicks-off at 7.30pm in the Carlisle Grounds (Bray Wanderers stadium), Our protest starts at 7pm and will take place outside the stadium.


Banners reading, ‘Love Football, Hate Apartheid’, ‘Boycott Israeli Apartheid’ and ‘Unity against Occupation' will be displayed peacefully alongside Palestinian flags. We certainly don't want to "hijack" this game are asking our supporters not to interupt the game under any circumstances. The protest will take place outside and will be a peaceful act of solidarity with the people of Palestine.

The protest will call for a sporting boycott of Israeli football teams due to the Apartheid nature of the Israeli State. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) have confirmed that this game falls under their Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) guidelines.

This will be the second visit of an Israeli football team to Ireland in two months so we are taking this opportunity to raise awareness of the Apartheid nature of the Israeli State and the need for a sporting boycott of teams that act as ambassadors for that state. We are also calling on Irish fans not to travel to Israel for the return leg of the game as an act of solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Some say that sport and politics should not mix, however we say that sport and racism should never mix - hence the theme of our protest, 'Love Football, Hate Apartheid'. The IPSC points to the sporting boycott against South Africa, which was one of the most effective tools employed in ostracising that state and revealing to the world its Apartheid regime and disregard for human rights.

Furthermore, Palestinian teams have consistently been refused visas to travel to competitions, and aren't afforded the same training facilities and funding as Israeli teams. Restrictions on movement both within the West Bank and between the West Bank and Gaza further compound the difficulties that Palestinian footballers face. In 2006 the football stadium in Gaza was bombed by the IDF.

How to get there



The hotel and stadium are very near the DART station in Bray
Event #944
7:30PM on 19/Aug/2010, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Meeting (All Welcome)
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin Branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is on Thursday 19/08/2010 at 7.30pm in The Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin 2.

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Event #933
9:00PM on 14/Aug/2010, Abbey Court Hotel
Benefit Night for Tipp2Gaza


On Saturday August 4th 2010 the Tipp2Gaza initiative to raise money to send an ambulance to Gaza as part of the next Viva Palestina land convoy will officially launch at a benefit night in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

There will be speakers, music and craic.

We in Tipp 2 Gaza propose to deliver an ambulance to the people of Gaza. This ambulance we have yet to buy but it will through your generosity happen and we guarantee that it will be delivered full of aid to the beleaguered people.

We hope to not alone deliver aid, but to raise the consciousness of this inhuman siege. 2 Tipperary men are ready and waiting to drive from Tipp to the Gaza Strip and to enter Gaza in convoy with vehicles from many other countries. This cannot happen without your support.

Contact-Us:

Website:

Email: tipp2gaza [at] gmail.com

Phone: 00353 (0)872055361
Event #942
1:00PM on 12/Aug/2010, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar
Launch of IPSC "Irish artists' pledge to boycott Israel"

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has drawn up the following pledge, signed by over 140 Irish creative and performing artists, whereby they undertake to boycott the Israeli state under present circumstances:

"In response to the call from Palestinian civil society for a cultural boycott of Israel, we pledge not to avail of any invitation to perform or exhibit in Israel, nor to accept any funding from any institution linked to the government of Israel, until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights."

This pledge will be launched in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, this Thursday 12th August at 1pm in the presence of a number of the signatories.
 
We are asking our members and supporters to attend the launch to show their support for this initiative.

Described by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) as "a ground-breaking initiative", this pledge has so far been signed by over 130 Irish creative and performing artists: novelists, playwrights, poets, actors, composers, singers, dancers, painters, sculptors and filmmakers, ranging from those starting out on their careers to such household names as Christy Moore, Damien Dempsey, Donal Lunny, Robert Ballagh, John Arden, Seamus Deane, Bob Quinn, and Sinéad Cusack.

According to IPSC Cultural Boycott Officer Dr. Raymond Deane, "These artists are aware of the Israeli Foreign Ministry's statement in 2005 that “We see culture as a propaganda tool of the first rank, and...do not differentiate between propaganda and culture.” These artists refuse to allow their art to be exploited by an apartheid state that disregards international law and universal principles of human rights, but look forward to the day when normal cultural relations can be re-established with an Israel that fully complies with such laws and principles."

Dr. Deane, himself a classical composer and a signatory of the pledge, recalled Nelson Mandela's dictum that "boycott is not a principle, it is a tactic depending upon circumstances." Dr. Deane added: "Five years ago, when 170 Palestinian civil society organisations called a campaign of  Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, they provided a central plank for worldwide activism on behalf of their cause."

Dr. Deane continued, "Culture cannot stand aloof from such activism. Whether or not art is 'above politics', its presentation and representation in the real world can all too easily be hijacked by oppressive states. With this pledge, Irish artists have an opportunity to distance themselves from such exploitation, and to take a non-violent stand on behalf of the oppressed Palestinian people."

Event #941
7:30AM on 9/Aug/2010, Israeli Embassy, 122 Pembroke Road
Peaceful blockade of Israeli Embassy
MONDAY 09 AUGUST FROM 7.30AM

PEACEFUL BLOCKADE OF ISRAELI EMBASSY, PEMBROKE ROAD, BALLSBRIDGE, DUBLIN 4.

The IAWM calls on the Irish Government to break diplomatic and economic ties with Israel.

Please join us at the Israeli Embassy to send the message to the Israeli Ambassador that he is not welcome in Ireland as long as the siege of Gaza and the ethnic cleansing in the West Bank continues and the Palestinian people are denied their human rights.

This will be the seventh time we have carried out a blockade of the Israeli Embassy since the killing of the nine Turkish Peace Activists on 31 May. For a report on the last blockade see http://irishantiwar.org/node/954

Please come along, tell all your friends and show your support for the people of Gaza and the West Bank.

Event #940
2:00PM on 8/Aug/2010, GPO, O'Connell St
Solidarity demonstration with Sheikh Jarrah


For the past year an ongoing struggle against ethnic cleansing has been taking place in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Occupied East Jerusalem. The residents are facing home demolitions and being removed from their lands.

For the past year an ongoing struggle against ethnic cleansing has been taking place in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Occupied East Jerusalem. The residents are facing home demolitions and being removed from their lands.

In solidarity with these residents' ongoing struggle, and as part of an international day of action that will also see protests worldwide and in 8 Israeli cities, the IPSC has organised a solidarity vigil for Sunday 8th August 2010, starting at 2pm at the GPO, O'Connell St, Dublin 1.

Please come along and show your support for the people of Sheikh Jarrah and their struggle for human rights. All welcome
Event #939
12:30PM on 7/Aug/2010, Central Hotel, Exchequer St
Day School: Israel, Palestine and the Politics of the Middle East (IAWM)
07/08/2010 - 12:30
07/08/2010 - 18:00

Day School Poster

Download Leaflet

IAWM Day School 

Israel, Palestine and the Politics of the Middle East

For details see attached leaflet

Event #913
on 6/Aug/2010, Emerald Road House, Finaghy Road
Fundraiser for Gaza (BFOP)


A fundraiser by the Friends of Palestine Beal Feirste will be held on Aug ust6 at the Emerald Road House, Finaghy Road, North Belfast (formerly the Devinish).

Guest speakers Saeb Shaah and Fiachra O Luain

Traditonal music and disco to follow. £10 per person

Monies rasied go the James Connolly Surgical Theatre in Al Awda hospital, Gaza.

Organised by the Friends of Palestine Beal Feirste

Contact: parkviewbnb@ntlworld.com / 04890598095 - Fra Hughes, Chair Belfast Firends of Palestine
Event #924
2:00PM on 5/Aug/2010, St Mary's University College, Falls Road
Palestine Day: Author Ben White speaks about Israeli Apartheid


Palestine Day at the West Belfast Festival

Author Ben White speaks about Israeli Apartheid

St Mary's University College, Falls Road, Belfast

2PM, 5th August 2010

Full Programme of Events

12 p.m Film Documentary: “Occupation 101”

2 p.m Author Ben White speaks on Israeli Apartheid.

3 p.m. Book signing and Palestinian refreshments

7 p.m Award Winning Comedy: “Divine Intervention”

Historical Exhibition and Book stall

Hosted by Belfast IPSC
Event #938
7:00PM on 3/Aug/2010, Caulfields Pub, Main St
Public Meeting: 'Can Palestine be free? (SWP)
The Socialist Workers Party Maynooth branch has organised a public meeting with the title 'Can Palestine be free?'. Claudia Saba, who is a Palestinian activist living in Ireland will be speaking about the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict. Then Yoann O'Donoghue and John McCabe, SWP activists from Maynooth, will be speaking about their recent trip to the West Bank, and the situation there at the moment. There will also be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

The meeting starts at 7pm on Tuesday the 3rd of August in Caulfields Pub on the Main St, Maynooth.

All welcome!
Event #931
1:30PM on 31/Jul/2010, City Centre
Thirst for Justice: National Day of Action on Access to Water in the OPT (Amnesty)
Day Of Action: Thirst for Justice National Day of Action on Access to Water in the OPT!

Organised by Amnesty Ireland

When: SATURDAY 31 JULY, 13:30-16:00
Where: Dublin city centre
Why: Access to clean water is a basic human right, yet in the OPT:

- 180-200,000 West Bank Palestinians have no access to running water
- 90-95% of the only water resource in Gaza is unfit for human consumption
- 1/3 of available water lost through leakage
- 80% of groundwater is used by Israel

What: 12 volunteers needed to work in pairs

- One person with a tray of dirty-water bottles and offering them to the public
- One person getting petition signed once their attention has been gotten
If you want to help at the Day Of Action please contact us at eilisnichaitnia [at] amnesty.ie

Event #909
1:00 PM on 31/Jul/2010, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Boycott Israeli Products Demonstration and March
Event #936
1:00PM on 29/Jul/2010, Dunnes Stores Head Office, 46 - 50 Georges Street
IPSC Action: Petition hand-in - Thousands demand that Dunnes stop stocking Israeli goods

IPSC Action: Petition hand-in - Thousands demand that Dunnes stop stocking Israeli goods

This Thursday 29th July 2010 at 1pm, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) will deliver a petition to Dunnes Stores signed by thousands of shoppers across Ireland. The petition demands that Dunnes Stores stop stocking Israeli products, until Israel respects Palestinian rights and international law.

Note: You can still sign the petition online before Thursday morning by clicking here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/dunnes/ - Thanks!

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The petition will be handed to Dunnes head office at 46 - 50 Georges Street, Dublin 2 on Thursday 1 pm. Present at the handing-in will be Brendan Archbold, the trade union official at the centre of the 1980s Dunnes strike when workers refused to handle South African goods, Freda Hughes IPSC national chairperson, along with supporters of the campaign. If you're free at lunchtime then please come along and support the action, thanks.

The petition has been signed by over 4,000 shoppers in a two-week blitz that has seen Palestine solidarity activists enlist the support of Dunnes’ customers across the country. Signatures have flooded in from Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Derry, Limerick, Galway, Kilkenny, Newry, Wexford, Waterford, Bantry, New Ross, Enniscorthy, and Sligo. In many places around the country, solidarity activists will be presenting their local Dunnes' managers with copies of the petitions they have collected.

This campaign comes a quarter-century after Dunnes was at the centre of a bitter two-year campaign of boycott and pickets, when it sacked a group of workers who refused to handle South African goods.
"Dunnes was on the wrong side of history, siding with the South African apartheid regime against its own workers," Freda Hughes, IPSC chairperson, said. "This is a chance for it to put itself on the right side of history."

Brendan Archbold said: "The parallels between the old Apartheid regime of South Africa and the state of Israel are quite striking. Just as South African forces shot and killed their own people in Sharpeville and Uitenhage, so too do the Israeli military adopt a shoot-to-kill policy whether it is in relation to the Palestinian people themselves or those peaceful supporters of the Palestinians aboard the international flotilla recently attacked by Israel."

Mr Archbold concluded with a call for a boycott of Israel: "Just as Israel models itself on the old racist regime in South Africa, so too must we must model our response on the boycott policy that contributed so much to the ending of Apartheid. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has adopted a comprehensive policy in relation to the isolation of Israel and it is now up to all trade unions and all trade unionists to ensure that this policy is implemented in full."

The petition campaign is part of a coordinated international effort for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, which has seen actions take place in dozens of countries, including Israel and South Africa. Many South African organisations, and figures including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have endorsed the BDS campaign.

Related Link: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/dunnes/

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Event #911
1:00PM on 25/Jul/2010, Derry Guildhall
Derry Speaks To Gaza (DFOP)
Derry’s Guildhall will play host to the opening event of this year’s Feile with an exciting opportunity for the people of Derry to hear directly from Gaza in a live video link up as part of a major Palestine Solidarity Festival.

On the heels of Derry Friends of Palestine’s successful school twinning project where children in Derry held a cultural learning event with children in Gaza. We invite you to the Guildhall for this special event to meet the people of Gaza during a live link at the event which will include Senior Palestinian representatives including a woman MP in Gaza who will address the audience in Derry.

There will be music, entertainment, raffles and presentations from aid agencies who work on the ground in Palestine plus a range of other speakers, both local and international, who have been to Gaza and who are working to end the siege and the scandalous special trading privileges awarded to Israel by the European Union and various European Governments.

Main Speakers in Derry Include:

Hedy Epstein, ( USA ) internationally known for her activism, she is a Jewish Holocaust survivor and supporter of Palestinian freedom and ending the siege. Hedy has participated in flotillas and the recent Code Pink Freedom March in Egypt.

Dr Arafat Shoukri (London, Brussels) of the European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza, and the Palestinian Rights Institute, who was responsible for the HOPE convoy in which Derry participated. He was also one of the main organisers of the recent Freedom Flotilla.

Bairbre deBrún, MEP, (Brussels/Ireland) She has been to Gaza many times on Parliamentarian Delegations, a campaigner for Palestine and witness to the immediate aftermath of the invasion.

AND MANY MORE................

Event #930
3:00PM on 24/Jul/2010, Central Hotel
Public Meeting: The Freedom Flotilla and the Siege of Gaza (NWSN)
Public Meeting

The Freedom Flotilla and the Siege of Gaza

Speakers: Fintan Lane and Fiachra O Luain

Time: 3pm, Saturday 24th July

Venue: Central Hotel, Donegal Town

Organised by the North-West Solidarity Network

Event #932
3:00PM on 24/Jul/2010, Solidarity Books, Douglas St
Palestinian food, documentary and Israeli and Palestinian activists talk


This Saturday from 3pm Cork IPSC will be holding an evening event in Solidarity Books on Douglas St.

There will be Palestinian food;
A Documentary;
Both Palestinian and Israeli speakers;
And an opportunity to hear from individuals working form both sides of the conflict for peace.

An Israeli activist will share her experience of working to end the occupation of Palestine and to break walls between Israelis and Palestinians.

In the last year of secondary school she joined the movement of conscientious objectors (to the Israeli military service, which is compulsory).

She will convey her experience as an Israel-Palestine activist and as an Israeli citizen who refused to do military service, which presented very harsh and violent situations, being spied upon, etc.

Her broad experience as an activist has meant that she has encountered very different approaches to dealing with the conflict.

Tackling it in different ways: one effort, the women's group, was about offering emotional support so we can go on, and the other, the Clown Army, used the magic of humour to heal all the people involved in any situation we entered, including us.

Rola Hamed O' Neill, a Palestinian citizen of Israel will also convey what life is like for Palestinians living in Israel.

So, please join us in Solidarity Books on Douglas st. at 3 pm for an informative and food fest!!!

There is no cost for the event, but we appreciate all donations!!
Event #935
7:30AM on 23/Jul/2010, Israeli Embassy, 122 Pembroke Road
Peaceful blockade of the Israeli Embassy (IAWM)
The IAWM calls on the Irish Government to break diplomatic and economic ties with Israel.

Please join us to link hands around the Israeli Embassy and send the message to the Israeli Ambassador that he is not welcome in Ireland as long as the siege of Gaza and the ethnic cleansing in the West Bank continues and the Palestinian people are denied their human rights.

This will be the sixth time we have carried out a blockade of the Israeli Embassy since the killing of the nine Turkish Peace Activists on 31 May.

Please come along, tell all your friends and show your support for the people of Gaza and the West Bank.

Event #934
7:30PM on 22/Jul/2010, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Meeting (All Welcome)


Would you like to come along to the next Dublin Branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is on Thursday 22/07/2010 at 7.30pm (please note new venue) in The Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin 2.

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.
Event #774
on 21/Jul/2010, Jerusalem
Sabeel's 5th International Young Adult Conference
Event #927
7:00PM on 17/Jul/2010, McGarrigles pub (upstairs), O'Connell Street
Launch of IPSC Sligo Branch
The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is forming a local branch of the IPSC in Sligo next Saturday 17th July evening at 7pm upstairs in McGarrigles pub, O'Connell Street, Sligo. Everyone is welcome and we would be delighted if you would come and bring other friends. The Sligo branch will be the first branch in the north west and will be a very important part of our network in Ireland with other branches in Cork, Galway, Belfast, Kilkenny, Newbridge, Maynooth, Dublin and Limerick. Local branches are crucial in our efforts to build the IPSC as an effective organisation for Palestinian solidarity work.
 
There is obviously tremendous support in the northwest, especially around the Sligo/Leitrim area, for the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to freedom and justice. A local branch of the IPSC would be a great way to build on that solidarity. Local branches help create public awareness of the illegal occupation of Palestinian land, the plight of Palestinian refugees and the struggle of Palestinian citizens of Israel for full equality and civil rights. Local branches bring a great mix of people working together as part of international efforts to put pressure on the Israeli state to cease its oppression of the Palestinian people.
 
In 2005 more than 200 organisations in Palestine called on the international community to impost Boycott, Divestment  and Sanctions (BDS) initiatives on Israel. BDS is seen as the most effective way of bringing pressure on Israel. It played a significant role in the 1980's in bringing an end to South Africa's apartheid system. In recent times the international BDS movement successfully called on rock/pop stars not to play in Israel as to do so would contrary to the cultural boycott. Elvis Costello, Santana and the Pixies heeded the call and cancelled their concerts in Israel.
 
In Ireland Sligo has been to fore in an verty important BDS initiative: the international Derail Veolia Alstrom campaign. Veolia, a French multinational, are constructing a light rail system through annexed east Jerusalem to illegal settlements in occupied West Bank. They also run a settler-only bus service linking Israel to the illegal settlement in the West bank and operate a dump in the occupied Jordan valley.  After Galway, Sligo was the second county council in Ireland to pass a resolution asking the county manager not to enter into or renew any contracts with Veolia. Since then Dublin, Castebar, Donegal and Waterford have passed similar motions.
 
At a local level level we can also bring pressure to bear on local businesses to stop stocking Israeli produce and goods whether its cosmetics, food or manufactured goods. (On Saturday as part of the International Boycott weekend more than 300 people in Sligo signed our petition calling on Dunnes goods to stock Israeli goods.) We can also work to bring pressure on the Irish government and Europe to demand that Israel ceases its oppression of the Palestinian people.  We can look into fostering links between organisations/groups in Sligo and Palestine, perhaps look at setting up school or town twinning projects. We could promote events highlighting Palestinian culture. There are many ways we can build solidarity. Local groups bring together a variety of people with a range of different skills and are a great way to disseminate ideas and plan effective actions.
 
The people of Sligo and Leitrim have demonstrated their strong support for the Palestinian people through many demonstrations and by endorsing boycott and other petitions. Now is the ideal opportunity to take it further by joining the local branch of the IPSC and becoming part of the global Palestinian solidarity network working to bring an end to Israeli injustices against the Palestinian people.   
 
Finally the IPSC ( www.ipsc.ie ) is an an independent, non-party political organisation, run by volunteers all committed to a just and sustainable peace in the Middle East. We are a member-based organisation, funded by our members annual fees, standing orders and donations. 
 
We look forward to meeting you all on Saturday.
Event #836
on 16/Jul/2010, Donegal Celtic FC Ground
Anti-Racism World Cup 2010
The Anti-Racism World Cup will take place again this year at Donegal Celtic FC in West Belfast from the 16th to the 18th of July. For the last three years teams have travelled from across the world to play
against teams from various ethnic minority groups and from local communities in Belfast and across Ireland. Last years tournament involved over 500 local people and 100 international guests and was a showcase for Anti-Racism against a backdrop of an upsurge of racist attacks in Belfast. This year we intend to bring more teams to Belfast, including for the first time a Palestinian youth team, and we intend to make the tournament the largest anti-racist event in Ireland in 2010.

Finalised program for ARWC 2010

All events at Donegal Celtic FC

Friday 16th July
1-5pm - Registration, plus guided political tours of West Belfast, and visit to Belfast Celtic museum available
5-9pm - Start of football tourny, 32 teams from around the world, and across Ireland compete in the ARWC
7pm - Welcome session for international guests followed by Film show and talk on the life of Irish International Brigade Veteran Charlie Donnelly from Tyrone who gave his life fighting Franco's fascists. 9.30 Aprox PUNK FOOTBALL DISCO with Djs from FC United Radio playing a mixture of Ska, Northern Soul, Reggae and 80's Madchester sounds.

Saturday 17th
10am - 1pm footy tourny.
1pm - Soccer finishes for the day and members of the Palestinian Team will be doing a short talk in the Clubhouse. 3pm Cliftonville vs FCUM followed by Music, more Djs then Dutch Ska band the Roosterz at 9pm followed by music till late.

Sunday 18th
10am - football restarts and plays to a conclusion.
1pm - the Congolese team are showing a short film on the situation in the Congo. Followed by chill out session more music and trophy presentation.

See you there.
Event #908
7:30PM on 15/Jul/2010, Break for the Border, Stephen Street
3rd Annual Pub Quiz for Palestinian Students
(Note: This is not an IPSC event, but is organised by members of the IPSC and we encourage all our supporters to attend)

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2010
Time: 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Location: Break for the Border
Street: Stephen Street (beside Hairy Lemon/Stephens Green Centre)
City/Town: Dublin, Ireland
This is the 3rd annual Pub Quiz to raise money for Palestinian university students (Al Najah University in Nablus) and the Arab Womens Union Special Needs School Summer Camp in Bethlehem.

We have sponsored 10 students (4 of whom have graduated) for a year each in the last two years. Students there have great difficulty in accessing education due to the restrictions in place, not least in obtaining funding to actually go to university. Semester costs per student are from 400US$ to 1000 US$ approximately, and we would like to continue the sponsorship for both the special needs school and the students this year also. We need about 5000 € to do this.

50 € per team of 5 people (10 € per team member), starting at 8 pm. We will have a raffle also on the night, with lots of prizes.

Please tell your friends!

About us:- This is an unaffiliated event arising from a group of us who visited Palestine in February 2008. There were four of us who decided to do something positive for Palestine after the visit, and while it is not a lot in global terms, we feel that doing a little is better than otherwise doing nothing.

For more details, please contact ronannolan@hotmail.com, or (086) 380 4382
Event #926
7:00PM on 15/Jul/2010, The Hospital Gallery & Saldanha Galleries, Fort Dunree, Buncrana, Co Donegal
Jim Ricks: Photo Exhibition on Gaza

14th January 2009 (We will say it has nothing to do with us)

New work by Jim Ricks: Exhibition on Gaza

Artlink 'New Art Award 2009' and the Earagail Festival

Fort Dunree, Buncrana, Co. Donegal

The Hospital Gallery & Saldanha Galleries, Fort Dunree, Buncrana, Co Donegal
Opening Hours: Thursday - Saturday 2pm - 5pm

July 15 – August 11, 2010

You are invited to the opening reception on Thursday 15th July at 7-9pm

"Yes, Israelis deserve security. Twenty Israelis dead in 10 years around Gaza is a grim figure indeed. But 600 Palestinians dead in just over a week, thousands over the years since 1948 – when the Israeli massacre at Deir Yassin helped to kick-start the flight of Palestinians from that part of Palestine that was to become Israel – is on a quite different scale. This recalls not a normal Middle East bloodletting but an atrocity on the level of the Balkan wars of the 1990s. And of course, when an Arab bestirs himself with unrestrained fury and takes out his incendiary, blind anger on the West, we will say it has nothing to do with us. Why do they hate us, we will ask? But let us not say we do not know the answer." – Robert Fisk

Jim Ricks uses a collection of Associated Press images dated from 14th January 2009, the time of Israel's invasion of Gaza, as the starting point for 14th January 2009 (We will say it has nothing to do with us). The work negotiates an uncomfortable compromise between the provincial spheres of fashion and High Street vis-a-vis the daily reality of Palestinians living in Gaza.

The work re-creates fragments from news photographs as sculptural objects and uses this process of re-fabricating as a vehicle for exploring the one of the most urgent political issues of our time, as well as to investigate the role of documentary photography in an age of consumerism, de-sensitisation and cultural tourism.

Ricks’ work aims to disrupt mainstream narratives. In his practice the tangled stories of capitalism are re-wired and re-created using real-world fragments, forming a new narrative. By selecting and linking the quotidian and re-fabricating or re-contextualising them, the seemingly indisputable real objects do the story telling. By creating links, associations and synchronicities between objects he includes a wide range of ideas through associative conceptual and formal relationships. Or rather, by using a methodology close to that of conspiracy theories he connects and creates a new history. As such his work can be seen as a semiological investigation into context, combination, disintegration, and the gap between real stories and ‘manufactured’ identities. Ricks’ work is influenced by his background as a prolific graffiti artist and a political activist.

Born in California, Jim Ricks received his MFA from the National University of Ireland, Galway and Burren College of Art programme and his BFA from the California College of the Arts. Ricks has exhibited nationally and internationally. He has upcoming shows with MART's An Instructional: A European Tour, 2010 (Dublin, London and Berlin), Enrage, Galway Arts Festival, 2010 and solo shows at Occupy Space, September 2010 (Limerick) and Pallas Contemporary Projects, Winter 2010 – 2011 (Dublin). In 2009 he exhibited in The World Shrinks for Those Who Own It, with Oliver Heinzenberger, Galway Arts Centre and The Life and Times of Lillian Virginia Mountweazel, Monster Truck Gallery and Studios (Dublin) participated in Frieze Projects’ COPYSTAND: Autonomous Manufacturing Zone (London). He is currently working on a touring public work, Poulnabrone Bouncy Dolmen, which is part of the Ground Up Artist Collective’s ‘Aughty Temporary Art Projects’, Spring – Autumn 2010, as well as collaborating on a project with Cause Collective (US). He was chairperson and responsible for the curation of 126, Artist-run gallery (Galway) from 2008 – 2009.

The Artlink 'New Art Award' projects were selected from an open competition in 2009 by the following selection panel: Dave Beech Art Critic & Artist, UK; Maoliosa Boyle Manager, Void Derry; Brian Duggan Artist and Founder of Pallas Heights, Dublin; Elaine Forde Former Director, Artlink Donegal: Adrian Kelly Curator, Glebe Gallery Donegal: Mark Wallinger Artist, UK

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www.jimricks.info

Event #928
7:00PM on 15/Jul/2010, Shamrock Rovers Football Ground, Tallaght
Love Football, Hate Apartheid: Protest at Shamrock Rovers v Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), supported by Eirigi, the Palestinian Right Institute & Irish Anti War Movement, will hold a peaceful protest at the Shamrock Rovers vs Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv game in Tallaght Stadium on Thursday July 15th. The protest starts at 7pm and will take place outside the stadium.

Outside the stadium banners reading, ‘Love Football, Hate Apartheid’, ‘Boycott Israeli Apartheid’ and ‘Unity against Occupation' will be displayed peacefully alongside Palestinian flags. We certainly don't want to hijack Rovers first European game in years and are asking our supporters not to interupt the game under any circumstances. The protest will take place outside, but if Rovers supporters want to take Palestinian flags into the game we would be happy to see them in the stands.

The crowd outside will be taking part in a peaceful act of solidarity with the people of Palestine who have suffered so much, and continue to suffer daily, at the hands of the Israeli state.

Reports from Shamrock Rovers supporters indicate a high level of empathy with the Palestinian situation and support for the protest.

The protest will call for a sporting boycott of Israeli football teams due to the Apartheid nature of the Israeli State. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) have confirmed that this game falls under their Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) guidelines.

Freda Hughes, IPSC National Chairperson, said, "It is rare that an Israeli team visits Ireland so we are taking this opportunity to raise awareness of the Apartheid nature of the Israeli State and the need for a sporting boycott of teams that act as ambassadors for that state. We are also calling on Shamrock Rovers fans not to travel to Israel for the return leg of the game as an act of solidarity with the Palestinian people."

Ms Hughes continued: "Some people say that sport and politics should not mix, however we say that sport and racism should never mix - hence the theme of our protest, 'Love Football, Hate Apartheid'. The IPSC would point to the sporting boycott against South Africa, which was one of the most effective tools employed in ostracising that state and revealing to the world its Apartheid regime and disregard for human rights. We believe that this tactic can also be used to help force the Israeli state to comply fully with its obligations under international law and show respect for Palestinian human rights."

Ms Hughes concluded: "Palestinian teams have consistently been refused visas to travel to competitions, and aren't afforded the same training facilities and funding as Israeli teams. Restrictions on movement both within the West Bank and between the West Bank and Gaza further compound the difficulties that Palestinian footballers face. In 2006 the football stadium in Gaza was bombed by the IDF. We will use this protest to raise awareness amongst football fans of these issues and hope that Shamrock Rovers and their fans will support the boycott as an effective form of direct action in future."

We will need people to man the stall, hold banners, collect signatures for the Dunnes Boycott position etc.  It is important to talk to fans about the sporting boycott calls from the BDS movement within Palestine as the sports boycott has had much less coverage that other forms of boycott. The link between the boycott of South African teams and success of the boycott in ending the Apartheid regime should be made

 


How to get there.
The stadium opened in March 2009, with capacity for over 3,000 spectators. In August 2009, the second phase of the ground was completed, bringing the capacity to 6,500.

The stadium is owned by the local authority, South Dublin County Council, with Shamrock Rovers as anchor tenants.
Located in the centre of Tallaght, on Whitestown Way, the stadium is easily accessible by public transport. The stadium is just a few minutes walk from the Red Luas line terminal at The Square Shopping Centre and numerous bus stops.

Bus
From Eden Quay & Templeogue: 49, 65, 65b
From Eden Quay & Harold's Cross: 54a
From Ringsend, Dolphin's Barn & Walkinstown: 50, 56a, 77, 77a
From Dún Laoghaire, Stillorgan & Firhouse: 75
From Ballyfermot & Clondalkin: 76, 76a, 76b
From City West: 50, 65b, 201, 202
From Milltown & Dundrum: 48a to Broadford Walk (terminus), then 75 to Tallaght
From Liffey Valley & Clondalkin: 210
http://www.dublinbus.ie
Luas
From Connolly & Heuston Stations
http://www.luas.ie
Road
- Leave M50 at junction 11 (Sign: N81 Tallaght, City Centre)
- From roundabout, exit onto N81 (Sign: Blessington, Tallaght)
- Continue on N81 to the stadium
http://www.aaroadwatch.ie

Event #920
2:00PM on 10/Jul/2010, O'Connell Street
Sligo: International Boycott Weekend
Part of International Boycott Weekend, to mark the 5th Anniversary of the issuing of the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and the formation of the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC).

Sligo IPSC is holding an information stall and leaflet drop in Sligo Town on Saturday 10th July from 2pm to 4pm to mark International Boycott Weekend. The venue is O'Connell Street. Please email sligo@ipsc.ie if you are available to help out.

We will also be requesting people to sign a national petition calling on Dunnes Stores to stop stocking goods from Apartheid Israel and asking shoppers to hand in a letter to the manager of Dunnes demanding same until there is justice for the Palestinian people.

Everyone is most welcome, please come along.
Event #918
12:00PM on 10/Jul/2010, Bottom of Bedford Row
Limerick: International Boycott Weekend
Part of International Boycott Weekend, to mark the 5th Anniversary of the issuing of the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and the formation of the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC).

Limerick IPSC is holding an information stall and leaflet drop in Limerick City on Saturday 10th July from 12pm to 3pm to mark International Boycott Weekend. The venue is the bottom of Bedford Row. Please email chips@iol.ie if you are available to help out.

We will also be requesting people to sign a national petition calling on Dunnes Stores to stop stocking goods from Apartheid Israel and asking shoppers to hand in a letter to the manager of Dunnes demanding same until there is justice for the Palestinian people.

Everyone is most welcome, please come along.
Event #923
11.00AM on 10/Jul/2010, Outside Dunnes Stores, Henry St
Dublin: International Boycott Weekend
Part of International Boycott Weekend, to mark the 5th Anniversary of the issuing of the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and the formation of the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC).

Dublin IPSC is holding an information stall and leaflet drop in Dublin City on Saturday 10th July from 11.00am to 4pm to mark International Boycott Weekend. The venue is the outside Dunnes Stores. Please email dublin@ipsc.ie or dublinrep@ipsc.ie if you are available to help out.

We will also be requesting people to sign a national petition calling on Dunnes Stores to stop stocking goods from Apartheid Israel and asking shoppers to hand in a letter to the manager of Dunnes demanding same until there is justice for the Palestinian people.

Everyone is most welcome, please come along.
Event #916
3:00PM on 9/Jul/2010, Outside Dunnes Stores
Enniscorthy: International Boycott Weekend
Part of International Boycott Weekend, to mark the 5th Anniversary of the issuing of the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and the formation of the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC).

Wexford IPSC is holding an information stall and leaflet drop in Enniscorthy on Friday 9th July from 3pm to 5pm to mark International Boycott Weekend. The venue is the outside Dunnes Stores. Please email wexford@ipsc.ie if you are available to help out.

We will also be requesting people to sign a national petition calling on Dunnes Stores to stop stocking goods from Apartheid Israel and asking shoppers to hand in a letter to the manager of Dunnes demanding same until there is justice for the Palestinian people.

Everyone is most welcome, please come along.
Event #915
1:00PM on 9/Jul/2010, Outside Dunnes Stores
Wexford: International Boycott Weekend
Part of International Boycott Weekend, to mark the 5th Anniversary of the issuing of the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and the formation of the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC).

Wexford IPSC is holding an information stall and leaflet drop in Wexford Town on Friday 9th July from 1pm to 3pm to mark International Boycott Weekend. The venue is the outside Dunnes Stores. Please email wexford@ipsc.ie if you are available to help out.

We will also be requesting people to sign a national petition calling on Dunnes Stores to stop stocking goods from Apartheid Israel and asking shoppers to hand in a letter to the manager of Dunnes demanding same until there is justice for the Palestinian people.

Everyone is most welcome, please come along.
Event #925
12.00PM on 9/Jul/2010, Fri: Dunnes Stores, Royal Ave - Sat: Various Dunne Stores Outlets
Belfast: International Boycott Weekend
Part of International Boycott Weekend, to mark the 5th Anniversary of the issuing of the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and the formation of the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC).

Belfast IPSC is holding information stalls and leaflet drops in Belfast City. On Friday 9th July at 5pm outside Dunnes Stores on Royal Avenue. On Saturday 10th July starting from 12 noon we will be outisde various Dunes outlets in the city. Please email belfastipsc@yahoo.ie if you are available to help out.

We will also be requesting people to sign a national petition calling on Dunnes Stores to stop stocking goods from Apartheid Israel and asking shoppers to hand in a letter to the manager of Dunnes demanding same until there is justice for the Palestinian people.

Everyone is most welcome, please come along.
Event #921
11:00AM on 9/Jul/2010, Outside Various Dunnes Stores Outlets
Galway: International Boycott Weekend
Part of International Boycott Weekend, to mark the 5th Anniversary of the issuing of the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and the formation of the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC).

Galway IPSC* is holding an information stall and leaflet drop in Galway City on Friday 9th July from 11am and on Saturday 10th also from 11am to mark International Boycott Weekend. The venue will the outside various Dunnes Stores outlets. Please email galway@ipsc.ie if you are available to help out.

We will also be requesting people to sign a national petition calling on Dunnes Stores to stop stocking goods from Apartheid Israel and asking shoppers to hand in a letter to the manager of Dunnes demanding same until there is justice for the Palestinian people.

Everyone is most welcome, please come along.

* Supported by Galway Palestine Children's Appeal, Galway Alliance Against War, Free Palestine Campaign and the Socialist Workers Party.
Event #917
10:00AM on 9/Jul/2010, The Square, Outside Dunnes Stores
Waterford: International Boycott Weekend
Part of International Boycott Weekend, to mark the 5th Anniversary of the issuing of the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and the formation of the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC).

Waterford IPSC is holding information stalls and leaflet drops in Wateford on Friday 9th July (10am to 5pm), Saturday 10th July (10am - 5pm) and Sunday 11th (12.00pm - 3.00pm) to mark International Boycott Weekend. The venue is the The Square, outside Dunnes Stores. Please email waterford@ipsc.ie if you are available to help out.

We will also be requesting people to sign a national petition calling on Dunnes Stores to stop stocking goods from Apartheid Israel and asking shoppers to hand in a letter to the manager of Dunnes demanding same until there is justice for the Palestinian people.

Everyone is most welcome, please come along.
Event #922
9:00AM on 9/Jul/2010, Bantry Market
Bantry: International Boycott Weekend
Part of International Boycott Weekend, to mark the 5th Anniversary of the issuing of the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and the formation of the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC).

Cork IPSC is holding an information stall and leaflet drop in Bantry on Friday 9th July from 9am to 1pm to mark International Boycott Weekend. The venue will Bantry market. Please email cork@ipsc.ie if you are available to help out.

We will also be requesting people to sign a national petition calling on Dunnes Stores to stop stocking goods from Apartheid Israel and asking shoppers to hand in a letter to the manager of Dunnes demanding same until there is justice for the Palestinian people.

Everyone is most welcome, please come along.
Event #912
7:30AM on 9/Jul/2010, Israeli Embassy, 122 Pembroke Road
Peaceful Blockade of Israeli Embassy (IAWM)
FRIDAY 09 JULY, from 7.30AM

PEACEFUL BLOCKADE OF ISRAELI EMBASSY, PEMBROKE ROAD, BALLSBRIDGE, DUBLIN 4.


The Irish Anti War Movement calls on the Irish Government to break diplomatic and economic ties with Israel.

Please join us to link hands around the Embassy and send the message to the Israeli Ambassador that he is not welcome in Ireland as long as the Palestinian people are denied their human rights.

Please come along, tell all your friends and show your support for the people of Gaza and the West Bank.
Event #914
7:30PM on 8/Jul/2010, O'Donnell's CLCG, Whiterock Road
Eyewitness Report: Gaza Flotilla Massacre
With Ken O'Keefe, former US marine, on board the Mavi Marmara, and Fiachra Ó Luain, Donegal activist, on board the Challenger.

Benefit with Pol Mac Adaim and Barry Kerr to follow: £5w/£3uw
Event #919
7:30PM on 8/Jul/2010, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Meeting (All Welcome)


Would you like to come along to the next Dublin Branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is on Thursday 08/07/2010 at 7.30pm (please note new venue) in The Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin 2.

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.
Event #910
8:00PM on 1/Jul/2010, Ashdown Park Hotel
IPSC Public Meeting: Dr Fintan Lane of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla
The Wexford branch of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign are holding a public meeting in Gorey this Thursday 1st July. Guest speaker will be Dr Fintan Lane, one of the volunteers onboard the aid flotilla attacked recently on it's way to Gaza. The venue is the Ashdown Park Hotel, and commences at 8pm.

Speaking at a branch meeting last Saturday, Wexford IPSC Rep Gerard Barron said "I hope as many people as possible attend on Thursday, to hear Dr Lane's first hand account of what happened to him and to the other volunteer workers at the hands of the Israeli special forces. I appeal to trade union members, church groups, members of all political parties, and to the general public to come along on the night".

Dr. Lane, of the IPSC, was on board the Challenger 1 which was hijacked on Monday 31 May when the Gaza Freedom Flotilla was attacked by Israeli forces who murdered nine aid activists on the Mavi Marmara. Along with other activists on the Challenger, he was assaulted by the Israeli military, forcibly brought to Israel against his will and later deported from there despite being en route to Gaza and not to Israel when kidnapped in international waters.

This is how he described the boarding of the Challenger by Israeli commandos: " When they boarded our boat, we resisted entirely peacefully. I sat on the floor and tried to reason with them, but the Israeli commandos physically attacked us. Fiachra Ó Luain was dragged around the ground and I had a gun pointed in my face by a screaming commando. His mania was so intense that I genuinely feared for my life."

Dr. Lane will talk about his experiences on the Flotilla, his time in Israeli detention, his mistreatment and what happened to the Flotilla in general. The meeting will discuss what practical steps Irish people can help take to bring about the end of the siege of Gaza and Israeli apartheid as a whole and secure self determination for the people of Palestine. Central to this will be the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign aimed at forcing Israel to respect its obligations under international law.
Event #899
6:30PM on 29/Jun/2010, Harold's Cross Greyhound Track
IPSC Fundraiser: A Night at the Dogs

Variety is the spice of life and we're all looking for something different. For those of you who have not yet heard, the IPSC is delighted to invite you to the IPSC Fundraising night at the dogs in Harold's Cross Greyhound Stadium on Tuesday, June 29th. We're hoping for it to be an opportunity for our supporters and their friends to gather for a night out with a difference - food, flutter and craic - with the aim of helping us to fight for the rights of Palestinians.

Doors open at 6:30pm and the first of 11 races is at 7.55pm. For those of you that want to see it through to the end, the final race will be at 10:25pm. The stadium restaurant is also available for advance bookings (smaller snacks will also be available from the bar). The IPSC will be holding a Buster Draw on the night, where one of you will win €500.

Tickets for the evening cost €10 and must be booked in advance. If you're planning to attend, Iíd ask you to please pick up your tickets as soon as possible, as we will not be able to sell them at the door on the night and we want to avoid a last minute rush. We would also ask that you pass this invite on to any friends/family that you feel would be interested in attending.

Tickets are available now from the IPSC office on Dame Street (Tel:01 6770253). Tickets will also be available at the AGM and the next Dublin branch meeting. For enquiries about the evening, or if you are unable to collect tickets in advance, please email fundraising@ipsc.ie.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Event #905
11:30AM on 27/Jun/2010, The Teachers Club, Parnell Sq
IPSC Day School on Palestine
Venue: Teacher’s Club, Parnell square

Time: 11.30-5.30 Sunday, 27 June, 2010

Cost: €5 unemployed/student €10 employed (All welcome, especially new activists and interested people)


The programme is primarily aimed at people who have been affected by the Israeli State's actions and would like to get more involved in Palestinian solidarity work. It will cover the historical causes of the conflict and the current situation facing Palestinians and Israelis. It also includes workshops on activist initiatives, media work and advocacy and ongoing campaigns of the IPSC. Existing activists and interested people are also invited to attend. Modules will be delivered by IPSC members and associates.

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11.30-12 Registration

12- 1.30 Session 1

Historical introduction to Israel/Palestine

Israel/Palestine today

1.30-2 LUNCH

2-3.45 Session 2

2-3.15 Workshop 1: An introduction to Palestine solidarity advocacy and activities

2-3.15 Workshop 2: Countering Hasbara (Israeli propaganda) and indifference.

3.15-3.45 Feedback from workshops

BREAK

4-5.15 Session 3

4-5 pm Workshop 3: Media and public advocacy workshop

4-5 pm Workshop 4: Palestinian politics and Palestinian resistance

5-5.15 Feedback from workshops

5.15-6.00 Session 4

The IPSC and our solidarity work

Event #906
3:00 on 26/Jun/2010, Victoria Hotel, Patrick Street
Public talk by Fintan Lane, who was on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla (CPL)
This talk is organized by Cork Palestine Link
Event #897
1:00 on 26/Jun/2010, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Boycott Israeli Products - demo and march
Event #904
8:30PM on 25/Jun/2010, The Absolute Hotel
Freedom Flotilla activist, Fintan Lane, public talk in Limerick
Limerick IPSC are delighted to have Dr. Fintan Lane from the Freedom Flotilla speaking in Limerick.

Fintan, of the IPSC, was on board the Challenger 1 which was hijacked on Monday 31 May when the Gaza Freedom Flotilla was attacked by Israeli forces who murdered nine aid activists on the Mavi Marmara. This is a great opportunity to hear firsthand about that terrible night of massacre and abuse perpetrated by the Israeli military on people trying to bring aid to and show solidarity with the people of Gaza living under illegal siege.

Fintan will talk about his experiences on the Flotilla, his time in Israeli detention, his mistreatment and what happened to the Flotilla in general. The meeting will discuss what practical steps Irish people can help take to bring about the end of the siege of Gaza and Israeli apartheid as a whole and secure self determination for the people of Palestine. Central to this will be the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign aimed at forcing Israel to respect its obligations under international law.

All most welcome, hope to see you there.
Event #907
7:30AM on 25/Jun/2010, Israeli Embassy, 122 Pembroke Road
Peaceful Blockade of the Israeli Embassy (IAWM)
Blockade of the Israeli Embassy - Irish Anti War Movement is calling for

- End siege of Gaza
- Sanctions on Israel
- Break diplomatic ties with Israel.
Please tell all your friends, and show your support for the people of Gaza.

7:30 AM, Friday, 25th June

For more details visit www.irishantiwar.org

Event #898
TBC on 22/Jun/2010, The Gresham Hotel, O'Connell St
Debate: Israel - Is Boycott the Answer? (IAWM)

ISRAEL – IS BOYCOTT THE ANSWER?


Across the world there is a growing movement calling for international sanctions to be imposed against
the State of Israel because of its treatment of the Palestinian people. This has intensified in recent weeks
following the assault by the Israeli Navy on the peaceful flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza
– and especially because of the killing of ten peace activists on board the Mavi Marmara ship.


For decades Israel has illegally occupied Palestinian territory and denied Palestinians the most basic
human rights or self-determination. The Israeli assault on Gaza at the beginning of 2009, which claimed
the lives of almost 1,400 Palestinains, including over 300 children, horrified people across the globe.
The continuing Israeli siege of Gaza, where 1.5 million Palestinians are imprisoned in the most densely
populated territory in the world and vital humanitarian supplies are systematically blocked by Israel is
causing an ever-worsening humanitarian disaster. The situation is now so desperate that many charities
and political leaders worldwide are calling for the siege to be lifted.


Across the Palestinian territories, Israel continues to systematically kill, detain and expel Palestinian
civilians with impunity - daily expanding the illegal occupation of Palestinian lands. Women continue to
give birth stranded at checkpoints, prisoners continue to be tortured, and adults and children alike
continue to be killed. Those not expelled, imprisoned or killed live under a system of overt apartheid,
discrimination and constant threat.


Few now dispute that Israel has oppressed the Palestinian people in many ways for decades. Yet, despite
widespread condemnation of Israel’s policies by the UN and various international conventions, the
international community of nations has failed to bring about Israel’s compliance with international law or a
respect for basic human rights.


Against this background and even before the recent attack by Israel on the flotilla of aid, calls have grown
louder for decisive action against Israel in the form of an international campaign of Boycott, Divestment
and Sanctions (BDS) - similar to that applied to Apartheid South Africa in the past.


However, there is disagreement on whether such a campaign is justified or would be effective in bringing
a just solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


The Irish Anti-War Movement has organised a public debate to provide a forum for political and civil
society groups here in Ireland to discuss the arguments for and against imposing a boycott and sanctions
on Israel, if we are to help achieve justice for the Palestinians and peace in the region.


The debate will take place on Tuesday 22nd June in the Gresham Hotel, O’ Connell St in Dublin. Speakers
will include: Billy Timmins TD (Fine Gael), Joe Costello TD (Labour), Senator Mark Dearey (Greens),
Mags O Brien (Trade Union Friends of Palestine) and Richard Boyd Barrett (Chair, Steering Committee
IAWM).


Come along to participate in this important debate.


For further information contact:
Richard Boyd Barrett, Chair Steering Committee IAWM,
Tel: 086 7814520
Claudia Saba, Secretary Steering Committee IAWM
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee IAWM, Tel: 087 6472737

Event #901
3:00PM on 19/Jun/2010, The Teachers Club, Parnell Sq
Public Meeting: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions - Building on our Global BDS Victories

IPSC Public Meeting: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions - Building on our Global BDS Victories

Public Session of the IPSC Annual General Meeting 2010

The public session of the IPSC AGM this year will concentrate on the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions victories that the global BDS movement has scored recently, and will discuss how best to move this campaign forward, locally and globally.

The meeting will take place on Saturday 19th June 2010, at 3pm in The Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. It is open to the public.

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Speakers

Mick Napier, Chair of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Kamel Hawwash, Vice-Chair of the English Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Incoming IPSC Chairperson

While this meeting was planned months ago, the Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla which left at least 9 people dead, has given added impetus to the subject, as Israel finds itself at the receiving end of a tide of increased BDS actions. The IPSC encourages all those who want to take practical action to end Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians people - and now their international supporters – to attend this session and get involved in the BDS campaign in Ireland.

About the speakers

Mick Napier is Chairperson of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign. He first visited Palestine during the First Intifada, and founded the SPSC at the beginning of the second. He was a prime mover behind the publication of the Cairo Declaration earlier this year, and the SPSC has been at the forefront of BDS in Britain over the past five years.

Kamel Hawwash is a British Palestinian Academic from Jerusalem working at the University of Birmingham. He is the Vice Chair of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign; Chair of the Birmingham Ramallah Twinning Initiative; Chair of the Britian-Palestine Twinning Network and a member of the Board of trustees of Friends of Birzeit University.

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie

Event #903
11.00AM on 19/Jun/2010, Teachers Club, Parnell Sq
IPSC Annual General Meeting 2010
The IPSC's Annual General Meeting 2010 will take place on Saturday 19th June at 11am in The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. This is the annual forum for deciding IPSC policy and for our members to discuss the future of the organisation.

The morning session (11am - 2pm) is the internal business session and is open only to paid up IPSC members. If you are a member whose subscription has lapsed, you can pay on the day.

We encourage all our members to attend to help us build and strategise for the upcoming year.

Following the business session, there will be a public meeting entitled 'Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions - Building on our Global BDS Victories' at 3pm. Speakers will be Mick Napier of the Scottish PSC and Kamel Hawwash of the English PSC. More info here: http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/ipsc/displayEvent.php?eventID=901.
Event #900
8:00PM on 17/Jun/2010, Kilkenny Inn, Vicar Street
Public Meeting With Gaza Freedom Flotilla Member Fintan Lane
KILKENNY IPSC Public Meeting With Gaza Freedom Flotilla Members

This Thursday Kilkenny welcomes Dr Fintan Lane to speak at a public meeting organised by local supporters of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Dr Fintan Lane was one of the 5 Irish people on board the Free Gaza boat Challenger 1 when the flotilla came under attack in the early hours of Monday 31st May resulting in 9 people being murdered by Israeli Commandoes.

Dr Lane said "Im very pleased to have this opportunity to talk about what happened and about the ongoing siege of Gaza which we were aiming to break. Our aim on this trip was to bring aid to a people living in terrible conditions, conditions created deliberately by Israel. We were prevented from delivering that aid but our message is definitely getting through, that mesasage is Israel must end this illegal slow strangulation of Gaza."

The meeting is being held on Thursday 17th June at 8pm in the kilkenny Inn Hotel Vicar Street Kilkenny. Ends
Event #902
6:00PM on 17/Jun/2010, Jervis St Shopping Centre, Henry St
Boycott Israeli Goods Action
The IPSC has organised a boycott action targetting Jervis St Shopping Centre in which several outlets sell Israeli products.

We will be meeting outside the Henry St entrance of Jervis St at 6pm on Thursday 17th June, please come along and support this action.
Event #791
on 14/Jun/2010, An Najah National University
Invitation to International Summer Camp in Palestine
Invitation to International Summer Camp in Palestine
 
We are pleased to invite you and your associates to our international voluntary workcamp "United for Empowerment" from the 14th until the 28th of June 2010. This project  has been designed to give you the opportunity to meet with other people from around the world to share ideas, enhance practical skills, foster relationships, and give assistance to the children and youth of the Palestinian community. 
 
The international summer camp will bring together people from around the world who are interested in helping create a better world. We are targeting people who are interested in youth development, the right to education, and humanitarian issues. Palestine is a challenging but highly rewarding environment to work in. We strongly encourage highly motivated and serious men and women to apply.
 
For more information please visit: http://youth.zajel.org/summer_camps/camp2010.htm
 
For the info paper and application form please contact us at: youthexchange@najah.edu or zajel.camp@gmail.com
 
It would be our pleasure to welcome you to Palestine.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
 Alaa Yousef   
 Zajel Youth Exchange Program
 Public Relations Department
 An-Najah National University
 Nablus, Palestine
 www.najah.edu
 youthexchange@najah.edu
 Phone: ++ 970 9 2394982
 Fax: ++ 970 9 2387982
Event #896
7:00PM on 14/Jun/2010, Roundy Bar (upstairs), Daunt Sq
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Workshop
Monday, 7pm, upstairs in the Roundy Bar, Cork (next to Daunt Square): Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Workshop
Event #890
2:00PM on 12/Jun/2010, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
Public Meeting: Gaza - After the Flotilla, What Next? (Fintan Lane & Derek Graham of the Freedom Flotilla)


Speakers:

Dr Fintan Lane (IPSC & Challenger 1 passenger)
Derek Graham (First Mate on MV Rachel Corrie)
Chair: Freda Hughes (IPSC National Committee)

We all watched with horror and outrage as Israeli commandos massacred at least 9 people on the Freedom Flotilla, hijacked the Gaza-bound aid boats in international waters and imprisoned, abused and deported the human rights activists on board. The Irish boat, the MV Rachel Corrie, was then hijacked almost a week later despite demands from the Irish government that it be allowed safe passage.

Irish public opinion was outraged and all around the island supporters of the Palestinian people and the Flotilla demonstrated their anger and protested the Israeli attacks on the unarmed aid ships that sought to break the illegal siege of Gaza.

The Irish government promised "further diplomatic actions" if the Rachel Corrie was not allowed safe passage to Gaza and the blockade lifter. Thus far, no such action has been taken, or even hinted at.

This meeting will see some of the Irish participants on the Freedom Flotilla talk of their experiences, and crucially will discuss what practical steps Irish people can help take to bring about the end of the siege of Gaza and Israeli apartheid as a whole and secure self determination for the people of Palestine. Central to this will be the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign aimed at forcing Israel to respect its obligations under international law.

The speakers will be Dr. Fintan Lane of the IPSC who was on board the Challenger 1 which was hijacked on Monday 31 May and Derek Graham who was first mate on the MV Rachel Corrie which was hijacked on Sat 5 June.

ALL WELCOME
Event #893
1:00 PM on 12/Jun/2010, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Boycott protest and demo
The recent Israeli attacks on the ships bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza have underlined the importance of a boycott on Israel.

There will be a demonstration and march in Cork this Saturday.

Join us at 1:00 PM at Daunt Square.
Event #892
12:00PM on 12/Jun/2010, The Spire
Boycot Israel Action Day (IAWM)
All activist/supporters/friends meeting at 12PM before the action.

The Spire, O'Connoll Street, Dublin 1

Organised by the Irish Anti War Movement
Event #894
12:00PM on 12/Jun/2010, LUAS terminal at St Stephen’s Green
IPSC Boycott Action Targetting Veolia
On Saturday 12th, at 12pm, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign will be taking to streets at the LUAS terminal at St Stephen’s Green to highlight the complicity of Veolia, the operators of the LUAS and tenderers for the Dublin Metro North contract (as part of Transdev, with Israel’s apartheid regime. Veolia is involved in the building of the illegal light rail project in occupied East Jerusalem, operating bus services for Israel’s colonial settlers in the occupied territories and the Tovlan land fill in the Jordan Valley. The IPSC aims, as part of the international campaign against Veolia, to convince it to divest from its interests in Israel.

This is part of a Boycott Day of Action called by the Irish Anti War Movement – others will be meeting at the Spire at 12pm and targeting retailers selling Israeli goods.

Dr David Landy, Chairperson of the IPSC, said: “Veolia is a small but important part of the Israeli matrix of control in Palestine. It is victory we believe we can win, and until Veolia unequivocally divests from Israel, the IPSC and other international groups will continue to campaign to have Veolia excluded from contracts. We are meeting with the Rail Procurement Agency this Monday to discuss Veolia/Transdev’s tender for the Dublin Metro North contract, and we will be arguing that they be excluded on the basis complicity in Irsaeli human rights abuses. We also expect anti-Veolia motions - similar to ones in Dublin, Sligo and Galway - to pass in South Dublin and Fingal county Councils in the coming weeks.”

Event #895
8:30PM on 12/Jun/2010, Culturann, 37 Great James Street
Music Night for Gaza
MUSIC NIGHT FOR GAZA!
(8.30 ,Sat 12th June, Culturann, 37 Great James street Derry)

On Saturday 12th June, Derry Friends of Palestine would like to invite everyone to a 'live music event for Gaza'. Following the horrific raid and murder of humanitarian workers on board the Gaza bound ship last week, we wish to invite the people of Derry and further afield to attend a gathering to show solidarity with the people of Palestine.

In this event:
- There will be an exhibition of selected photographs, showing the daily oppression of the Palestinian people, in Gaza and the West Bank, respectively.
- A range of top-class musicians.
- Headlining the gig is Tyrone folk singer Mickey Coleman, who has written a protest song against the siege of Gaza - titled 'Mother's Lulaby'.
- Terry 'Cruncher' O'Neill, Declan McLaughlin and others will also be performing.
- During the course of the night, there will also be raffles for pictures/t-shirts donated kindly by the Bogside Artists.
Come along and show your support against the siege of Gaza!There will be music and craic as well of course!
Admission £5 (BYOB - bring your own booze)
EVERYONE WELCOME!
Event #889
7:30PM on 10/Jun/2010, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Meeting


Would you like to come along to the next Dublin Branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is on Thursday 10/06/2010 at 7.30pm (please note new venue) in The Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin 2.

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc. We will be especially focusing on actions arising out of the Flotilla Massacre and stepping up the campaign against Veolia.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.
Event #891
7:30PM on 10/Jun/2010, Corish Memorial Hall
Public Meeting: End the siege on Gaza (Wexford CTU)
Date: Thursday, June 10, 2010
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Corish Memorial Hall, Wexford

Description

This event is Wexford Council of Trade Unions organised. It is not an Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign event, but PLEASE show your support by attending.
Event #872
1:00 PM on 5/Jun/2010, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Protest against Israeli attack on Gaza Freedom Flotilla
This Saturday, there will be a demonstration and march in Cork, in protest against the Israeli attack on the ships bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza.

The demonstration will start at 1:00 PM at Daunt Square.
Event #881
12:00PM on 5/Jun/2010, Red Square
Vigil for Freedom Flotilla
Waterford IPSC are holding a vigil / protest in Red square Waterford at 12oc on Saturday 5th of June 2010

All are welcome, there will also be members of the Waterford IPSC Youth group, there to welcome our younger supporters.

The youth group will be accepting signatures and messages for the heroes on the M.V. Rachel Corrie and messages will be sent from youth members to children in Gaza
Event #880
3:00PM on 5/Jun/2010, GPO
Protest against Israeli attack on Gaza Freedom Flotilla
Sligo Protest against Israeli attack on Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Saturday, 5th June, 3pm, GPO, Sligo
Event #883
1:00PM on 5/Jun/2010, O'Connell Square
Action in solidarity with Freedom Flotilla
A leafletting action will take place from 1pm in O'Connell Square in Ennis on Saturday 5th June.
Event #884
1:30PM on 5/Jun/2010, Arthur's Quay Park
Action in solidarity with Freedom Flotilla
Limerick Saturday 5th June 1.30pm Arthur's Quay Park
Event #885
2:00PM on 5/Jun/2010, The Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Sq
Flotilla Deportees to Speak at Mass Demonstration in Dublin

Flotilla Deportees to Speak at Mass Demonstration in Dublin on Saturday

IPSC Calls for huge mobilisition

Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Press Release - 2nd June 2010, 4.30pm

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has called a mass demonstration for 2pm this Saturday in Dublin at which the Freedom Flotilla deportees will speak. The demonstration will assemble at 2pm at the Garden of Remembrance and from there will march to the Department of Foreign Affairs on St. Stephen's Green.

Dr David Landy, Chairperson of the IPSC said: "We are calling on the Irish public, civil society and all political parties to support us in this demonstration that will welcome home the Irish heroes of the Freedom Flotilla who were kidnapped at sea in an act of Israeli piracy, while their comrades were murdered. It is vitally important that the Irish public come out on the streets and show their support and solidarity with the Freedom Flotilla and the besieged people of Gaza. We look forward to hearing the prisoners' stories of their experiences free of the spin of the Israeli PR machine."

Dr Landy continued: "We are also calling on the public to support the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel." Dr Landy went on to outline proposals that the IPSC was asking the Irish government to take:

(1) End its arms trade with Israel, e.g. the purchase of helmets and bullets from Israeli
firms
(2) Support the suspension of the Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement until Israel
complies with international law
(3) Ensure that the ‘silent upgrade’ of EU-Israeli relations is halted until Israel complies
with international law
(4) Work to reverse Israel's premature accession to the OECD
(5) Withdraw its ambassador from Tel Aviv as other countries have done, and expel the
Israeli ambassador to Ireland.
(6) Exercise pressure on Irish multinational CRH to divest from its Israeli subsidiary that is
engaged in building the Separation Wall deemed illegal by the International Court of
Justice in 2005

Event #886
12:00PM on 5/Jun/2010, Hill Street
Newry Demo in Solidairty with Freedom Flotilla
Hill Street, Newry, Saturday 5 June 12 - 2pm.

Newry and District IPSC

There will be a demonstration of support for the Gaza Flotilla and a petition calling on the ending of the blockade of Gaza and a boycott of Israeli goods.

For info contact Patsy Doyle 028 30888690 or patsym@f2s.com
Event #887
11:00AM on 5/Jun/2010, Mansion House
Meeting on the Israeli attack on Freedom Flotilla (Labour)
From the Office of Proinsias De Rossa MEP

Dear Friend,

I would like to invite you to a meeting the Labour Party is organising on the Israeli attack on the humanitarian convoy to Gaza and on the continuing siege of Gaza.

The purpose of this meeting is:

- to enable people to express their outrage at Israel's actions;
- to support calls for EU and UN investigations into the attack, for a UN Security Council response and for sanctions against Israel;
- to demand the lifting of Israel's siege of Gaza;
- and to demand a serious engagement by the international community with the ongoing Middle Eastern crisis.

This event will take place this coming Saturday, 5th June, in the Mansion House, Dublin 2 from 11am to 1pm.

The speakers will include Irish participants in the humanitarian mission (names TBC), Proinsias De Rossa MEP, Chair of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council, Joe Costello TD, Labour Party spokesperson on Europe and Human Rights, Michael D. Higgins TD, Labour's spokesperson on Foreign Affairs (TBC), and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Emer Costello.

Representatives of the Ireland Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and Sedaka are also being invited to provide speakers.

To register for this event, please email proinsias.derossa@europarl.europa.eu or telephone 01.8746109.

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Proinsias De Rossa MEP

President, Delegation for Relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council

Joe Costello, TD

Labour spokesperson on Europe and Human Rights
Event #888
2:00PM on 5/Jun/2010, Market Square
Demo for Gaza
Demonstration in Dundalk at Market Square at 2pm
Event #875
4:00PM on 4/Jun/2010, O'Hanrahan bridge
Protest the Israeli murders of international rights activists at sea
A protest is taking place in New Ross on Friday 4th June, at 4pm meeting at O'Hanrahan bridge.

Organised by Waterford IPSC
Event #882
6:00pm on 4/Jun/2010, City Hall
Candlelit vigil for Freedom Flotilla
A candlelit vigil will be held in Belfast on Friday 4th June at 6.00 p.m. at the City Hall to express our indignation and sadness at the murders of the people on the Turkish boat.
Event #866
8:00PM on 3/Jun/2010, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin Branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is on Thursday 20/05/2010 at 8pm (please note new venue) in Connolly The Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin 2.

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Event #877
6:00PM on 3/Jun/2010, Central Bank Plaza
March to Israeli Embassy (IAWM)
NTI-WAR MOVEMENT MARCH THIS THURSDAY: EXPEL ISRAEL'S AMABASSADOR! RELEASE IRISH PRISONERS! SANCTIONS NOW!
 
After Israeli massacre on Gaza flotilla…. SANCTIONS ON ISRAEL NOW- FREEDOM FOR PALESTINE!

March to the Israeli Embassy, June 3rd, Assemble 6pm Central Bank Plaza, Dame St, Dublin

The Irish Anti-War Movement is holding a major march and demonstration to the Israeli Embassy, this Thursday June 3rd, calling for the Irish Government to expel the Israeli ambassador from Ireland, to impose sanctions on Israel, to demand Israel gives safe passage to the Rachel Corrie boat to Gaza and for the immediate release of all prisoners from the flotilla that are now in Israeli custody. The march will assemble at 6pm at the Central Bank plaza on Dame St, Dublin, before marching to the Dail and then on to the Israeli embassy.
Event #879
7:00PM on 3/Jun/2010, High Street
Protest the Israeli murders of human rights activists at sea
A protest is taking place in Gorey on Thursday 3rd June, meeting on the High Street at 7pm.

Organised by Wexford IPSC.
Event #878
1:00PM on 2/Jun/2010, Abercorn Square
Protest against the attack on the Gaza-bound ships
Protest against the attack on the Gaza-bound ships and the Israeli blockade on Gaza in Abercorn Square Wed 2nd June at 1 o'clock
Event #876
6pm on 2/Jun/2010, The Bridge
Protest the Israeli murders of human rights activists at sea
A protest is taking place in Wexford Town on Wednesday 2nd June, meeting at the Bridge, at 6pm.

Organised by Wexford IPSC.
Event #873
6:00PM on 1/Jun/2010, Market Square
Vigil for Palestine and the Freedom Flotilla
Mayo Sinn Féin are organising a  Vigil for Palestine and the Freedom Flotilla,  
 assembling in the Market Square, Castlebar at 6 pm on Tuesday 1 June.  
 
We are asking people to come out and show their support for the humanitarian activists on board the Flotilla and to express their outrage for this murderous attack by Israeli military forces, which has shocked and horrified people accross the world.   
It must be condemned by all governments and political leaders who believe in democracy, peace, security and the standing of international law. 
Event #874
2:30PM on 1/Jun/2010, The Tholsel, High St
Protest the Israeli killings of human rights activists at sea
A protest is taking place in Kilkenny at 2.30 this afternoon. Meet at the Tholsel on High St.

Organised by Kilkenny IPSC
Event #865
6:00PM on 31/May/2010, The Spire, O'Connell St
Protest the Flotilla Murders! March to the Israeli Embassy!
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign has called a protest for this evening at 6pm, assembling at the Spire on O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 which will then march to the Israeli Embassy in Ballsbridge.

Speakers at the event will be Aengus O Snodaigh TD and Chris Andrews TD, both of whom were refused access to the flotilla by the Cypriot authorities after coming under severe pressure from Israel. The IPSC is calling on people in Ireland to show their outrage at this murderous attack against unarmed solidarity activists by coming out on the streets today.
Event #869
1:00PM on 31/May/2010, Daunt Sqaure
Protest Vigil for murdered Freedom Flotilla members
Vigil from 1pm - 7pm, Daunt Square, Cork

This morning at around 3am local time, 31 May 2010, Israeli commandos in gunships and helicopters, attacked the Freedom Flotilla, a group of boats carrying humanitarian aid like cement and school bags, and Irish and international human rights activists, aid workers, politicians. 15-25 people have been killed, 60+ injured. They attacked the Turkish passenger boat first. We have not been able to get in contact with them since. The main Irish cargo boat was delayed and is currently on its way. We believe they will attack it too. We are protesting today in memory of those killed, and to stop any more murders!!!!
Event #867
5:00PM on 31/May/2010, Guildhall Square
PROTEST VIGIL AGAISNT ISRAEL FOR MURDERED FLOTILLA PASSENGERS
PROTEST VIGIL AGAISNT ISRAEL FOR MURDERED FLOTILLA PASSENGERS

DERRY FRIENDS OF PALESTINE CALLS PROTEST TODAY

WHERE & WHEN
GUILDHALL SQUARE 5 PM

WHY
JOIN US IN SOLIDARITY WITH OTHER ORGANISTIONS AROUND THE WORLD TODAY TO REMEMBER THOSE MURDERED ON THE FLOTILLA AND PROTEST THE CRIMINAL ACTIONS OF ISRAEL
Event #868
4:00PM on 31/May/2010, City Hall
Vigil for Palestine and the Freedom Flotilla
A vigil for Palestine and the Freedom Flotilla, which has been stopped by the Israelis 90 miles from Gaza, will take place today @4pm at Belfast City Hall. This has been organised by Friends of Palestine Belfast. All are welcome.
Event #870
4pm on 31/May/2010, Waterford Bridge
Vigil in protest at Israeli murders of Folitlla passengers
There will be a vigil/protest taking place in Waterford town today at 4pm on the bridge. Organised by the IPSC. All welcome.
Event #871
6:00PM on 31/May/2010, GPO
Protest vigil for Palestine & murdered freedom flotilla passengers
Protest vigil for Palestine & murdered freedom flotilla passengers at GPO in Sligo 6pm today (31/5/10)

Organised by Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC)

Contact Gerry Casey @ 087 9301 625 for more info
Event #852
1:00 PM on 29/May/2010, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and GrandParade)
Boycott Israeli Products demo and march
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is asking shoppers not to buy Israeli goods in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are still being besieged by the Israeli government.

We will assemble for a short rally @ 1pm in Daunt Square in Cork. From there, we will march to various stores around the city centre, where we will stage protests to encourage shoppers to boycott Israeli products.
Event #864
8:00PM on 28/May/2010, Gort Na Mona
Fighting Folk: Fundraising gig to bring over a Palestinian football team

'Fighting Folk' is a new initiative, if not a new idea.

Basically, the thinking is to run a number of quality folk nights throughout the year with the proceeds going to people, groups and organisations that are actually fighting for something positive.

The first one will be in aid of the Anti-Racist World Cup attempt to bring a team of young Palestinians over from the West Bank to play in this years tournament.

It will take place in Gort Na Mona on Friday 28th May at 8pm.

Subject to intense racism from Israel, this is a real chance to show these young people, their familes and their communities that West Belfast stands shoulder to shoulder with the West Bank and all of historic Palestine.

Entertainment on the night will be provided by two outstanding Irish folk artists who will be giving of their services for free!

Barry Kerr
http://www.barrykerr.com/

&

Baz McSherry
http://www.myspace.com/bazmcsherry

They will be followed by a disco.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for £4. Alternatively, you may pay in at the door on the night for the slightly higher price of £5.

For tickets contact John McCusker on 07708959607.

Event #733
on 23/May/2010, An-Najah National University
International Volunteer Workcamp: United for Empowerment


Subject: Invitation to International Summer Camp in Palestine

We are pleased to invite you and your associates to our international voluntary workcamp "United for Empowerment" from the 23rd of May until the 8th of June 2010. This project  has been designed to give you the opportunity to meet with other people from around the world to share ideas, enhance practical skills, foster relationships, and give assistance to the children and youth of the Palestinian community. 

The international summer camp will bring together people from around the world who are interested in helping create a better world. We are targeting people who are interested in youth development, the right to education, and humanitarian issues. Palestine is a challenging but highly rewarding environment to work in. We strongly encourage highly motivated and serious men and women to apply.

For more information please visit: http://youth.zajel.org/summer_camps/camp2010.htm

For the info paper and application form please contact us at: youthexchange@najah.edu or zajel.camp@gmail.com

It would be our pleasure to welcome you to Palestine.

Yours sincerely,

 Alaa Yousef 
Zajel Youth Exchange Program
Public Relations Department
An-Najah National University
Nablus, Palestine

 www.najah.edu
 youthexchange@najah.edu

 Phone: ++ 970 9 2394982
 Fax: ++ 970 9 2387982

Event #860
7:30PM on 20/May/2010, Connolly Books (upstairs), 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin Branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is on Thursday 20/05/2010 at 7.30pm (please note new venue) upstairs in Connolly Books, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Map: http://tinyurl.com/ygfku83.

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.
Event #861
11:00AM on 20/May/2010, Buswell's Hotel, Molesworth St
Press Conference: Launch of IPSC/Phoenix Magazine Special Supplement on Palestine
The IPSC in association with Phoenix Magazine, are proud to announce the publication of a 16-Page full-colour special supplement on Palestine that will be bundled with the May 21st issue of Phoenix.

Contributers to the publication include member of the Goldstone report mission Col. Desmond Travers; journalists Lara Marlowe and Harry Browne; politicians Chris Andrews TD (FF), Aengus O Snodaigh TD (SF), Ciaran Cuffe TD (Greens), Sen. David Norris (Ind), Jim Higgins MEP (FG) and Prionsias De Rossa MEP (Lab); Palestinains Jamal Juma' (Stop the Wall), Dr. Hikmat Ajjuri (Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland) and Usama Hamdan (Hamas); South African anti-apartheid activists Ronnie Kasrils and Kader Asmal; and Irish trade union leaders Jack O'Connor (SIPTU) and Jimmy Kelly (UNITE).

To launch it, we will be holding a press coference in Buswell's Hotel, Moleworth Steet, Dublin 2 on Thursday 20th May at 11am. The conference will feature some of the contributers to the supplement.
Event #862
8:00PM on 20/May/2010, St Michael's Theatre
Launch of Wexford Branch of the IPSC
PUBLIC MEETING:

Launch of Wexford Branch of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Thursday 20th May, 8pm

St Michael's Theatre

NEW ROSS

Co. WEXFORD

We are officially launching Wexford branch of IPSC on this night, and have IPSC Chairperson Dr. David Landy as guest speaker, with either film or powerpoint presentation.

All Welcome!
Event #853
7:30PM on 18/May/2010, The Cedar Tree, St. Andrew's St
Dinner With a Purpose: Supporting Palestinian Children's Holiday in Ireland (Host: Sen David Norris)


DINNER WITH A PURPOSE
SUPPORTING PALESTINIAN CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY IN IRELAND

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENING:

*GUEST AFTER DINNER SPEAKER: SENATOR DAVID NORRIS (Fully supporting children’s innate right to a safe and happy childhood)

*FINE LEBANESE CUISINE IN A TRADITIONAL MIDDLE EASTERN ATMOSPHERE

*RAFFLE

*PERSONALLY DEDICATED COPIES OF ULYSSES, AVAILABLE TO BUY, AND SIGNED BY SENATOR DAVID NORRIS

DETAILS:

VENUE                         THE CEDAR TREE
                                      ST. ANDREW STREET
                                      DUBLIN 2

DATE AND TIME        18th MAY 2010 AT 7.30PM

COST                           80 EURO PER PERSON

For further information on how to book this most enjoyable evening while supporting this wonderful venture please contact me, Eileen, at: emecarr@gmail.com or 086 8152464

Event #858
7:00PM on 18/May/2010, The Ballroom, Gresham Hotel
POSTPONED: Public Debate: Israel - Is Boycott the Answer?
PLEASE NOTE: We have been informed by the organisers that this event has been postponed. When it is rescheduled, we will repost it here. Regards.

ISRAEL – IS BOYCOTT THE ANSWER?

Across the world there is a growing movement calling for an international boycott and sanctions to be imposed against the State of Israel because of its treatment of the Palestinians.

For decades Israel has illegally occupied Palestinian territory and denied Palestinians the most basic human rights or self-determination.

The Israeli assault on Gaza at the beginning of 2009, which claimed the lives of almost 1,400 Palestinains, including over 300 children, horrified people across the globe.

The continuing Israeli siege of Gaza, where over 1 million Palestinians are imprisoned in the most densely populated territory in the world and vital humanitarian supplies are systematically blocked by Israel, is causing  an ever worsening humanitarian disaster. The situation has become so desperate that on 5 May 2010 the Director of Operations of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees, called upon the international community to break the siege on the Gaza Strip by sending ships loaded with desperately needed supplies.

Across the Palestinian territories, Israel continues to systematically kill, detain and expel Palestinian civilians with impunity - daily expanding the illegal occupation of Palestinian lands. Women continue to give birth stranded at checkpoints, prisoners continue to be tortured, adults and children alike continue to be killed. Those not expelled, imprisoned or killed live under a system of overt apartheid, discrimination and constant threat.

Few now dispute that Israel has oppressed the Palestinian people in many ways for decades.

Yet, despite widespread condemnation of Israel’s policies by the UN and various international conventions, the international community of nations has failed to bring about Israel’s compliance with international law or a respect for basic human rights.

Against this background calls have grown louder for decisive action against Israel in the form of an international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions - similar to that applied to Apartheid South Africa in the past.

However, there is disagreement on whether such a campaign is justified or would be effective in bringing a just solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Irish Anti-War Movement has organised a public debate to provide a forum for political and civil society groups here in Ireland to discuss the arguments for and against imposing a boycott and sanctions on Israel, if we are to help achieve justice for the Palestinians and peace in the region.

The debate will take place on Tuesday May 18th in the Ballroom of the Gresham Hotel, O' Connell St in Dublin. The debate will be chaired by RTE broadcaster and Journalist, Richard Crowley. Speakers will include: Joe Costello TD (Labour), Senator Mark Dearey (Greens), Billy Timmins TD (Fine Gael), Richard Boyd Barrett (Irish Anti-War Movement).
 
Come along to participate in this important debate.
Event #848
9:00AM on 17/May/2010, Belfast Crown Courts, Laganside Courts, Oxford St
Solidarity protest with the Raytheon defendants

Solidarity protest with the Raytheon defendants



We have just been infomred that the opening date of the trial has been postponed, we will post updated information once it becomes available.

Date: Monday, May 17, 2010
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Crown Courts Belfast
Street: Laganside Courts, Oxford Street, Belfast

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign strongly urges our supporters to attend the protest to show solidarity with the accused who took direct action to help end Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

The decommissioning action was a direct response to the Israeli assault on Gaza, which had begun on 27 December 2008 and lasted into January 2009. In a matter of weeks, more than 1,400 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli armed forces, including over 300 children. Raytheon has a longstanding relationship with the Israeli state and many of the bombs dropped during the massacre in Gaza were made and supplied by Raytheon.

They were not able to gain direct access to Raytheon’s section of the building in Derry, but they rightly refused to leave the premises until assured by the PSNI that they would investigate Raytheon's complicity in war crimes. As a result of their action, they are facing trial on 4 May at Belfast High Court, charged with burglary with intent to commit unlawful damage, two with unlawfully damaging a security keypad, two with assaulting a security guard and one with kicking a steel door. All have pleaded not guilty.

Speaking on behalf of the IPSC, Freda Hughes extended solidarity to the activists: "This anti-war action was entirely appropriate in the context of Raytheon's very close relationship with the Israeli state. We commend the women and believe that all people of conscience in this country should support them as they are dragged through the courts. It is quite clear that Raytheon is deeply involved in supplying the Israeli war machine and must be deemed complicit in the dreadful murders of more than 1,400 men, women and children in Gaza last year."

Ms Hughes also said: "The killing of so many civilians could never be justified, but the murder of more than 300 children highlights how savage and indiscriminate the Israeli assault on Gaza was. It is no wonder that these Derry women felt the urge to act against the suppliers of the Israeli killing machine. They did the right thing and deserve the full support of all who care about basic human rights. The IPSC encourages our supporters to come out on May 4th in solidarity with these brave activists."

Women anti-war activists outside Raytheon in Derry
Women anti-war activists outside Raytheon in Derry

Event #843
12:00AM on 15/May/2010, Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court
[Nakba Week] Palestine Day at Seomra Spraoi

[Nakba Week] Palestine Day at Seomra Spraoi

Skill sharing workshops and social events on May 15th 2010 from 12pm -12am

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is holding a day of workshops, skill sharing and social events for people who are interested in learning more about Palestine and geting involved in active campaign work here in Ireland. There will be a range of discussions and workshops covering both practical and theoretical issues as well as film screenings, a Palestinian food and a social evening.

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Palestine Day aims to provide a space for building on and sustaining the processes that lead to establishing a well informed grassroots mass movement here in Ireland.

This event is part of a series of IPSC events to commemorate the Nakba – the ethnic cleansing of Palestine which led to the establishment of the exclusivist state of Israel. In 1948 over 700,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes, civilians were massacred & hundreds of Palestinian villages deliberately destroyed, this expulsion continues today. We can't stop yesterday's atrocities; we must prevent today's.

Programme for the day:

Banner Making Workshop 12pm- Learn how to make a durable, effective banner without all the hassle. Materials will be provided. Hosted by Bas O'Currain.

Forming a Student Solidarity Society 1.30pm- This session will deal with practical steps and ideas on how to go about organising a student society branch of the IPSC in your university. We'll discuss some of the issues, outline the resources we could provide and how best to make your campus based work effective.

Discussion sessions:

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) 3pm- The theoretical reasoning behind the BDS campaign and the necessity for such a campaign will be discussed by IPSC Chairperson Dr. David Landy while practical ideas for boycott actions and campaigns will be discussed by prominent Dutch activist Christine DeVos.

The Left in Palestine 4.30pm - A brief history of the Leftist parties in Palestine will be given by Kevin Squires and Freda Hughes of the IPSC who will go on to discuss the current fractious nature of the Left and the new generation of collectivists emerging within Anti-Zionist activism.

Film screening :

The Land Speaks Arabic (Maryse Gargour) 6pm - The Land Speaks Arabic documents the founding of the Zionist movement and the expulsion of Palestinians in the early part of the 20th century.In this documentary the late 19th century birth of Zionism—and its repercussions for Palestinians—is detailed with original source documents, Zionist leaders' quotations, rare archival footage, testimonies of witnesses and interviews with historians. All help to illustrate that the expulsion of the indigenous Arab population from Palestine was far from an accidental result of the 1948 war. This award-winning film shines a spotlight on the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the Zionist movement.

Social Evening 8pm - On the night there will be Palestinian food, Palestinian and Arabic music (from folk to electronica to hip hop) and craic galore. This is a bring your own
booze event, and the cost of entry is just a suggested donation of €5. This may or may not include a free bottle of Palestinian Taybeh beer while stocks last.

Palestinian Food - Falafel plate, Tabouleh, Tzatsiki, Harissa, Humus and Chips will be provided by the Seomra Kitchen Collective for a donation of €5.

This event is organised by The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) as part of Nakba Week (May 8th-15th) and will be held in Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1. Map here : http://ipsc.ie/images/seomramap.jpg

This event will operate on a donation basis and is open to all.

Recommended donation:
Daytime session (workshops/discussion groups/screening) - €5
Social evening - €5
Food will be provided by the Seomra Kitchen Collective who also operate on a donation basis.

For more information on Nakba Week see www.ipsc.ie

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie
Event #856
7:15PM on 13/May/2010, Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, Clonskeagh
Seminar: The War in Gaza & its Consequences
Event #841
6:00PM on 13/May/2010, Connolly Books, 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar
[Nakba Week] IPSC Pamphlet Launch: 'Gaza - A Background to the Conflict' by Daniel Finn

[Nakba Week] IPSC Pamphlet Launch: 'Gaza - A Background to the Conflict' by Daniel Finn

 

Invitation to the Launch of the new IPSC Pamphlet
Gaza: A Background to the Conflict by Daniel Finn
Thursday 13th May, 6pm,
Connolly Books, 43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2

Gaza - A Background to the Conflict' by Daniel Finn
Gaza - A Background to the Conflict' by Daniel Finn

Gaza: A Background to the Conflict is a short pamphlet which provides a detailed account of the events that took place in Gaza between Israel's so called "disengagement" in August 2005 and the end of the Israeli massacre dubbed "Operation Cast Lead", which left over 1,400 Palestinians dead and Gaza in ruins.

As part of the IPSC Nakba Week 2010 activities, in an evening chaired by Dr. David Landy, author Daniel Finn will discuss his new pamphlet, which is a must read for anyone wanting to know the real facts about why Israel launched it's devastating offensive on the tiny coastal region which is home to over 1.5 million Palestinians. Cheese, wine and savoury snacks will be provided at the event which promises to be a relaxing and informative evening.

Copies of the pamphlet will be available on the night for €2 and the author will be happy to sign them. After the launch, (unsigned) copies will be available for purchase on the IPSC website.

About the author

Dan Finn is an award winning journalist and PhD History candidate. He holds the post of Political Officer with the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. He is a former Education Officer with the Debt and Development Coalition in Ireland. He also writes on Latin American politics and Irish radical history. His articles have appeared in a variety of print and web publications including the London Review of Books, Monthly Review and Irish Left Review, and he is a frequent contributor to Resistance - the Irish Socialist Network magazine.

Introduction to the Pamphlet

The world was shocked by the brutality of the Israeli attack on Gaza at the beginning of 2009.

For three weeks, one of the most densely populated urban areas to be found anywhere on the planet was bombarded with rockets, missiles, artillery shells and white phosphorus. Tanks and armed personal carriers ploughed their way through residential areas. Schools and hospitals were attacked. Women and children came under fire while sheltering in UN buildings. By the time Israel began withdrawing its troops from Gaza, over 1,300 people were dead – the vast majority of them civilians.

Israeli newspapers and human rights agencies have collected testimony from soldiers who took part in the operation, confirming that civilians were deliberately targeted as a matter of course.

To justify the attack on Gaza, the Israeli government put forward a simple narrative, which goes as follows: In 2005, Israel took a bold and courageous decision to withdraw its troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip. It hoped that by doing so, it would begin a process leading to the formation of an independent Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank, co-existing peacefully with the Israeli people. If things went according to plan, the Gaza pull-out would be followed by more Israeli withdrawals from Palestinian territory.

But Israel’s generosity was not reciprocated. The Palestinian people voted for a fanatical terrorist organisation, Hamas, bent on destroying Israel. Hamas ignored the reasonable demands of the international community that it renounce terrorism and recognise Israel’s right to exist, and proceeded to seize power in Gaza, using the territory as a base to launch rocket attacks on Israeli towns. The actions taken by Israel in response were a tragic necessity: while the Israeli government deplored the loss of innocent lives, Hamas makes such casualties inevitable by using Palestinian civilians as ‘human shields’.


This narrative has often been accepted even by those who have protested against the behaviour of the Israeli army: when they charge Israel with “disproportionate” use of force, they implicitly accept that its actions are a response to Palestinian misdeeds. In fact, the Israeli version of events is pure fiction.

Israel never granted real autonomy to the people of Gaza. It never had any intention of following the much-trumpeted Gaza withdrawal with similar moves to vacate the West Bank. The demands made of the Hamas-led government by Israel and its allies were outrageously one-sided and unjust. Violence directed against Gazan civilians from inside Israel has been vastly greater than the violence directed against Israeli civilians from inside Gaza.

This pamphlet provides an accurate version of events since 2005 and describes the path that led to the Gaza massacre last year.

Daniel Finn, March 2010

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie
Event #859
7:30PM on 12/May/2010, Camden Palace Hotel
[Nakba Week] Film Screening: Arna's Children


A film about cross border relations in Palestine/Israel. The documentary follows one Israeli woman as she works with Palestinian children through theatre and art. The film highlights the capacity theatre has to enhance the lives of those living in the most gruelling of conditions. It's a tale of compassion and loss and highlights the humanity which can emanate from from both sides of the border.

Organised by Free Gaza Ireland.
Event #855
3:15PM on 11/May/2010, Defence Minister Tony Killeen's Constituency Office, Harmony Row
[Nakba Week] No to Irish Defence Forces Buying Israeli Bullets: Protest at Defence Minister's Constituency Office
The IPSC will be staging a protest at the constituency office of Defence Minister Tony Killeen in Ennis, calling on the Irish Government not to consider the granting of a contract an Irish Defence Forces contract for bullets to Israel Military Industries.

Assemble at the fountain near Tony Killeen's office at 3.15pm on Tuesday 11th May.


The recent revelation that the Irish Government is considering purchasing millions of euros worth of bullets from Israel Military Industries is deeply shocking.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign finds it completely inappropriate that the Irish State would purchase weapons from a company that is intimately linked to the Israeli armed forces and one that supplies the means by which the war crimes documented by the Goldstone Report can be committed. Furthermore, we feel that at a time when Israel is facing unprecedented criticism for its continued defiance of international law, such a purchase of arms would send entirely the wrong message to the Israeli state and the international community.

We will also be collecting signatures for our petition.

For more info about the Israeli bullets fiasco, please see this link.
Event #857
6:00PM on 10/May/2010, City Hall, Dame St
Solidarity Demo with Anti-Veolia Motion in Dublin City Council
The IPSC in Dublin will be staging a solidarity demonstration with the anti-Veolia motion being put before Dublin City Council this Monday. The demo will start at 6pm outside City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2 on the evening of Monday 10th May.

This is the third month this motion will be before DCC - the previous two times it was not voted on due to time constraints. We really hope it will be voted on and passed this time around!

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Please come along for an hour and show your support for this motion, which if passed, will represent a European Capital City saying 'No' to complicity with Israeli Apartheid against the Palestinian people, and joining in the chorus of international defeats Veolia has recently suffered because of its involvement in cementing Israeli Apartheid.

The full text of the motion, as well as details about Veolia's ongoing complicity with Israeli Apartheid can be found at the link below.

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie/veolia
Event #840
1:00PM on 8/May/2010, The Spire, O'Connell St
[Nakba Week] Children’s Rally: Remember the Children of Palestine

Children’s Rally: Remember the Children of Palestine -The Spire, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1
Saturday, 8th May 2010, 1pm

(Family Friendly event as part of Nakba Week, May 8th-15th 2010)

During international armed conflicts, children are afforded protection under International Humanitarian Law (IHL), including the Geneva Convention. Children are also protected under international human rights law and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). IHL provides general protection for children as persons taking no part in hostilities and special protection as persons who are especially vulnerable during war and armed conflict.

 

During Christmas 2008 (Dec 08-Jan09), we all watched in horror the deadly Israeli attacks on Gaza in which 1,415 Palestinians were killed (including 318 children) and over 5,000 injured. On average, 13 children were killed each day of the offensive.

 

The 6th January 2009 witnessed the highest number of child deaths – 8 children were killed in the attack near al-Fakhoura School in Jabalya refugee camp and dozens of civilians (including many children) were killed in the military operations inside the Tal al Hawa neighbourhood in the south of Gaza city. 

 

Since then, because of the illegal Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, the 1.5 million people of Gaza have been unable to rebuild their lives. No homes or schools have been rebuilt. Most children have no textbooks or school supplies. The water and sewage systems have not been repaired. People are still dying for lack of medical care.

 

The abuse of children by the Israeli state is not confined to Gaza. Since the beginning of this year (2010) 2 minors have been shot dead in the West Bank, many many more have been unlawfully interned in Israeli prisons. The Shabak (israeli "internal security" force) regularly use children as pawns when interogating Palestinian men and women. Children are terrorised at night by regular Israeli military raids and arrests.

 

This demonstration is part of a series of IPSC events to commemorate the Nakba – the ethnic cleansing of Palestine which led to the establishment of the exclusivist state of Israel. In 1948 over 700,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes, civilians were massacred & hundreds of Palestinian villages deliberately destroyed, this expulsion continues today. We can't stop yesterday's atrocities; we must prevent today's.

Please join us on 8th May 2010 at 1pm at at the Spire on O'Connell Street to remember the children of Palestine who were killed and injured since the Nakba began in 1948. We will symbolically lay childrens shoes and ask people to chalk the names of the villages displaced during the Nakba on the ground. This demonstration will be fully stewarded and we ask that all children under 16 are chaperoned by a responsible adult.

 

We call for justice for the men, women and especially the children of Palestine.

Event #854
1:00PM on 7/May/2010, Dept. of Foreign Affairs, St. Stephen's Green
Protest Against Israel Joining the OECD (Labour Party)

PROTEST AGAINST ISRAEL JOINING THE OECD

This Friday, 7th May, 1-2pm,

Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Iveagh House, St. Stephen's Green

  

Proinsias De Rossa MEP, Chair of the European Parliament's Delegation to Palestine, and Joe Costello TD, the Labour Party's spokesperson on European Affairs and Human Rights, invite you to join them outside the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Iveagh House, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, from 1-2pm this Friday (7th May) in a public protest against the Irish government's proposed support for Israel's accession to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The OECD is due to make the decision on Monday, 11th May.

 

Israel does not currently comply with international law and OECD human rights standards. Israel was formally invited to join OECD in May 2007 on condition that it meet a set of criteria, including respect for human rights, commitment to peace and democracy, and conformity with principles of the UN.

 

Even though these terms have not yet been met, a final decision on Israel's accession is planned at an OECD Council meeting on 11th May and formally ratified at a Ministerial meeting on May 28-29 in Paris at which the Irish Government will have a representative.

 

For Israel, accession to the OECD would be of great advantage, both in terms of global prestige and practical economic benefits. Its credit rating would be upgraded and Israeli firms would find it much easier to raise capital.

 

Decision-making in the OECD is by consensus so it would take only one of the 30 OECD member states to block Israel’s accession. Ireland therefore can play a critical role by ensuring that our constitutional obligations to put human rights at the core of our foreign relations are respected.

 

The protest is aimed at putting pressure on the Irish Government to refuse to give its assent to Israel's accession to the OECD until it can demonstrate that the infringements of Palestinian human rights by the Israeli government have ended.

 

To confirm your participation contact Proinsias De Rossa MEP, 8746109, proinsias.derossa@europarl.europa.eu or Joe Costello TD at 6183896, joe.costello@oir.ie

www.derossa.com,

Event #850
10.15AM on 5/May/2010, Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road
Protest at CRH AGM: Divest From Apartheid Israel!


Protest at CRH AGM: Divest From Apartheid Israel!

This year the CRH Annual General Meeting (AGM) starts at 11am Wednesday May 5th, in the Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road in Dun Laoghaire.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is asking as many people as possible to mobilise to make a BIG noise outside the hotel and to send a clear message to CRH that they should bring their complicity in Israel's human rights abuses in occupied Palestine to an end by divesting from the Israeli company Mashav. We will be assembling at at 10.15am at the Catholic church plaza.

Marine Road is the big wide street which connects Georges Street down to the harbour. The entrance to the hotel is opposite the Catholic Church immediately after the Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre.

We hope many of you can make it along to this important protest.

For more information about CRH's involvement with Israel's Apartheid Wall and other projects, please see http://www.ipsc.ie/crhdivest
Event #842
4:00PM on 1/May/2010, RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge
Fourth Annual Al-Aqsa Festival (PRI)

FOURTH AL AQSA FESTIVAL

 The Palestinians Right Institute invites you to ALAQSA  FESTIVAL

(Al Aqsa in need, Gaza under siege)

Sat 1st of May at 4 pm

Nasheed concert, exhibition, seminars (including speakers from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Derry Friends of Palestine), bouncing castle for children

Albayarek band from Palestine

Al hanin band from Denmark

Free parking
Ticket €3 per person - all proceeds to Palestine

Venue: Concert Hall RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

For more info please contact:

014638623, 0879758107, or 0877686173

Email: pri1948@gmail.com

Event #804
on 30/Apr/2010, The Barbican
Palestine Film Festival 2010
LONDON PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL 2010

The 2010 Festival will open on Friday April 30th at London's Barbican Cinema and run for 2 weeks.

The 2010 programme has recently been finalised and will be richer than ever. Highlights will include Elia Suleiman's latest feature The Time That Remains - followed by a discussion with the director, the UK premier of Eyal Sivan's new documentary Jaffa: The Orange's Clockwork followed by an expert panel discussion, and a session dedicated to the late poet Mahmoud Darwish - including a premier screening of Nasri Hajjaj's documentary As The Poet Said. Plus much, much more new fiction, documentary, and art - from Palestine and further afield... check back here in mid-March for full programme details.

for a full schedule please see: http://www.palestinefilm.org/
Event #838
8:30PM on 29/Apr/2010, Club na Feile, The Hillgrove Hotel
Reem Kelani gig at Feile Na Bealtaine
Palestinian musician Reem Kelani will be performing at this year’s Feile Na Bealtaine in Dingle on Thursday 29th April:

Venue: Festival Concert & Club na Feile, The Hillgrove Hotel, Dingle
Date & Time: April 29th at 8.30pm
Price / Taille: €12
http://www.feilenabealtaine.ie/
Ticket office:
Main St
An Daingean
Ticket Sales: 087 799 4488
T: ++353 66 915 1082
E: fnabdaingean@eircom.net

We hope to see you there.

Best wishes

Chris
Reem Kelani & Chris Somes-Charlton
The Miktab Limited
PO Box 31652
London W11 2YF
www.reemkelani.com
Twitter: miktab
Event #851
7:30PM on 29/Apr/2010, Connolly Books (upstairs), 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin Branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is on Thursday 29/04/2010 at 7.30pm (please note new venue) upstairs in Connolly Books, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Map: http://tinyurl.com/ygfku83.

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.
Event #835
5:00PM on 26/Apr/2010, Trinity College Dublin, Swift Theatre, Arts Block
Rescheduled: Prof Gabriel Piterberg on The Zionist colonisation of Palestine in the comparative context of settler colonialism

MPHIL IN ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND PHILOSOPHY

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN 

Guest lecture:

Prof Gabriel Piterberg 

The Zionist colonisation of Palestine in the comparative context of settler colonialism  
 

    Monday 26 April 2010

17:00-18.30

Swift Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, TCD
 

Prof Gabriel Piterberg teaches History at UCLA. He was born in Argentina, and grew up in Israel. His D.Phil. in the history of the Ottoman Empire is from the University of Oxford. Piterberg writes and teaches on the history of the Ottoman Empire and the Mediterranean in the early modern period, colonialism, Zionism, and Palestine/Israel. His books include The Returns of Zionism: Myths, Politics and Scholarship in Israel, London and New York: Verso, 2008, and An Ottoman Tragedy: History and Historiography at Play, Berkeley: The University of California Press, 2003, and in Turkish from Istanbul: Literatur Yayinlari, 2005.

ALL WELCOME Further information: Ronit Lentin, Dept of Sociology, TCD. Tel: 8962702. Email: rlentin@tcd.ie
Event #847
8:00PM on 25/Apr/2010, Cruiscin Lan, Douglas St
David Rovics Fundraiser Gig for Palestine (Free Gaza)

Doors 8pm, €7/5

David Rovics, American Singer/Songwriter, Singing Songs of Social Significance.
www.davidrovics.com

Opening for him is Gareth Forsythe who grew up in a place called Malvern England before moving to West Cork, Ireland aged 12. It was at this age that he began to play the Guitar. When he was 16 he studied Guitar under the tutelage of Kevyn Gammond (Robert Plant) until he was 18. He is a truly gifted musician and not to be missed!
http://www.myspace.com/garethforsyth

Handel's spinning DISSENTION DETERMINATE!
Real Songs By Real People - In Real Times - Railing Against Real Things.

Reading on the night, Poets for Peace

The gig is in aid of the Irish Cargo ship that will be setting sail from Cork Harbour as part of an International Flotilla to break the siege of Gaza. We need to fill the ship with cement for rebuilding (which is not allowed in to Gaza) and school supplies for the kids.
http://www.freegaza.org/

Sponsored by the Workers Solidarity Movement, Cork Branch and the Cork Palestine Link
Please, join us, we need your support!

Event #846
5:00PM on 25/Apr/2010, Camden Palace Hotel
David Rovics Gig For Kids

David Rovics Plays a concert for Children (will be playing childrens' songs) at Camden Palace Hotel. Sunday 25th April 5pm. €5 per family.

Make your own musical shakers at home and bring them to the gig.
Step 1: Recycle a clean, dry, plastic water bottle.
Step 2:Fill it with dried beans of any kind and or rice. You don't need a lot of beans. Put in enough to get the sound you want.
Step 3: Screw the lid back on (put a little glue on the lid before closing if you want for extra security)
Step 4: Shake, shake, shake!!!

David Rovics grew up in a family of classical musicians in Wilton, Connecticut, and became a fan of populist regimes early on. By the early 90's he was a full-time busker in the Boston subways and by the mid-90's he was traveling the world as a professional flat-picking rabble-rouser. These days David lives with his family in Portland, Oregon and tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies. He has shared the stage with a veritable of who's who of the left in two dozen countries, and has had his music featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, Al-Jazeera and other networks. His essays are published regularly on CounterPunch elsewhere, and the 200+ songs he makes available for free on the web have been downloaded more than a million times. Most importantly, he's really good. He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, he will make the revolution irresistible.

http://www.davidrovics.com/

Event #814
8:00PM on 24/Apr/2010, Brokers Bar, Dame Street
IPSC Fundraiser: David Rovics in Concert


Organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

This is an event not to be missed!!

The well-known and lauded US singer-songwriter David Rovics will play a fundraising concert for the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign in late April.

Cost: €7 (waged); €5 (unwaged/student)

Opening the concert will be Dublin singer-songwriter and anti-war activist Paul O’Toole, who has played with Rovics on previous occasions. O’Toole, from Dublin’s northside, is a popular performer with a deep humanitarian and political concern for the people of Palestine.

David Rovics has been described as the musical voice of the US anti-war movement, a decidedly leftist opponent of the so-called ‘war on terror’ and the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. From a Jewish background himself, he is also a strong supporter of the Palestinian people against Israeli oppression. He regularly performs concerts as fundraisers for Palestine solidarity causes.

An indie singer-songwriter, his lyrics are often explicitly political, humanitarian and anti-war.

This is a guy is worth hearing and it promises to be a great gig! Proceeds taken at the door will go to the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign to help fund ongoing campaign work.

For information on David Rovics, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Rovics

His music can be downloaded for free.

Rovics is an advocate of the creative commons when it comes to his musical compositions: "Feel free to download these songs. Use them for whatever purpose. Send them to friends, burn them, copy them, play them on the radio, on the internet, wherever. Music is the Commons. Ignore the corporate music industry shills who tell you otherwise. Downloading music is not theft, you're not hurting anyone, I promise. (And in any case, yes, this is legal, and I'm making all of these songs available myself.)"

His albums can also be purchased via his website:

www.davidrovics.com
Event #845
6:00PM on 24/Apr/2010, Solidarity Books, Douglas St
Palestinian Food Night (Free Gaza)

Israel’s blockade of Gaza is in its third year, and virtually no reconstruction materials have been allowed into the Gaza Strip, which is still in ruins after Israel's massive onslaught in Dec/Jan 2009 which killed over 1,400 Palestinians, almost 400 of them children.

At least 11,000 houses, 105 factories, 20 hospitals and clinics, 159 schools, universities, playschools and technical institutions were either damaged or destroyed and are still in ruins. Over 20,000 people were driven from their homes – many still living in tents.

Israel has also banned books, paper, pens and school supplies, and we plan to deliver them along with messages of solidarity to the children of Gaza. For €10, you can sponsor a school bag filled with school supplies to support children struggling to study under siege.
John Ging, the Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency told reporters in March 2010: ‘I have no cement or steel or iron. We can't get in one bag of cement, one pane of glass… to actually begin that reconstruction.’
This May, The Free Gaza Movement is answering the call for help by sending a flotilla of boats carrying building supplies, humanitarian relief, and human rights defenders from across the world to Gaza.

The flotilla is made up of a coalition of organisations- from Turkey, Greece, Malaysia, Belgium, Sweden, Indonesia and Ireland, and will set sail in mid May to challenge the illegality of the siege of Gaza and devastating occupation of Palestine. Help us support the Palestinians' right to rebulid their lives.

Just €5 will pay for a bag of cement to help the people of Gaza rebuild, supporting the Palestinian people and their refusal to be broken despite a devastating siege and Occupation. €5 for a bag of cement (or €10 for two bags, €20 for four bags, €100 for 20 bags) or €10 for a school/sports bag.

Event #829
1:00 PM on 24/Apr/2010, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and GrandParade)
Boycott Israeli Products demo and march
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is asking shoppers not to buy Israeli goods in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are still being besieged by the Israeli government.

We will assemble for a short rally @ 1pm in Daunt Square in Cork. From there, we will march to various stores around the city centre, where we will stage protests to encourage shoppers to boycott Israeli products.
Event #849
1:00PM on 24/Apr/2010, St. Stephen's Green LUAS Stop
Derail Israeli Apartheid: IPSC Boycott & Divestment Day of Action focusing on Veolia
On Saturday 24th April the Dublin IPSC's monthly Boycott & Divestment action will focus on Veolia (the operators of the LUAS and several waste management projects) who are complicit in the building of a colonial-settler only light rail system in occupied East Jerusalem and who operate an Israeli landfill in the West Bank.

We are asking supporters to assemble at the St. Stephen's Green Luas stop at 1.00pm where we will be giving information to the general public about Veolia's operations in illegally occupied East Jerusalem, and asking the residents of Dublin to lobby their councillors in support of a motion at Dublin city Council that is asking the City Manager not to sign or renew any further contracts with Veolia until such time as they cease their involvement in Jerusalem's Apartheid Rail system and in the illegal Tovlan landfill in the West Bank.

For full details about Veolia's operations in illegally occupied Palestine and the Dublin City Council motion targetting Veolia please see the following link:

http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/ipsc/displayRelease.php?releaseID=289

Event #844
8:00PM on 21/Apr/2010, The Crane Lane
Gaza Poker Night (Free Gaza)

Israel’s blockade of Gaza is in its third year, and virtually no reconstruction materials have been allowed into the Gaza Strip, which is still in ruins after Israel's massive onslaught in Dec/Jan 2009 which killed over 1,400 Palestinians, almost 400 of them children.

At least 11,000 houses, 105 factories, 20 hospitals and clinics, 159 schools, universities, playschools and technical institutions were either damaged or destroyed and are still in ruins. Over 20,000 people were driven from their homes – many still living in tents.

Israel has also banned books, paper, pens and school supplies, and we plan to deliver them along with messages of solidarity to the children of Gaza. For €10, you can sponsor a school bag filled with school supplies to support children struggling to study under siege.
John Ging, the Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency told reporters in March 2010: ‘I have no cement or steel or iron. We can't get in one bag of cement, one pane of glass… to actually begin that reconstruction.’
This May, The Free Gaza Movement is answering the call for help by sending a flotilla of boats carrying building supplies, humanitarian relief, and human rights defenders from across the world to Gaza.

The flotilla is made up of a coalition of organisations- from Turkey, Greece, Malaysia, Belgium, Sweden, Indonesia and Ireland, and will set sail in mid May to challenge the illegality of the siege of Gaza and devastating occupation of Palestine. Help us support the Palestinians' right to rebulid their lives.

Just €5 will pay for a bag of cement to help the people of Gaza rebuild, supporting the Palestinian people and their refusal to be broken despite a devastating siege and Occupation. €5 for a bag of cement (or €10 for two bags, €20 for four bags, €100 for 20 bags) or €10 for a school/sports bag.

Event #830
2:00PM on 17/Apr/2010, Demo: Israeli Embassy, 122 Pembroke Road, D4 / Meeting: TBC
Palestinian Prisoners Day 2010 Demo & Meeting - "Release ALL Palestinian Political Prisoners Now!"

Palestinian Prisoners Day 2010 Demo - "Release ALL Palestinian Political Prisoners Now!"

On Saturday April 17th at 2pm the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and the socialist-republican political party éirígí will mark Palestinian Prisoners Day with a joint demonstration outside the Israeli Embassy in Dublin (122 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4).

The demonstration will be followed by a public meeting on the issue of Palestinian prisoners. The time and venue of the meeting are TBC - please check back on this page for full details in the future.

The demonstration will call for the release of ALL Palestinian political prisoners imprisoned by the Israeli State - those 'convicted' in Israeli Military courts and those interned without trial under the 'Administrative Detention' regime. It will also focus on two prisoner case studies - Ahmed Sa'adat, Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and Abdallah Abu-Rahmah, coordinator of the Bil'in Popular Committee Against the Wall.
 
The IPSC and éirígí have called this demonstration - as part of the international activities taking place on Palestininan Prisoners Day 2010 - as we believe that all Palestinian political prisoners are victims of Israeli colonialism and Apartheid. We therefore demand the release of all political prisoners held by the Israeli state.
 
Confirmed speakers for the rally are IPSC activist and Spokesperson Freda Hughes and éirígí Spokesperson and Membership Officer Daithí Mac An Mháistir. Speakers at the meeting will include Clare Holohan (former International Advocacy Officer with ADDAMEER, the Palestinian Prisoners' Support and Human Rights Association) and IPSC Chairperson Dr. David Landy. Further speakers TBC
 
About the Speakers:
 
Clare Holohan is an Irish woman who has worked with both UNRWA (as a programme officer for the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, based in East Jerusalem) and ADDAMEER the Prisoners' Rights group (as International Advocacy Officer), as well as obtaining a Masters in Human Rights, the subject of which was Palestinian children in Israeli prisons. Clare will screen the short Defence For Children International film 'Stolen Child' and speak about the issues surrounding child prisoners in Palestine.
 
Freda Hughes is a long time Palestinian Solidarity activist in Ireland, and has been on the IPSC National Committe since 2008. Since then she has been the National Events Coordinator, and held a number of other roles alongside this, including Chairperson, Media Officer and Spokesperson. Ms. Hughes is a teacher and educational researcher from Dublin, who is currently studying for a Masters' in Interculturalism in Education. In 2008 she traveled to Palestine for the first time.
 
Daithí Mac An Mháistir a founding member of éirígí, the socialist republican political party founded in 2006. A political activist throughout his whole adult life, he has been involved in many aspects of the struggle for the rights of people in Ireland and abroad, including Cuban and Palestinian solidarity work.  He currently works as a teacher of Further Education and is a sitting member of the éirígí Ciorcal Náisiúnta (National Circle) where he serves as Membership Officer and Spokesperson International Affairs.

Palestinian Prisoners - The Grim Truth
 
According to ADDAMEER, the Palestinian Prisoners' Rights NGO, at present over 6,800 Palestinians are currently imprisoned by the Israeli state for resisting Israeli colonialism, Apartheid and oppression. Of those, over 300 are children, 34 are women, 18 are elected Palestinian representatives and almost 300 are 'Adminsitrative Detainees' - that is they have been interned without trial not having been charged with any crime or seeing the secret evidence against them. Those 'convicted' prisoners were jailed by non-jury Israeli Military Courts (all Palestinians in the Occupied Territories are subject to Israeli military law, while Israel's colonial settlers are ruled by Israeli civil law - yet another example Israel's Apartheid system). These courts, biased from the outset, do not meet international fair trial standards.
 
Over four decades of illegal Israeli military occupation, Palestinians from all walks of life have been illegally detained by Israel. Since the beginning of the occupation in 1967, over 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel. This forms approximately 20% of the total Palestinian population in the OPT. Considering the fact that the majority of those detained are male, the number of Palestinians detained forms approximately 40% of the total male Palestinian population in the OPT.
Event #818
on 16/Apr/2010, Hendre Hall, Ffordd Aber Road, Tal y Bont
Festival: Bangor to Bethlehem / O Fangor I Fethlehem
FROM BANGOR TO BETHLEHEM

Start Time: Friday, April 16, 2010 at 4:00pm
End Time: Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 7:00pm
Location: Neuadd Hendre Hall
Street: Ffordd Aber Road, Tal y Bont, LL57 3YP
City/Town: Bangor, Wales
This International Festival for Palestine will be held at Hendre Hall near Bangor (Jn 12 on the A55), an old Victorian farm beautifully located on the edge of Snowdonia. The weekend offers prominent speakers, discussion, live music, comedy, films and family entertainment. Camping wil be available.

Join us for a weekend of celebration and cultural and political exchange. We aim to support environmental resistance in the city of Bethlehem, in Palestine: profits will go the Bustan Qaraaqa permaculture farm, a project established by former students of Bangor University in support of community sustainability and in opposition to land-use policies in Israel-Palestine.

• TONY BENN Veteran politician, activist, patron of the Palestine Solidariy Campaign (PSC): The People and Political Progress

• IVOR DEMBINA Comedian, with his performance of 'This is not a Subject for Comedy' • DISCUSSION PANEL with speakers from Gaza discussing life under siege or in exile.

• 2 films by TONE ANDERSEN, the Norwegian journalist: My Land and A Stone’s Throw Away

• Live music with BANDABACANA, STEVE EAVES, GWILYM MORUS, JOHN LAWRENCE, LATIN GROOVE COLLECTIVE

• Genuine Palestinian food

• Tickets for the whole weekend are available at £23 from Galeri Caernarfon, 01286 685222 http://www.galericaernarfon.com

Day/ evening tickets will be available on the door.

• Camping available on site £3 per person one night, £5 two nights, third night negotiable.

• Full programme will be available soon!

O FANGOR I FETHLEHEM

Dydd Gwener Ebrill 16 tan -Dydd Sul Ebrill 18 2010

Cynhelir yr ^wyl ryngwladol hon dros Balesteina yn Neuadd Hendre ger Bangor (cyff.12 yr A55), hen ffermdy o oes Fictoria, lleoliad braf ar ffiniau Eryri. Cyflwynir penwythnos o siaradwyr blaenllaw,trafodaeth, cerddoriaeth fyw, comedi, ffilmiau ac adloniant i’r teulu. Gwersylla ar gael.

Ymunwch â ni am benwythnos o ddathliad a chyfnewid gwleidyddol a dywylliannol. Cefnogwn wrthsafiad amgylcheddol yn ninas Bethlehem, Palesteina: bydd elw yn mynd tuag at fferm amaeth parhaol Bustan Qaraaqa, prosiect a sefydlwyd gan cyn-fyfyrwyr Prifysgol Bangor i gefnogi cynaliadwyaeth cymunedol ac i wrthwynebu polisiau defnydd tir yn Israel-Palesteina.

• TONY BENN Gwleidydd profiadol, gweithredydd, noddwr yr Ymgyrch Cefnogi Palesteina (PSC): Y Werin a Chynnydd Gwleidyddol.

• IVOR DEMBINA Digrifwr gyda’i berrformiad: Dydy hyn ddim yn bwnc addas i gomedi.

• PANEL HAWL I HOLI gyda siarawyr gwâdd o Gaza yn trafod bywyd o dan warchae neu alltudiaeth.

• 2 ffilm gan TONE ANDERSEN gohebydd o Norwy: 'My Land ac A Stone’s Throw Away'

• Cerddoriaeth fyw gyda BANDABACANA, STEVE EAVES, GWILYM MORUS, JOHN LAWRENCE, LATIN GROOVE COLLECTIVE

• Bwyd go iawn Palesteinaidd

• Mae tocynnau ar gyfer y penwythnos cyfan ar gael am £23 oddi wrth y Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222. www.galericaernarfon.com
Event #832
7:30PM on 15/Apr/2010, Connolly Books (upstairs), 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin Branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is on Thursday 15/04/2010 at 7.30pm (please note new venue) upstairs in Connolly Books, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Map: http://tinyurl.com/ygfku83.

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.
Event #833
7:30PM on 15/Apr/2010, NUIM Students' Union
A Gig for Gaza


The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (NUI Maynooth)

Present

A Gig for Gaza

Featuring

The Little Jimis/ E5 Disconnect/ Anna O'Reardon/ DJ Donal Fallon

and a glittering array of other local talent

NUIM Students' Union

Thursday April 15th

Doors 7.30pm

Admission: €3 (or more)

All proceeds to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

www.pchrgaza.org
Event #837
7:30PM on 15/Apr/2010, Central Hotel, Exchequer St
Feminist Open Forum: Anti-War Women v. Raytheon War Contractor Discussion


Anti-War Women v. Raytheon War Contractor Discussion

When: April 15th at 7.30pm.
Where: Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

Feminist open forum will discuss the upcoming trial of the 9 women protestors versus the missile-making Raytheon contractor based in Derry. In 2009 nine women protestors barricaded themselves into the Raytheon missile factory to highlight their inhumane and fatal operations. One of the main customers of Raytheon is the Israeli Defense forces which killed 28 Gaza civilians in 2008 with a Raytheon “bunker buster” bomb.

Sharon Meenan and Jackie McKenna, two of the defendants, will speak of the protest against the multi-billion contractor that creates war machinery resulting in the innocent deaths of Gaza civilians.

During the arrest the protestors presented a dossier of evidence to the PSNI who promised to investigate Raytheon’s complicity in war crimes. To this day there has been no evidence to suggest a proper investigation was ever completed and yet the 9 women and 5 men protestors face charges of burgulary, criminal damage and assault.

Also speaking will be Freda Hughes from the IPSC (Ireland Palestine Solitary Campaign). Freda has been on the IPSC National Committe since 2008. Ms. Hughes is a teacher and educational researcher from Dublin. A long time activist, Freda travelled to Palestine in 2008 for the first time and will speak of her experience there. She will be speaking about the IPSC, practical ways to get involved in Palestinian solidarity work in Ireland, as well as the aftermath of Israel's 'Operation Cast Lead' assault on Gaza and the ongoing siege of the tiny strip.

There may be a recession but consciencious Derry residents do not need blood on their hands for the few jobs received and want Raytheon out of their city. With the upcoming trial the protestors hope to highlight Raytheon’s war history and people's disgust of the work that Raytheon are committed to.

Support the protest against Raytheon and expediate it's necessary exit out of Derry.

Attend the meeting and follow their trial. The trial begins on May 4th 2010, Crown Court, Belfast

Contact details:

resistderry@aol.com
feministopenforum@gmail.com
info@ipsc.ie

 

Relevant links:

http://www.indymedia.ie/article/96175

http://www.ipsc.ie

Event #839
8:00PM on 14/Apr/2010, Community Arts Forum, Cathedral Sq
Public Meeting: Defendants speak on “Israel, Gaza and the Raytheon Corporation”

14 anti-war activists from Derry face jail for trying to stop Israel’s war-crimes in Gaza
Public Meeting – Wednesday 14th April, 8pm in the Community Arts Forum, Cathedral Sq, Belfast
Defendants speak on “Israel, Gaza and the Raytheon Corporation”


9 women and 5 men, members of the Derry Anti-War Coalition, face trial for occupying Raytheon’s offices in Derry during Israel’s assault on Gaza in January 2009.

On 12th January 2009, nine women - Roisin Barton, Roisin Bryce, Betty Doherty, Goretti Horgan, Diana King, Jackie McKenna, Sharon Meenan, Helen Reynolds and Julia Torrojo - went into the building were Raytheon Systems Ltd have their premises in Derry.

This was the third time members of Derry Anti-War Coalition had gone into Raytheon. The first was in 2003. Then in 2006, during the Israeli assault on Lebanon, nine men successfully disabled the server at Raytheon. They were charged under the Criminal Damages Act. After a lengthy trial, all of them were acquitted, having proven that they acted to prevent a greater crime.

The women acted with similar determination. They say "we didn’t go to Raytheon simply to protest against the war on Gaza or to get media coverage. We had one aim – to get to the company’s mainframe computer and disable it.

"Executives from Raytheon admitted during the trial of the men that they have a ‘one company’ policy, so if the mainframe goes down in Derry, it will have a knock on effect on the rest of the company. If our actions could delay even one Raytheon bomb being dropped on Gaza, save one life, then it was our responsibility and legal duty to do anything in our power to prevent that crime.

"We believed, and still believe, that the assault on the people of Gaza by the Israeli Defence Forces, which began on 27th December 2008, was a war crime. We had seen this crime repeated and repeated, night after night, on TV. Israel ignored the worldwide appeals and protests for it to stop.

"There was no military intervention by the UN or by any state to protect the Palestinian people. By 12th January 2009, hundreds of innocent men, women and children had been murdered, thousands injured and tens of thousands made homeless, and there was no way of knowing when the Israeli Government would decide to end this slaughter.

"Raytheon Systems Ltd has a “special relationship” with the Israeli State, and Raytheon facilitated Israel’s stockpiling of weapons in preparation for the assault on Gaza. Many of the bombs being dropped on the Palestinians were made and supplied by Raytheon Systems Ltd.

"Unfortunately we were unable to gain access to Raytheon’s part of the building because of their enhanced security since the action in 2006. We refused to leave the building until we were assured by the PSNI that they would investigate our allegations of complicity in war crimes against Raytheon. They allowed us to present our evidence to them a few days later but, as expected, nothing came of this.

"As a result of this action, we are facing trial on 4th May 2010 at Belfast High Court. All of us are charged with burglary with intent to commit unlawful damage, two of us with unlawfully damaging a security keypad to the cost of £437, two with assaulting a security guard and one with kicking a steel door. We have pleaded not guilty to all of the charges put to us.

"The heavy handed tactics of the PSNI at the demonstration in support of our action resulted in five other people facing charges along on 4th May, including assault, obstruction, and criminal damage. However, the DPP have decided that a PSNI constable will not face charges of assaulting a pregnant woman during the same ‘scuffle’.

We are pleased to report that as of 28th February 2010 Raytheon have pulled out of Derry. The sustained campaign by anti-war activists won. It is a major victory for peace activists throughout Ireland and Britain.

Event #831
7:30PM on 12/Apr/2010, Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court
RAG Open meeting: Women's Groups in Israel/Palestine
Revolutionary Anarch-Feminist Group Open meeting: Women's Groups in Israel/Palestine

The next RAG open meeting will take place on Monday, 12th April, 2010 at 7.30pm.

An Israeli activist will share from her experiences of speaking out and standing against strong racism, militarism, oppression, and all odds, in struggling to end the occupation of Palestine. She will present a few projects that she had been involved in, including a screening or two, and will share lessons learnt about sustaining the activity and ourselves.

All (genders) welcome.

Seomra Spraoi, (map) 10 Belvidere Court, Dublin 1.

Directions:

Directions: Walk north along Gardiner St, past Mountjoy Square and turn right at the next laneway(Belvidere Court). Seomra Spraoi is about halfway down the lane on the right hand side(number ten).

Related Link: http://www.ragdublin.blogspot.com
Event #834
6:00PM on 12/Apr/2010, City Hall, Dame St
Solidarity Demo with Anti-Veolia Motion in Dublin City Council
The IPSC in Dublin will be staging a solidarity demonstration with the anti-Veolia motion being put before Dublin City Council that evening. The demo will start at 6pm outside City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2 on the evening of Monday 12th April. The full text of the motion is below, as well as details about Veolia's ongoing complicity with Israeli Apartheid.

Please come along for an hour and show your support for this motion, which if passed, will represent a European Capital City saying 'No' to complicity with Israeli Apartheid against the Palestinian people, and joining in the chorus of international defeats Veolia has recently suffered because of its involement in cementing Israeli Apartheid.

The Anti-VeoliaMotion Joan Collins and People Before Profit put a Motion down for the Council meeting on Monday 12th April - we are asking our supporters to please contact all Councillors on Dublin City Council and urge them to support the following motion.

Dublin City Council recognising

1. That Veolia is a leading partner in the consortium contracted to build a light railway system linking Israel to illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem
2. That the Irish government and the U.N does not recognise Israel’s annexation and occupation of East Jerusalem and have repeatedly stated their views that the Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank contravene international law
3. That Veolia’s involvement in the project is in contravention of the UN’s stated demand that Israeli settlement activities and occupation should not be supported;
This Council calls on the City Manager not to sign any new or renew any existing contracts with Veolia as it would be in contravention of the wishes of this council. Galway and Sligo city/county councils have supported similar motions.

Cllr Joan Collins

All email addresses of Dublin City Councillors Can be found here: http://www.dublincity.ie/YourCouncil/Councillors/YourLocalCouncillors/Pages/FindYourLocalCouncillorsHome.aspx

Veolias illegal operations in occupied Palestine 

 

Jerusalem Light rail

 

In 2003, Veolia won a $500 million contract to build and maintain a light railway that will run across the city of Jerusalem, including occupied East Jerusalem and the illegal settlement in the West Bank. The light railway project violates international law, not only because it is built on occupied Palestinian land, but also because it is an extension of Israel's illegal settlement enterprise and the Apartheid Wall. Through its subsidiary Connex, in Israel, it is one of the companies in the CityPass consortium, contracted to operate the light rail project in Jerusalem.  The project plays a key role in sustaining the illegal settlements and ensuring they became a permanent fixture upon Palestinian land, while at the same time maintaining a system of Apartheid that isolates Palestinians and limits their mobility.


Tovlan Landfill in occupied West bank

 

Through its subsidiary Veolia Environmental Services, it also owns and operates the Tovlan Landfill in the occupied

Jordan Valley, using captured Palestinian land and resources for the needs of the illegal Israeli settlements.

Bus services to the illegal settlements

 

Veolia's subsidiary, Connex, also operates regular bus services to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including Beit Horon and Givat Ze'ev along road 443, which is an apartheid road. Palestinians are not allowed to travel on these buses or on these roads in their own occupied country.

 

Why are Veolia's operations illegal under international humanitarian law, human rights law and UN Norms?

 

The Irish Government and the United Nations do not recognise Israel’s annexation and occupation of East Jerusalem and have repeatedly stated their views that the Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank contravene international law and numerous UN resolutions.

 

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human rights

 

Due to the proximity of Veolia's operation in occupied Palestine they are clearly in breach of several articles of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The ongoing occupation of Palestine is in contrary to Articles 2, 3 which states that everyone is entitled to the right to life, liberty and security of person and that no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, juridical or international status of the country to which a person belongs. Article 17 confirms the right to own property and it cannot be arbitrarily deprived of their property. Article 13 confirms the right of freedom of movement within their country, the right to leave and the right to return. Article 25 confirms the right to enjoy a standard of living  adequate for the health and well being of himself and family.

 

The Fourth Geneva Convention

 

The settlements violate Article 49 of the 4th Geneva Convention, which provides that the Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies as well as Article 53, which forbids destruction of property. Articles 146, 147 refer to 'Grave breaches' of the Convention amounting to war crimes as they involve appropriation of Palestinian property not justified by military necessity. 

These grave breaches are being facilitated by Veolia’s participation in the construction and future of the tramway serving the settlements. In addition the tramway will discriminate against Palestinians as they will not be allowed to travel on it. This discrimination is no different to the apartheid South African 'whites only' system of discrimination.

 

International Court of Justice

 

The ICJ ruled in 2004 that the apartheid wall was illegal as they considered it to be an attempt by Israel to annexe Palestinian territory contrary to International Law and that it interfered with the right of Palestinians to self determination system. The ruling is quite clear that all states are obliged to ensure compliance by Israel of UN Charters and International Law. Veolia, too, are obliged to abide by these laws and charters and should not be to rendering aid or assistance in maintaining the situation created by the wall nor should it be profiting from the ongoing human rights abuses of the Palestinian people.

 

Event #828
10:00AM on 10/Apr/2010, Mount Errigal
Climb Errigal for Palestine (Derry Friends of Palestine)
Derry Friends of Palestine is organising a sponsored climb of mount Errigal in Donegal. This will be taking place on Saturday the 10th of April. Meeting point will be Templemore sports complex car park at 10 am and it should be a good days craic!

We would like to invite as many people as possible to take part and sponsor forms will be available on Tuesday 30th March.

Anyone wishing to take part, please send an email to martins170@hotmail.co.uk and state how many sponsor forms you need.

This event is organised by Derry Friends of Palestine, not the IPSC, so please contact them for further details, thanks.

Event #823
7:30PM on 1/Apr/2010, IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Connolly Books (upstairs), 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin Branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is on Thursday 01/04/2010 at 7.30pm (please note new venue) upstairs in Connolly Books, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Map: http://tinyurl.com/ygfku83.

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Event #827
8:00PM on 31/Mar/2010, The Granville Hotel
Film Screening and Talk by Ewa Jasiewicz who was present in Gaza during the Israeli massarce in Winter 08/09


This event is is organised by the Kilkenny branch of the IPSC with the aim of establishing an IPSC branch in the Waterford area. For further information, please contact kilkenny@ipsc.ie.
Event #813
7:00PM on 31/Mar/2010, JM Synge Theater, Arts Block, TCD
What is Happening in Gaza? MEPs and TDs Eyewitness Accounts (PRI)

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN GAZA
Eye Witnesses to the devastation

After the historic visit to Gaza by more than fifty MPs, TDs and MEPs, the Palestinian Right Institute invites you to a seminar by some of those TDs and MEPs to speak about their experience in Gaza.

The speakers will include: 

Ms. Nessa Childers MEP 

Mr. Pat Breen TD for the Clare constituency  

Mr. Chris Andrews TD for Dublin South East constituency  

Ms. Olivia Mitchell TD for the Dublin South constituency 

Dr. Arafat shoukri Chair of European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza from U.K 
 

There will be an exhibition of photo and video presentation.

Date: Wednesday 31st March 2010 at 7:00PM

Venue: JM Synge Theater, Arts Block
, Trinity College Dublin



Note: This is not an IPSC event, it is organised by the Palestinian Right Institute in Ireland.
Event #820
5:00PM on 30/Mar/2010, The GPO, O'Connell St
IPSC Palestinian Land Day Protest - Solidarity Vigil on O'Connell Street
IPSC Palestinian Land Day Protest - Solidarity Vigil on O'Connell Street

On the evening of Tuesday 30th March the IPSC in Dublin will commemorate Palestinian Land Day by holding a solidarity picket outside the GPO on O'Connell Street from 5 - 7pm. This year we will be marking the continued Palestinian resistance to Israel's ongoing ethnic cleansing and land theft operations in Palestine. We ask you to join us for a couple of hours to stand in solidarity with the residents of Sheikh Jarrah, Bil'in, Nil'in, Neve Tirtze, Iraq Bourin, ‘Awarta (the latter two villages saw the murder of 4 Palestinians by the Israeli army over the weekend) and the many other towns and villages resisting colonisation by the Israeli State.



About Land Day:

Land Day, March 30th, is an annual day of commemoration for Palestinians for the events of that date in 1976 when, in response to the Israeli government's announcement of a plan to expropriate thousands of dunams of land for "security and settlement purposes", a general strike and marches were organised in Palestinian towns in Israel from the Galilee to the Negev. In the ensuing confrontations with the Israeli army and police, six Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed, about one hundred were wounded, and hundreds of others arrested. It is commemorated every year by Palestinians and their supporters around the world.
Event #819
1:00PM on 27/Mar/2010, St. Stephen's Green LUAS stop
Derail Israeli Apartheid: IPSC Boycott & Divestment Day of Action focusing on Veolia
On Saturday 27th March the Dublin IPSC's monthly Boycott & Divestment action will focus on Veolia (the operators of the LUAS and several waste management projects) who are complicit in the building of a colonial-settler only light rail system in occupied East Jerusalem and who operate an Israeli landfill in the West Bank.

We are asking supporters to assemble at the St. Stephen's Green Luas stop at 1.00pm where we will be giving information to the general public about Veolia's operations in illegally occupied East Jerusalem, and asking the residents of Dublin to lobby their councillors in support of a motion at Dublin city Council that is asking the City Manager not to sign or renew any further contracts with Veolia until such time as they cease their involvement in Jerusalem's Apartheid Rail system and in the illegal Tovlan landfill in the West Bank.

For full details about Veolia's operations in illegally occupied Palestine and the Dublin City Council motion targetting Veolia please see the following link:

http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/ipsc/displayRelease.php?releaseID=289

Event #825
3:00PM on 27/Mar/2010, Victoria Hotel, Patrick St
Public Meeting: Caoimhe Butterly speaks about Gaza
Caoimhe Butterly is talking in the Victoria Hotel, Patrick St ,Cork. this Saturday 27th at 3pm.

She is a remarkable woman who will give first hand accounts of events in Gaza.

Caoimhe Butterly (born 1978) is an Irish human rights activist, who has worked with AIDS victims in Zimbabwe, the homeless in New York, and with Zapatistas in Mexico as well as more recently in the Middle East and Haiti. In 2002, during an Israeli attack in Jenin, she was shot by an Israeli soldier. She spent 16 days inside the compound where Yasser Arafat was besieged in Ramallah.

She was described by Time Magazine as one of their Europeans of the Year in 2003. Butterly is a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), an organisation that seeks non-violent alternatives to armed intifada by mobilising international civil society.

Event #826
1:00 PM on 27/Mar/2010, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
IPSC Boycott Demo & Action
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is asking shoppers not to buy Israeli goods in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are still being besieged by the Israeli government.

We will assemble for a short rally @ 1pm in Daunt Square in Cork. From there, we will march to various stores around the city centre, where we will stage protests to encourage shoppers to boycott Israeli products.
Event #809
7:30PM on 25/Mar/2010, NUI Maynooth, Meeting Room 3 & 4, Student's Union
Mobilising Youth: A Conversation with Israel and Palestine
Dear Friends,

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) would cordially like to invite you to an upcoming event taking place around the country, ‘Mobilising Youth: A Conversation with Israel and Palestine’.

Between the 16th and 25th of March, Deema Darawshy (a young Palestinian woman) and Sahar Vardi (a young Israeli woman) will be partaking in a speaking tour around Ireland.

Deema Darawshy is a young Palestinian from within the 48 borders. She has been involved with many different organisations including human rights group B'Tselem, Ta Adam (Students for Human Rights), Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group and is now working for HaMoked - Centre for the Defence of the Individual.

Sahar Vardi is a young Israeli from Jerusalem. She has been a human rights activist since a young age and last year spent 2 months in prison for refusing to serve in the Israeli army. She is involved in organisations such as Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Ta'Ayush, New Profile and recently was one of the instrumental figures behind the increasing demonstrations in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem.

The women will be speaking about issues that occurring in the OPT and Israel at this moment in time. They will also discuss the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and how Irish people can be effective advocates for this conflict.

All events are open to the public, so come along and bring friends to what will surely be an exciting set of events!

Events are taking place around the country:

Maynooth - 25th March: 7.30 pm NUI Maynooth. Meeting Room 3 & 4 Student's Union. (Building 23 on the map) Map.
Event #822
7:00PM on 25/Mar/2010, NUI Galway, AM150 (upstairs in the Arts Millenium building)
Media Perceptions & Perspectives on Palestine and the World
A presention of media issues surrounding the Israeli and the Arab world, taking an in depth look into many perspectives, angles and agendas.

Organised by the NUIG Palestine Solidarity Society
Event #821
1:00PM on 25/Mar/2010, Queens Uni, Peter Froggatt Centre
Public Seminar: Resisting war-crimes is not a crime - Support the anti-Raytheon activists

Public seminar: Resisting war-crimes is not a crime
Support the anti-Raytheon activists


Speakers:
Goretti Horgan (Raytheon defendant)
Jean Allain (lecturer in International Law, Law Dept QUB)
Orla Sheehan, Aid worker just retruned from Gaza (Tuesdays Child Charity)

9 women members of the Derry Anti-War Coalition face trial for occupying Raytheon’s offices in Derry during Israel’s assault on Gaza in January 2009.


On 12th January 2009, nine women - Roisin Barton, Roisin Bryce, Betty Doherty, Goretti Horgan, Diana King, Jackie McKenna, Sharon Meenan, Helen Reynolds and Julia Torrojo - went into the building were Raytheon Systems Ltd have their premises in Derry.


This was the third time members of Derry Anti-War Coalition had gone into Raytheon. The first was in 2003. Then in 2006, during the Israeli assault on Lebanon, nine men successfully disabled the server at Raytheon. They were charged under the Criminal Damages Act. After a lengthy trial, all of them were acquitted, having proven that they acted to prevent a greater crime.


The women acted with similar determination. We didn’t go to Raytheon simply to protest against the war on Gaza or to get media coverage. We had one aim – to get to the company’s mainframe computer and disable it.
Executives from Raytheon admitted during the trial of the men that they have a ‘one company’ policy, so if the mainframe goes down in Derry, it will have a knock on effect on the rest of the company. If our actions could delay even one Raytheon bomb being dropped on Gaza, save one life, then it was our responsibility and legal duty to do anything in our power to prevent that crime.


We believed, and still believe, that the assault on the people of Gaza by the Israeli Defence Forces, which began on 27th December 2008, was a war crime. We had seen this crime repeated and repeated, night after night, on TV. Israel ignored the worldwide appeals and protests for it to stop.


There was no military intervention by the UN or by any state to protect the Palestinian people. By 12th January 2009, hundreds of innocent men, women and children had been murdered, thousands injured and tens of thousands made homeless, and there was no way of knowing when the Israeli Government would decide to end this slaughter.


Raytheon Systems Ltd has a “special relationship” with the Israeli State, and Raytheon facilitated Israel’s stockpiling of weapons in preparation for the assault on Gaza. Many of the bombs being dropped on the Palestinians were made and supplied by Raytheon Systems Ltd.


Unfortunately we were unable to gain access to Raytheon’s part of the building because of their enhanced security since the action in 2006. We refused to leave the building until we were assured by the PSNI that they would investigate our allegations of complicity in war crimes against Raytheon. They allowed us to present our evidence to them a few days later but, as expected, nothing came of this.


As a result of this action, we are facing trial on 4th May 2010 at Belfast High Court. All of us are charged with burglary with intent to commit unlawful damage, two of us with unlawfully damaging a security keypad to the cost of £437, two with assaulting a security guard and one with kicking a steel door. We have pleaded not guilty to all of the charges put to us.


The heavy handed tactics of the PSNI at the demonstration in support of our action resulted in five other people facing charges along on 4th May, including assault, obstruction, and criminal damage. However, the DPP have decided that a PSNI constable will not face charges of assaulting a pregnant woman during the same ‘scuffle’.
We are pleased to report that as of 28th February 2010 Raytheon have pulled out of Derry. The sustained campaign by anti-war activists won. It is a major victory for peace activists throughout Ireland and Britain.

Event #801
6.45PM on 25/Mar/2010, Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin
Book Launch: Israeli Apartheid - A Beginner's Guide (Ben White launches his new book w/ David Norris)

Invitation to the Irish Launch of
Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide by Ben White
Thursday 25th March, 6.45pm,
Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin

Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide distills the work of academics and experts into a highly readable text. This is the book to read if you want to understand the root of the conflict and how apartheid applies to the situation in Palestine.

In an evening chaired by Senator David Norris, author Ben White will discuss his new book that examines the origins of Israeli Apartheid and how it affects the daily lives of Palestinians. The systematic oppression of Palestinians living under Israeli Apartheid applies to both Palestinians living in Israel and those living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The 'matrix of control' includes illegal Israeli colonial settlements, settler-only roads, checkpoints and closure, military bases, no-go zones, water theft, the Wall, East Jerusalem, detention and torture.

'The Crime of Apartheid'

'Inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them.' - Article II, International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid, UN General Assembly Resolution 3068, 1973

Praise for the book:

"This book deals rationally and cogently with a topic that almost always generates considerable heat even just with book titles. The reader may not agree with everything that White asserts but it is a highly commendable effort to throw light on a fraught subject." - Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

"This is a very honest, clear and powerful book bringing us face to face with the reality of what Israel has done and is doing to the Palestinians. It would be convenient to ignore it. It would be convenient to assume Ben has got it wrong - that it's not quite that bad. Sadly it is and we ignore it at everyone's peril." - Garth Hewitt, Canon of St. George's Cathedral, Jerusalem

About the author

Ben White is a journalist and writer specialising in Palestine/Israel. He also writes on the broader Middle East, Islam and Christianity, and the 'war on terror'. His articles have appeared in a variety of international publications, including the The Guardian, New Statesman, Electronic Intifada and Christian Science Monitor.

For more information about Ben White and this book, please see the book's official website.
Event #824
7:30PM on 25/Mar/2010, The Absolute Hotel
An Evening with Tommy Donnelan
This Thursday evening 25th March – The Absolute Hotel - 7:30 pm

Tommy Donnellan, renowned human rights activist and advocate for the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people will give a public talk and presentation outlining his experiences in the West Bank village of Bil’in between November 2009 and January of this year.

Tommy spent three months bearing witness to the plight of the people of Bil’in whose land is being annexed by the illegal apartheid wall under construction by Israel through out the occupied West Bank. For the past three years the villagers of Bil’in have been staging a peaceful demonstration every Friday to protest the building of the wall on their land. Every week their protest is violently disrupted by a hail of Israeli tear gas and rubber bullets which has claimed the lives of at least two of the villagers - one a close friend of Tommy’s. Tommy has videoed many of these protests and captured some of the experiences of the daily lives of the people, including the night-time raids carried out by the Israeli army in an attempt to arrest and intimidate the community leaders and break the spirit of the resistance. They remain steadfast.

Event #816
8:00PM on 24/Mar/2010, An Culturlann ui Chanain, 37 Great James St
Public Meeting: Derry Friends of Palestine to Launch Cultural Links Programme with Gaza


Derry Friends of Palestine to Launch Cultural Links Programme with Gaza Strip in Palestine

8.00pm, Wednesday 24th March 2010

An Culturlann ui Chanain
37 Great James Street
Derry BT48 7DF
A spokesperson for Derry Friends of Palestine said today: “We are delighted to confirm that Mayor Paul Fleming will join us to launch our cultural links programme with Gaza.

“Mayor Fleming’s recent visit to Khan Younis and the visits of a number of our members to Palestine, including Gaza, over the past year has encouraged us to respond to the Gazan people’s call for cultural links between our city and the Gaza Strip. We have developed this programme to contribute to this and are pleased to launch it in An Cultúrlann on Wednesday 24th at 8.00pm.

“We are also excited that Caoimhe Butterly of the Free Gaza Movement will be attending as well to update local people on the upcoming April 2010 flotilla of boats to carry aid including reconstruction materials to Gaza in defiance of the illegal siege which is causing such suffering to innocent people there.

“We are inviting all those interested in finding out from people who have just returned from Gaza about conditions there and also to learn about the various initiatives we can take part in to make a difference and help save lives of innocent people in Gaza”
Event #808
7:00PM on 24/Mar/2010, UCD, Leture Room P, Newman Building
Mobilising Youth: A Conversation with Israel and Palestine
Dear Friends,

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) would cordially like to invite you to an upcoming event taking place around the country, ‘Mobilising Youth: A Conversation with Israel and Palestine’.

Between the 16th and 25th of March, Deema Darawshy (a young Palestinian woman) and Sahar Vardi (a young Israeli woman) will be partaking in a speaking tour around Ireland.

Deema Darawshy is a young Palestinian from within the 48 borders. She has been involved with many different organisations including human rights group B'Tselem, Ta Adam (Students for Human Rights), Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group and is now working for HaMoked - Centre for the Defence of the Individual.

Sahar Vardi is a young Israeli from Jerusalem. She has been a human rights activist since a young age and last year spent 2 months in prison for refusing to serve in the Israeli army. She is involved in organisations such as Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Ta'Ayush, New Profile and recently was one of the instrumental figures behind the increasing demonstrations in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem.

The women will be speaking about issues that occurring in the OPT and Israel at this moment in time. They will also discuss the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and how Irish people can be effective advocates for this conflict.

All events are open to the public, so come along and bring friends to what will surely be an exciting set of events!

Events are taking place around the country:

Dublin - 24th March: 7 pm University College Dublin. Leture Room P, Newman Building. (Building 36 on the map.): http://www.ucd.ie/maps/ucdmap_eng.html
Event #799
8:00PM on 23/Mar/2010, The Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse Street
Fundraising Joycean Evening With Sen. David Norris


FUNDRAISING JOYCEAN EVENING WITH SENATOR DAVID NORRIS

IN AID OF HOLIDAY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE FROM PALESTINE TO IRELAND IN JULY 2010

PLACE: IRELAND INSTITUTE, 27, PEARSE STREET, DUBLIN 2

DATE AND TIME: TUESDAY 23TH MARCH 2010 AT 8PM

TICKETS: 30 EURO (including tea, coffee and biscuits)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT EILEEN AT: emecarr [at] gmail [dot] com
Event #810
7:00PM on 23/Mar/2010, Univeristy of Limerick, Jean Monnet, DG016, Main Building
Mobilising Youth: A Conversation with Israel and Palestine
Dear Friends,

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) would cordially like to invite you to an upcoming event taking place around the country, ‘Mobilising Youth: A Conversation with Israel and Palestine’.

Between the 16th and 25th of March, Deema Darawshy (a young Palestinian woman) and Sahar Vardi (a young Israeli woman) will be partaking in a speaking tour around Ireland.

Deema Darawshy is a young Palestinian from within the 48 borders. She has been involved with many different organisations including human rights group B'Tselem, Ta Adam (Students for Human Rights), Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group and is now working for HaMoked - Centre for the Defence of the Individual.

Sahar Vardi is a young Israeli from Jerusalem. She has been a human rights activist since a young age and last year spent 2 months in prison for refusing to serve in the Israeli army. She is involved in organisations such as Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Ta'Ayush, New Profile and recently was one of the instrumental figures behind the increasing demonstrations in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem.

The women will be speaking about issues that occurring in the OPT and Israel at this moment in time. They will also discuss the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and how Irish people can be effective advocates for this conflict.

All events are open to the public, so come along and bring friends to what will surely be an exciting set of events!

Events are taking place around the country:

Limerick - March 23rd: 7pm, University of Limerick, Jean Monnet, DG016, Main Building. (Right inside the doors of the main building. Building across from the Concert Hall with the glass entrance. Building 5 on the map): http://www.ul.ie/main/places/index.shtml
Event #811
6:00PM on 22/Mar/2010, UCC, Room G10, Civil Engineering Building
Mobilising Youth: A Conversation with Israel and Palestine
Dear Friends,

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) would cordially like to invite you to an upcoming event taking place around the country, ‘Mobilising Youth: A Conversation with Israel and Palestine’.

Between the 16th and 25th of March, Deema Darawshy (a young Palestinian woman) and Sahar Vardi (a young Israeli woman) will be partaking in a speaking tour around Ireland.

Deema Darawshy is a young Palestinian from within the 48 borders. She has been involved with many different organisations including human rights group B'Tselem, Ta Adam (Students for Human Rights), Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group and is now working for HaMoked - Centre for the Defence of the Individual.

Sahar Vardi is a young Israeli from Jerusalem. She has been a human rights activist since a young age and last year spent 2 months in prison for refusing to serve in the Israeli army. She is involved in organisations such as Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Ta'Ayush, New Profile and recently was one of the instrumental figures behind the increasing demonstrations in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem.

The women will be speaking about issues that occurring in the OPT and Israel at this moment in time. They will also discuss the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and how Irish people can be effective advocates for this conflict.

All events are open to the public, so come along and bring friends to what will surely be an exciting set of events!

Events are taking place around the country:

Cork - 22nd March: University College Cork, 6pm, Room G10 in the Civil Engineering Building. Near the Boole Library and Main Restaurant and adjacent to College Road. Map.
Event #815
6:00PM on 20/Mar/2010, Seomra Spraoi Social Centre, 10 Belvedere Court
(In Polish) Spotkanie Publiczne - W piekle Gazy: Ewa Jasiewicz opowie o swoich doswiadczeniach w Gazie podczas


W piekle Gazy

Spotkanie z Ewa Jasiewicz – znana dzialaczka na rzecz praw czlowieka 20 marca 2010 w Seomra Spraoi Social Centre

Serdecznie zapraszamy na spotkanie z Ewa Jasiewicz w sobote 20 marca 2010 o 18.00 w Seomra Spraoi Social Centre, 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1. Ewa Jasiewicz, uznana dzialaczka na rzecz obrony praw czlowieka, opowie o swoich doœwiadczeniach z Gazy podczas ostatniej Izraelskiej operacji militarnej „Cast Lead” na przelomie 2008/09.



Wiecej informacji na ten temat tutaj:http://ipsc.ie/eva.html
Event #806
1:00PM on 20/Mar/2010, Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre, Donegall St
Mobilising Youth: A Conversation with Israel and Palestine
Dear Friends,

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) would cordially like to invite you to an upcoming event taking place around the country, ‘Mobilising Youth: A Conversation with Israel and Palestine’.

Between the 16th and 25th of March, Deema Darawshy (a young Palestinian woman) and Sahar Vardi (a young Israeli woman) will be partaking in a speaking tour around Ireland.

Deema Darawshy is a young Palestinian from within the 48 borders. She has been involved with many different organisations including human rights group B'Tselem, Ta Adam (Students for Human Rights), Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group and is now working for HaMoked - Centre for the Defence of the Individual.

Sahar Vardi is a young Israeli from Jerusalem. She has been a human rights activist since a young age and last year spent 2 months in prison for refusing to serve in the Israeli army. She is involved in organisations such as Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Ta'Ayush, New Profile and recently was one of the instrumental figures behind the increasing demonstrations in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem.

The women will be speaking about issues that occurring in the OPT and Israel at this moment in time. They will also discuss the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and how Irish people can be effective advocates for this conflict.

The meeting is facilitated by ICTU Youth and all are welcome to attend.

All events are open to the public, so come along and bring friends to what will surely be an exciting set of events!

Events are taking place around the country:

Belfast - 20th March: 1pm in Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre. Map: Click Here

Event #817
7:30PM on 18/Mar/2010, Connolly Books (upstairs), 43 Essex St East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin Branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is on Thursday 18/03/2010 at 7.30pm (please note new venue) upstairs in Connolly Books, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Map: http://tinyurl.com/ygfku83.

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Event #807
7:00PM on 18/Mar/2010, NUI Galway, The View, Aras na Mac Leinn
Mobilising Youth: A Conversation with Israel and Palestine
Dear Friends,

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) would cordially like to invite you to an upcoming event taking place around the country, ‘Mobilising Youth: A Conversation with Israel and Palestine’.

Between the 16th and 25th of March, Deema Darawshy (a young Palestinian woman) and Sahar Vardi (a young Israeli woman) will be partaking in a speaking tour around Ireland.

Deema Darawshy is a young Palestinian from within the 48 borders. She has been involved with many different organisations including human rights group B'Tselem, Ta Adam (Students for Human Rights), Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group and is now working for HaMoked - Centre for the Defence of the Individual.

Sahar Vardi is a young Israeli from Jerusalem. She has been a human rights activist since a young age and last year spent 2 months in prison for refusing to serve in the Israeli army. She is involved in organisations such as Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Ta'Ayush, New Profile and recently was one of the instrumental figures behind the increasing demonstrations in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem.

The women will be speaking about issues that occurring in the OPT and Israel at this moment in time. They will also discuss the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and how Irish people can be effective advocates for this conflict.

All events are open to the public, so come along and bring friends to what will surely be an exciting set of events!

Events are taking place around the country:

Galway - 18th March: NUI Galway. 7pm, The View, Aras na Mac Leinn/Student Centre. (The View is situated on the first floor of the student centre, which is the building next to the college bar.) Map.
Event #805
6PM on 16/Mar/2010, Maxwell Theatre, Hamilton Building, TCD
Mobilising Youth: A Conversation with Israel and Palestine
Dear Friends,

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) would cordially like to invite you to an upcoming event taking place around the country, ‘Mobilising Youth: A Conversation with Israel and Palestine’.

Between the 16th and 25th of March, Deema Darawshy (a young Palestinian woman) and Sahar Vardi (a young Israeli woman) will be partaking in a speaking tour around Ireland.

Deema Darawshy is a young Palestinian from within the 48 borders. She has been involved with many different organisations including human rights group B'Tselem, Ta Adam (Students for Human Rights), Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group and is now working for HaMoked - Centre for the Defence of the Individual.

Sahar Vardi is a young Israeli from Jerusalem. She has been a human rights activist since a young age and last year spent 2 months in prison for refusing to serve in the Israeli army. She is involved in organisations such as Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Ta'Ayush, New Profile and recently was one of the instrumental figures behind the increasing demonstrations in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem.

The women will be speaking about issues that occurring in the OPT and Israel at this moment in time. They will also discuss the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and how Irish people can be effective advocates for this conflict.

All events are open to the public, so come along and bring friends to what will surely be an exciting set of events!

Events are taking place around the country:

Dublin - 16th March: 6pm, Trinity College Dublin. Maxwell Theatre, Hamilton Building. (Science end of campus near Westland Row)
Event #803
7:30PM on 11/Mar/2010, Connolly Books (Upstairs), 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin Branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is on Thursday 11/03/2010 at 7.30pm (please note new venue) upstairs in Connolly Books, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Map: http://tinyurl.com/ygfku83.

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.
Event #812
6:00PM on 11/Mar/2010, NUIM, Sociology Seminar Room, Auxilia Building
Film Screening: The Land Speaks Arabic
Film Screeening: The Land Speaks Arabic



The Land Speaks Arabic documents the founding of the Zionist movement and the expulsion of Palestinians in the early part of the 20th century.

The showing will take place at on Thursday 11th March at 6pm in NUI Maynooth in the Sociology Seminar Room, Auxilia Building, on the North Campus.

Organised by the NUIM Branch of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Event #797
8:00 PM on 8/Mar/2010, Solidarity Books, Douglas Street
Kate O'Sullivan talks about her recent trip to Gaza


Time: 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Date: Monday, 8 March

Venue: Solidarity Books, Douglas Street



Kate O'Sullivan will talk about her recent trip to help break the siege on Gaza.



This talk is part of the day-long celebration of International Women's Day which is being organized by the Douglas Street Community. See Facebook page or email douglasStreetCommunity@gmail.com



Event #802
12:00PM on 6/Mar/2010, Outside Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, Grafton St
IPSC 'Israeli Apartheid Week' Awareness stall
On Saturday 6th March the IPSC in Dublin will be holding a day long information stall on Israeli Apartheid stall at top of Grafton St (outside Stephen's Green Shopping Centre), Dublin 2. Please come along and join us in helping spread the word, or even just to find out more about the IPSC and our campaign against Israeli Apartheid in Palestine. The stall will run from approx 12 noon until 5pm.
Event #790
7:30PM on 5/Mar/2010, Wynns Hotel, Lower Abbey St
Public Meeting: Stop Ireland’s Dirty War (Women Against Raytheon)
Stop Ireland’s dirty war...

Ireland’s dirty arms trade: Support Women against Raytheon


In 2006 Derry Anti-war activists occupied the Raytheon Arms Manufacturing company as a protest against its supplying parts to the Israeli Defence Forces. At the time, the Israelis were involved in a full-scale bombing of Lebanon which flattened the country and killed over one and half thousand people. The protestors were brought to trial by the company.

Against all the odds, the court actually admitted that the Raytheon company was aiding and abbetting war crimes. The protesters were acquitted and in January this year, the company decided to pull out of Derry, showing just how effective targetted protests can be. A further nine women involved in protesting against the company during the assault by Israel on Gaza, have been charged and are up on trial in early May. The huge campaign of support for the first Ratheon protesters ensured they were vindicated. We must do the same for the nine Women against Raytheon.

Goretti Horgan, one of the nine, will speak at the meeting.
Event #798
8:00PM on 4/Mar/2010, Solidarity Books, 43 Douglas Street
Film Screening: Occupation 101

8pm, Thursday, 4th March in Solidarity Books, 43 Douglas Street, Cork

A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict -- 'Occupation 101' presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions.

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The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are explained through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets.

The film covers a wide range of topics -- which include -- the first wave of Jewish immigration from Europe in the 1880's, the 1920 tensions, the 1948 war, the 1967 war, the first Intifada of 1987, the Oslo Peace Process, Settlement expansion, the role of the United States Government, the second Intifada of 2000, the separation barrier and the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, as well as many heart wrenching testimonials from victims of this tragedy.

Event #792
6:15PM on 3/Mar/2010, Bewleys Cafe Theatre, 78-79 Grafton Street
Better In or Out - should the EU set the bar higher for human rights standards in candidate countries? (Comhlamh Debates)

Better In or Out - should the EU set the bar higher for human rights standards in candidate countries? (Comhlamh Debates)

Bewley's Debate, 3rd March at 6.15

Speakers are Anna Visser (European Anti-Poverty Network) and Jim Loughran (Frontline Defenders). Chair - TBC

The 2009/2010 series of debates actively reaches out to the wider community.  We are seeking to connect, inform and educate on issues relating to development and global justice.

So put the first Wednesday of each month in your diary and come along to inform your thinking with a stimulating debate.  We especially welcome new faces so please promote these debates to your friends and colleagues both within the development sector and outside. 

For further information please contact deirdrem@comhlamh.org

Come and join us for a lively evening upstairs in Bewleys Café Theatre, 78-79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.

Participation is FREE.

Event #800
8:00PM on 2/Mar/2010, Forster Court Hotel, Forster St
Meeting & Film Screening: Women Against Raytheon (GAAW)
SOLIDARITY MEETING WITH DERRY’S RAYTHEON WOMEN

Tuesday March 2nd 2010 8.00pm
Forster Court Hotel, Forster St. Galway.

"The fight by Irish anti-war activists against the arms trade and Ireland ’s involvement in the war machine."

Documentary Screening of ‘Not in Our Name’ plus an address by Goretti Horgan of "Women Against Raytheon"

Organised by Galway Alliance Against War
Event #794
7:00PM on 2/Mar/2010, An Culturlann, Falls Road
Film Screening: Avenge But One Of My Two Eyes by Avi Mograbi
As part of Israel Apartheid Week 2010 the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign Presents:



FILM SHOWING AT CULTURLANN
FALLS ROAD, BELFAST
TUESDAY 2nd MARCH AT 7:00 pm
£5 WAGED / £2.50 UNWAGED
Event #796
6:15PM on 1/Mar/2010, Dublin City Hall, Dame St
Emergency Protest in Favour of Anti-Veolia Motion in DCC

The IPSC has called a protest to support the Anti-Veolia motion laid down in Dublin City Council by Cllr. Joan Collins (People Before Profit). The full text of the motion is below. The motion is due to be voted on during the council meeting of Monday 1st March.

Please come along and show your support for this motion aimed at stopping DCC from engaging in any further contracts with Veolia, the company that are building an Israeli colonial settler-only light rail system in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Assemble at 6.15pm outside Dublin City Hall on Dame St, Dublin 2

You can also send an email to all councillors on DCC urging them to support this motion (model letter can be found below)



TEXT OF MOTION

Dublin City Council recognising

1. That Veolia is a leading partner in the consortium contracted to build a light railway system linking Israel to illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem
2. That the Irish government and the U.N does not recognise Israel’s annexation and occupation of East Jerusalem and have repeatedly stated their views that the Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank contravene international law
3. That Veolia’s involvement in the project is in contravention of the UN’s stated demand that Israeli settlement activities and occupation should not be supported;

This Council calls on the City Manager not to sign any new or renew any existing contracts with Veolia as it would be in contravention of the wishes of this council. Galway and Sligo city/county councils have supported similar motions.

Cllr Joan Collins

All email addresses of Dublin City Councillors Can be found here: http://www.dublincity.ie/YourCouncil/Councillors/YourLocalCouncillors/Pages/FindYourLocalCouncillorsHome.aspx

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MODEL LETTER TO COUNCILLORS:

Dear Councillor ,

I am writing to request that you support Cllr. Joan Collins motion on March 1st calling on the City Manager not to sign any new or renew any existing contracts with Veolia as it would be in contravention of the wishes of this Council. Galway City Council and Sligo County Councils supported similar motions in April and February respectively last year.

Veolia are a multinational French company operating in the fields of water, waste management, energy and transport services. They provide all of these services in Ireland at present. However its operations in Israel/occupied Palestine are under intense public scrutiny as they infringe the human rights of the Palestinian people and are in violation of international law. As a result Veolia have come under increasing international pressure from civil society across the globe to withdraw from its illegal operations in Israel.



It is imperative that Dublin City Council take a stand, as their colleagues in Sligo and Galway have, and demand that the City Manager does not enter into any further contracts with Veolia.



I have set out below a list of Veolia's illegal activities, the reason why they are illegal and a summary of contracts which Veolia have lost due to their illegal activities in occupied Palestine.



Please support this motion and support the human rights of the Palestinian people.



Yours sincerely,







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Veolias illegal operations in occupied Palestine



Jerusalem Light rail



In 2003, Veolia won a $500 million contract to build and maintain a light railway that will run across the city of Jerusalem, including occupied East Jerusalem and the illegal settlement in the West Bank. The light railway project violates international law, not only because it is built on occupied Palestinian land, but also because it is an extension of Israel's illegal settlement enterprise and the Apartheid Wall. Through its subsidiary Connex, in Israel, it is one of the companies in the CityPass consortium, contracted to operate the light rail project in Jerusalem. The project plays a key role in sustaining the illegal settlements and ensuring they became a permanent fixture upon Palestinian land, while at the same time maintaining a system of Apartheid that isolates Palestinians and limits their mobility.


Tovlan Landfill in occupied West bank



Through its subsidiary Veolia Environmental Services, it also owns and operates the Tovlan Landfill in the occupied
Jordan Valley, using captured Palestinian land and resources for the needs of the illegal Israeli settlements.

Bus services to the illegal settlements



Veolia's subsidiary, Connex, also operates regular bus services to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including Beit Horon and Givat Ze'ev along road 443, which is an apartheid road. Palestinians are not allowed to travel on these buses or on these roads in their own occupied country.



Why are Veolia's operations illegal under international humanitarian law, human rights law and UN Norms?



The Irish Government and the United Nations do not recognise Israel’s annexation and occupation of East Jerusalem and have repeatedly stated their views that the Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank contravene international law and numerous UN resolutions.



United Nations Universal Declaration of Human rights



Due to the proximity of Veolia's operation in occupied Palestine they are clearly in breach of several articles of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The ongoing occupation of Palestine is in contrary to Articles 2, 3 which states that everyone is entitled to the right to life, liberty and security of person and that no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, juridical or international status of the country to which a person belongs. Article 17 confirms the right to own property and it cannot be arbitrarily deprived of their property. Article 13 confirms the right of freedom of movement within their country, the right to leave and the right to return. Article 25 confirms the right to enjoy a standard of living adequate for the health and well being of himself and family.



The Fourth Geneva Convention



The settlements violate Article 49 of the 4th Geneva Convention, which provides that the Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies as well as Article 53, which forbids destruction of property. Articles 146, 147 refer to 'Grave breaches' of the Convention amounting to war crimes as they involve appropriation of Palestinian property not justified by military necessity.

These grave breaches are being facilitated by Veolia’s participation in the construction and future of the tramway serving the settlements. In addition the tramway will discriminate against Palestinians as they will not be allowed to travel on it. This discrimination is no different to the apartheid South African 'whites only' system of discrimination.



International Court of Justice



The ICJ ruled in 2004 that the apartheid wall was illegal as they considered it to be an attempt by Israel to annexe Palestinian territory contrary to International Law and that it interfered with the right of Palestinians to self determination system. The ruling is quite clear that all states are obliged to ensure compliance by Israel of UN Charters and International Law. Veolia, too, are obliged to abide by these laws and charters and should not be to rendering aid or assistance in maintaining the situation created by the wall nor should it be profiting from the ongoing human rights abuses of the Palestinian people.


The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (2000)

Veolia are in contravention of these guidelines which state that enterprises should “Respect the human rights of those affected by their activities consistent with the host government’s international obligations and commitments”. Palestinians land is being illegally taken, homes demolished, farmland confiscated and olive groves destroyed to build the tramway.

The UN Global Compact (2000)


The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The origin of Principles One and Two of the UN Global Compact is in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The aim of this Declaration was to set basic minimum international standards for the protection of the rights and freedoms of the individual. The fundamental nature of these provisions means that they are now widely regarded as forming a foundation of international law.

Veolia is a member of The UN Global Compact which states that businesses should support and respect the protection of international human rights within their spheres of influence, and make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses. However it activities in occupied Palestine clearly in breach these fundamental principles.

Veolias lost contracts and legal actions

June 2009: Reports indicate that due to international pressure Veolia is withdrawing from the light rail project however this has not been confirmed. Alstom remains involved in the project.

June 2009: The city of Melbourne, Australia stripped Connex of their contract to run Melbourne's trams and Hong Kong's MTR.
June 2009: The city of Tehran announces that Veolia will be excluded from bidding for key contracts in the city's transportation services.

April 2009: Galway City Council voted not to renew or enter into any new contract's with Veolia as a result of the operations in occupied Palestine.

April 2009: A French Court agreed to hear the case that launched against Veolia and Alstom by Association France-Palestine Solidarité and the PLO in 2007. This case could set precedence for taking legal actions against corporations in their home countries for international law violations they commit in Palestine.

April 2009: Veolia loses a contact worth 750 million Euros in Bordeaux, France.

March 2009: The Swedish National Pension fund divested from Alstom as the reported human rights abuses regarding the company's participation in a railway project in Jerusalem made it not suitable for pension funds investments.

February 2009: Sligo County Council, passed a motion not to renew any further contracts with Veolia as a result of the operations in occupied Palestine.

January 2009: Veolia loses 4.5 billion dollar contract to run the subway in Stockholm, Sweden.

November 2006:ASN, a Dutch bank, breaks off financial relations with Veolia "Due to the direct nature of Veolia's involvement, we are of the opinion that Veolia's activities in Jerusalem are in conflict with UN Resolutions. Therefore, on this current information Veolia will be removed from our investment universe."

August 2006: Irish Trade Union forces Veolia to cancel plans to train Israeli drivers and engineers in Ireland. They were to be trained on the Dublin Luas, that is nearly identical to the one being constructed in Jerusalem.

Event #782
1:00 PM on 27/Feb/2010, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
IPSC Boycott Rally & Actions
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is asking shoppers not to buy Israeli goods in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are still being starved by the Israeli government.

We will assemble for a short rally @ 1pm in Daunt Square in Cork. From there, we will march to various stores around the city centre, where we will stage protests to encourage shoppers to boycott Israeli products.
Event #786
1:00PM on 27/Feb/2010, Assemble @ The Spire, O'Connell St
IPSC Boycott Rally & Actions
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is asking shoppers not to buy Israeli goods in solidarity with the people of Palestine who are still being starved by the Israeli government.

We will assemble for a short rally @ 1pm at the Spire on O'Connell St. From there, we will march go to various shops around the city centre, where we will stage protests to encourage shoppers to boycott Israeli products.
Event #795
5:00PM on 26/Feb/2010, The Dail, Kildare St
Emergency 'Boycott Israel' Protest over use of Irish Passports in Dubai Assassination (IAWM)
The Irish Anti-War Movement have organised an emergency protest outside the Dail (Irish Pariliament), on Kildare Street, Dublin 2 over the use of Irish passports in the Mossad assassination of a Hamas member in Dubai. The revelations of the abuse of Irish passports in this illegal act of international terrorism should shock all Irish people, and teh government should take serious action against Israel, which continues to act with impunity on the international stage.

The protest will take place between 5 and 6pm on Friday 26th Feb at the Dail.
Event #789
7:30PM on 25/Feb/2010, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin Branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is at Thursday 25/02/10 at 7.30pm.

Held upstairs in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St. Dublin 2.

http://www.centralhoteldublin.com/contact.php

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Please call the office 01 6770253 or Ronan on 086 4082535, or email info@ipsc.ie for more details.
Event #793
6:00PM on 25/Feb/2010, Public Theatre, Front Square, TCD
Lecture: Post-Conflict Justice: An Industry or a Necessity?

Thursday 25th February: ‘Post-Conflict Justice: An Industry or a Necessity?’

The TCD Centre for Post-Conflict Justice hosts its inaugural lecture.

Speaker: Professor Kader Asmal, Professor Extraordinary of Law at the University of the Western Cape and Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town. He is former South African Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry and former Minister of Education. With opening remarks by The Provost, Dr. John Hegarty.

Time: 6pm

Venue: The Public Theatre, Front Square, Trinity College Dublin

Contact: rbyrne@tcd.ie, http://www.tcd.ie/cpcj/

Event #788
5.00PM on 25/Feb/2010, Israeli Embassy
"Open Shuhada Street in Hebron" Protest (Labour Youth)
On 25 February 2010 activists and organizations from around the world will join together in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of Hebron/ al Khaleel, through local protests that demand for the opening of Shuhada Street to Palestinians and an End to the Occupation!

In Dublin there will be a protest and petition signing at the Israeli Embassy, 122 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on Thursday 25th February 2010. from 5 to 6pm. This action is organised by Labour Youth. For more info please contact Neil on warnern@tcd.ie

Shuhada Street used to be the principal street for Palestinians residents, businesses and a very active market place in the Palestinian city of Hebron/ al Khaleel. Today, because Shuhada Street runs through the Jewish settlement of Hebron, the street is closed to Palestinian movement and looks like a virtual ghost street which only Israelis and tourists are allowed to access. Hate graffiti has been sprayed across the closed Palestinian shops and Palestinians living on the street have to enter and exit their houses through their back doors or, even sometimes by climbing over neighbor's roofs.

We are focusing on Shuhada Street as a symbol of the settlement issue, the policy of separation in Hebron/al Khaleel and the entire West Bank, the lack of freedom of movement, and the occupation at large.

The Open Shuhada Street Coalition is made of up several organizations active in Israel-Palestine, including Youth Against Settlements" and Ta'ayush"

Event #783
2:00PM on 20/Feb/2010, Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street
Public Meeting: Can Palestinians and Israelis Live in One State? (IAWM)


Israeli historian and author, Illan Pappe, Palestinian novelist Ghada Kharmi and Jewish socialist and author, John Rose, will share their views on an alternative strategy to finally achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians at a public meeting organised by the Irish Anti War Movement in February.

The public meeting at which these three articulate advocates of the “One-State” solution will speak is on Saturday February 20th at 2pm in the Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin

The horrific events in Gaza last year, which saw over 1,400 Palestinians killed, including more than 200 children, in a savage Israeli military assault, rightly shocked the world.

It provided a terrible reminder of the plight of the Palestinian people and the apparently endless conflict between Palestinians and the state of Israel.

A year on, despite a global public outcry, the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has not moved one step closer to a peaceful resolution.

The Israeli siege of Gaza - preventing vital humanitarian and reconstruction aid reaching its suffering population - continues.

The West Bank - where the majority of Palestinians live - remains under Israeli military occupation, surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of an 18-metre concrete wall, in what is effectively a giant open air prison.

Hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers now occupy Palestinian land within the occupied territories and Palestinians are still regularly expelled from their homes to make way for more settlers.

The ever worsening situation is not simply a terrible humanitarian disaster but it also shows the utter failure of the supposed “peace” strategy pursued by the big western powers over the last 20 years.

Since the first Palestinian uprising (Intifada) in 1987, the US and western powers have championed the idea that peace can only be achieved by dividing Jews and Arabs into “two states”.

This “two-state” solution - formalised in the Oslo Peace accords (1996) - promised a “historic breakthrough” in the conflict.

Since then, despite numerous declarations, conferences and “road-maps”, the situation has not improved, it has worsened in every way: Almost 5000 Palestinians have been killed, including almost 1000 children and 31,000 have been maimed and injured.

Increasingly, Palestinians, Jewish peace activists in Israel, and others around the world are questioning whether, the “two-state” solution might be the problem, rather than the solution.

These voices say that the partition of Jews and Arabs in a “two-state” “peace” strategy, has inflamed religious and ethnic conflict, encouraged ethnic cleansing and guarantees a permanent state of war.

They say, that even in practical terms, with hundreds of thousands of Israelis living on Palestinian land, dividing these peoples into two separate states will be impossible.

A new coalition is emerging of Palestinians, Israelis and peace activists, calling for a “One-state” solution, where Israelis and Palestinians would live in one state, not based on religious or ethnic identity but on equal rights for all and one person one vote.

The Irish Anti-War Movement is privileged to host three of the most vocal and articulate advocates of the “One-State” solution at a public meeting on Saturday February 20th at 2pm in the Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street Dublin

Israeli historian and author, Illan Pappe, Palestinian novelist Ghada Kharmi and Jewish socialist and author, John Rose, will share their views on an alternative strategy to finally achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians and Zoe Lawlor from the Free Gaza March, will also speak about her experience.

All are welcome to attend this important meeting. (Admission Free – Donations Welcome)



Organised by the Irish Anti War Movement
Event #787
3:00PM on 12/Feb/2010, Various locations
To Gaza With Love: Weekend of art workshops to launch the Free Gaza Movements postal service
Valentine's Partner Ship Post

‘To Gaza with Love’

This spring, the Free Gaza Movement flotilla of ships will return to Gaza to demonstrate that sea lanes between Gaza and the rest of the world will be permanently opened for trade and passengers and we're going to take the mail with us!

Join us over Valentine's weekend to connect and support families living under siege with their homes & schools still in ruins in Gaza.

Cards - 'To Gaza with love' .Various locations around Galway will help launch the postal service, providing opportunities to make or buy cards to send to Gaza with options for people to become become pen-pals or participate in other partnership projects.

Chocolates - Father Manuel, the now retired Parish Priest from Gaza wishes to send chocolates to the children in Gaza. The Israeli siege bans chocolate from entering Gaza, along with footballs, pens & paper. Help Father Manuel fulfill his simple wish: purchase some fair-trade chocolate from Amnesty and we'll deliver it to the children.

Seeds - Before the siege, we'd often buy flowers and strawberries from Gaza for Valentines here in Europe, but occupation and the destruction of farm-lands and factories by the Israeli army has collapsed the once-vibrant export market. We plan to send over flower seeds this year to help revive that industry and crucially, to keep the seeds of hope alive.

Books - The Free Gaza flotilla will carry a precious cargo of books requested by besieiged universities in Gaza. Details of how you can support the students continue their studies are on our "Right to Read" http://www.freegaza.org/right-to-read along with details of the books they requested on our Amazon wish list.

Galway to Gaza, come along to….

Amnesty Cafe on Friday, 12th April from 3pm

Galway Arts Centre on Saturday 13th Feb from 3pm

Stall on Shop Street, on Saturday 13th Feb, from 12pm

Event #785
7:30PM on 11/Feb/2010, The Central Hotel, Exhequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin Branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is at Thursday 11/02/10 at 7.30pm.

Held upstairs in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St. Dublin 2.

http://www.centralhoteldublin.com/contact.php

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Please call the office 01 6770253 or Ronan on 086 4082535, or email info@ipsc.ie for more details.

Event #784
CANCELED on 9/Feb/2010,
CANCELED: IPSC Discussion Evening: The Siege of Gaza (with Khalil Shaheen, PCHR & Hilary Minch, GFM)
Unfortunately tonight's IPSC discussion evening, scheduled to take place at 7.30pm in the Central Hotel in Dublin has had to be CANCELLED. Khalil Shaheen will not be able to make it. Apologies for this, and we plan to reschedule a discussion evening with Hillary talking about the Gaza Freedom March and Cairo Declaration sometime soon.

Khalil Shaheen from the PCHR, a Gaza-based human rights organisation will speak and answer questions about the current situation in Gaza, and Hilary Minch from IPSC will speak of her experiences as part of the Gaza Freedom March.

The meeting takes place at 7.30pm, on Tuesday 9th February in The Central Hotel, Excheuqer Street, Dublin 2.

This discussion evening is part of a series of monthly informal discussions hosted by the Dublin IPSC group. They are open to all interested in Palestine, not simply IPSC members. The aim is to give people the chance to learn more about Palestine and share their thoughts with others in a relaxed and informal environment - no one is forced to speak but all are free to speak.
Event #780
6:30PM on 4/Feb/2010, EU House, Molesworth Street
Public Meeting: Yehuda Shaul (Breaking the Silence)
Public talk by Yehuda Shaul, Director, Breaking the Silence, publishers of a collection of testimonies from Israeli soldiers who took part in Operation Cast Lead

Christian Aid and Trocaire would like to invite you to a public talk by Yehuda Shaul, director and founder of Breaking the Silence. Mr. Shaul will provide a briefing on Operation Cast Lead from the perspective of the Israeli soldiers who served there.

When: February 4 at 6.30pm
Where: European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Chair and host: Mr. Proinsias de Rossa

Breaking the Silence is an Israeli NGO comprising ex Israeli soldiers who released a set of testimonies from soldiers who took part in Operation Cast Lead in Gaza that severely criticised the moral and ethical standards of the Israeli army during that campaign. Their allegations have been largely backed up by a UN report, headed by Judge Goldstone, which the Israeli Government is trying to discredit.

The Director of Breaking the Silence, Yehuda Shaul, is visiting Ireland where he will profile the soldiers' testimonies in order to continue to urge the international community to take action against the Israeli Government for violating human rights.
Event #775
on 0/Feb/2010, University of Limerick
Beginners' Arabic Classes

For more information about these classes please contact Dominique at dominique.lemeur@ul.ie

 

SYLLABUS

BEGINNER’S ARABIC

Academic Year 2009

(February-April 2010)

20 contact hours class1 over a 10-week period

Maximum intake of 15 participants 

No textbook. Copies from the following books will be made available to participants:

      • Alif Baa Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds by Kristin Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal and Abbas Al-Tonsi (Georgetown University Press; 2 Pap/DVD edition (2004)
      • Al-Kitaab fi Ta’allum Al Arabiya with DVDs A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part One, second edition by Kristin Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal and Abbas Al-Tonsi. (Georgetown University Press; 2nd edition (2004)

This course which is designed for adult learners with no previous knowledge of the Arabic language, introduces the students to the fundamentals of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and to the culture of the Arab World. Students learn the 28 basic letters of the Arabic alphabet – which is after the Latin alphabet, the second-most widely used alphabet around the world; and it is also the script used for writing several languages of Asia and Africa, such as Arabic, Persian, and Urdu.

Students also learn the sound system, the writing system (Arabic script is written from right to left in a cursive style), elementary grammar, vocabulary items, and language constructions. The course also involves regular use of audio-visual materials in Arabic.

There is no formal assessment for this course but participants will receive a certificate on successful completion of the course, including a minimum of 60% attendance record in both terms.

Course objectives:

The present course aims at: 

  • Providing participants with the relevant speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in a variety of basic topics related to family, daily activities, city life, etc.
  • Introducing participants to the Arabic alphabet,
  • Beginning to develop an awareness of Arabic culture,
  • Encouraging autonomous learning,
  • Developing personal learning strategies.
 

1Please note that an hour is an academic hour, i.e. 50 mn

 

Teaching methodology: 

Classes are interactive and based on oral communication.  Arabic will be used for teaching purposes as much as possible and activities will be varied giving intensive practice in all Arabic language skills with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Material used in class will be drawn from a variety of sources, including textbooks, CDs, DVDs, websites, etc. Part of the weekly class will also be devoted to covering some aspects of Arabic culture. Homework is given every week. It reflects the lesson content covered in class and prepares learners for the material to follow.   

‘Can do’ statements – Beginner level* 

This grid of ‘can do’ statements has been designed to help you assessing your progress during the course of the programme. It succinctly presents the main learning aims of this course at beginner level (note that it is possible that due to time restrictions, not every aspect of this grid content might be covered in class). This grid might also reveal your weaker areas, thus highlighting topics you can improve on your own. To use it, simply tick the statements corresponding to your ability.  You can review your progress on a regular basis.   
 

Speaking: I can…
1. introduce myself in Arabic and use basic greeting and leave-taking expressions.  
2. ask people for things and give people things.  
3. use simple phrases and sentences to describe where things are.  
4. ask and answer simple questions on familiar topics (e.g. weather, nationality, job…).  
5. interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat, rephrase, or speak slowly.  
Listening: I can…
1. recognize and understand familiar Arabic words and basic phrases concerning myself, people I know and things around me when people speak slowly and clearly.  
2. understand everyday basic questions.  
3. understand numbers, prices, dates and times.  
4. follow speech which is very slow and simple with long pauses for me to get the meaning.  
Reading: I can…
1. understand the general idea of simple information documents especially if they contain pictures which help the understanding of the Arabic text.  
2. understand very short texts which include familiar names, words and basic phrases.  
3. recognise familiar names, words and very simple phrases on notices in the most common everyday situations.  
4. understand short, simple messages such as postcards, invitations . . .  
 
 
Writing: I can…
1. be familiar with the Arabic writing system so that I can fill in forms with personal details (e.g. name, date of birth, nationality...).  
2. describe where things are and where places are in relation to each other.  
3. write simple isolated phrases and sentences on everyday topics.  
4. write short letters and messages with the help of a dictionary.  
Pronunciation/Fluency: I can…
1. manage to pronounce very short, isolated Arabic utterances.  
2. articulate less familiar words with much pausing and false starts.  
3. repeat the correct pronunciation of less familiar words if need be.  
4. repair communication by reformulated misunderstood utterances.  
Vocabulary:  I can…
1. use a very basic repertoire of Arabic words related to personal details.  
2. use a limited range of Arabic vocabulary to talk about particular concrete situations.  
3. use a small range of ready-made Arabic expressions and phrases related to everyday topics (introductions, leave-taking, apologies…)  
4. imitate Arabic formulas and phrases encountered and explained in class.  
5. use the Arabic vocabulary I know and some shared international words to understand the general idea of simple statements about everyday situations.  
Grammar: I can…
1. show a limited control of a few simple grammatical structures (present tense, articles...)  
2. reproduce simple sentence patterns that I have memorised.  
3. link Arabic words or groups of Arabic words with very basic connectors such as ‘and’.  
4. recognise present and past tenses in an Arabic text.  
 

(* Beginner level corresponds to A1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This grid is adapted from DIALANG self-assessment statements and CEF self-assessment grid)

Event #732
6:00PM on 30/Jan/2010, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street
The Misuse of the Holocaust for Political Purposes: Auschwitz survivor Hajo Meyer speaks out - Also, Dr. Haidar Eid on the Siege of Gaza


Public Meeting: “The Misuse of the Holocaust for Political Purposes: Auschwitz survivor Hajo Meyer speaks out” - Also, Dr. Haidar Eid on the Siege of Gaza

On Saturday 30th January 2009, holocaust survivor, author and activist Hajo Meyer will speak in the Central Hotel at 6pm about Zionism's misuse of the Holocaust for its own political purposes. Dr Meyer, an outspoken critic of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, will also be arguing that a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel is both necessary and justified. Another member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network will also speak.

Dr. Haider Eid (PACBI and lecturer in the Islamic Univeristy in Gaza) will also speak via video about the ongoing siege of Gaza.

This will be the final event in the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s ‘Gaza: A Month of Remembrance” calendar, and is taking place during Holocaust Memorial Week.

About Dr. Meyer:

Dr. Hajo G. Meyer was born in 1924 in Bielefeld, Germany. Not allowed to attend school there after November 1938, he fled to the Netherlands, alone. In I944, after a year in the underground, he was caught and subsequently survived 10 months in Auschwitz death camp. He lives in the Netherlands, where he works as publicist and essayist. A member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), Hajo Meyer is on the board of the Dutch group “A Different Jewish Voice”, part of the coalition of European Jews for Just Peace. He is the author of three books, on Judaism, the holocaust and Zionism.

An interview with Dr. Meyer can be read here: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10568.shtml

This event is co-sponsored by the IPSC, the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
Event #778
on 30/Jan/2010, Vineyard, Market Lane
Bass-Ben-efit ! Fundraiser for Viva Palestina
Live Dubstep from DROKKR, Breaks/dubstep/techno DJ set from MILIS - (Tir Na gCcasta)

Bass-Ben-efit !

Venue:
Vineyard, Market Lane

Start Time:
Saturday, 30 January 2010 at 22:00

€5 entry .

Live Dubstep from DROKKR - (Stupid Fly Records, Crossroads Records) http://www.myspace.com/drokkr

Breaks/dubstep/techno DJ set from MILIS - (Tir Na gCcasta) http://www.myspace.com/tirnagcasta
Event #737
7:00PM on 29/Jan/2010, The Grosvenor Hall, 5 Glengall St
Never Again - For Anyone: Auschwitz survivor Hajo Meyer & Khalil Shaheen of PCHR speak


Public Meeting: “Never Again - For Anyone: Auschwitz survivor Hajo Meyer & Khalil Shaheen of PCHR speak ”

On Friday 29th January 2009, holocaust survivor, author and activist Hajo Meyer will speak in the The Grosvenor Hall, 5 Glengall St @ 7pm about Zionism's misuse of the Holocaust for its own political purposes. Dr Meyer, an outspoken critic of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, will also be arguing that a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel is both necessary and justified. Khalil Shaheen of the Palestinian Human Rights Center in Gaza will also speak about the ongoing Siege of Gaza, as will another member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.

This will be the penultimate event in the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s ‘Gaza: A Month of Remembrance” calendar, and is taking place during Holocaust Memorial Week.

About Dr. Meyer:

Dr. Hajo G. Meyer was born in 1924 in Bielefeld, Germany. Not allowed to attend school there after November 1938, he fled to the Netherlands, alone. In I944, after a year in the underground, he was caught and subsequently survived 10 months in Auschwitz death camp. He lives in the Netherlands, where he works as publicist and essayist. A member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), Hajo Meyer is on the board of the Dutch group “A Different Jewish Voice”, part of the coalition of European Jews for Just Peace. He is the author of three books, on Judaism, the holocaust and Zionism.

An interview with Dr. Meyer can be read here: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10568.shtml

For more info please contact: belfastipsc@yahoo.ie

This event is co-sponsored by the IPSC, the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
Event #781
9:00AM on 29/Jan/2010, Town Council Offices
Protest visit of Israeli Ambassador
URGENT- We have just learned that the Israeli Ambassador is to attend the Carrickmacross Town Council offices tomorrow morning (Fri 29th Jan). Despite opposition calls, the Fine Gael Mayor is refusing to cancel. A protest will take place at the Council offices at 9am in the morning. We need numbers so please try to attend and especially if anybody has appropriate banners please bring them.
Event #779
on 29/Jan/2010, Roddy Mc Corley Club
Album Launch for Gaza (Viva Palestine Benefit)


Start of an all Ireland Tour - Viva Palestina and Launch of Mickey Coleman and Plunkett McGartland's new album 'A Mother's Lullaby'

Friday, 29 January 8.30 pm Roddy Mc Corley Club Belfast

Speaker: John Hurson who has just returned from the 'Viva Palestina' Convoy

Other speakers and guests to be confirmed.

Proceeds to Viva Palestina

Admission donation vol
Event #770
7:30PM on 28/Jan/2010, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
Would you like to come along to the next Dublin Branch meeting of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

The next meeting is at Thursday 28/01/10 at 7.30pm.

Held upstairs in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St. Dublin 2.

http://www.centralhoteldublin.com/contact.php

Come along to discuss and plan upcoming activities. We have stalls at festivals and city centres, organise demos and speaking tours, film evenings, lobby politicians etc.

All ages and nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to know a lot about Middle Eastern politics to get involved.

Please call the office 01 6770253 or Ronan on 086 4082535, or email info@ipsc.ie for more details.
Event #777
10:00PM on 25/Jan/2010, 103.2 Dublin City FM & Internet Stream
Ear to the Globe: Palestinian Music Special (Nigel Wood)
On Monday 25th January there will be a Palestinian music radio feature hosted by Nigel Wood on 103.2 Dublin City FM. The show goes out 10pm - Midnight and is live streamed. http://dublincityfm.ie/.

People should text him on the night as encouragement also. Nigel Wood Show - 087 7863668. About the Show - Ear to the Globe, presented by Nigel Woods

Over the past five years “Ear to the globe” has become Ireland’s most comprehensive and authoritative guide to new releases and touring artists on the World Music scene. A huge range of musical styles are represented - from Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Asia - as well as folk musics and fusions from Europe and North America. All significant new World Music releases are presented on the show, together with many other less-discovered gems and curios.

Interviews with visiting artists are often included. Past interviewees include Youssou N’Dour, Daara J, Nitin Sawhney, Amparanoia, Think of One, Bellowhead and Lucky Dube.

Ticket and album giveaways are frequent thanks to the support of record companies and distributors, and concert promoters.

“Ear to the globe” goes out every Monday night from 10pm to midnight, and a weekly playlist and includes a gig guide and Top 10 current World Music recommendations.

airtime Mondays, 10pm-midnight

contact us email: eartotheglobe@dublincityfm.ie
Event #772
4:00PM on 23/Jan/2010, The Bull Ring
Boycott Israeli Goods Action
On Saturday, January 23rd the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and our supporters holding a boycott Israeli goods action in Wexford town. We will be asking shoppers not to buy Israeli goods in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are still being starved by the Israeli government.

Wexford - 4pm in the Bull Ring in the town centre.

Contact the Wexford/Kilkenny branch at kilkenny@ipsc.ie for further details, all welcome.
Event #771
1:00PM on 23/Jan/2010, Castle Walk, John's Bridge
Bridge the Gap - Human Chain in Kilkenny
Form a Human Chain over a bridge to show solidarity with the people of Gaza.

Palestine Solidarity - Bridge the Gap - Human Chain in Kilkenny at Castle Walk, John's Bridge, 1pm on Saturday 23rd January 2010.

In an act of solidarity the people of Gaza, the IPSC intends to form ‘human chains’ at various locations around the country.

Similar events have already occurred all over Ireland. We’re asking you to take one hour out of your Saturday afternoon show your support for the besieged people of Gaza and to remember the more than 1,400 Palestinians who were killed this time last year.

Venue: Castle Walk, John's Bridge, Kilkenny

Time: 1pm

We are calling on people to gather at 1pm at Castle Walk, John's Bridge. Please bring black balloons and Palestinian flags if you have them.

For more info contact John on kilkenny@ipsc.ie
Event #776
7:00PM on 21/Jan/2010, Meeting Room 1, Aras na Mac Leinn, NUIG
Eyewitness Report from the Gaza Freedom March (Zoe Lawlor)
This Thursday the 21st of January at 7pm in Meeting Room 1, Aras na Mac Leinn, Zoe Lawlor, an IPSC Limerick member will be here to share her experience as a participant in the Gaza Freedom March and to give a review of the action in Cairo.

There will also be a quick breakdown of what the society did last semester while Niamh Moloughney, an IPSC member from Galway will be mentioning what happened on the front of Palestinian/Irish solidarity last year.

Hosted by Palestine Solidarity Society, NUIG
Event #773
7:00PM on 20/Jan/2010, Irish Aid Centre, O'Connell St
Amnesty Ireland: Khalil Shaheen Talk (Palestinian Centre for Human Rights)
Amnesty International Ireland is delighted to announce that we will host a talk by Khalil Shaheen from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Irish Aid on Wednesday 20 January from 7-8:30pm.

Khalil Shaheen has worked with the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights since its establishment in 1995, and is particularly concerned with the socioeconomic and cultural rights of the citizens of Gaza. At the moment, he feels that the impact of the closure of Gaza's borders on people's access to these rights is the most important issue worth discussing. Frontline Defenders is hosting Mr. Shaheen's visit to Ireland. Amnesty International Ireland would like to offer our sincere thanks both to Mr. Shaheen and to Frontline Defenders for the opportunity to host this event.
Event #742
7:00PM on 18/Jan/2010, The New Theatre, Connolly Books, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar
Screening of 'Erased: Wiped Off the Map' (aka To Shoot an Elephant)
On December 19, 2008 a group belonging to International Solidarity Movement (I.S.M.), departed from Cyprus bound for Palestine. Their objective was to break through the Israeli blockade on the Gaza strip. They were the last group of foreigners that were able to enter in the territory. None of them dreamt what they were going to live through in the following weeks. This film, originally called “Erased: Wiped Off the Map” has been re-edited and retitled “To Shoot An Elephant”.

Dublin – Mon 18th Jan @ 7.00pm – The New Theatre, Connolly Books, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar.

Event #744
1:00PM on 18/Jan/2010, Room G22, Western Gateway Building, UCC
Screening of 'Erased: Wiped Off the Map' (aka To Shoot an Elephant)
On December 19, 2008 a group belonging to International Solidarity Movement (I.S.M.), departed from Cyprus bound for Palestine. Their objective was to break through the Israeli blockade on the Gaza strip. They were the last group of foreigners that were able to enter in the territory. None of them dreamt what they were going to live through in the following weeks. This film, originally called “Erased: Wiped Off the Map” has been re-edited and retitled “To Shoot An Elephant”.

Cork - Mon 18th Jan, room G22 in the Western Gateway Building, UCC, 1pm. For more info contact events@ipsc.ie
Event #763
3:30PM on 16/Jan/2010, Peoples Park, Main Street
Boycott Israel Action
On Saturday, January 16th the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and our supporters are holding boycott events up and down the country, asking shoppers not to buy Israeli goods in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are still being starved by the Israeli government.

Arklow: Assemble at the Peoples Park, Main Street, Arklow @ 3.30pm.
Event #730
2:00PM on 16/Jan/2010, The Spire, O'Connell St
IPSC Boycott Rally & Actions
On Saturday, January 16th the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and our supporters are holding boycott events up and down the country, asking shoppers not to buy Israeli goods in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are still being starved by the Israeli government.

Dublin: We will be assembling for a short rally @ 2pm at the Spire on O’Connell Street, which will then be followed by us breaking into smaller groups and staging boycott actions at various locations around the city

Event #741
2:00PM on 16/Jan/2010, O'Connell Street
IPSC Boycott Rally & Actions
On Saturday, January 16th the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and our supporters are holding boycott events up and down the country, asking shoppers not to buy Israeli goods in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are still being starved by the Israeli government.

Limerick: Assemble outside Brown Thomas, O’Connell Street @ 2pm. Actions will follow around the city. For more info contact Sean at sac1@iol.ie
Event #768
2:00PM on 16/Jan/2010, City Hall
IPSC Boycott Action
On Saturday, January 16th the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and our supporters are holding boycott events up and down the country, asking shoppers not to buy Israeli goods in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are still being starved by the Israeli government.

Belfast - Assemble, City Hall @ 2pm

For more information contact belfastipsc@yahoo.ie
Event #769
2:00PM on 16/Jan/2010, Market Entrance, Hill Street
IPSC Boycott Action
On Saturday, January 16th the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and our supporters are holding boycott events up and down the country, asking shoppers not to buy Israeli goods in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are still being starved by the Israeli government.

Newry - Assemble at Market Entrance, Hill Street @ 2pm
Event #766
1:30PM on 16/Jan/2010, Market Square
Boycott Israeli Goods Protest
On Saturday, January 16th the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and our supporters are holding boycott events up and down the country, asking shoppers not to buy Israeli goods in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are still being starved by the Israeli government.

Letterkenny - 1.30PM on Sat 16th Jan at Market Square in Letterkenny

Contact 086 8845476 for further details, all welcome.
Event #740
1:00PM on 16/Jan/2010, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
IPSC Boycott Rally & Actions
On Saturday, January 16th, supporters of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign are holding boycott events up and down the country, asking shoppers not to buy Israeli goods in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are still being starved by the Israeli government.

In Cork, we will assemble for a short rally @ 1pm in Daunt Square. From there, we will march to various stores around the city centre, where we will stage protests to encourage shoppers to boycott Israeli products.
Event #764
8:30PM on 15/Jan/2010, Bank House Hotel , Irish Street
Welcome Home Viva Palestina
Friday Jan 15th, 8.30pm - 1am - Bank House Hotel , Irish Street, Dungannon

Independent Workers Union Welcome home 'Viva Palestina' John Hurson and others.

Confirmed speakers so far - John Hurson (Viva Palestina), Bernadette McAliskey, Tommy McKearny

Musicians Mickey Coleman & Plunkett McGartland.

Voluntary admission in aid of 'Viva Palestina'

Event #767
9:30PM on 14/Jan/2010, Sandino's, Foyle Street/Water Street
Derry to Gaza Homecoming
Sandino's, Foyle Street/Water Street - 8.30pm Thur 14th Jan

To celebrate the safe return of the 5 Derry men on the Viva Palestina Convoy the Derry Anti War Coalition invites you to a spectacular evening of music. One the greatest line ups ever put together for a gig in Derry,has been assembled foryour pleasure. Featuring, Here Comes the Landed Gentry, Paddy Nash, Connor Kelly and many more.

Entry is only a fiver and we need all the money we can get, as the delays on the convoy meant that flights all had to be rebooked and we now have a serious financial crisis! The doors open at 9.30, there is a massive lineup so please get there early...thank you.
Event #743
6:30PM on 14/Jan/2010, NUIG, Acoustic Room, Aras Na Mac Leinn
NUIG Palestine Solidarity Student Meeting
On December 19, 2008 a group belonging to International Solidarity Movement (I.S.M.), departed from Cyprus bound for Palestine. Their objective was to break through the Israeli blockade on the Gaza strip. They were the last group of foreigners that were able to enter in the territory. None of them dreamt what they were going to live through in the following weeks. This film, originally called “Erased: Wiped Off the Map” has been re-edited and retitled “To Shoot An Elephant”.

Please not this event has been cancelled and in its place an organising meeting will be taking place. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Galway – Thur 14th Jan - NUIG, Acoustic Room, Aras Na Mac Leinn, 6.30pm

For more info contact Niamh: niamh.upstart@gmail.com
Event #765
on 13/Jan/2010, Cork Airport
Welcome Home for Kate O'Sullivan (Viva Palestina)
Kate will be arriving back in Ireland at 7.20pm TONIGHT(Wednesday 13th Jan) - she'll be flying into Cork Airport and it would be great if people could be there to welcome her back.

As you all know, Kate was one of the three Cork people (Dave and Caoimhe being the other two) who took part in the Viva Palestina humanitarian aid convoy that eventually crossed into Gaza on 6 January, despite efforts by Egypt and Israel to hinder its progress.

It would be wonderful if people could turn up at the airport, so, please, if you are within striking distance of Cork on Wednesday evening, consider getting to the airport for 7.20pm to give Kate a very warm welcome home!

Event #759
6:30PM on 11/Jan/2010, Filmbase, Temple Bar
Photo Exhibition: Defending Hope In Gaza (Front Line Defenders)


On 27 December 2008, the Israeli Defence Forces launched Operation Cast Lead on the Gaza Strip, with devastating consequences for the civilian population. In the aftermath of the destruction, human rights defenders in Gaza continue to defend the hope of the Palestinian people for a future based on peace and justice.


Front Line would like to invite you to attend the opening of “Defending Hope in Gaza”, a photographic exhibition which shows how the people of Gaza are bravely struggling to survive, while the work of human rights defenders is restricted by limitations on freedom of movement.

The exhibition will be opened by Mr Proinsias de Rossa MEP.


6.30pm, Monday 11 January 2010
Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


RSVP pa@frontlinedefenders.org


The exhibition will run from 11 January to 22 January inclusive

Exhibition organised by Front Line Defenders - www.frontlinedefenders.org

Event #761
on 11/Jan/2010, The Courthouse, Bishop St
Solidarity Protest: Trial of Raytheon 14 in Derry

Solidarity Protest: Trial of Raytheon 14 in Derry

14 Derry accused to be arraigned over action against Gaza assault.

By Shane O'Curry, Indymedia: 14 Derry people are being arraigned at Derry Crown Court, this Monday, 11 January. The proceedings are to take place one day short of the anniversary of the action on 12 January 2009 during which 9 women barricaded themselves into Raytheon’s Derry plant in protest at the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza strip, during which over 1400 Palestinians, including 320 children, were killed.

All 14 are to appear at Derry Courthouse on Bishop Street for arraignement this Monday morning, 11 January. The Derry Anti War Coalition has called for people to join in protest in solidarity outside the court at 9.30am. It is also expected that some of the Derry people who took part in the recently successful Viva Palestina convoy to Gaza will be there in Solidarity.

The 14 people being arraigned are:

Helen Deery, Sharon Meenan, Betty Doherty, Diana King, Goretti Horgan, Róisín Barton, Julia Tor Rojo, Jackie McKenna, Róisín Kelly, James King, Ciaran Gallagher, Brian McFadden, Rory Mac Dermott and Eoin McMonagle. After the arraignment on Monday, it is anticipated the trial will begin in ernest in April or May.

The Derry Anti War Coalition is calling for people to come out in solidarity on Monday
The Derry Anti War Coalition is calling for people to come out in solidarity on Monday

Raytheon, whose premises in Derry has been the site of previous occupations and direct action protests, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of weapons of mass destruction and a key supplier of Israeli weaponry, including the devices for deploying “white phosphorous”. In August 2006, 9 male protesters, known as the “Raytheon 9”, were charged with criminal damage after deliberately sabotaging the mainframe computer at Raytheon’s Derry offices. The action was a direct response to the Israeli Defence Forces targeting of residential apartments in Qana, Lebanon, during which 28 civilians were killed with a Raytheon “Bunker Buster” bomb. In June 2008 the “Raytheon 9” were acquited unanimously by a Belfast jury after it accepted that the action was being done in order to prevent further loss of life. In legal terms this is a legitimate defence against the charge of Criminal Damage. During the same trial, representatives from Raytheon admitted that they had continued to supply weaponry to Israel in spite of evidence that it was being used to commit war crimes.

The action on Monday12 January 2009, over which the 14 are now facing charges, had originally been planned by 9 women in direct response to the Israeli bombing of Gaza. The 9 women went in on the Monday morning after the Israeli bombardment continued unabated after it had dashed hopes for a cease-fire over the previous week-end.

“Our intention was to bring down the mainframe as the “Raytheon 9” had done.” Goretti Horgan, one of the 9 women, told ‘Indymedia’ “We knew from that trial that when the Derry mainframe went down, all of Raytheon’s UK plants were knocked-out. I other words it was a really effective way of stopping the war machine, and we were determined to do the same.” But they didn’t reach the main-frame, and barricaded themselves in until the PSNI gave them an undertaking that they would investigate Raytheon for complicity in war crimes.

The 9 women are now facing charges of Burglary, Criminal Damage and Assault. The last charge is perplexing to most as there were no circumstances during which this can be construed to have happened. During the “Raytheon 9” trial similar charges of Affray had been brought and later dropped amid speculation that a security guard had been pressured by police to make a statement that he later withdrew.

Also facing charges are 5 men who were arrested during action in support of the 9 women who got into the Raytheon plant. All 5 men are charged with “Obstructing Police”, one is being charged with criminal damage, and one with “Personating a Police Officer”. Two of the men are also being charged with Assaulting a police officer after an incident, filmed and broadcast by the BBC, during which a pregnant woman was assaulted by a police officer.

For some of the men, this is their 5th pre-trial appearance in relation to these charges, while for the 9 women this is their third. Many of the proceedings have been taken up in ensuring that all the charged would be tried together at the same Crown (jury) Court.

At the time of the action, the PSNI undertook to investigate Raytheon for complicity in war crimes. There is no evidence that this investigation is underway. At the Raytheon 9 trial, evidence came to light which provides basis for legal action to be taken against Raytheon, say legal experts. “Like the Raytheon 9 trial, we intend to turn the tables on Raytheon and put them on trial.” One of the accused Sharon Meenan told ‘Indymedia’ “We will doing it in court here, and later when we pursue the corporation legally. It is, of course, they who are the real criminals”

Related indymedia article from Jan 2009:
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/90565

Event #762
8:30PM on 11/Jan/2010, Television
Panorama: A walk in the Park - Jerusalem
Monday, 11th January, BBC 1 TV 8.30pm
Panorama: A walk in the Park - Jerusalem.

ICAHD's Dr Meir Margalit was interviewed by Jane Corbin for this documentary and she was present at the demolition of homes in East Jerusalem during the filming.

If you wish to respond to the programme, you can contact the BBC on bhfeedback@bbc.co.uk or call 0870 0100 222. To see the link, click on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pznkh
Event #728
2:30PM on 9/Jan/2010, Israeli Embassy
CANCELLED: Invitation to Remember the Children of Gaza
URGENT: This event has been CANCELLED until further notice, due to the adverse weather conditions. The IPSC apologises for any inconvenience caused.




During international armed conflicts, children are afforded protection under International Humanitarian Law (IHL), including the Geneva Convention. Children are also protected under international human rights law and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). IHL provides general protection for children as persons taking no part in hostilities and special protection as persons who are especially vulnerable during war and armed conflict.

Last Christmas (Dec 08-Jan09), we all watched in horror the deadly Israeli attacks on Gaza in which 1,415 Palestinians were killed (including 318 children - see the list of names here) and over 5,000 injured. On average, 13 children were killed each day of the offensive.

The 6th January 2009 witnessed the highest number of child deaths – 8 children were killed in the attack near al-Fakhoura School in Jabalya refugee camp and dozens of civilians (including many children) were killed in the military operations inside the Tal al Hawa neighbourhood in the south of Gaza city.

Since then, because of the illegal Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, the 1.5 million people of Gaza have been unable to rebuild their lives. No homes or schools have been rebuilt. Most children have no textbooks or school supplies. The water and sewage systems have not been repaired. People are still dying for lack of medical care.

Please join us on 9th January at the Embassy of Israel to remember the children of Gaza who were killed and injured. We will read the names of the 318 children and our thoughts and prayers will be with them and their families.

We call for justice for the men, women and especially the children of Gaza.
Event #760
7:30PM on 7/Jan/2010, Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place on Thursday 7th January @ 7.30pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #758
5:30pm on 2/Jan/2010, Bank Hotel, Irish Street
Viva Palestina Public Meeting
Solidarity meeting hosted by the IWU, with Peter Canavan, Tommy McKearney and Patricia Campbell. Saturday 2nd January. Bank Hotel, Irish Street, Dungannon, Tyrone, 5.30pm
Event #757
1:00 PM on 2/Jan/2010, Patrick's Bridge, Cork
Remember Gaza: Human chain across the bridge
Form a Human Chain over a bridge to show solidarity with the people of Gaza and activists still attempting to get into Gaza, despite the attempts of the Egyptian authorities and others to stop them.

Palestine Solidarity - Bridge the Gap - Human Chain across Patrick's Bridge, Cork - 1pm - 2pm

Saturday, 2 January 2010

In an act of solidarity with the human rights activists attempting to gain entry into Gaza and those taking part in the Gaza Freedom March, we will form a human chain across St Patrick's Bridge in Cork City from 1PM until 2PM

Similar events have happened all around the world in the last few days and the images will be sent to Gaza so people can see internationals standing in solidarity with them. We’re asking you to take one hour out of your afternoon on Saturday to show your support for the people of Gaza and to remember the more than 1,400 Palestinians who were killed this time last year.
Event #753
2:00PM on 1/Jan/2010, Library, West Side
March for Gaza
We want to commemorate the dead in Gaza due to Israeli 'Cast Lead" war last year.( More than 1,400 dead, of which 370 were children, 5,000 badly injured and 350,000 left homeless).

On the 1st Jan 2010 we will assemble at the Library in West Side at 2pm. We will then march peacefully via Cathedral to Shop St and on to Spanish Arch.Some groups want to pose on bridges, we may do this on Salmon Weir Bridge?? open to suggestions.

Please bring Palestinian flags banners and placards.

Sheik Khalid from the mosque in Galway is advising all his congregation to support the march.

People of all religions and none are all welcome.

The Viva Palestina Convoy of 250 vehicles, 500 people from 20 different countries are still stuck in the Port of Aqaba in Jordan as the Egyptians will not let them enter Egypt! 15 members of the convoy started a hunger strike yesterday, more are to join them today. Please pass this on to your friends and family we need as many people as possible in this Peace march to show our solidarity with the children and families in Gaza who are still suffering one year later with nothing but broken promises!

Any suggestions or ideas welcome.

Contact Treasa: trasnich@yahoo.com
2009
Event #752
4:00PM on 31/Dec/2009, The Diamond
Candlelight vigil for Gaza
Derry Anti-War Coalition will be holding a candlelit vigil for Gaza in the Diamond at 4pm on Thursday 31st. All supporters in the north west urged to attend.

The purposes of the vigil are: to show solidarity with the Viva Palestina convoy, in which five men sponsored by the DAWC are taking part; to protest against the continuing vicious siege of Gaza by Israel with Egyptian, US and EU connivance; and to commit ourselves in 2010 to campaign for the boycott of Israeli goods and the withdrawal of investment supported by, among many, many others, the Irish Congress of Trades Unions. Derry Anti-War Coalition

Event #756
3:30PM on 31/Dec/2009, Egyptian Embassy, 12 Clyde Road, D4
Picket in support of Gaza Freedom Marchers and Viva Palestina Convoy
In an act of solidarity with the Viva Palestina activists attempting to bring aid into Gaza and those taking part in the Gaza Freedom March on 31st December - both of whom have faced severe hinderances at the hands of the Egyptian government*, the IPSC intends to hold a short picket the Egyptian Embassy at 3.30pm on Thursday 31st December.

The Egyptian Embassy is loacted at 12 Clyde Road, Dublin 4. there is a map here - Google Maps.

The IPSC will also be handing in a letter of protest asking for the opening of the Rafah Crossing and safe pasage for the Marchers and Aid Convoy. * For details of the obstacles faced by those trying to enter Gaza, please see the press releases here.
Event #729
2:00PM on 31/Dec/2009, Ha'Penny Bridge
Remember Gaza: Human Chain Across the Ha'penny Bridge
In an act of solidarity with the human rights activists taking part in the Gaza Freedom March* on 31st December, the IPSC intends to form ‘human chains’ at various locations around the country – similar events will be occurring all around the world on this day and the images will be sent on to Gaza so people can see internationals standing in solidarity with them. We’re asking you to take one hour out of your New Year’s Eve to show your support for the people of Gaza and to remember the 1,400 Palestinians who were killed this time last year.

Dublin: In Dublin we are calling on people to gather at 2pm at the Ha’penny Bridge. Please bring Palestinian flags if you have them.

* About the Gaza Freedom March: On 31 December, 2009, Irish civilians will be amongst the 1,000 international men and women who will end the year by marching alongside the Palestinian people of Gaza in a non-violent demonstration to demand that Israel end the illegal siege of Gaza. For full details please see: http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/ipsc/displayRelease.php?releaseID=178

Event #747
2:00PM on 31/Dec/2009, Hyde Bridge
Bridge the Gap - Human Chain in Sligo
Form a Human Chain over a bridge to show solidarity with the people of Gaza and activists still attempting to get into Gaza, despite the attempts of the Egyptian authorities and others to stop them.

Palestine Solidarity - Bridge the Gap - Human Chain in Sligo town at Hyde bridge from 2pm – 3pm.
Thursday, December 31st 2009

In an act of solidarity with the human rights activists attempting to gain entry into Gaza and those taking part in the Gaza Freedom March on 31st December, the IPSC intends to form ‘human chains’ at various locations around the country – Dublin city centre, Scarrif in Co. Clare, Ballinamore in Co. Leitrim and Sligo Town.

Similar events will be occurring all around the world on this day and the images will be sent on to Gaza so people can see internationals standing in solidarity with them. We’re asking you to take one hour out of your afternoon on New Year’s Eve to show your support for the people of Gaza and to remember the more than 1,400 Palestinians who were killed this time last year.

Sligo town at Hyde bridge from 2pm – 3pm.

Venue: Hyde bridge

Time: 2pm - 3pm

We are calling on people to gather at 2pm at the Hyde Bridge. Please bring black balloons and Palestinian flags if you have them. We will provide a limited number of flags and balloons on the day.

For more info contact John on 087 228560
Event #754
2:00PM on 31/Dec/2009, Ballinamore Bridge
Bridge the Gap - Human Chain in Ballinamore
Form a Human Chain over a bridge to show solidarity with the people of Gaza and activists still attempting to get into Gaza, despite the attempts of the Egyptian authorities and others to stop them.

Palestine Solidarity - Bridge the Gap - Human Chain in Ballinamore (at the bridge in the town), Co.Leitrim 2pm - 3pm
Thursday, December 31st 2009

In an act of solidarity with the human rights activists attempting to gain entry into Gaza and those taking part in the Gaza Freedom March on 31st December, the IPSC intends to form ‘human chains’ at various locations around the country – Dublin city centre, Scarrif in Co. Clare, Ballinamore in Co. Leitrim and Sligo Town.

Similar events will be occurring all around the world on this day and the images will be sent on to Gaza so people can see internationals standing in solidarity with them. We’re asking you to take one hour out of your afternoon on New Year’s Eve to show your support for the people of Gaza and to remember the more than 1,400 Palestinians who were killed this time last year.

Ballinamore (at the bridge in the town), Co.Leitrim

Venue: Ballinamore (at the bridge in the town), Co.Leitrim

Time: 2pm - 3pm

We are calling on people to gather at 2pm at the Ballinamore bridge. Please bring black balloons and Palestinian flags if you have them. We will provide a limited number of flags and balloons on the day.

For more info contact Gerry at 087 6537822
Event #755
2:00PM on 31/Dec/2009, The Bridge near Finsa
Palestine Solidarity - Bridge the Gap - Human Chain in Scarrif, Co. Clare
Form a Human Chain over a bridge to show solidarity with the people of Gaza and activists still attempting to get into Gaza, despite the attempts of the Egyptian authorities and others to stop them.

Palestine Solidarity - Bridge the Gap - Human Chain in Scarrif, Co. Clare - 2pm - 3pm

Thursday, December 31st 2009

In an act of solidarity with the human rights activists attempting to gain entry into Gaza and those taking part in the Gaza Freedom March on 31st December, the IPSC intends to form ‘human chains’ at various locations around the country – Dublin city centre, Scarrif in Co. Clare, Ballinamore in Co. Leitrim and Sligo Town.

Similar events will be occurring all around the world on this day and the images will be sent on to Gaza so people can see internationals standing in solidarity with them. We’re asking you to take one hour out of your afternoon on New Year’s Eve to show your support for the people of Gaza and to remember the more than 1,400 Palestinians who were killed this time last year.

Scarrif, Co. Clare

Venue: Scarrif town at the Bridge near Finsa.

Time: 2pm - 3pm

We are calling on people to gather at 2pm at the Finsa bridge. Please bring black balloons and Palestinian flags if you have them. We will provide a limited number of flags and balloons on the day.

For more info contact Grainne at 061 924888

Event #748
TBC on 31/Dec/2009, TBC
Bridge the Gap - Human Chain in Kilkenny

In an act of solidarity with the human rights activists taking part in the Gaza Freedom March [1] on 31st December, the IPSC intends to form ‘human chains’ at various locations around the country – similar events will be occurring all around the world on this day and the images will be sent on to Gaza so people can see internationals standing in solidarity with them. We’re asking you to take one hour out of your New Year’s Eve to show your support for the people of Gaza and to remember the more than 1,400 Palestinians who were killed this time last year.

Kilkenny: Time & Venue, TBC For more info contact johnheddon@eircom.net

*[1] About the Gaza Freedom March: On 31 December, 2009, Irish civilians will be amongst the 1,000 international men and women who will end the year by marching alongside the Palestinian people of Gaza in a non-violent demonstration to demand that Israel end the illegal siege of Gaza. For full details please see: http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/ipsc/displayRelease.php?releaseID=178
Event #738
4:30PM on 28/Dec/2009, In Front of City Hall
Candlelight Vigil for Gaza
A candlelight vigil will be to commemorate the Gaza Invasion Anniversary, in front of Belfast City Hall on Monday 28th December, from 4.30 to 6.30pm.
Event #745
2:00PM on 27/Dec/2009, Patrick's Bridge
Bridge the Gap - Human Chain / Vigil in Cork
A protest vigil will be held on Patrick's Bridge in Cork at 2pm on Sunday, 27 December, to mark the beginning of last year's Gaza massacre and in solidarity with the 'Viva Palestina' aid convoy which is currently stranded on the Jordan/Egyptian border.

Bring Palestine solidarity placards and Palestinian flags.

A vehicle from Cork and several local particpants are among those on the convoy which is planning to bring aid to the besieged Gaza territory via the Rafah crossing tomorrow. However, it is currently unclear whether they will be allowed to proceed as the Egyptian government is refusing them permission to make the final leg of the journey to the Egypt/Gaza border.

We ask all concerned anti-war activists to make their voices heard by contacting the Egyptian embassy in Dublin and insisting on safe passage for this humanitarian convoy.

We also urge everybody to take part in the solidarity actions that are being spontaneously organised across Ireland.

Please join the vigil in Cork and spread the word!
Event #739
11.00AM on 27/Dec/2009, Patrick Street
Remembrance Tree For Gaza
We will be creating a remembrance tree for the victims of Israel’s attack on Gaza. The idea is to create an artificial tree using an 8 foot length pole into which we will drill holes and place an array of timber dowels of varying length radiating out like branches to form a pyramid tree shape. On to the dowels we will invite members of the public, will tie blue (male) pink (female) and white (children) card cut-outs bearing the names of each of the victims. This will give a visual representation of the number killed and the breakdown of male, female and children. We are hoping to do this in Patrick, Limerick city centre on Sunday 27th December from 11m onwards.

There will also be a book of condolences for the victims of the Gaza attack.
Event #751
12:30PM on 18/Dec/2009, D4 Berkely Hotel, 146 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
Protest at Israeli Embassy hosted lecture on 'Migrant Women'
The IPSC has just found out about an event being hosted by the Israeli Embassy this Friday 18th December (see the official invitation pasted below). It appears they have invited many women's rights, migrant and refugee groups to attend in what they call a lecture on "Migrant Women: Sharing the Israeli experience in Migrant absorption". This is a disgusting attempt to peddle soft-Zionism to progressive movements and organisations in Irish society. The reality is of course, very different; Israeli State racism against its own non-Jewish citizens and Palestinians in the occupied territories and the Palestinian Diaspora are well documented facts. In addition, the same Israeli State that is hosting this event regularly abuses Palestinian women's rights - for example, the UN noted in a report in February 2009:

"Palestinian women’s access to adequate prenatal, natal and post-natal medical care remains a matter of serious concern, impairing the fulfilment of the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. It should also be noted that Israeli policies on closure may, in certain instances, amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment under article 16 of the Convention against Torture. Finally it is reiterated that the issue of pregnant Palestinian women giving birth at Israeli checkpoints must be understood within the context of the broader regime of the Israeli occupation and associated restrictions on movement, impacting as they do on all aspects of life in the occupied territories."

The title of this lecture would almost be laughable were it not so serious an issue.

Therefore, the IPSC have called for a protest outside the D4 Berkely Hotel, 146 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4 (map - http://tinyurl.com/ye9bh9l) at 12.30pm on Friday 18th December. We ask you to come along and protest this spurious and entirely hypocritical lecture with us. Please bring Palestinian flags and placards if you have them - the IPSC will also be providing some on the day.

Also, if you are a member of any of the groups invited to attend this lecture, we would ask that you use your influence to get your organisation to refuse to attend the event, thank you.

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THIS IS THE OFFICIAL INVITATION FROM THE ISRAELI EMBASSY
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From: Ambsec - Embassy of Israel [mailto:ambsec@dublin.mfa.gov.il]
Sent: 15 December 2009 14:40
Subject: Re: Lecture on Migrant Women - 18th December 2009
Importance: High

 

INVITATION

The Embassy of Israel, Dublin

Invite you to:

 

“Migrant Women: Sharing the Israeli experience in Migrant absorption”

 

Lecture by:

 

•         Ms. Joanna Tuffy T.D.

Labour Spokesperson on Environment and Heritage

 

•         Ms. Sylvia Katete Gavigan

Honorary Consul, Republic of Uganda

 

•         Ms. Salome Mbugua

AkiDwA Director

 

 

Date: Friday 18th December 2009

Venue: D4 Berkeley Hotel

Donnelly Suite 1, 2nd Floor

Ballsbridge

Dublin 4

Time: 13:00-14:30

Tea & coffee will be served

 

Please RSVP by Friday 11th December 2009,

by email to: dcmsec@dublin.mfa.gov.il

 

 Please present this invitation with Photo ID at the entrance

 

 

Carrisbrook House, 122 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Tel: 01 230 9400    Fax: 01 230 9446

Event #735
7:30PM on 17/Dec/2009, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place on Thursday 17th December @ 7.30pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #734
7:00PM on 12/Dec/2009, The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse St
Cultural Evening in honour of Andrew Clark (RIP)
The late Andrew Clark, who many of you will probably know from his singing and stories in the Hophouse, the Bloom Movement launch which Iyad was at (where he sand a song about the Dunnes Stores strikers), and from busking around the streets of Dublin is being remembered this Saturday 12th Dec in an evening of song and craic in the Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse St (7 - 9pm). Andrew sadly passed away in March this year.

Its being organised by the Bloom Movement for Social Justice.

Event #736
10.00AM on 12/Dec/2009, The Africa Centre (Methodist Church Building), 9c Abbey Street Lower
Learning Day: Perfect Storm - Stirring Up Activism in a Time of Crisis
‘Perfect Storm - Stirring Up Activism in a Time of Crisis’ Learning Day

The Bloom Movement for Global Justice presents a Training Day for people new to, or wanting to learn more about Global Justice Activism.

The meeting will particularly provide an open, supportive space for members of migrant communities.

The focus of the day is:

Issues – Urgent global justice issues

Tools – How to be active politically and achieve change

Inspiration – Hear from other activists who’ve gotten involved



LEARNING DAY DETAILS

Africa Centre - Logo Date: Saturday 12th December 2009
Time: 10 am to 4pm
Location: The Africa Centre (Methodist Church Building)
9c Abbey Street Lower,
Dublin 1

Please register for this event with Rebecca by calling 01 865 6951 or mailing rebecca@africacentre.ie

Event #725
8:00PM on 10/Dec/2009, Connolly Books (upstairs), 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar
IPSC Dublin Discussion Evening: NGOs and the De-politicisation of the Palestinian Struggle
IPSC Dublin Discussion Evening: NGOs and the De-politicisation of the Palestinian Struggle

Thur 10th December, 8.00pm, Upstairs in Connolly Books, 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The latest of our monthly discussion evenings: The Oslo Accords heralded a huge input of Western foreign aid that subsequently played a role in the mushrooming of non-governmental-organisations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The resultant 'NGO-isation' of the Palestinian struggle has had visible ramifications on the de-politicisation of this struggle as well as the neutralisation of a large class of Palestinians who are employed by these NGOs. This discussion evening will assess the impacts of NGOs on the Palestinian struggle in particular, as well as the implications that NGO-isation has on social movements in general.

The discussion will be introduced by Anaheed Al Hardan of the Dublin branch of the IPSC, who is currently a PhD candidate in Trinity College Dublin, specialising in the subject of Palestinian Refugees and the Palestinian Diaspora (of which she is a member).

The IPSC Discussion evenings provide an informal forum for IPSC members and supporters in the Dublin area to discuss issues relating to Palestine. All are welcome.
Event #726
7:00PM on 5/Dec/2009, Dublin Port Topaz Service Station (intersection of Bond Drive and Promenade St)
Send Off for Ireland to Gaza Activists
Send Off for Ireland to Gaza Activists at Topaz Service Station, Dublin Port (Saturday 5th Dec, 7pm)

After 6 months of fundraising, 4 teams from all across Ireland will leave Dublin on Saturday 5th December, to travel 4,000 miles to Gaza, to deliver Ambulances and Humanitarian aid to the stricken region. In Tyrone, Galway, Dublin, Derry & Cork, volunteers have been working flat out fundraising, and raising awareness of the plight of the people in Gaza. Together, they will bring 2 ambulances, a mini bus, and a truck filled with over 10 tonnes of humanitarian aid.

The IPSC is asking supporters in the Dublin area to try to make it along to the Dublin Port Topaz Service Station (at the intersection of Bond Drive and Promenade St - map here: http://tinyurl.com/ylmr7qk ) send off at 7pm for a photo-op and to wish the best of luck to the brave volunteers on their heroic mission. More info about the mission is available here: http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/ipsc/displayRelease.php?releaseID=177.
Event #721
2:30PM on 5/Dec/2009, Silk Road Cafe, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle
IPSC Annual Fundraiser Christmas Dinner
The Annual IPSC Christmas fundraiser dinner will be held in The Silk Road Cafe, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle this year on Saturday December 5th @ 2.30pm. The Silk Road is a Palestinian owned restaurant with an excellent menu and the Christmas dinner are always a great social event and a good way to wind down at the end of the year.

Tickets for the dinner are €40 each (price includes dinner and wine). Payment can be made on the day but PLACES MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE through info@ipsc.ie or 01 6770253. There are only 40 places available, so book soon.

Many thanks and happy holidays.
Event #720
8:00 PM on 3/Dec/2009, Lee Room, Victoria Hotel, Patrick Street, Cork
"Judaism Does Not Equal Israel" - a talk by a Jewish theologian
Judaism Does Not Equal Israel
A talk by Prof. Marc H. Ellis

Marc H. Ellis is University Professor of American and Jewish Studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Ellis is a Jewish theologian specializing in modern Judaism and post-Holocaust thought. A non-Zionist, he has served on the board of Deir Yassin Remembered and of the Council for Palestinian Restitution and Repatriation.

Archbishop Desmund Tutu, the South African Nobel laureate, has said of Ellis
“Marc Ellis shows that the voice of prophecy has not been silenced in the Jewish community. We will all be the poorer if Ellis’ voice is not heeded but how wonderfully enriched if it is.”
Event #724
7:30PM on 3/Dec/2009, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place on Thursday 3rd December @ 7.30pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #719
1:00 PM on 3/Dec/2009, Room W5, West Wing, Main Quadrangle, UCC
After President Obama's Cairo Address and the Goldstone Report, Where Does The Israeli-Palestinian Crisis Stand?
After President Obama's Cairo Address and the Goldstone Report,
Where Does The Israeli-Palestinian Crisis Stand?
A talk by Prof. Marc H. Ellis

Marc H. Ellis is University Professor of American and Jewish Studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Ellis is a Jewish theologian specializing in modern Judaism and post-Holocaust thought. A non-Zionist, he has served on the board of Deir Yassin Remembered and of the Council for Palestinian Restitution and Repatriation.

Archbishop Desmund Tutu, the South African Nobel laureate, has said of Ellis
“Marc Ellis shows that the voice of prophecy has not been silenced in the Jewish community. We will all be the poorer if Ellis’ voice is not heeded but how wonderfully enriched if it is.”
Event #727
7:30PM on 2/Dec/2009, Johnstown Pastoral Centre, Churchview Rd, Killiney
Public Meeting: Joe O'Brien Speaks About his experiences with the EAPPI in Palestine
Public Meeting: Joe O'Brien Speaks About his experiences with the EAPPI in Palestine

Joe O'Brien spent several months in Palestine working with the The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) which seeks to support local and international efforts to end the Israeli occupation and bring a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a just peace, based on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.

He will speak about his experiences on Tuesday 2nd Dec, at 7.30pm in Johnstown Pastoral Centre, Churchview Rd, Killiney, Co. Dublin.

All Welcome.
Event #723
7:30PM on 19/Nov/2009, The Central Hotel, Exchequer Street
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place on Thursday 19th Novemeber @ 7.30pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #717
3:00PM on 18/Nov/2009, Dublin City University, T101
Film Screening: The Syrian Bride


Film Screening: The Syrian Bride



Organised by the DCU Islamic Society
Event #722
10:00AM on 18/Nov/2009, Aras na Mac Leinn, NUIG
Campus Bazaar and Screening of 'Slingshot Hip Hop'
This Wednesday, as a part of Music Week, the Palestine Solidarity Society in NUI Galway will be showing 'Slingshot Hip-Hop' described as a documentary that "interweaves the stories of young Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty". Come along and experience the truth of the saying, "Hip-Hop isn't dead, it lives in Palestine".

The documentary screening starts at 2pm in the Large Acoustic Room, Aras na Mac Leinn, NUIG.

Also on Wednesday, and also as a part of Music Week, our society will be taking part in the Campus Bazaar. Here we will be selling flags, CDs, DVDs, books, products made in Bil'in such as wallets, purses, and bags and we'll be selling scarves (kuffiyas). We will also be selling Olive Oil and soaps that originate from Palestine, as well as Christmas cards.

The bazaar is on from 10am to 6pm in the Bailey Allen Hall and the foyer of Aras na Mac Leinn, NUIG.
Event #718
12:00PM on 17/Nov/2009, Sir Samuel Irwin Lecture Theatre, Royal Victoria Hospital
Public Meeting: Caoimhe Butterly on the Public Health Service in Gaza
Public Meeting: Caoimhe Butterly on the Public Health Service in Gaza

Speaker:
Caoimhe Butterly (Irish Human Rights Activist)

Tuesday, 17 November 2009
@ 12.00 – 2.00pm
in
Sir Samuel Irwin Lecture Theatre,
Royal Victoria Hospital,
Falls Road
Belfast
buffet lunch provided

Hosted by UNISON
Event #716
1:30PM on 16/Nov/2009, UCD Engineering Building, Room 317
Public Talk on the Middle East with Sameh Habeeb from Gaza
Public talk on Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, European and Irish militarisation (Sameh Habeeb, Kieran Allen, Julien Mercille & Andy Storey) - Organised by the Irish Anti War Movement in UCD
Event #707
7:30PM on 15/Nov/2009, Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry's Mall
Film Screening: Bassem Abu Rahmah - Story of a Bil'in Martyr (followed by Q&A with Bil'in activists)

Film Screening: Bassem Abu Rahmah - Story of a Bil'in Martyr (followed by Q&A with Bil'in activists)



On Sunday 15th November 2009, as part of the international Week of Solidarity Against the Apartheid Walls in Palestine and Siege of Gaza the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to present an Irish Premiere screening of the documentary "Bassem Abu Rahmah - Story of a Martyr". The screening of this short documentary will be followed by a question and answers session with Evie Soli and Pete St. John Jones, two international activists who have been a part of the non-violent resistance movement in the West Bank village of Bil'in.

The film will start at 7.30pm in the Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick.

About the Film:

Bassem Abu Rahmah was an non-violent anti-Apartheid Wall activist from the West Bank village of Bil'in. On April 17th 2009 he was murdered by the Israeli military when he was shot at point blank range in the chest with a tear gas cannister. This film looks at the situation in Bil'in through the lense of Bassem's short life.

Bil’in – The Situation

Bil’in is a Palestinian village situated west of Ramallah in the Occupied West Bank. It is village that is struggling to exist in the face of Israeli land annexation. It is fighting to safeguard its land, its olive trees, its resources, its people and its liberty.

Bil’in has become an international symbol of the Palestinian non-violent popular struggle. For almost five years, its residents have been continuously struggling against the de facto annexation of close to 60% of their farmlands. Their land is being confiscated for the construction of the Apartheid Wall and for the construction of illegal Israeli settlement-colonies. The people of Bil’in live in what amounts to an open air prison. Bil’in has been the scene of gross human rights violations on behalf of the Israeli state – not just against Palestinians, but also Israeli and international activists, journalists and even politicians.

This heroic struggle has been internationally recognised and in 2008 earned the Popular Committee (along with the Israeli group Anarchists Against the Wall) the Carl von Ossietzky Medal for their work in  trying to bring about a “realization of the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

Weekly Friday Demonstrations

For five years, supported by both Israeli and international activists (including Irish citizens), Bil’in residents - under the banner of the Bil’in Popular Committee - have peacefully demonstrated every Friday in front of what they call the “work-site of shame”. Every Friday the Israeli army responds with violence, both physically and psychologically. Protestors are regularly tear-gassed, sprayed with foul water (so-called ‘skunk-bombs’), subject to the firing of concussion grenades, and shot at by the Israeli military. Many protestors, both Palestinians and internationals, have been severely wounded and one resident Bassem Ibrahim Abu Rahma was killed after being hit full force in the chest with a tear gas canister.

Night Raids and Kidnappings

Over the past three months Israeli repression against the people of Bil’in has escalated. No longer are military actions confined to ‘policing’ the Friday demonstrations and the occasional incursion to arrest or harass activists. Since July 2009 there have been regular night-time military raids into Bil’in aimed at cowing the people and destroying the Bil’in Popular Committee. According to British journalist Jody McIntyre, who is based in Bil’in: “The Israeli authorities have arrested members of the Committee as well as teenagers and young boys from the village in order to obtain forced confessions against Committee members.” Raids have taken place on the following dates: June 23rd, 25th, 29th / July 19th, 29th / August 20th / September 5th, 8th, 12th, 21st, 30th. Since the raids began Israeli forces have arrested 28 people (most of whom were under 18). As of September 1st , 21 residents of Bil’in were still being held in Israeli detention.

Legal Issues and Court Cases

The construction of Israel’s wall in the West Bank was declared illegal by the International Criminal Court on July 9th 2004.

In a celebrated decision, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled on the 4th September 2007, that the current route of the wall in Bil’in was illegal should be dismantled. Unfortunately, this ruling has never been implemented. Furthermore, according Michael Sfard, the lawyer representing the village: “The Israeli supreme court has ruled 3 times that the route of the Wall is illegal and needs to be moved. However, to date not a meter of the Wall has been rerouted”.

On 25th June 2009 the village of Bil’in took two companies registered in Canada - Green Park International & Green Mount International - to court for participating in war crimes by building settlements on Bil’in’s land under the 2000 Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Statute  (which incorporates both the articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute into Canadian federal law). According to Bil’in’s attorney Emily Schaeffer, the judge Justice Louis-Paul Cullen is meant to give a decision very soon about whether the Canadian court has jurisdiction to hear Bil’in’s claims.

Event #703
3:00PM on 15/Nov/2009, Connolly Books, Essex St
Film Screening: Erased - Wiped Off the Map


The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in association with the Progressive Film Club, is proud to present an Irish Premiere screening of a new documentary about Israel's Winter Offensive in Gaza. The screening will take place at 3pm on Sunday 15th November in The New Theatre (Connolly Books), Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

About the film: On December 19, 2008 a group belonging to International Solidarity Movement (I.S.M.), deparated from Cyprus bound for Palestine. Their objective was to break through the Israeli blockade on the Gaza strip. They were the last group of foreigners that were able to enter in the territory. None of them dreamt what they were going to live through in the following weeks.

The screening of this film will be the final Dublin-based event in the IPSC's Week of Solidarity Against Apartheid Walls in Palestine and Against the Siege of Gaza.
Event #713
2pm on 14/Nov/2009, The Spire, O'Connell St
National Mobilisation: Rally Against Apartheid in Palestine and the Siege of Gaza (followed by Public Meeting)


On Saturday 14th November the IPSC will hold a National Rally Against Apartheid in Palestine & The Siege of Gaza. We are asking people to assemble at 2pm at the Spire on O'Connell Street and to bring banners, placards etc.

The rally will be followed by at 4pm by a public meeting in The Teachers' Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

Speakers on the demo and at the public meeting will include Peter McLoone (General Secretary, IMPACT), Harry Browne (Journalist and Academic) Sameh Habeeb (Gazan blogger and journalist who reported prolifically during Israel's winter offensive), Caoimhe Butterly (Irish human rights activist), Evie Soli and Pete St. John Jones (international Bil'in activists), Derek Graham and John Hurson (Free Gaza Ireland) and Ger Cassidy (Viva Palestina). David Landy (IPSC Chair), John Dorman (IPSC Divestment Officer) and Freda Hughes (IPSC PRO) will also speak.

For more information on our speakers see the Speaker Profiles here.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign will be taking part in this year's International Week of Solidarity called by the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (www.stopthewall.org).

They have called on international activists to launch a week of global mobilisation against the walls of apartheid in Palestine from November 9th to 16th 2009. The IPSC intend to use this opportunity to highlight the necessity of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, with specific reference to the ongoing role of Irish construction company CRH (formerly Cement Roadstone Holdings) in the building of the Apartheid Wall and illegal colonial settlements in the West Bank.

In addition, we will also be highlighting the ongoing brutal medieval-style siege of Gaza and the devastating aftermath of Israel's winter offensive on the tiny coastal strip which left over 1,400 Palestinians dead and thousands wounded and homeless.

Our aim is to promote as many different voices showing solidarity with the Palestinian people as possible, and to raise awareness among mainstream Irish civil society of Israel's apartheid policies, the ongoing plight of Palestinians, and their heroic struggle to resist ethnic cleansing.

As part of this week we have organised an island-wide itinerary of events including film screenings, public meetings, fundraisers and a National Demonstration in Dublin on 14th November.
Event #704
8:00PM on 13/Nov/2009, Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court
Re-Session: Palestinian Night in Seomra Spraoi


The IPSC, in association with Seomra Spraoi Re-Sessions, is hosting a Palestinian Night as part of the Week of Solidarity Against Aparthied Walls in Palestine. The event will take place on Friday 13th November, at 8pm in Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court (near Mountjoy Square), Dublin 1. - MAP HERE

On the night there will be Palestinian food, Palestinian and Arab music (from folk to electronica to hip hop) and craic galore. This is a bring your own booze event, and the cost of entry is just a suggested donation of €5. This may or may not include a free shot of Palestinian Arak while stocks last.

Thanks to the Friday Night Re-Sessionistas for hosting: "Forget about the recession - Its time to welcome in the weekend without breaking the bank. For all of you who want to be able to start the weekend on a Friday night Seomra Spraoi will be opening its doors every Friday Night from 8 - 12.

For the price of a pint you can spend your Friday night in the company of friends, fairy lights and comfy couches in the home away from home and Dublin's only autonomously run Social Centre that is Seomra Spraoi."
Event #712
7:00PM on 13/Nov/2009, Fergie's Bar (upstairs), Market Sq
Public Meeting: Breaking the Walls of Apartheid - Free Gaza & IPSC Activists Speak


Public Meeting: Breaking the Walls of Apartheid

As part of the IPSC's Week of Solidarity Against Apartheid Walls in Palestine and Against the Siege of Gaza, the Tullamore branch of the IPSC are proud to host a public meeting with John Hurson of Free Gaza and John Dorman, IPSC Divestment Officer.

John Hurson will be talking about Quinn Cement’s pledge to endorse and support the Free Gaza Movement bringing construction supplies into Gaza. John Dorman will speak about about the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s BDS campaign seeking CRH (the Irish construction materials giant) divestment from Israel and an end to their complicity with the oppression of the Palestinian people. John will also be screening the IPSC's new mini-documentary 'CRH plc: Tear Down the Wall' about our campaign.

The meeting will take place on Friday 13th November 2009 at 7pm in Fergie’s Bar (upstairs), Market Sq, Tullamore

For more info please contact: 087 6719764
Event #714
7:00PM on 13/Nov/2009, The Workshops Collective, 1a Lawrence St
Film Screening & Public Meeting: Breaking the Walls of Apartheid (Story of a Martyr & ISM Bil'in, Viva Palestina and IPSC activists)


As part of the IPSC's Week of Solidarity Against Apartheid Walls in Palestine and Against the Siege of Gaza, the IPSC in assocaiation with Viva Palestina and The Workshops Collective are proud to host a film screening and public meeting with Evie Soli and Pete St. John-Jones (activists from the from the International Solidarity Movement in Bil'in), Ger Cassidy (Viva Palestina) and David Landy (Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign).

They will be screening the documentary 'Bassem Abu Rahmah - Story of a Martyr'.

The screening/meeting takes places on Friday 13th November at 7pm in the Workshops Collective, 1a Lawrence St, Belfast BT17 1LE.

About the Film:

Bassem Abu Rahmah was an non-violent anti-Apartheid Wall activist from the West Bank village of Bil'in. On April 17th 2009 he was murdered by the Israeli military when he was shot at point blank range in the chest with a tear gas cannister. This film looks at the situation in Bil'in through the lense of Bassem's short life.

Bil’in – The Situation

Bil’in is a Palestinian village situated west of Ramallah in the Occupied West Bank. It is village that is struggling to exist in the face of Israeli land annexation. It is fighting to safeguard its land, its olive trees, its resources, its people and its liberty.

Bil’in has become an international symbol of the Palestinian non-violent popular struggle. For almost five years, its residents have been continuously struggling against the de facto annexation of close to 60% of their farmlands. Their land is being confiscated for the construction of the Apartheid Wall and for the construction of illegal Israeli settlement-colonies. The people of Bil’in live in what amounts to an open air prison. Bil’in has been the scene of gross human rights violations on behalf of the Israeli state – not just against Palestinians, but also Israeli and international activists, journalists and even politicians.

This heroic struggle has been internationally recognised and in 2008 earned the Popular Committee (along with the Israeli group Anarchists Against the Wall) the Carl von Ossietzky Medal for their work in trying to bring about a “realization of the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

Weekly Friday Demonstrations

For five years, supported by both Israeli and international activists (including Irish citizens), Bil’in residents - under the banner of the Bil’in Popular Committee - have peacefully demonstrated every Friday in front of what they call the “work-site of shame”. Every Friday the Israeli army responds with violence, both physically and psychologically. Protestors are regularly tear-gassed, sprayed with foul water (so-called ‘skunk-bombs’), subject to the firing of concussion grenades, and shot at by the Israeli military. Many protestors, both Palestinians and internationals, have been severely wounded and one resident Bassem Ibrahim Abu Rahma was killed after being hit full force in the chest with a tear gas canister.

Night Raids and Kidnappings

Over the past three months Israeli repression against the people of Bil’in has escalated. No longer are military actions confined to ‘policing’ the Friday demonstrations and the occasional incursion to arrest or harass activists. Since July 2009 there have been regular night-time military raids into Bil’in aimed at cowing the people and destroying the Bil’in Popular Committee. According to British journalist Jody McIntyre, who is based in Bil’in: “The Israeli authorities have arrested members of the Committee as well as teenagers and young boys from the village in order to obtain forced confessions against Committee members.” Raids have taken place on the following dates: June 23rd, 25th, 29th / July 19th, 29th / August 20th / September 5th, 8th, 12th, 21st, 30th. Since the raids began Israeli forces have arrested 28 people (most of whom were under 18). As of September 1st , 21 residents of Bil’in were still being held in Israeli detention.

Legal Issues and Court Cases

The construction of Israel’s wall in the West Bank was declared illegal by the International Criminal Court on July 9th 2004.

In a celebrated decision, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled on the 4th September 2007, that the current route of the wall in Bil’in was illegal should be dismantled. Unfortunately, this ruling has never been implemented. Furthermore, according Michael Sfard, the lawyer representing the village: “The Israeli supreme court has ruled 3 times that the route of the Wall is illegal and needs to be moved. However, to date not a meter of the Wall has been rerouted”.

On 25th June 2009 the village of Bil’in took two companies registered in Canada - Green Park International & Green Mount International - to court for participating in war crimes by building settlements on Bil’in’s land under the 2000 Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Statute (which incorporates both the articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute into Canadian federal law). According to Bil’in’s attorney Emily Schaeffer, the judge Justice Louis-Paul Cullen is meant to give a decision very soon about whether the Canadian court has jurisdiction to hear Bil’in’s claims.
Event #700
8:00PM on 12/Nov/2009, Brokers Bar, Dame St
IPSC Fundraising Pub Quiz


On Thursday 12th November 2009, as part of the international Week of Solidarity Against the Apartheid Walls in Palestine and Siege of Gaza we will be holding a fundraiser pub quiz in aid of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. It will start at 8pm in Brokers Bar on Dame Street (near the Central Bank Plaza).

Cost for entry is €10 per person, with teams of 4 to 5 people maximum.

Please come along (and bring your friends!) and support the work of the IPSC in our struggle for justice for the Palestinian people. We depend on your support!

(And don't worry, it won't be a quiz made up of just questions about the Middle East!)
Event #699
7:00PM on 12/Nov/2009, NUIG, The Space, Aras Na Mac Leinn
Film Screening: Bassem Abu Rahmah - Story of a Bil'in Martyr (followed by Q&A with Bil'in activists)


Film Screening: Bassem Abu Rahmah - Story of a Bil'in Martyr (followed by Q&A with Bil'in activists)

On Thursday 12th November 2009, as part of the international Week of Solidarity Against the Apartheid Walls in Palestine and Siege of Gaza the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to present an Irish Premiere screening of the documentary "Bassem Abu Rahmah - Story of a Martyr". The screening of this short documentary will be followed by a question and answers session with Evie Soli and Pete St. John Jones, two international activists who have been a part of the non-violent resistance movement in the West Bank village of Bil'in.

The film will start at 7pm in NUIG, in The Space, Aras Na Mac Leinn

About the Film:

Bassem Abu Rahmah was an non-violent anti-Apartheid Wall activist from the West Bank village of Bil'in. On April 17th 2009 he was murdered by the Israeli military when he was shot at point blank range in the chest with a tear gas cannister. This film looks at the situation in Bil'in through the lense of Bassem's short life.

Bil’in – The Situation

Bil’in is a Palestinian village situated west of Ramallah in the Occupied West Bank. It is village that is struggling to exist in the face of Israeli land annexation. It is fighting to safeguard its land, its olive trees, its resources, its people and its liberty.

Bil’in has become an international symbol of the Palestinian non-violent popular struggle. For almost five years, its residents have been continuously struggling against the de facto annexation of close to 60% of their farmlands. Their land is being confiscated for the construction of the Apartheid Wall and for the construction of illegal Israeli settlement-colonies. The people of Bil’in live in what amounts to an open air prison. Bil’in has been the scene of gross human rights violations on behalf of the Israeli state – not just against Palestinians, but also Israeli and international activists, journalists and even politicians.

This heroic struggle has been internationally recognised and in 2008 earned the Popular Committee (along with the Israeli group Anarchists Against the Wall) the Carl von Ossietzky Medal for their work in  trying to bring about a “realization of the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

Weekly Friday Demonstrations

For five years, supported by both Israeli and international activists (including Irish citizens), Bil’in residents - under the banner of the Bil’in Popular Committee - have peacefully demonstrated every Friday in front of what they call the “work-site of shame”. Every Friday the Israeli army responds with violence, both physically and psychologically. Protestors are regularly tear-gassed, sprayed with foul water (so-called ‘skunk-bombs’), subject to the firing of concussion grenades, and shot at by the Israeli military. Many protestors, both Palestinians and internationals, have been severely wounded and one resident Bassem Ibrahim Abu Rahma was killed after being hit full force in the chest with a tear gas canister.

Night Raids and Kidnappings

Over the past three months Israeli repression against the people of Bil’in has escalated. No longer are military actions confined to ‘policing’ the Friday demonstrations and the occasional incursion to arrest or harass activists. Since July 2009 there have been regular night-time military raids into Bil’in aimed at cowing the people and destroying the Bil’in Popular Committee. According to British journalist Jody McIntyre, who is based in Bil’in: “The Israeli authorities have arrested members of the Committee as well as teenagers and young boys from the village in order to obtain forced confessions against Committee members.” Raids have taken place on the following dates: June 23rd, 25th, 29th / July 19th, 29th / August 20th / September 5th, 8th, 12th, 21st, 30th. Since the raids began Israeli forces have arrested 28 people (most of whom were under 18). As of September 1st , 21 residents of Bil’in were still being held in Israeli detention.

Legal Issues and Court Cases

The construction of Israel’s wall in the West Bank was declared illegal by the International Criminal Court on July 9th 2004.

In a celebrated decision, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled on the 4th September 2007, that the current route of the wall in Bil’in was illegal should be dismantled. Unfortunately, this ruling has never been implemented. Furthermore, according Michael Sfard, the lawyer representing the village: “The Israeli supreme court has ruled 3 times that the route of the Wall is illegal and needs to be moved. However, to date not a meter of the Wall has been rerouted”.

On 25th June 2009 the village of Bil’in took two companies registered in Canada - Green Park International & Green Mount International - to court for participating in war crimes by building settlements on Bil’in’s land under the 2000 Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Statute  (which incorporates both the articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute into Canadian federal law). According to Bil’in’s attorney Emily Schaeffer, the judge Justice Louis-Paul Cullen is meant to give a decision very soon about whether the Canadian court has jurisdiction to hear Bil’in’s claims.

Event #705
8:00PM on 11/Nov/2009, Club House Hotel
Public Meeting: Breaking the Siege of Gaza - Viva Palestina and Free Gaza Activists Speak

As part of the IPSC's Week of Solidarity Against Apartheid Walls in Palestine and Against the Siege of Gaza, the Kilkenny branch of the IPSC are proud to host a public meeting with Irish activists from the Irish sections of Viva Palestina and the Free Gaza Movement. VP and the FGM will be taking part in the international siege breaking convergence on Gaza that will coincide with the anniversary of Israel’s 2008/09 winter attack on the besieged coastal strip

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th November at 8pm in the Club House Hotel, Kilkenny.

All welcome.

About the speakers

Ger Cassidy is originally from Tralee and has travelled to the West Bank a number of times. This mission will be his first trip to Gaza.

Viva Palestina Cork will be leaving from London with the rest of the UK convoy on the 5th of December to arrive in Gaza on the 27th of December – the anniversary of the beginning of the war which cost 1,417 Palestinian lives. This will also allow time for Viva Palestina to coordinate with other groups to ensure a much bigger group to arrive at the Gaza border. The first Viva Palestina Convoy took place in February 2009 and crossed into Gaza with over 100 vehicles and more than €1 million in aid.

Already Viva Cork have one ambulance to drive to Gaza and give to the people there and plan to have more by December. They now need to raise funds for medical supplies to donate as well as for the cost of getting the vehicles there. Everyone involved in Viva Palestinan Cork are volunteers and all money raised goes directly to the vehicles, medical supplies and getting them to Gaza.

Alan Lonergan is from Mayo and will sail on the next Free Gaza mission which will include an Irish boat. He is a Free Gaza Ireland Coordinator and previously entered Gaza in October 2008 with the Free Gaza Movement.

Jenny Graham is the wife of Free Gaza International Director Derek Graham who was kidnapped in Gazan waters while sailing the Spirit of Humanity in July 2009. Jenny will travel to Gaza on the next mission and plans to stay for six months to carry out humanitarian work.

Since August 2008, the Free Gaza Movement has sailed from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip on several successful voyages, bringing in international witnesses to see first hand the devastating effects of Israeli violence against the Palestinian people. Ours are the first international boats to journey to Gaza since 1967.

The Free Gaza Movement want to break the siege of Gaza. They want to raise international awareness about the prison-like closure of the Gaza Strip and pressure the international community to review its sanctions policy and end its support for continued Israeli occupation.

The Irish Boat is due to arrive in Gaza in January and will have a number of Irish politicians, musicians, journalists and activists on board. It will carry aid to the beleaguered Gaza strip.

Event #708
7:30PM on 11/Nov/2009, The Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry's Mall
Film Screening: Erased - Wiped Off the Map


The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to present an Irish Premiere screening of a new documentary about Israel's Winter Offensive in Gaza. The screening will take place on Wednesday 11th November 7.30pm in the Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick.

About the film: On December 19, 2008 a group belonging to International Solidarity Movement (I.S.M.), deparated from Cyprus bound for Palestine. Their objective was to break through the Israeli blockade on the Gaza strip. They were the last group of foreigners that were able to enter in the territory. None of them dreamt what they were going to live through in the following weeks.

The screening of this film is part of the IPSC's Week of Solidarity Against Apartheid Walls in Palestine and the Siege of Gaza.
Event #698
6:30PM on 11/Nov/2009, NUIM Old Campus, Physics Hall
Film Screening: Bassem Abu Rahmah - Story of a Bil'in Martyr (followed by Q&A with Bil'in activists)


Film Screening: Bassem Abu Rahmah - Story of a Bil'in Martyr (followed by Q&A with Bil'in activists)

On Wednesday 11th November 2009, as part of the international Week of Solidarity Against the Apartheid Walls in Palestine and Siege of Gaza the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to present an Irish Premiere screening of the documentary "Bassem Abu Rahmah - Story of a Martyr". The screening of this short documentary will be followed by a question and answers session with Evie Soli and Pete St. John Jones, two international activists who have been a part of the non-violent resistance movement in the West Bank village of Bil'in.

The film will start at 6pm in the Physics Hall on the NUIM Old Campus / St. Patrick's College

About the Film:

Bassem Abu Rahmah was an non-violent anti-Apartheid Wall activist from the West Bank village of Bil'in. On April 17th 2009 he was murdered by the Israeli military when he was shot at point blank range in the chest with a tear gas cannister. This film looks at the situation in Bil'in through the lense of Bassem's short life.

Bil’in – The Situation

Bil’in is a Palestinian village situated west of Ramallah in the Occupied West Bank. It is village that is struggling to exist in the face of Israeli land annexation. It is fighting to safeguard its land, its olive trees, its resources, its people and its liberty.

Bil’in has become an international symbol of the Palestinian non-violent popular struggle. For almost five years, its residents have been continuously struggling against the de facto annexation of close to 60% of their farmlands. Their land is being confiscated for the construction of the Apartheid Wall and for the construction of illegal Israeli settlement-colonies. The people of Bil’in live in what amounts to an open air prison. Bil’in has been the scene of gross human rights violations on behalf of the Israeli state – not just against Palestinians, but also Israeli and international activists, journalists and even politicians.

This heroic struggle has been internationally recognised and in 2008 earned the Popular Committee (along with the Israeli group Anarchists Against the Wall) the Carl von Ossietzky Medal for their work in  trying to bring about a “realization of the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

Weekly Friday Demonstrations

For five years, supported by both Israeli and international activists (including Irish citizens), Bil’in residents - under the banner of the Bil’in Popular Committee - have peacefully demonstrated every Friday in front of what they call the “work-site of shame”. Every Friday the Israeli army responds with violence, both physically and psychologically. Protestors are regularly tear-gassed, sprayed with foul water (so-called ‘skunk-bombs’), subject to the firing of concussion grenades, and shot at by the Israeli military. Many protestors, both Palestinians and internationals, have been severely wounded and one resident Bassem Ibrahim Abu Rahma was killed after being hit full force in the chest with a tear gas canister.

Night Raids and Kidnappings

Over the past three months Israeli repression against the people of Bil’in has escalated. No longer are military actions confined to ‘policing’ the Friday demonstrations and the occasional incursion to arrest or harass activists. Since July 2009 there have been regular night-time military raids into Bil’in aimed at cowing the people and destroying the Bil’in Popular Committee. According to British journalist Jody McIntyre, who is based in Bil’in: “The Israeli authorities have arrested members of the Committee as well as teenagers and young boys from the village in order to obtain forced confessions against Committee members.” Raids have taken place on the following dates: June 23rd, 25th, 29th / July 19th, 29th / August 20th / September 5th, 8th, 12th, 21st, 30th. Since the raids began Israeli forces have arrested 28 people (most of whom were under 18). As of September 1st , 21 residents of Bil’in were still being held in Israeli detention.

Legal Issues and Court Cases

The construction of Israel’s wall in the West Bank was declared illegal by the International Criminal Court on July 9th 2004.

In a celebrated decision, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled on the 4th September 2007, that the current route of the wall in Bil’in was illegal should be dismantled. Unfortunately, this ruling has never been implemented. Furthermore, according Michael Sfard, the lawyer representing the village: “The Israeli supreme court has ruled 3 times that the route of the Wall is illegal and needs to be moved. However, to date not a meter of the Wall has been rerouted”.

On 25th June 2009 the village of Bil’in took two companies registered in Canada - Green Park International & Green Mount International - to court for participating in war crimes by building settlements on Bil’in’s land under the 2000 Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Statute  (which incorporates both the articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute into Canadian federal law). According to Bil’in’s attorney Emily Schaeffer, the judge Justice Louis-Paul Cullen is meant to give a decision very soon about whether the Canadian court has jurisdiction to hear Bil’in’s claims.

Event #715
6:30PM on 11/Nov/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer St
Launch of Middle East report (Irish Language) by Gerry Adams
Launch of Middle East report by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA will launch an Irish Language report of his visit to the Middle East on Wednesday evening in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street Dublin at 6.30pm.

Mr. Adams will outline Sinn Féin’s view of the next steps needed in the peace process in that region.

The event will also hear from Aengus O Snodaigh TD.

There will be a discussion after the launch of the report.

Colm Ó Snodaigh (from Kíla) and Cormac Breatnach will be playing a newly composed tune on Palestine.

Seoladh Tuairisc ar an Mheánoirthear ag Gerry Adams

Seolfaidh Gerry Adams Uachtarán Sinn Féin FP BTR leagan Gaeilge ar thuairisc s’aige ar chuairt a thug sé ar an Mheánoirthear sa Central Hotel, Sráid Exchequer Baile Átha Cliath ar 6.30in Oíche Déardaoin.

Tabharfaidh an tUasal Adams dearcadh Shinn Féin ar na chéad céimeanna eile atá de dhíth sa phróiseas síochána sa réigiún.

Cluinfidh muid ag an ócáid ó Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD fosta.

Leanfaidh díospóireacht seoladh na tuairisce.

Beidh Colm Ó Snodaigh (ó Kíla) agus Cormac Breatnach ag seinm fonn nua-cumtha s'acu ar an Phalaistín.
Event #697
7:30PM on 10/Nov/2009, Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street
Film Screening: Bassem Abu Rahmah - Story of a Bil'in Martyr (followed by Q&A with Bil'in activists)


Film Screening: Bassem Abu Rahmah - Story of a Bil'in Martyr (followed by Q&A with Bil'in activists)

On Tuesday 10th November 2009, as part of the international Week of Solidarity Against the Apartheid Walls in Palestine and Siege of Gaza the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to present an Irish Premiere screening of the documentary "Bassem Abu Rahmah - Story of a Martyr". The screening of this short documentary will be followed by a question and answers session with Evie Soli and Pete St. John Jones, two international activists who have been a part of the non-violent resistance movement in the West Bank village of Bil'in.

The film will start at 7.30pm in the Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse St, Dublin 2.

About the Film:

Bassem Abu Rahmah was an non-violent anti-Apartheid Wall activist from the West Bank village of Bil'in. On April 17th 2009 he was murdered by the Israeli military when he was shot at point blank range in the chest with a tear gas cannister. This film looks at the situation in Bil'in through the lense of Bassem's short life.

Bil’in – The Situation

Bil’in is a Palestinian village situated west of Ramallah in the Occupied West Bank. It is village that is struggling to exist in the face of Israeli land annexation. It is fighting to safeguard its land, its olive trees, its resources, its people and its liberty.

Bil’in has become an international symbol of the Palestinian non-violent popular struggle. For almost five years, its residents have been continuously struggling against the de facto annexation of close to 60% of their farmlands. Their land is being confiscated for the construction of the Apartheid Wall and for the construction of illegal Israeli settlement-colonies. The people of Bil’in live in what amounts to an open air prison. Bil’in has been the scene of gross human rights violations on behalf of the Israeli state – not just against Palestinians, but also Israeli and international activists, journalists and even politicians.

This heroic struggle has been internationally recognised and in 2008 earned the Popular Committee (along with the Israeli group Anarchists Against the Wall) the Carl von Ossietzky Medal for their work in  trying to bring about a “realization of the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

Weekly Friday Demonstrations

For five years, supported by both Israeli and international activists (including Irish citizens), Bil’in residents - under the banner of the Bil’in Popular Committee - have peacefully demonstrated every Friday in front of what they call the “work-site of shame”. Every Friday the Israeli army responds with violence, both physically and psychologically. Protestors are regularly tear-gassed, sprayed with foul water (so-called ‘skunk-bombs’), subject to the firing of concussion grenades, and shot at by the Israeli military. Many protestors, both Palestinians and internationals, have been severely wounded and one resident Bassem Ibrahim Abu Rahma was killed after being hit full force in the chest with a tear gas canister.

Night Raids and Kidnappings

Over the past three months Israeli repression against the people of Bil’in has escalated. No longer are military actions confined to ‘policing’ the Friday demonstrations and the occasional incursion to arrest or harass activists. Since July 2009 there have been regular night-time military raids into Bil’in aimed at cowing the people and destroying the Bil’in Popular Committee. According to British journalist Jody McIntyre, who is based in Bil’in: “The Israeli authorities have arrested members of the Committee as well as teenagers and young boys from the village in order to obtain forced confessions against Committee members.” Raids have taken place on the following dates: June 23rd, 25th, 29th / July 19th, 29th / August 20th / September 5th, 8th, 12th, 21st, 30th. Since the raids began Israeli forces have arrested 28 people (most of whom were under 18). As of September 1st , 21 residents of Bil’in were still being held in Israeli detention.

Legal Issues and Court Cases

The construction of Israel’s wall in the West Bank was declared illegal by the International Criminal Court on July 9th 2004.

In a celebrated decision, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled on the 4th September 2007, that the current route of the wall in Bil’in was illegal should be dismantled. Unfortunately, this ruling has never been implemented. Furthermore, according Michael Sfard, the lawyer representing the village: “The Israeli supreme court has ruled 3 times that the route of the Wall is illegal and needs to be moved. However, to date not a meter of the Wall has been rerouted”.

On 25th June 2009 the village of Bil’in took two companies registered in Canada - Green Park International & Green Mount International - to court for participating in war crimes by building settlements on Bil’in’s land under the 2000 Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Statute  (which incorporates both the articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute into Canadian federal law). According to Bil’in’s attorney Emily Schaeffer, the judge Justice Louis-Paul Cullen is meant to give a decision very soon about whether the Canadian court has jurisdiction to hear Bil’in’s claims.

Event #710
6:00PM on 10/Nov/2009, NUIM, SU Building, Room 3/4
Film Screening: Occupation 101


As part of the International Week of Solidarity Against the Apartheid Walls in Palestine and Siege of Gaza, the IPSC NUIM Maynooth branch is proud to present a screening of Occupation 101.

The film will start at 6pm on Tuesday 10th November in Room 3/4, in the Students Union building.

Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority is an award winning 2006 documentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film focuses on the effects of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and discusses events from the rise of Zionism to the Second Intifada. Occupation 101 includes interviews with mostly American and Israeli scholars, religious leaders, humanitarian workers, and NGO representatives.

Featured interviews include :

Richard Falk. 2001 United Nations Fact-finding Commission in the West Bank and Gaza.
Amira Hass. Israeli journalist - Ha'aretz.
Professor Ilan Pappe. Israeli historian - Haifa University (now University of Exeter).
Professor Noam Chomsky. Linguist - MIT Professor.
Father Drew Christiansen. United States Catholic Conference.
Douglas Dicks. Catholic Relief Services in Jerusalem. Outreach program director.
Professor Rashid Khalidi. School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Univ.
Event #706
1:00 PM on 9/Nov/2009, Room G20, Western Gateway Building, UCC
Film Screening: Bassem Abu Rahmah - Story of Bil'in Martyr
Film Screening: Bassem Abu Rahmah - Story of Bil'in Martyr

More details will be posted here soon
Event #686
7:30PM on 5/Nov/2009, National Concert Hall
Robert Fisk, In conversation with John Bowman (Seminars.ie)
Robert Fisk, In conversation with John Bowman

5th November 2009 07:30 PM - National Concert Hall, MAIN AUDITORIUM
Price: €50, €60 (Students and Senior Citizens €25)

To book click here

Veteran War Reporter Robert Fisk will be back in Dublin to share his opinions and insights into global politics with particular emphasis on the Middle East and Lebanon. John Bowman, journalist and broadcaster will be in the chair. Fisk will take your questions in this interactive session.

Currently the Beirut correspondent for the London Independent, Fisk has covered the Iranian revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, the Persian Gulf war, and the conflict in Algeria. Fisk is the author of The Point of No Return: The Strike which Broke the British in Ulster (1975), In Time of War: Ireland, Ulster, and the Price of Neutrality (1982, 1983), and Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War, The Great War For Civilisation (2005) (1990, 1992) and most recently The Age of the Warrior, a compilation of his newspaper columns.
Event #709
7:30PM on 5/Nov/2009, The Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place on Thursday 5th November @ 7.30pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #711
6:00PM on 5/Nov/2009, NUIG, The Space, Aras Na Mac Leinn
Film Screening: Occupation 101


As part of the International Week of Solidarity Against the Apartheid Walls in Palestine and Siege of Gaza, the IPSC NUI Glaway branch is proud to present a screening of Occupation 101.

The film will start at 6pm on Thursday 5th Nov in The Space, Aras Na Mac Leinn, NUI Galway

Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority is an award winning 2006 documentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film focuses on the effects of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and discusses events from the rise of Zionism to the Second Intifada. Occupation 101 includes interviews with mostly American and Israeli scholars, religious leaders, humanitarian workers, and NGO representatives.

Featured interviews include :

Richard Falk. 2001 United Nations Fact-finding Commission in the West Bank and Gaza.
Amira Hass. Israeli journalist - Ha'aretz.
Professor Ilan Pappe. Israeli historian - Haifa University (now University of Exeter).
Professor Noam Chomsky. Linguist - MIT Professor.
Father Drew Christiansen. United States Catholic Conference.
Douglas Dicks. Catholic Relief Services in Jerusalem. Outreach program director.
Professor Rashid Khalidi. School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Univ.
Event #685
7:30PM on 2/Nov/2009, RDS Concert Hall
An Evening with Noam Chomsky (Amnesty)
An Evening with Noam Chomsky

Date: 2nd November 2009 (Mon)
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30 pm
Venue: RDS Concert Hall
Fee: €50.00

click here to book now

Amnesty Member rate €35.00 ; Student/OAP tickets €25 - select booking option at checkout ID will be checked at event

Donations will be made to the Carol Chomsky Memorial Fund and Amnesty International

http://www.seminars.ie/seminars/seminar_details.php?event_id=168

This event is not affiliated with the IPSC
Event #658
on 31/Oct/2009, West Bank
West Bank Trip - Nov 2009
Are you interested in travelling to the West Bank? Do you want to see for yourself the situation in the West Bank? Do you want to meet with Israeli and Palestinian activists working for peace and justice? A 6 day trip to the West Bank is being organised from the 31st October - 7th November. Staying in Bethlehem, we will travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Nablus and Hebron. We will meet with a wide range of groups - eg the Israeli Ctte against House Demolitions; Defence Children International (provide legal representation for Children), Addameer (prisoner support organisation), visit to 2 primary schools in Hebron, visit to An Najah University in Nablus, visit to a refugee camp etc (the full programme is listed below). This trip is organised from Ireland and all are welcome to participate. For further information, please contact Elaine on westbanktrip@eircom.net or on 045 449 675 (h) / 00353 45 449 675 (if calling from outside Ireland) or 086 1568 234 (m) if you would like to have a chat about the trip before you make a decision to travel.
Event #696
7:00PM on 29/Oct/2009, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
Film Screening: Occupation 101


Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority is an award winning 2006 documentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film focuses on the effects of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and discusses events from the rise of Zionism to the Second Intifada. Occupation 101 includes interviews with mostly American and Israeli scholars, religious leaders, humanitarian workers, and NGO representatives.

Featured interviews include :

Richard Falk. 2001 United Nations Fact-finding Commission in the West Bank and Gaza.
Amira Hass. Israeli journalist - Ha'aretz.
Professor Ilan Pappe. Israeli historian - Haifa University (now University of Exeter).
Professor Noam Chomsky. Linguist - MIT Professor.
Father Drew Christiansen. United States Catholic Conference.
Douglas Dicks. Catholic Relief Services in Jerusalem. Outreach program director.
Professor Rashid Khalidi. School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Univ.

Entry fee: €2
Refreshments will be available free of charge.
All proceedings will go to charity as part of the RCSI charity week fundraiser for Orphans around the globe.
All are welcome.

For enquiries call: 0860774563
Event #695
8:30PM on 24/Oct/2009, Emmett's
Irish Mission to Gaza Benefit Gig
Event #694
7:30PM on 22/Oct/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place on Thursday 22nd October @ 7.30pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #693
7:30PM on 20/Oct/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street
Public Meeting: Free Gaza Movement Activists on Breaking the Siege


On Tuesday 23th October, the IPSC Dublin branch are proud to present activists from the Free Gaza Movement, Derek Graham and Ramzi Kysia. Ramzi is a Director of the Movement and Derek is a Director and was the first mate on several of the siege breaking voyages. In 2009 he, along with other activists, was kidnapped on the high seas, jailed in Israel and deported.

They will speak in The Central Hotel, Exchequer Street on Tuesday 20th October at 7.30pm to build support for the Irish boat set for Gaza in November.

For more about the Irish boat, please see here
Event #683
11.00AM on 17/Oct/2009, Starts from The Step Inn, Stepaside, Co. Dublin
IPSC Sponsored Walk 2009
This year the IPSC Sponsored Hill Walk will take place on Saturday 17th October. We will be setting off from The Step Inn in Stepaside, Co. Dublin at 11.00am and finishing up with a meal and some liquid sustenance in Enniskerry

The last two years' walks have been enormous fun and raised a lot of money for the IPSC, as well as letting people get to know each other a little better.

If you are interested in coming along and getting sponsorship (there is no minimum sponsorship fee!) then please email info@ipsc.ie with your details, put 'Sponsored Walk' in the subject title and we will send you on a sponsorship card and any further relevant info. Alternatively, you can phone us on (01) 6770253

How to get there and back:

Both the start (Stepaside) and end (Enniskerry) points are on the 44 Bus Route.

The timetables for the 44 route can be viewed here (please note, look at the Saturday timetable): http://www.dublinbus.ie/en/Your-Journey1/Timetables/All...s/44/

We recommend getting the 9.20 Bus from Townsend Street (just down from the Screen Cinema) - map http://tinyurl.com/nrahcm

What to bring:

Everyone should bring a packed lunch, enough to drink, warm and waterproof clothing, waterproof hiking/walking boots and also have a reasonable level of fitness. People will also be required to sign an indemnity form (ie a form that says if you injure yourself it's not the IPSC's fault) prior to the start of the walk.

Hope to hear from interested people soon.

Event #678
on 17/Oct/2009, West Bank
Invitation to 2009 olive picking season in Palestine
The 2009 delegation will take place in October (Starting Saturday 17th October 2009 for 9 nights / 10 days)

Olive Picking Program 2009 [Global participation welcome: Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe! ] Contact us at visitpalestine@yahoo.co.uk and ask for a registration form:

Full itinerary 2009 - http://www.freewebs.com/visitpalestine/oliveharvestoctober2009.htm
Event #682
8:00 PM on 16/Oct/2009, Isaac's Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork
The human rights situation in the West Bank
Joe O'Brien will talk about the human rights situation in the West Bank.

From April to June of this year he served as a human rights observer with the Ecumenical Accomapiment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), a programme of the World Council of Churches.

  He was based largely in Bethlehem but also saw some of the situation in Israel.

Prior to his departure for the Middle East, he was interviewed for the RTE TV show Spirit Level. While in Bethlehem, he wrote an article for the Irish Times. Since his return, he has met with Cardinal Sean Brady, the Israeli and Palestinian Ambassadors and the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Event #687
7:00PM on 16/Oct/2009, Tripod, Harcourt St
Dublin to Gaza Concert in Tripod


Dublin to Gaza Concert in Tripod

Friday 16th October, 7pm
Tripod, Harcourt St, Dublin 2
Entry: €15 - Book Here

Featuring: MC Lowkey, Shadia Mansour, Kila, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Lumiere, Kíla, Naisrin and Zahara El Safty, Dublin Gospel Choir.

Dublin will extend the hand of friendship to the besieged city of Gaza when a very special concert will be transmitted from Tripod in Dublin LIVE to an audience in Gaza City – One Concert - Two Cities

Celebrated Irish musicians, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Lumiere, Kíla, Naisrin and Zahara El Safty will be joined on the bill by Palestinian singer, Shadia Mansour & Lowkey, as will the Dublin-based Discovery Gospel Choir.

The evening will celebrate culture and use the power of music to unite people in Ireland and in the besieged city of Gaza.

Caoimhe Butterly, Irish Free Gaza Project Coordinator in Gaza, will be there to share her experience of volunteering with the ambulance service during Israel's 22 day assault on Gaza last winter. Caoimhe is here to raise support for the next international flotilla to sail to Gaza & break the siege.

Filmmaker, Dearbhla Glynn, Filmmaker, Dearbhla Glynn, (Dust Devils, Dambé – The Mali Project), will screen some of her footage from her recent visit to the costal strip, to shed some light on the remaining devastation, nine months on from the January attacks

This is the start of a series of cultural exchange events linking Ireland to Gaza, Palestine.

Additional Info

LOWKEY

Lowkey is the fastest rising star in British urban music. The rapper/poet of mixed Arab and British descent has been dubbed as "one of the best lyricists in the Western Hemisphere" by Benjamin Zephaniah as a solo artist. Lowkey is also lead vocalist of Mongrel - made up of members of the Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles and Reverend and the Makers.

SHADIA MANSOUR

Shadia Mansour also known as "The first lady of arabic hip hop" is a British born Palestinian singer and MC. She has independently become one of the leading female Arabian MCs worldwide. She has also been featured on tracks with “The X-Vandals”, DAM (Palestinian Rap group), Olkinary (French Rapper) and many more.

FREE GAZA IRELAND TO SEND “IRISH BOAT” TO GAZA


Event #689
8:30PM on 15/Oct/2009, College Bar, NUIG,
Free Gaza Fundraiser: MC Lowkey in Concert
Free Gaza Fundraiser: MC Lowkey in Concert

Thursday 5th October, 8.30pm
College Bar, NUIG, Galway
Entry: TBC

With support from Mupeid MC (rapper as Gaeilge)

LOWKEY

Lowkey is the fastest rising star in British urban music. The rapper/poet of mixed Arab and British descent has been dubbed as "one of the best lyricists in the Western Hemisphere" by Benjamin Zephaniah as a solo artist. Lowkey is also lead vocalist of Mongrel - made up of members of the Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles and Reverend and the Makers.

FREE GAZA IRELAND TO SEND “IRISH BOAT” TO GAZA

The Free Gaza Movement have secured a boat to sail from Ireland in the next month, it will join up with a cargo boat to bring in desperately needed rebuilding materials into Gaza port, along with supplies for our partners in the Universities and schools as part of “Right to Read” campaign the (see Free Gaza Wesbite).

The Irish boat, previously a military vessel has been converted to a recording studio & radio station and will bring in a generator for the hospital. On board will be several members of the Dail, journalists, and other dignitaries along with Irish muscians who will perform in Gaza with local artists as part of a series of cultural events linking up with Ireland.

Palestinian artists are going to use the recording studio so their talent & message can be shared with the outside world.

We are inviting Irish & international artist to become involved with this cultural exchange to promote peace & non violent resistance with Palestinian's under siege in Gaza.

Caoimhe Butterly, renowned Irish human rights campaigner and Gaza Project Co-coordinator for the Free Gaza Movement stated that: “Our delegations have been deeply shocked by the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza. Israel’s ongoing occupation and the severity of the siege on Gaza is designed to isolate people as well as devastate the infrastructure of Gaza. Free Gaza's mission is a reminder of not only the efficacy of using non-violent direct action to confront injustice, but also of thedeafening silence of the international community.”

"It is crucial that we continue sending boats to Gaza to challenge Israel’s criminal closure on the Strip,” said Huwaida Arraf, delegation leader. “Gaza does not need our charity but needs us to stand up against the forces that continue to deliberately deny an entire people their human rights & their right to rebuild their lives, homes, schools & workplace. Even though Israel hijacked our boat, the Spirit of Humanity in international waters, we are not backing down. Since August last year the Free Gaza Movement have organized 8 voyages to Gaza successfully arriving in the port of Gaza on five occasions, ours are the first international ship to sail to Gaza since 1967."

International donors pledged over $4 billion to rebuild Gaza, and yet none of them are doing anything about the fact that Israel is not allowing any building supplies into Gaza, not to mention paper, school books and thousands of other items so support for the sea route is vital so they can start repairs before the harsh winter comes.

The Free Gaza Movement calls upon the international community to join the movement's efforts to help end the human suffering created by Israeli's strangulation of Gaza. We urge governments, non-governmental organizations and civilians to provide ships, materials and humanitarian aid and join us in asserting the right of the Palestinian people to have access to the outside world: that we will not stay silent as the Palestinian people are deliberately starved and humiliated; that Palestinians have a right to life with dignity.

For more information contact:

Niamh Moloughney
Irish Free Gaza Coordinator
niamh@freegaza.org
091 472279/085 7747257
Event #692
7:30PM on 15/Oct/2009, Connolly Books (upstairs)
IPSC Discussion Evening: What's happening with the Israeli peace movement?
What's happening with the Israeli peace movement?

The Israeli peace movement has come under attack recently. On one hand the right-wing Israeli government has subjected it to unprecedented pressure, breaking into the offices of refusenik groups, and shooting at groups like Anarchists Against The Wall. But large elements of the peace movement have collabarated with the Israeli state and have been criticised by Palestinians for their lack of solidarity.

This discussion asks questions about the Israeli peace movement and the Israeli left.

David Landy, who has written on diaspora Jewish critics of Israel, will open the discussion.

This discussion evening is part of a series of monthly informal discussions hosted by the Dublin group. They are open to all interested in Palestine, not simply IPSC members. The aim is to give people the chance to learn more about Palestine and share their thoughts with others in a relaxed and informal environment.
Event #688
9:00PM on 14/Oct/2009, An Spailpin Fanac, 28 South Main Street
Free Gaza Fundraiser: MC Lowkey in Concert
Free Gaza Fundraiser: MC Lowkey in Concert

Wednesday 14th October, 9pm
An Spailpin Fanac, 28 South Main Street, Cork City
Entry: TBC

LOWKEY

Lowkey is the fastest rising star in British urban music. The rapper/poet of mixed Arab and British descent has been dubbed as "one of the best lyricists in the Western Hemisphere" by Benjamin Zephaniah as a solo artist. Lowkey is also lead vocalist of Mongrel - made up of members of the Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles and Reverend and the Makers.

FREE GAZA IRELAND TO SEND “IRISH BOAT” TO GAZA

The Free Gaza Movement have secured a boat to sail from Ireland in the next month, it will join up with a cargo boat to bring in desperately needed rebuilding materials into Gaza port, along with supplies for our partners in the Universities and schools as part of “Right to Read” campaign the (see Free Gaza Wesbite).

The Irish boat, previously a military vessel has been converted to a recording studio & radio station and will bring in a generator for the hospital. On board will be several members of the Dail, journalists, and other dignitaries along with Irish muscians who will perform in Gaza with local artists as part of a series of cultural events linking up with Ireland.

Palestinian artists are going to use the recording studio so their talent & message can be shared with the outside world.

We are inviting Irish & international artist to become involved with this cultural exchange to promote peace & non violent resistance with Palestinian's under siege in Gaza.

Caoimhe Butterly, renowned Irish human rights campaigner and Gaza Project Co-coordinator for the Free Gaza Movement stated that: “Our delegations have been deeply shocked by the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza. Israel’s ongoing occupation and the severity of the siege on Gaza is designed to isolate people as well as devastate the infrastructure of Gaza. Free Gaza's mission is a reminder of not only the efficacy of using non-violent direct action to confront injustice, but also of thedeafening silence of the international community.”

"It is crucial that we continue sending boats to Gaza to challenge Israel’s criminal closure on the Strip,” said Huwaida Arraf, delegation leader. “Gaza does not need our charity but needs us to stand up against the forces that continue to deliberately deny an entire people their human rights & their right to rebuild their lives, homes, schools & workplace. Even though Israel hijacked our boat, the Spirit of Humanity in international waters, we are not backing down. Since August last year the Free Gaza Movement have organized 8 voyages to Gaza successfully arriving in the port of Gaza on five occasions, ours are the first international ship to sail to Gaza since 1967."

International donors pledged over $4 billion to rebuild Gaza, and yet none of them are doing anything about the fact that Israel is not allowing any building supplies into Gaza, not to mention paper, school books and thousands of other items so support for the sea route is vital so they can start repairs before the harsh winter comes.

The Free Gaza Movement calls upon the international community to join the movement's efforts to help end the human suffering created by Israeli's strangulation of Gaza. We urge governments, non-governmental organizations and civilians to provide ships, materials and humanitarian aid and join us in asserting the right of the Palestinian people to have access to the outside world: that we will not stay silent as the Palestinian people are deliberately starved and humiliated; that Palestinians have a right to life with dignity.

For more information contact:

Niamh Moloughney
Irish Free Gaza Coordinator
niamh@freegaza.org
091 472279/085 7747257
Event #691
6:00PM on 13/Oct/2009, Class Hall F, NUIM Arts Block
Breaking the Siege: Free Gaza Movement Activists Speak
On Tuesday 23th October, the IPSC Society in NUIM are proud to present activists from the Free Gaza Movement Caoimhe Butterly, Derek Graham and Ramzi Kysia. They will speak in NUI Maynooth, building support for the Irish boat set for Gaza in Novemeber.

The talk will take place at 6pm in Class Hall F, NUIM Arts Block

For more about the Irish boat, please see here.
Event #690
8:00PM on 3/Oct/2009, Lennard Arms Hotel
The Iron Wall: Film Screening and Discussion


Occupation 101: Film Screening and Discussion

On Saturday 3rd October, the People Before Profit Alliance is proud to present a screening of Monhammad Alatar's brilliant documentary about the Occupied West Bank, 'The Iron Wall' in Clones.

The film will be introduced by Helena MacNeill of the PBPA who visited the West Bank in 2006, and there will be a forum for discussion afterwards as well as information availabe about the IPSC.

Saturday 3rd Oct @ 8pm
The Lennard Arms Hotel
Clones
Co. Monaghan

Free entry

For more info about the film please click here

(This event is organised bt the People Before Profit Alliance)
Event #684
1:15PM on 25/Sep/2009, UNITE Building, 55 Middle Abbey Street
Anti War Photography Exhibition: 'Images of Resistance - Iraq and Beyond'
Event Notice

'Images of Resistance - Iraq and Beyond',

Anti War Photography Exhibition.


UNITE Building,
55 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1
25th Sept-30th Oct.
Mon - Thur, 11am - 4pm
Fri - 11am - 3pm



A collaboration of the work of many photographers including serving and former soldiers, this photo documentary's main message is the futility of war.

The main purposes of this exhibition is to help raise consciousness and awareness in the public of the opposition to wars, the plight of the people in war torn countries, the real reasons behind wars, the effects of war and also to show the situations soldiers find themselves in.

Serving or former military personnel's photography will form part of the documentary. Many of the images come from war zones including Iraq and Afghanistan, Palestine etc.

We plan touring with this exhibition in countries that have any involvement in any wars or the arms industry and also other Irish locations to highlight the use of Shannon Airport being used as a stopover by the American military.
Event #681
7:30PM on 20/Sep/2009, Button Factory, Temple Bar
Amnesty International presents: Gig for Justice in Gaza

Amnesty International presents: Gig for Justice

Demanding Justice for War Crimes in Gaza and Southern Israel

 

Featuring:
The Rags / Sick and Indigent Song Club / The Gandhis / I Draw Slow

 

When: Sunday 20th September 2009, 7.30pm

Where: Button Factory, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

How Much: Tickets €10 each, available at the door

 

Why: 

“Until now we don’t understand why. We want peace; and we want an investigation; we want to know why me and my sisters have been orphaned. Why did they kill our parents, our family?”.

Fathiya Mousa, from Gaza, whose parents and siblings were killed in an Israeli air strike while sitting in their yard.

 

On 27 December 2008, without warning, Israeli forces began a devastating bombing campaign on the Gaza Strip codenamed Operation “Cast Lead”. Its aim was to end rocket attacks into Israel by Palestinian armed groups. By 18 January 2009, when a ceasefire was declared, some 1,400 Palestinians had been killed, including some 300 children and hundreds of other unarmed civilians, and large areas of Gaza had been razed to the ground, leaving many thousands homeless and the already dire economy in ruins.

 

After the carnage in Gaza and Southern Israel, Amnesty International is demanding accountability for all victims. While the conflict may have left the headlines, the suffering of victims on both sides has not stopped. Little is mentioned about the people of Gaza who are still trying to rebuild with limited resources, facing many hardships under the ongoing blockade such as food insecurities and insufficient medical care. Victims in Southern Israel have lost their fragile sense of safety as they are living in constant fear of attacks by armed Palestinian groups.

 

A UN fact finding mission recently investigated allegations of violations of international human rights law and humanitarian law committed by both conflicting parties. Amnesty International hopes this inquiry, due to report mid to late September, will help achieve accountability and justice for all victims.

 

What Can We Do To Help?

 

The feeling of helplessness, when confronted with these atrocities, is shared by many; but we can make a difference by using our voices, demanding that Palestinians and Israelis alike be entitled to justice. Join us on September 20th for a night of great live music from some of Ireland’s best talent, and help us demand accountability and justice for the people of Gaza and Israel. Proceeds from the Gig for Justice will go towards Amnesty International’s work on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

 

For more information, check www.amnesty.ie, email campaigns_assistant@amnesty.ie or phone 01 863 8302

Event #680
7:30PM on 10/Sep/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place on Thursday 10th September @ 7.30pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #676
9:00PM on 3/Sep/2009, Turk's Head, Parliament St, D2
Club Intifada
Club Intifada

(sponsored by IrelandPalestine Solidarity Campaign,
Dublin branch)

Turk’s Head
Parliament Street, D 2

Thursday, Sept 3rd, 2009
9pm till Late

Fáilte roimh cách ar an eiteann clé

A social gathering in solidarity with the
Palestinian people

A place to shoot the political breeze with kindred souls

Most of all, a place to DANCE !

Salsa,  Swing

Rumba,  Jive

Tango,  Pase Doble

or, whatever you’re having yourself !

Admission €7  Concession €5

‘If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution.’
(Emma Goldman)

Event #679
7:00PM on 24/Aug/2009, Teachers Club, Parnell Sq, D1
Public Meeting: Free Gaza Movement Activists
Derek and Jenny Graham of the Free Gaza Movement will be hosted by the IPSC at a public meeting and press conference on Monday, 24th August, at 7pm in The Teachers Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

Derek was one of the 21 human rights activists kidnapped by the Israeli state in June of this year as they attempted to make their way into Gaza on the SS Spirit of Humaity. The spent a week in an Israeli jail before being deported.

Derek & Jenny are here to build Irish support to bring in desperately needed rebuilding materials into the port of Gaza in October.
Event #677
8:00PM on 20/Aug/2009, Imperial Hotel, Eyre Square
Public Meeting: Free Gaza Movement activists Derek & Jenny Graham and UNRWA delegate, Susan Johnson

Public Meeting: Free Gaza Movement activists Derek & Jenny Graham and UNRWA delegate, Susan Johnson

Imperial Hotel Eyre Square Galway 8 PM Thurs 20th Aug

Recently kidnapped along with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Mairead Maguire and 19 other human rights activists in Mediterranean international waters whilst attempting to break the brutal Israeli siege of Gaza and bring desperately needed humanitarian aid to the people, Derek Graham, Ships Coordinator of the Gaza Free Movement and his wife Jenny will be giving eye witness testimony on the Israeli manufactured hell that is Gaza http://freegaza.org/

Recently returned from Gaza as an UNWRA delegate (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East), Pennsylvanian woman, Susan Johnson, visiting Ireland will also be presenting harrowing eye witness testimony: "My trip to Gaza was traumatic, I thought I was prepared for it, but wasn't. To describe the destruction properly I would need a new vocabulary. As one person told us, there aren't words for what they are going through. The effects of the siege are equally devastating. I hadn't realized how awful it is for Gaza ... The impact of my trip to Gaza is difficult to explain or describe. The situation there is beyond words. Gaza has left me traumatized, energized, exhausted and passionate ... When I found myself at home after the Gaza trip, I realized "myself" was gone and wouldn't be returning. It was beyond a life changing experience. I have a passion for the West Bank, Gaza and Palestinian Refugees I never thought possible."

Event #675
7:30PM on 20/Aug/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place on Thursday 20th August @ 7.30pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #673
12.00PM on 7/Aug/2009, 42 Fitzwilliam Sq, D2
Picket at CRH Offices
"If even one shovel of partially Irish-owned cement is going into the Wall, it has to stop"

Now that IDB Holding Corp through its Clal Industries unit, Mashav, an Israeli holding company for Nesher Cement, in which Irish building material group CRH has a 25% stake is acquiring Israel's second largest building materials company; Hanson Israel, it's clear CRH are getting big in that rogue state and deeper in its complicity in the construction of the illegal Apartheid Wall: Amnesty International, "C.R.H., through its subsidiaries Mashav and Nesher is likely to be providing the raw material of the fence/wall...if so, it would contravene the U.N. norms on the responsibilities of Transnational Corp.

CRH can no longer find refuge in prevarication and obfuscation as it did in 2004 when human rights activist Caoimhe Butterly shamed and outed them with her two week hunger strike/fast outside their HQ in Dublin's Fitzwilliam Square: “C.R.H. have not yet clarified their position, but continue to engage in semantics and word-play. Whether or not Nesher cannot refuse to sell cement for the construction of the Wall is not the issue. The issue is that C.R.H. continues to invest in Nesher in the light of their facilitation, through supplying one of the raw materials, of the construction of the Apartheid Wall. The arguments of C.R.H., that Israel also imports cement from other countries, too, is irrelevant. The point is that C.R.H. has a huge share, in multinational terms, 25%, in Nesher. If even one shovel of partially Irish-owned cement is going into the Wall, it has to stop. It is outrageous that while our Government condemns the Wall, an Irish company profits from it. The only moral option is for C.R.H. to divest their shares immediately.”

CRH "fully committed to human rights" http://www.crh.ie/crhcorp/about/employeescode/english_code.pdf is complicit in the construction of the Apartheid Wall which violates International Law and contributes to grave human rights violations of the Palestinian people and tons of weasel words or stinking hypocrisy from its propaganda batching plant cannot obviate this fact. As such, this Friday's picket will be the first of an ad infinitum series until CRH purges its contempt for human rights and divests.
Event #670
7:30PM on 6/Aug/2009, Absolute Hotel
IPSC Limerick Branch Meeting
The next Limerick City branch meeting will take place on Thursday 6th August at 7.30pm in the Absolute Hotel, off Clare Street. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #674
7:30PM on 6/Aug/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place on Thursday 6th August @ 7.30pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #669
7:00PM on 6/Aug/2009, St. Mary's University College, Falls Road
Public Meeting: "Justice for Victims of State Violence" (part of Feile Palestine Day)
Thurs. 6th August 2009
Feile 'Palestine Day'

Public Meeting 7.00 p.m.
"Justice for Victims of State Violence"

Speakers:
Dr. Jean Allain - Law Dept. Queens University, Belfast
John Reynolds - Al-Haq, Ramallah
Nurit Peled - Russell Tribunal on Palestine

REFECTORY (CAN ENTER VIA BEECHMOUNT AVENUE CAR PARK)
St. Mary's University College
Falls Rd. Belfast.
Event #668
12:00PM on 6/Aug/2009, St. Mary's University College, Falls Road
"Assault on Gaza - a War Crime?" (Part of Feile 'Palestine Day')
Thurs. 6th August 2009
Feile 'Palestine Day'

St. Mary's University College
Falls Rd. Belfast

"Assault on Gaza - a War Crime?"
12 - 4pm - Sessions

12 Noon - Weapons and their effects.
Amnesty International

1.30 - 2.30 - Attacks on Medical Personnel
Miri Weingarten, Physicians for Human Rights

3.00 - 4.00 - Israeli Occupation of the West Bank
John Reynolds, Al-Haq

Plus Exhibition and Bookstall
Event #671
7:00PM on 5/Aug/2009, Twisted Pepper
IPSC Fundraiser: Music from The Civilians, Fusion Family, DnK and more!


Help us raise money for the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and have a groove-tastic night to boot!

Wed 5th August, From 7pm til late, in Twisted Pepper on Abbey Street.

Line Up so far...

The Civilians
http://www.myspace.com/lescivilians

Fusion Family
http://www.myspace.com/fusionfamily

DnK
http://www.myspace.com/dnkonline

Entry fee is just 6Euro
Event #655
on 2/Aug/2009, An Najah University, Nablus
International Voluntary Work Camp 2009
International Voluntary Work Camp 2009

2nd - 18th August 2009

Nablus-Palestine

Public Relations Department of An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine and its Zajel Youth Exchange Program cordially invite you to participate in its International Voluntary Work Camp for the summer 2009. Please refer to this link to read more about our project http://youth.zajel.org/summer_camps/camp2009.htm

The international summer work camp will bring international and local students from around the world and people who are interested in helping to create a better world and sharing ideas, visions and goals, visiting Palestine and sharing life with Palestinian students, their cultural and educational issues. Your participation in our international summer work camp will benefit both the local and international students who need such communication and sharing experiences.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for further details; the info paper and the application form.

Our email address is: youthexchange@najah.edu

Yours Sincerely,
Alaa Abu Dheer
Zajel Youth Exchange Program
Website: http://youth.zajel.org
PR Department
An-Najah National University
Nablus-Palestine
Website: www.najah.edu
Phone: + 970 9 2345113
Fax: + 97092345982
Event #665
8:00PM on 30/Jul/2009, Victoria Hotel
Viva Palestina Cork Launch Night
Information night & speakers.

Date: Thursday 30 July.
Time: 8pm
Venue: Victoria Hotel, Cork

This is the official launch of the fundraising drive where we will to talk more about our campaign to bring aid to Gaza . Speakers will include John Hurson who was on the first Viva Palestina convoy in February and Niamh McLoughney, the Irish Free Gaza co-ordinator. Admission will be free but donations are welcome, all money raised will go to bringing ambulance(s) and medical aid to Gaza in October.

Related Link: http://corktogaza.com

More info: info@corktogaza.com
Event #667
6:30PM on 26/Jul/2009, Odyssey Arena
"Don't Play in Israel!" - Leafletting Leonard Cohen Concert
Leafletting Leonard Cohen Concert
"Don't Play in Israel!"
Sun 26th July
Assemble : 6.30 p.m. Odyssey Arena.

As you are probably aware, Leonard Cohen will be performing very soon in Belfast. He is also going to perform in Israel. All progressive pro-boycott of Israel groups (Jewish, Arab, Palestinian, Solidarity) have asked Leonard not to perform in Israel. His very recent decision to perform in Ramallah has not altered that call (in fact that gig was cancelled under pressure from Boycott groups) -- some groups have already stated that equating the oppressor with the oppressed is no help to their cause.
Event #664
1:00 PM on 25/Jul/2009, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Boycott Israel demo and march
A protest in support of the Boycott Israel campaign will take place on Saturday, 25 July, at 1.00pm in Daunt Square, Cork.

Israel's recent act of piracy against the boat bringing aid from Cyprus to Gaza (a boat whose passengers included the Irish Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mairead Maguire, and a former US congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney) underlines the importance of boycott as an act of solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Israel has reduced Gaza to a wasteland. It has killed over 1,300 people, around a third of them children. Thousands more have been left injured, homeless and traumatised, The UN has described Gaza as a site of "utter devastation."

The scale of the destruction in Gaza is staggering. Around 90,000 people have been forced out of their homes. People are living on the streets among rubble and decomposing bodies. For ordinary Gazans, their biggest challenge is burying their dead, finding somewhere to live and getting enough food to survive the day. Thousands of people are suffering from malnutrition and one million, out of a population of 1.5 million, are dependent on aid just to survive.

Around a third of people have no access to running water and the supply is intermittent for the rest. There are not enough hospitals, equipment or workers to help the injured and medics are constantly battling with power shortages.

Responsibility for this humanitarian disaster lies firmly at the door of Israel.

The world wide explosion of anger against Israel and support for the Palestinians represents a step change in the development of an international solidarity movement. As shown by a full-page notice in the Irish Times on 31 January 2009, Ireland's part in this movement could begin to compare with our part in the movement that fought against apartheid in South Africa. Part of that campaign was the boycott of South African products. A similar campaign is now being launched against Israeli products.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign calls on all its members and supporters in the Cork area to join our protest on Saturday 25 July at 1.00pm in Daunt Square.
Event #666
on 19/Jul/2009, Jury's Hotel (assemble) / 02 Theatre, Docklands (Leafleting)
Leafleting Leonard Cohen - Please Don't Play in Israel
As you are probably aware, Leonard Cohen will be performing very soon in Dublin. He is also going to perform in Israel. All progressive pro-boycott of Israel groups (Jewish, Arab, Palestinian, Solidarity) have asked Leonard not to perform in Israel. His very recent decision to perform in Ramallah has not altered that call (in fact that gig was cancelled under pressure from Boycott groups) -- some groups have already stated that equating the oppressor with the oppressed is no help to their cause.

Will you be attending any of the concerts and if so, are you willing to hold up a fold out leaflet that asks Leonard not to perform in Israel?

Are you available to leaflet those attending the Leonard Cohen concerts in Dublin? Which of the following dates are you available between approximately 6.30pm and 8pm:

Sun 19th,
Mon 20th,
Wed 22nd,
Thur 23rd

Assembly point: OPPOSITE JURY'S HOTEL ON THE QUAYS (northside, on the way to the Point). BOYCOTT ISRAEL! T-shirts available at around €5, especially for concert-goers.

Liaise with Martin on 087 962 3624.
Event #662
4:00PM on 9/Jul/2009, Israeli Embassy, Ballsbridge
Protest: 5th Anniversary of ICJ ruling agianst Israel's Apartheid Wall
5th Anniversary of ICJ ruling agianst Israel's Apartheid Wall - Protest at the Israeli Embassy

This Thurs, 9th July, is the 5th anniversary of the ICJ ruling on the illegality of The Wall. The ICJ (World Court) in 2004 ruled that Israel's Apartheid Wall, and by extension all settlement-colonies, are illegal under international law.



To mark this we will be holding a demonstration at the Israeli Embassy at 4pm.

The plan is to symbolically 'wall' the staff into the embassy building. We will not actually block them from leaving as this would no doubt result in us being moved on by the police, possible scuffles and negative publicity, all of which we don't need.

We are asking people to form a 'human wall' at each entrance and will operate a mock checkpoint at each gate. For this we will need at least 30 people which may be difficult as it is during working hours.

Please bring your flags, banners, placards etc as always.

We need:

People to form the human wall.
A few people to 'operate' the checkpoints.
A few people to operate and look after the stall.
People to help with moving stuff from the office to the demo.
Event #663
7:30PM on 7/Jul/2009, Dublin Airport & Radisson Blu Hotel
Irish 'Free Gaza 2' Released: Welcoming Committee and Press Conference
The two Irish citizens kidnapped by the Israeli state last Tuesday - Nobel Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and Derek Graham - will be deported to Ireland tomorrow Tuesday 7th July. Their flight IZ921 will arrive at Dublin airport at 19.40.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) will be organising a welcoming committee at the airport (get there for 7.30), and there will be a press conference with Ms. Maguire and Mr. Graham at 9.00pm in the Malton Room of the Radison Blu Hotel beside Dublin Airport.

Speaking from Cyprus, Mr. Graham’s wife Jenny said: “Of course, I am very relieved to hear that my husband will be released unharmed. However, while Derek and the other 20 Free Gaza activists are to be freed, Gaza remains unfree, existing under the brutal Israeli siege which Derek, Mairead and the others set out to break in the first place. We must not forget this fact, and we in the Free Gaza Movement will not give up our fight to help the 1.5m people of Gaza.”
Event #661
5:00PM on 1/Jul/2009, Emergency Protest: Israel must Release the Free Gaza activists
GPO, O'Connell Street
Reports have just reached us that the Free Gaza boat 'Spirit of Humanity' has been boarded by the Israeli Navy, that all passengers and crew have been arrested, and that the supplies they were bringing (medicine, toys, olive trees and cement) have been confiscated.

Among those kidnapped are two Irish citizens - Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and the ship's first mate Derek Graham (a member of the IPSC). Also kidnapped is former US Congressperson Cynthia McKinney.

The team were kidnapped in international waters while trying to enter Gaza. There has been a lot of media coverage in the recent past about Somali Pirates - well this is an act of Israeli State Piracy, an attack on an unarmed boat of human rights advocates and the capture of urgently needed supplies.

======================
**Emergency Protest***
======================

The IPSC in Dublin will be staging an emergency protest tomorrow Wednesday 1st July, 5pm, at the GPO on O'Connell Street. We encourage everyone to come along and support it and the kidnapped members of the Free Gaza Movement. Demand their release, demand the return of the supplies, demand the release of the boat, demand a safe sea-passage to Gaza, and demand that the criminal Siege of Gaza be lifted!

As this is short notice we would appreciate it if you could spread the word among any contacts you may have, personal or professional (media etc). Many thanks.
Event #660
1:00 PM on 27/Jun/2009, Daunt Square, Cork (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Demo and march in support of Boycott Israel campaign
A protest in support of the Boycott Israel campaign will take place on Saturday, 27 June, at 1.00pm in Daunt Square, Cork.

Israel has reduced Gaza to a wasteland. It has killed over 1,300 people, around a third of them children. Thousands more have been left injured, homeless and traumatised, The UN has described Gaza as a site of "utter devastation."

The scale of the destruction in Gaza is staggering. Around 90,000 people have been forced out of their homes. People are living on the streets among rubble and decomposing bodies. For ordinary Gazans, their biggest challenge is burying their dead, finding somewhere to live and getting enough food to survive the day. Thousands of people are suffering from malnutrition and one million, out of a population of 1.5 million, are dependent on aid just to survive.

Around a third of people have no access to running water and the supply is intermittent for the rest. There are not enough hospitals, equipment or workers to help the injured and medics are constantly battling with power shortages.

Responsibility for this humanitarian disaster lies firmly at the door of Israel.

The world wide explosion of anger against Israel and support for the Palestinians represents a step change in the development of an international solidarity movement. As shown by a full-page notice in the Irish Times on 31 January 2009, Ireland's part in this movement could begin to compare with our part in the movement that fought against apartheid in South Africa. Part of that campaign was the boycott of South African products. A similar campaign is now being launched against Israeli products.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign calls on all its members and supporters in the Cork area to join our protest on Saturday 27 June at 1.00pm in Daunt Square.
Event #659
4:00PM on 26/Jun/2009, Eircom HQ, Military Road
Handing-In of Petition on Amdocs
We urge as many people to come along and support this initiative as possible, bring flags, banners etc:

On Friday 26th June, Irish politicians Proinsias De Rossa MEP (Lab), Chris Andrews TD (FF) and Cllr. Richard Boyd Barrett (PBPA) will hand in a petition to Eircom Headquarters calling on Eircom not to sign a proposed deal with an IBM-led consortium which includes the Israeli telecommunications billing company Amdocs. Signatures to the petition were collected by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and the Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM). The hand-in of the petition will take place at 4pm at Eircom HQ, Military Road, Dublin 8, opposite Heuston Station.

IPSC spokesperson Kevin Squires said: “We are calling on Eircom plc to listen to the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) emanating from Palestinian civil society, and to refuse to enter into a contract in which one of the partners will be the Israeli company Amdocs. We believe that it would be a major boost to Israel’s prestige – in the wake of the invasion of Gaza which left over 1,400 Palestinians dead - for any consortium that includes Amdocs to receive this Eircom contract, especially given that Amdocs has declared its support for the so-called 'security' policies of the Israeli state.”

Mr. Squires continued: “Unfortunately, Eircom have not been forthcoming with information about the status of this proposed contract with the consortium, however by handing in this petition we intend to make them aware of the sentiment among the Irish public in favour of divestment from Israeli companies.”

Mr. Squires concluded: “We would urge Eircom to look at the recent example of Veolia who have pulled out of operations in the Israeli-Occupied West Bank as a result of European-wide public campaigns against their collaboration with Israel. For Eircom to be seen to be in cahoots with Israel will only reflect badly on their own operations. Israel must understand that the there cannot be a return to a ‘business-as-usual’ attitude after its massacre in Gaza and ongoing brutal occupation of Palestine. All those who have signed the petition are calling upon Eircom to show their support for the rule of International Law and respect for human rights by refusing to enter into any contract with Amdocs.”

Notes:

The Palestinian civil society call for an international campaign of Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions against Israel has been endorsed by countless international organisations and individuals. In Ireland these include the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, IMPACT, NIPSA, SIPTU, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Irish Anti War Movement. The full text of the BDS call can be read here: http://www.bdsmovement.net/?q=node/52

Amdocs is a provider of software and services for billing, customer relationship management and operations support systems. It is reported as having a turnover of 2.8 billion dollars in 2007, and is a key player in the Israeli economy, encouraged and supported by the Israeli government. Amdocs has over a quarter of its workforce in Israel and has declared its support for the so-called 'security' policies of the Israeli government.
Event #657
7:30PM on 25/Jun/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place on Thursday 22nd June @ 7.30pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #656
8:30PM on 17/Jun/2009, The Cobblestone, Smithfield
IPSC Dublin Presents... Club Initfada!
Event #646
on 14/Jun/2009, Siraj Center, Beit Sahour
The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2009

The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2009

http://www.sirajcenter.org

14 June 2009 – 16 August 2009
June 14th – July 12th 2009 (first month)
July 13th – August 16th 2009 (second month)

Come and celebrate Palestine! The Palestinian Summer Celebration is a unique annual program that gives people from all over the world the chance to encounter the life, culture, and politics of Palestine. Learn Arabic and study Palestinian history at Bethlehem University, spend time with local families and volunteer with a community organization.

The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2009 will take place in Bethlehem from June 14th to August 16th. The program consists of two terms: June 14th to July 12 th , and July 13th to August 16th. Program participants can choose to stay for one or both terms. The celebration is organized by Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies in partnership with Bethlehem University (www.bethlehem.edu) and the U.S.-based Society for Biblical Studies (www.sbsedu.org). Program participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn with accomplished speakers, experts, activists, and officials.


Program:
FIRST TERM (June 14th to July 12th 2009):

Sunday 14th June 2009: Arrival

Guests will arrive at Siraj Center in Bethlehem, where they will be introduced to their host families. Dinner and overnight with host families.

Monday 15th June: Orientation day
We will begin bright and early at Siraj Center, where participants will be briefed on the customs of the region and the layout of Bethlehem—restaurants, health services, and public transport. We will visit Shepherd’s Field and The Church of the Nativity. In the afternoon, we will tour Bethlehem University and find out more about class offerings. Dinner and overnight with host families.

Tuesday 16th June – Friday 19th June: Classes and volunteer work.
On Tuesday morning, representatives from local organizations will introduce themselves and pick volunteers. For the rest of the week, volunteers will go to the office in the mornings and attend classes in the evenings at Bethlehem University. Dinner and overnight with the host families.

Saturday 20st June: First Day Tour – Hebron
We will tour the old city of Hebron and meet with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT Palestine) and Temporary International Presence (TIPH), two organizations committed to peace and reconciliation in Palestine. We will visit traditional glass and pottery factories, Ibrahiemi Mosque, The Tombs of the Patriarchs, and converse with locals. On the way back to Bethlehem we will stop at the Tent of Nations to hear stories about the conflict. In the evening, we will have a barbecue in Beit Sahour. Overnight with host families.

Sunday 21nd June: Free Day

Monday 22rd June – Friday 26th June: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Volunteer work.
PM: Classes at Bethlehem University.

Saturday 27th June: Second Day Tour – Jerusalem
We will explore the Mount of Olives and the Old City of Jerusalem, Al Aqsa Mosque, the Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. In the afternoon we will meet with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) for a tour and lecture regarding the geo-political situation in Jerusalem. After that we will go to B’Tselem—an Israeli NGO committed to documenting and educating the Israeli public about human rights abuses in Occupied Territories—and meet leading figures in the fight for human rights. Dinner and overnight with host families.

Sunday 28th June: Free Day

From Monday 29th June – Friday 3th July: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Volunteer work.
PM: Classes at Bethlehem University.

Saturday 4th July: Third Day Tour – Jericho and the Dead Sea
On this day-trip we will visit the world’s oldest continuously thriving city—Jericho—whose settlements date back to 9000 BCE. In the early morning we will hike Wadi Qelt, the Mount of Temptation, and Tel Jericho. In the afternoon we will splash and float in the famous, salt-dense and mineral rich Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight with host families.

Sunday 5th July: Free Day

Monday 6th July – Friday 10th July: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Volunteer work.
PM: Classes at Bethlehem University.

Saturday 11th July: Fourth Day Trip – Ramallah
We will tour the city of Ramallah—an exciting political scene, home to many human rights organizations, broadcast centers, and artists. We will meet with students of Birzeit University and representatives from The Right of Education Campaign. In the afternoon there will be time to visit galleries, eat ice cream, and stroll Rukab Street. Dinner and overnight with host families.

Sunday 12th July: Free Day

SECOND TERM (July 13th to August 16th):

Monday 13th July – Friday 17th July: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Volunteer work.
PM: Classes at Bethlehem University.

Saturday 18th July and Sunday 19th July: Fifth Day Trip – Nazareth and Galilee
We will travel to Nazareth and Galilee for an overnight excursion, and participants will learn about the current state of Israel and the 1948 catastrophe. Along the way we will meet with Ittijah, a coalition of Arab community organizations, tour destroyed and unrecognized villages, see Haifa, Jaffa, and Akko, and visit a number of holy sites. We will return to Bethlehem late on Sunday night for dinner and overnight with host families.

Monday 20st July – Friday 24th July: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Volunteer work.
PM: Classes at Bethlehem University.

Saturday 25th July: Sixth Day Trip – Negev
On this day trip we will be escorted by an Israeli organization to the stunning Negev desert, where we will learn about the Bedouin culture and visit unrecognized Bedouin villages. While in the Negev, we will see holy and historical sites, too. Dinner and overnight with host families.

Sunday 26th July: Free Day

Monday 27th July – Friday 31th July: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Volunteer work.
PM: Classes at Bethlehem University.

Saturday 1nd August: Seventh Day Trip – North of the West Bank
In the Northern West Bank, we will tour the cities of Qalqilieh, Tulkarem and Jinin. In Jinin, we will visit the Arab American University. We will also meet with local organizations and officials, see refugee camps, and learn about regional living conditions. Dinner and overnight with host families.

Sunday 2rd August: Free Day

Monday 3th August – Friday 7th August: Classes and volunteer work.
AM: Volunteer work.
PM: Classes at Bethlehem University.

Saturday 8th August: Preparations for finals. There will be no day tour.

Sunday 09th August: Last weekend with host families.

Monday 10th August – Friday 14th August: Classes and volunteer work. Final Exams.
AM: Volunteer work.
PM: Classes at Bethlehem University. Final Exams.

On Friday night Siraj will host a farewell party with guests and host families.

Saturday 15th August: Graduation party at Bethlehem University.

Sunday 16th August 2009: Departure.

Other Activities:
Hiking. Participants will be able to take short and long hikes while in Palestine, enjoying wonderful outdoor experiences.

Half-day trips. During the week, participants can visit the rural areas of Bethlehem and Palestine for authentic village experiences. All visits will be organized by Siraj Center.

For more information:

George S. Rishmawi

Coordinator,
Siraj, Center For Holy Land Studies
Beit Sahour, Schoold Street
P.O.Box 48
Palestine
Email: george@sirajcenter.org
abusaliba@yahoo.com
abusaliba@gmail.com
abusalib@p-ol.com
Website: http://www.sirajcenter.org
Tel: +972 2 274 8590
Fax: +972 2 274 8774
Mobile: 0599 180 872
USA number: 1 989 607 9480

Related Link: http://www.sirajcenter.org
Event #651
7:00PM on 4/Jun/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer St
Public Meeting: Eyewitness Gaza - Hell on Earth (Caoimhe Butterly)


Public talk by Caoimhe Butterly : Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin 2 - Thursday 4th June, 7pm.

Now Free Gaza Movement co-ordinator, as part on a nationwide speaking tour, Caoimhe will be speaking at a public meeting.

In 2001 she spent 10 days fasting in front of the offices of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, in protest at the Irish government's decision to allow US warplanes to refuel at Shannon Airport on their way to Afghanistan. She was arrested while trying to block the runway. She was on board the SS Dignity, an 18m yacht carrying three doctors, three tonnes of medical aid and peace activists from Cyprus to embattled Gaza when it was rammed by an Israeli warship, on 30-12-2008, in international waters about 90 nautical miles from the Gaza coast. Speaking from Lebanon to Irish Times reporter, Michael Jansen, she said the Israeli naval vessels had been tailing the Dignity for some time when one, without lights, rammed the yacht three times, damaging the hull on the port side and smashing the wheelhouse. “We had not been expecting this so far out,” she said. “We were not prepared, some of us were not wearing life vests.“They gave no radio warning, we were not asked to identify ourselves. [The attack] was very sudden, very aggressive. “After they rammed us they fired flares, spoke on the radio and threatened to shoot if we did not return to Larnaca. They said we were engaged in terrorist activity. We were afraid the boat would sink,”.

Caoimhe Butterly, who originally travelled to Gaza on the second siege breaking Free Gaza boat has been working closely with partners on the ground in Gaza over the last few months and will be speaking, as an eye witness, about Israeli war crimes and working with paramedics, journalists and farmers under fire in Gaza before, during and after the 2009 war.

During the recent Israeli attack on Gaza, Caoimhe was in densely populated areas when they were shelled with white phosphorous, bombed by F16s and subjected to missile attack from Israeli drone aircraft. The key message that she will be bringing is that people in Gaza want pressure for political change - particularly through the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign. The message is that aid work must be accompanied by campaigning to bring about justice and freedom from occupation. She will be mainly focussed on speaking to people about what she has witnessed in Gaza, and acting as a bridge to bring the messages from Palestinians inside Gaza to the outside world. She has developed close links with a number of developing grassroots projects in Gaza and has ideas about links which groups in Europe and elsewhere may want to develop.
Event #654
7:30PM on 3/Jun/2009, St. Mary's University College, Falls Road
Public Meeting: Eyewitness Gaza - Hell on Earth (Caoimhe Butterly)
Public talk by Caoimhe Butterly : St. Mary's University College, Falls Road, Belfast - Wednesday 3rd June, 7.30pm.

Now Free Gaza Movement co-ordinator, as part on a nationwide speaking tour, Caoimhe will be speaking at a public meeting.

In 2001 she spent 10 days fasting in front of the offices of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, in protest at the Irish government's decision to allow US warplanes to refuel at Shannon Airport on their way to Afghanistan. She was arrested while trying to block the runway. She was on board the SS Dignity, an 18m yacht carrying three doctors, three tonnes of medical aid and peace activists from Cyprus to embattled Gaza when it was rammed by an Israeli warship, on 30-12-2008, in international waters about 90 nautical miles from the Gaza coast. Speaking from Lebanon to Irish Times reporter, Michael Jansen, she said the Israeli naval vessels had been tailing the Dignity for some time when one, without lights, rammed the yacht three times, damaging the hull on the port side and smashing the wheelhouse. “We had not been expecting this so far out,” she said. “We were not prepared, some of us were not wearing life vests.“They gave no radio warning, we were not asked to identify ourselves. [The attack] was very sudden, very aggressive. “After they rammed us they fired flares, spoke on the radio and threatened to shoot if we did not return to Larnaca. They said we were engaged in terrorist activity. We were afraid the boat would sink,”.

Caoimhe Butterly, who originally travelled to Gaza on the second siege breaking Free Gaza boat has been working closely with partners on the ground in Gaza over the last few months and will be speaking, as an eye witness, about Israeli war crimes and working with paramedics, journalists and farmers under fire in Gaza before, during and after the 2009 war.

During the recent Israeli attack on Gaza, Caoimhe was in densely populated areas when they were shelled with white phosphorous, bombed by F16s and subjected to missile attack from Israeli drone aircraft. The key message that she will be bringing is that people in Gaza want pressure for political change - particularly through the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign. The message is that aid work must be accompanied by campaigning to bring about justice and freedom from occupation. She will be mainly focussed on speaking to people about what she has witnessed in Gaza, and acting as a bridge to bring the messages from Palestinians inside Gaza to the outside world. She has developed close links with a number of developing grassroots projects in Gaza and has ideas about links which groups in Europe and elsewhere may want to develop.
Event #642
7:30PM on 3/Jun/2009, Break for the Border, Stephen St
2nd Annual Charity Pub Quiz - Sponsor a Palestinian Student & Special Needs School
2nd Annual Charity Pub Quiz - Sponsor a Palestinian Student & Special Needs School

Date: Wednesday 3rd June 2009

Time: 7:30PM

Area: Dublin

Venue: Break For the Border, Stephen Street (beside the back of the Stephens Green Shopping Centre)

Entry €10. Teams of 5, i.e. € 50 per team.

Last year, a group of us visited the West Bank. On our return we decided to do something positive for the region. We organised two events last year to fund raise for the Al-Basma special needs school in Bethlehem and third level students' tuition fees in the West Bank. Special needs is an often neglected area in what is already a very troubled region. Third level students have great difficulty in accessing education due to the general restrictions on people in this area.

We decided to continue the fund raising efforts as an ongoing cause.

Many of you graciously came along to our events last year. However, it is a new year and we need to continue our fundraising efforts for the special needs school and students.

Cost will be € 10 per person for each team of five. This is an open event, the more the merrier.

Look forward to seeing you all there and please tell your friends !

Please Note: This event is not affiliated to the IPSC, but we would encourgae members and supporters to attend.
Event #649
4:00PM on 30/May/2009, Sandinos
Public Meeting: Caoimhe Butterly
Public talk by Caoimhe Butterly : Sandinos, Derry City, Saturday 30th May at 4.00pm.

Now Free Gaza Movement co-ordinator, as part on a nationwide speaking tour, Caoimhe will be speaking at a public meeting.

In 2001 she spent 10 days fasting in front of the offices of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, in protest at the Irish government's decision to allow US warplanes to refuel at Shannon Airport on their way to Afghanistan. She was arrested while trying to block the runway. She was on board the SS Dignity, an 18m yacht carrying three doctors, three tonnes of medical aid and peace activists from Cyprus to embattled Gaza when it was rammed by an Israeli warship, on 30-12-2008, in international waters about 90 nautical miles from the Gaza coast. Speaking from Lebanon to Irish Times reporter, Michael Jansen, she said the Israeli naval vessels had been tailing the Dignity for some time when one, without lights, rammed the yacht three times, damaging the hull on the port side and smashing the wheelhouse. “We had not been expecting this so far out,” she said. “We were not prepared, some of us were not wearing life vests.“They gave no radio warning, we were not asked to identify ourselves. [The attack] was very sudden, very aggressive. “After they rammed us they fired flares, spoke on the radio and threatened to shoot if we did not return to Larnaca. They said we were engaged in terrorist activity. We were afraid the boat would sink,”.

Caoimhe Butterly, who originally travelled to Gaza on the second siege breaking Free Gaza boat has been working closely with partners on the ground in Gaza over the last few months and will be speaking, as an eye witness, about Israeli war crimes and working with paramedics, journalists and farmers under fire in Gaza before, during and after the 2009 war.

During the recent Israeli attack on Gaza, Caoimhe was in densely populated areas when they were shelled with white phosphorous, bombed by F16s and subjected to missile attack from Israeli drone aircraft. The key message that she will be bringing is that people in Gaza want pressure for political change - particularly through the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign. The message is that aid work must be accompanied by campaigning to bring about justice and freedom from occupation. She will be mainly focussed on speaking to people about what she has witnessed in Gaza, and acting as a bridge to bring the messages from Palestinians inside Gaza to the outside world. She has developed close links with a number of developing grassroots projects in Gaza and has ideas about links which groups in Europe and elsewhere may want to develop.
Event #650
1:00 PM on 30/May/2009, Daunt Square, Cork (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Demo and march in support of Boycott Israel campaign
A protest in support of the Boycott Israel campaign will take place on Saturday, 30th May, at 1.00pm in Daunt Square, Cork.

Israel has reduced Gaza to a wasteland. It has killed over 1,300 people, around a third of them children. Thousands more have been left injured, homeless and traumatised, The UN has described Gaza as a site of "utter devastation."

The scale of the destruction in Gaza is staggering. Around 90,000 people have been forced out of their homes. People are living on the streets among rubble and decomposing bodies. For ordinary Gazans, their biggest challenge is burying their dead, finding somewhere to live and getting enough food to survive the day. Thousands of people are suffering from malnutrition and one million, out of a population of 1.5 million, are dependent on aid just to survive.

Around a third of people have no access to running water and the supply is intermittent for the rest. There are not enough hospitals, equipment or workers to help the injured and medics are constantly battling with power shortages.

Responsibility for this humanitarian disaster lies firmly at the door of Israel.

The world wide explosion of anger against Israel and support for the Palestinians represents a step change in the development of an international solidarity movement. As shown by a full-page notice in the Irish Times on 31 January 2009, Ireland's part in this movement could begin to compare with our part in the movement that fought against apartheid in South Africa. Part of that campaign was the boycott of South African products. A similar campaign is now being launched against Israeli products.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign calls on all its members and supporters in the Cork area to join our protest on Saturday 30 May at 1.00pm in Daunt Square.
Event #637
8:00PM on 28/May/2009, Turk's Head, Parliament Street, Temple Bar
David Rovics in Concert: IPSC Fundraiser


Renowned US singer-songwriter-activist David Rovics will be play a benefit gig for the IPSC on Thursday 28th May, at 8pm in the Turks Heads, Parliament Street, Temple Bar. Cost of entry is €10/€7. Come along and bring your friends.
Event #653
7:30PM on 28/May/2009, An Chulturlann, Falls Road
Public Meeting with Pathways to Palestine Cyclists
PATHWAYS TO PALESTINE
THURS 28TH MAY @ 7.30 p.m.
AN CHULTURLANN, FALLS ROAD, BELFAST.

Four young Irishmen are cycling overland to Gaza to raise money for Medical Aid for Palestine. They have named their bikes after 4 Palestinian paramedics, murdered in Gaza by the Israeli army. The cyclists are asking people to sponsor 'miles' on their journey. They are in Belfast for one night only. Come and meet them!
Event #638
8:00PM on 27/May/2009, An Spailpin Fanac, 28 South Main Street
David Rovics in Concert: IPSC Fundraiser


Renowned US singer-songwriter-activist David Rovics will be play a benefit gig for the IPSC on Thursday 28th May, at 8pm in An Spailpin Fanac, 28 South Main Street, Cork City. Cost of entry is €10/€7. Come along and bring your friends.
Event #652
on 27/May/2009, Island-wide
Pathways to Palestine Charity Cycle
Upcoming launch for Pathways To Palestine, affiliated with MAP [Medical Aid Palestine ] this Wednesday.

The 4000 mile cycle aims to raise money for humanitarian aid and awareness ofthe plight of ordinary civilians in Gaza.

4 Students.
4000 miles.
14 countries.
40 days.

MAY 2009

Irish cyclists intend to “sell/phlog” their journey to Gaza.

For some of us cycling to work might seem like a bit of an ordeal, perhaps it’s a little dangerous and you arrive over-heated. Starting on the May 27 four Irish students will take these discomforts to whole new level as they set out on a 4000 mile journey to the Middle East and Gaza, and you can follow them mile after torturous mile thanks to the marvels of technology! When Eoghan Quinn (21), a type-1 diabetic from Waterford, Ireland learned of the continuing blockade on Gaza he related to the vulnerability of the civilians more than most. “As a diabetic my health is determined by my ability to access medicine, when growing up the desert island scenario always crosses your mind ... how would I survive without the support of a modern healthcare system? I felt I should use my fortunate circumstances to help those cut off from the most basic of necessities”.

Back in Glasgow, where Eoghan studies environmental and town planning, he discussed the idea amongst a group of friends and ‘Pathways to Palestine’ (P2P) was born. By coincidence (or perhaps due to temperament) it so happened that all of the team were Irish. Ronan Sheehan (21) also from Waterford immediately jumped at the opportunity as “a challenging way of making a needed humanitarian gesture” adding "we are now training up to 5 hours a day in preparation for the trip ... its exhausting but once exams are over it will get a lot easier". Leaving from Glasgow on the 27th May the team will go straight to the ferry and embark on the Irish leg of their journey, travelling through Belfast, Derry, Letterkenny, Ballyshannon, Sligo, Galway, Ennis, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford. The Irish leg provides a chance to test the team's fitness, equipment and attract sponsors to finalise the purchase of a support vehicle before sailing to France on June 22. The vehicle will be driven by student physiotherapist John Lyttle (24) from Derry who will no doubt develop his skills as the journey wears on.

As they travel the P2P team can be tracked live via their website and instead of blogging they will 'phlog' (phonecast) their journey via a satellite phone that records direct to their website. The 4000 mile cycle will take 40 days, passing through at least 14 countries cycling a minimum of 100 miles per day. The planned route takes the students, who have little cycling experience, over the foothills of the Alps; across the deserts of Syria; through the lowest point on the planet, before finishing in Gaza.

Selling the Journey!

Pathways to Palestine intend to raise money for the renowned charity Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP). While all donations no matter how small are welcome, they hope to encourage donations by ‘selling’ their 4000 mile journey. One mile ‘costs’ €25 or £20, and once you 'buy' your mile (=1.6km) you will receive an email detailing its actual location. Thanks to GPS and web technology, once your mile has been completed by the team you will received an automatic email confirmation. Team member Gearóid Ó Cuinn (29, Waterford) explains: "This is great way to let people get involved with our trip, rather than giving money and never hearing from us again. Thanks to our 'phlogging' system they can follow our progress in a much more user friendly and informative way".

Following the recent invasion of Gaza, MAP's Gaza Emergency Appeal is concentrating its efforts to support:

●Victims with Burns Injuries - MAP is launching a programme to supply equipment and train surgical and nursing staff in the treatment of severe burns throughout Gaza.
●Young Mothers - MAP is setting up a specialist midwife emergency hotline to ensure that mothers receive support from trained professionals, supporting high risk pregnancies and delivery in times of crisis.
For more information:
Tel: (Éire) 0872181545
(UK) 07726466211
Email: info@pathwaystopalestine.com
Visit our website or donate online: www.pathwaystopalestine.com
Dates:

May (Irish section)
Thursday 28th: Arrive into Belfast from Glasgow.
Friday 29th: Belfast-Derry.
Saturday 30th: Derry - Letterkenny - Sligo.
Sunday: 31st Sligo-Galway
Monday: 1st June Galway-Limerick
Tuesday: 2nd Limerick-Co.Tipperary (mountain training)
Event #645
8:00 PM on 25/May/2009, Victoria Hotel, Patrick Street, Cork
Caoimhe Butterly: Eye-witness Report from Gaza
END THE SIEGE OF GAZA
PUBLIC MEETING

Eye Witness Report from Gaza,
Caoimhe Butterly: Irish Human Rights Activist
The Victoria Hotel, Patrick Street, Cork at 8.00pm, Monday 25th May 2009

Irish woman Caoimhe Butterly, who spent this year in Gaza working with the Ambulance service is touring Ireland to give a first hand account of events there and to gather support for the 'HOPE FLEET' a flotilla of cargo boats returning to Gaza in June.

Caoimhe is the Free Gaza coordinator in Gaza and has close links with a number of developing grassroots projects in Gaza and who have ideas about links, partnerships that people/groups here can support and be involved with.

"I believe the Israeli government policies are against international law, against human rights, against the dignity of the Palestinian people," said Mairead Maguire who was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 and will be returning to Gaza on the boats. It is almost four months since the end of 'Operation Cast Lead' that saw approximately 1,400 Palestinians killed, 313 of them children, the community of Gaza now has over 5,000 orphans to care for.

Irishman John Ging from the United Nations explained "there is no prospect of recovery or reconstruction until we can get access for construction materials. Until we can get the humanitarian assistance in, in an unfettered way, we can't begin the process of recovery and Gazan mothers and fathers call, not for retaliation, but for protection and accountability because they're concerned, not just for what has happened, but for what is coming.?

The people of Gaza need to rebuild their shattered lives and infrastructure, and Israel refuses to allow anything into the small enclave except for food and some medicine. The last delivery of cement was in November 08 which has left families living on the rubble of their homes with no hope of rebuilding their lives, their homes, schools, work places as long as Israel controls their borders. Containers left Ireland with essentials and much needed medical supplies, they arrived in Egypt in February where they joined the stockpile of other donations from around the world, all held up by Egyptian authorities who invent new pretexts to keep the aid getting to families in Gaza.

Treasa NiCheannabhain went to Egypt to prevent the authorities returning the aid to Ireland, they are reported to have dumped 250,000 tons of aid in the desert this week. This is why it is so important to support and maintain the route from Cyprus to the port of Gaza that the Free Gaza Movement opened in August last year.

"The Palestinians don't want hand-outs from the international community. They want their lives back. They want their human and civil rights. They have a great labor force wanting to rebuild their communities. They are perfectly capable of that if their borders, including the sea border, were open," states Lubna Masarwa, delegation leader of this flotilla.

As our governments have failed to act, we - the citizens of the world - must stand up and make our voices heard.
Event #647
7:30PM on 24/May/2009, Absolute Hotel
Public Meeting: Caoimhe Butterly
Public talk by Caoimhe Butterly : Aboslute Hotel, Limerick, Sunday 24th May at 7.30 PM.

Now Free Gaza Movement co-ordinator, as part on a nationwide speaking tour, Caoimhe will be speaking at a public meeting.

In 2001 she spent 10 days fasting in front of the offices of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, in protest at the Irish government's decision to allow US warplanes to refuel at Shannon Airport on their way to Afghanistan. She was arrested while trying to block the runway. She was on board the SS Dignity, an 18m yacht carrying three doctors, three tonnes of medical aid and peace activists from Cyprus to embattled Gaza when it was rammed by an Israeli warship, on 30-12-2008, in international waters about 90 nautical miles from the Gaza coast. Speaking from Lebanon to Irish Times reporter, Michael Jansen, she said the Israeli naval vessels had been tailing the Dignity for some time when one, without lights, rammed the yacht three times, damaging the hull on the port side and smashing the wheelhouse. “We had not been expecting this so far out,” she said. “We were not prepared, some of us were not wearing life vests.“They gave no radio warning, we were not asked to identify ourselves. [The attack] was very sudden, very aggressive. “After they rammed us they fired flares, spoke on the radio and threatened to shoot if we did not return to Larnaca. They said we were engaged in terrorist activity. We were afraid the boat would sink,”.

Caoimhe Butterly, who originally travelled to Gaza on the second siege breaking Free Gaza boat has been working closely with partners on the ground in Gaza over the last few months and will be speaking, as an eye witness, about Israeli war crimes and working with paramedics, journalists and farmers under fire in Gaza before, during and after the 2009 war.

During the recent Israeli attack on Gaza, Caoimhe was in densely populated areas when they were shelled with white phosphorous, bombed by F16s and subjected to missile attack from Israeli drone aircraft. The key message that she will be bringing is that people in Gaza want pressure for political change - particularly through the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign. The message is that aid work must be accompanied by campaigning to bring about justice and freedom from occupation. She will be mainly focussed on speaking to people about what she has witnessed in Gaza, and acting as a bridge to bring the messages from Palestinians inside Gaza to the outside world. She has developed close links with a number of developing grassroots projects in Gaza and has ideas about links which groups in Europe and elsewhere may want to develop.
Event #644
7:30PM on 22/May/2009, Rowing Club, Waterside, Wood Quay
Public Meeting: Caoimhe Butterly
Public talk by Caoimhe Butterly : Rowing Club, Waterside, Wood Quay, Galway (close to Town Hall Theatre), Friday 22nd May at 7.30 PM.

Now Free Gaza Movement co-ordinator, as part on a nationwide speaking tour, Caoimhe will be speaking at a public meeting in the Galway Rowing Club on 22-5-2009 at the provisional time of 7.30 PM

In 2001 she spent 10 days fasting in front of the offices of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, in protest at the Irish government's decision to allow US warplanes to refuel at Shannon Airport on their way to Afghanistan. She was arrested while trying to block the runway. She was on board the SS Dignity, an 18m yacht carrying three doctors, three tonnes of medical aid and peace activists from Cyprus to embattled Gaza when it was rammed by an Israeli warship, on 30-12-2008, in international waters about 90 nautical miles from the Gaza coast. Speaking from Lebanon to Irish Times reporter, Michael Jansen, she said the Israeli naval vessels had been tailing the Dignity for some time when one, without lights, rammed the yacht three times, damaging the hull on the port side and smashing the wheelhouse. “We had not been expecting this so far out,” she said. “We were not prepared, some of us were not wearing life vests.“They gave no radio warning, we were not asked to identify ourselves. [The attack] was very sudden, very aggressive. “After they rammed us they fired flares, spoke on the radio and threatened to shoot if we did not return to Larnaca. They said we were engaged in terrorist activity. We were afraid the boat would sink,”.

Caoimhe Butterly, who originally travelled to Gaza on the second siege breaking Free Gaza boat has been working closely with partners on the ground in Gaza over the last few months and will be speaking, as an eye witness, about Israeli war crimes and working with paramedics, journalists and farmers under fire in Gaza before, during and after the 2009 war.

During the recent Israeli attack on Gaza, Caoimhe was in densely populated areas when they were shelled with white phosphorous, bombed by F16s and subjected to missile attack from Israeli drone aircraft. The key message that she will be bringing is that people in Gaza want pressure for political change - particularly through the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign. The message is that aid work must be accompanied by campaigning to bring about justice and freedom from occupation. She will be mainly focussed on speaking to people about what she has witnessed in Gaza, and acting as a bridge to bring the messages from Palestinians inside Gaza to the outside world. She has developed close links with a number of developing grassroots projects in Gaza and has ideas about links which groups in Europe and elsewhere may want to develop.
Event #643
8:00PM on 17/May/2009, Social Space, 24 Middle Street
Visit Palestine : Screening of documentary on human rights activist, Caoimhe Butterly


Galway Social Space, 24 Middle Street at 8 PM, Free Admission, Discussion Afterwards

In this documentary, Caoimhe Butterly describes witnessing the aftermath of the Israeli barbaric attack on Jenin in April 2002. The film follows her work, the main emphasis being “the accompaniment of communities at risk”. Despite being threatened, shot in the thigh by an Israeli soldier on November 22, 2002 whilst trying to lead a group of Palestinian children to safety and deported later that year, she is determined to go back ... and she does.

Caoimhe Butterly has worked with Aids victims in Zimbabwe, the homeless in New York, the Zapatistas in Mexico and Palestinians in the Hell on Earth that is Gaza.

Ken Loach : 'Katie Barlow’s film Visit Palestine is both a devastating account of daily life for Palestinians and a fine portrait of a brave and selfless Irish woman who lives with them. No-one talks politics yet it is a deeply political film. You are left with a burning anger on behalf of those who bear the occupation of their land and appalling military oppression with such fortitude. Israel, the U.S. and their apologists stand indicted and, on this evidence, convicted'

The Guardian : '...a passionate indictment of the Israeli military in the Jenin refugee camp...this is raw, urgent movie-making'

Event #583
10.00AM on 16/May/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street
IPSC Annual General Meeting
NOTICE OF IPSC AGM 2009

Dear IPSC members

Please put the following date in your diaries....

The Annual General General Meeting of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign will take place on Saturday 16th May in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. The outline programme is as follows:

10.00 Registration

10.30 AGM (open to paid up members only)
To include presentation of annual report, financial report, motions, election of incoming National Executive.

1.30 LUNCH

2.00 Public Meeting: 'In the aftermath of Gaza and the Israeli Elections – What is the future for Palestine?' featuring:
- Prof. As'ad Abdul Rahman, member of the Executive Committee PLO
- Dr. Ghada Karmi, academic and author
- Sameh A. Habeeb, journalist and blogger from Gaza (to be confirmed)

4.30 Close

Please make every effort to attend the AGM. It has been a very active year in the IPSC and we look forward to a robust discussion on the work of the organisation and priorities for the future. For a brief overview of the work of the IPSC over the past year, please see the attached document ‘IPSC 2008-09.doc’.

'In the aftermath of Gaza and the Israeli Elections – What is the future for Palestine?

Biographical Details for Guest Speakers
Dr. Ghada Karmi

Dr. Ghada Karmi is a leading Palestinian activist, academic and writer. She was born in Jerusalem and left Palestine for England in 1949. She practised as a doctor for many years working as a specialist in the health of migrants and refugees. Currently Ghada Karmi is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.

She is author of two acclaimed books: In Search of Fatima (2004), a poignant and haunting autobiographical tale of her exile from Palestine, and Married to Another Man: Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine (2007), which looks at practical ways forward for those concerned about the ongoing plight of Palestine. Dr. Karmi is also a leading advocate for the Academic Boycott of Israel and a longtime proponent of the ‘One-State Solution’.

Prof. As’ad Abul Rahman

Prof. As’ad Abul Rahman is Independent Executive Member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). Prof. Rahman is also Minister for Palestinian Expatriates and Diaspora in the State of Palestine and Chairman of the Palestine International Institute (
http://www.paldiaspora.org/). Along with being a regular contributer to a number of Arab newspapers, Prof. Rahman has written 19 books and 46 academic papers dealing with topics as varied as Comparative Government, International Politics, Palestine, the Refugee Issue, the Zionist Movement and Arab-Israeli politics.

Sameh A. Habeeb

Sameh A. Habeeb is a 23-year-old Gazan photojournalist, writer and blogger. He is a regular contributor to Electronic Intifada, Muslim Observer, UN observer, Arabisto, Now Public and Digital Journal. He also works in humanitarian fields in which he helps orphans and poor children. During the Israeli attack on Gaza in Januray 2009 he provided daily updates via his blog Gaza Today (http://www.gazatoday.blogspot.com/). He is currently on a speaking tour of Britain where he has spoken in front of thousands of people.

Event #640
8:00PM on 10/May/2009, The Sugar Club, Leeson St
Gig for rights in Palestine and Israel (Amnesty Fundraiser)
Five of the best bands (Details below) gigging in Dublin today have donated their time, energy and music to play for Amnesty in the Sugar Club on 10 May.

Proceeds from the event go to support Amnesty international's campaigns for human rights in Israel and Palestine.

Come and support a great night and a great cause.

Tickets are 10 Euros and available on the door.

Bands

Simon Jewell
http://www.myspace.com/simonjewell

Alberto Gariglio
http://www.myspace.com/albertogariglio

The Bottom Floor Band
http://www.myspace.com/thebottomfloorband

Sick and Indigent Song Club
http://www.myspace.com/sickandindigentsongclub

Eleventy Four
http://www.myspace.com/eleventyfour

More info: 01 8638351
Email: pattanasio@amnesty.ie
Event #639
8:30PM on 5/May/2009, Connolly Books, Essex St, Temple Bar
IPSC Discussion Evening: The Lisbon Treaty and Palestine
Please note the change of time from 7.30 to 8.30pm, this is in order to facilitate the Emergency Protest at the Israeli 'Independence Celebrations' on the same evening

With the looming re-run of the controversial Lisbon Treaty referendum, this week the IPSC discussion will focus on the Lisbon Treaty, EU Foreign Policy and what it could mean for Palestine and Palestine Solidarity activism in Ireland and throughout Europe. The discussion will be introduced by Michael Youlton, a member of the IPSC Executive.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE FROM PREVIOUS TALKS: Tue, 5th May, 8.30PM, Connolly Books, Essex St, Temple Bar.

The IPSC Discussion evenings provide an informal forum for IPSC members and supporters in the Dublin area to discuss issues relating to Palestine. All are welcome.
Event #641
6:30PM on 5/May/2009, Ballsbridge Court Hotel, Shelbourne Road, D4
Ethnic Cleansing is Nothing to Celebrate: Protest at Israeli 'Independence Celebrations'


We have just been informed that this year the Israeli 'independence celebrations' will take place this Tuesday 5th May in Ballsbridge Court Hotel, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. This event will be nothing other than a celebration of 61 years of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people, particularly disgusting in the wake of the slaughter of 1,400 people in Gaza at the beginning of this year.

The IPSC has called for a peaceful protest picket outside the Ballsbridge Court Hotel, to start at 6pm. We need to shame those attending this celebration of dispossession and mass killing. Last year's picket was highly successful and looked really well, we hope this year's will be even bigger.

Attached is a map of how to get there click here.

We are also asking people/organisations to not only build for this circulate this mail far and wide, thank you.
Event #636
2:00PM on 4/May/2009, Walk around Dublin City
Retracing the footsteps of the women of the Irish Citizen Army, 1916 (Gaza fundraiser)
Retracing the footsteps of the women of the Irish Citizen Army, 1916

Monies raised for this walk are going to the Women Of Gaza.

Monday 4 May, 2 p.m, Dublin City

Walk and talk with Dr Ann Matthews
-Assemble at Connolly Statue, Beresford Place (beside Liberty Hall)
—GPO
—City Hall
—Connolly Books (coffee break)
—St Stephen’s Green
—Moore Street

Fee: €5 (including coffee and biscuits)
Event #552
on 1/May/2009,
Visit the West Bank in May
Are you interested in travelling to the West Bank? Do you want to see for yourself the situation there? Do you want to meet with Israeli and Palestinian activists working for peace and justice? If so, please consider taking a trip there in May 2009. We will visit Nazareth, Jenin, the Negev, Ramallah as part of the organised trip. On your free days, you have the option of travelling to Hebron, Nablus, Jericho, Jerusalem or just pottering around Bethlehem. Departing Dublin on Friday, 1st May, returning on Friday 8th May, this trip gives you the opportunity to experience Palestinian hospitality and friendship.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Elaine on 086 1568 234 or westbanktrip@eircom.net.
Event #633
7:00 PM on 1/May/2009, Connolly Hall, Cork
IPSC participation in Cork Mayday march
The annual Mayday march will take place on Friday 1st May, assembling at 7pm at Connolly Hall. The IPSC has been invited to take part and also to have a speaker at the rally.
Event #634
7:30PM on 30/Apr/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place on Thursday 30th April @ 7.30pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #635
3:00PM on 30/Apr/2009, Students Union, Room 3/4
Public Meeting: After Gaza, What Next?


PALESTINE MEETING
AFTER GAZA, WHAT NEXT?
Thursday 30th April @ 3pm
Room 3-4, Student’s Union

=======================================

Speakers:
ADNAN SHABAB – From Gaza
PROF. JOE CLEARY – English Dept, NUIM
HASSAN OULDMOCTAR – IPSC NUIM Branch
Chair) FREDA HUGHES – IPSC Executive Member

=======================================

IRELAND PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN
www.ipsc.ie – 01 6770253 – freda2323@yahoo.ie
Event #629
1:00 PM on 25/Apr/2009, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Demo and march in support of Boycott Israel campaign
A protest in support of the Boycott Israel campaign will take place on Saturday, 25th April, at 1.00pm in Daunt Square, Cork.

Israel has reduced Gaza to a wasteland. It has killed over 1,300 people, around a third of them children. Thousands more have been left injured, homeless and traumatised, The UN has described Gaza as a site of "utter devastation."

The scale of the destruction in Gaza is staggering. Around 90,000 people have been forced out of their homes. People are living on the streets among rubble and decomposing bodies. For ordinary Gazans, their biggest challenge is burying their dead, finding somewhere to live and getting enough food to survive the day. Thousands of people are suffering from malnutrition and one million, out of a population of 1.5 million, are dependent on aid just to survive.

Around a third of people have no access to running water and the supply is intermittent for the rest. There are not enough hospitals, equipment or workers to help the injured and medics are constantly battling with power shortages.

Responsibility for this humanitarian disaster lies firmly at the door of Israel.

The world wide explosion of anger against Israel and support for the Palestinians represents a step change in the development of an international solidarity movement. As shown by this full-page notice in the Irish Times on 31 January 2009, Ireland's part in this movement could begin to compare with our part in the movement that fought against apartheid in South Africa. Part of that campaign was the boycott of South African products. A similar campaign is now being launched against Israeli products.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign calls on all its members and supporters in the Cork area to join our protest on Saturday 25th April at 1.00pm in Daunt Square.
Event #632
12.30PM on 23/Apr/2009, Eircom HQ, Military Road
Lunchtime Protest: No to Eircom's deal with Israeli company Amdocs
Protest Meeting at Eircom HQ (near Heuston Station) - Tue 23rd April at 12.30pm

Eircom plans to award a major contract to Israeli company Amdocs. This is despite the recent murderous Israeli assault on Gaza, which claimed the lives of over 1,300 people, including more than 300 children. Israel has shown a blatant disregard for international law and the norms of civilised behaviour.

Protest against this to show your opposition to Eircom’s “Business As Usual” attitude.

Organised by The Irish Anti-War Movement
Event #631
9:00PM on 17/Apr/2009, Club ISO Bar @ The Mardyke, Sheares Street
Gig for GAZA - Charity Fundraiser
Gig for GAZA - Charity Fundraiser

Cork Palestine Action Group presents a frenzy of post punk, rock, kraut rock cowboys, beat poetry for 21st century Cork and old skool punk rock, reggae and ska unleashed by Dirty Fix, Circus Cat, Don for Chickens & Los Langeros plus special guests rumoured to be Latino!

All funds raised will be donated directly to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza through Caoimhe Butterly (Irish Human Rights Activist), Free Gaza Movement (www.freegaza.org) and Galway Palestine Children’s Charity.

Gig for Gaza – Friday 17th April 2009 – Club ISO Bar @ The Mardyke – Doors open: 9pm – Admission €10 – Tickets available from Plugd Record Store and on the Door

Savage spot prizes and a selection of Palestinian products for sale.

Email: corkpalestineaction@gmail.com for more info!

Event #624
3:00PM on 11/Apr/2009, RDS Concert Hall
3rd Al Aqsa Festival: Gaza's Victory, The Road to Al Quds (Azzam Tamimi, Adel Abdullah & more)
Event #630
7:30PM on 8/Apr/2009, Hotel Hillgrove
Gaza Chairty Extravaganza
Event #626
7:30PM on 7/Apr/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street
IPSC Discussion Evening: What do the Israeli Election Results Mean for Palestine?
IPSC Discussion Evening: What do the Israeli Election Results Mean for Palestine?

Tuesday, April 7th, Central Hotel 7.30pm

Following the creation of a broad coalition government taking in Labor, Shas and Yisrael Beiteinu, under the command of Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud - we will be discussing what this 'new' government is likely to bring for Palestinians. The discussion will be introduced by Kevin Squires, National Coordinator of the IPSC.

The IPSC Discussuion evenings provide an informal forum for IPSC members and supporters in the Dublin area to discuss issues relating to Palestine. All are welcome.
Event #623
9:00PM on 5/Apr/2009, Doms Pier 1
Gala For Gaza
A Fund Raising Concert will take place on Sunday 5th March at 9pm in Doms Pier 1 in Donegal Town to raise money for Trócaire Emergency medical aid for Palestine

Three bands: The Dead Flags, Pavesi and The Black Stuff will be playing

E10 entry fee

www.myspace.com/pavesigroup

www.myspace.com/thedeadflags
Event #628
8:00PM on 3/Apr/2009, St. Paul's GAC Club, Shaws Road
IPSC Fundraiser - Race Night
IPSC Fundraiser - Race Night

A Night at the Races on Friday 3rd April

From 8 'til late

ST. PAUL'S GAC CLUB, SHAWS ROAD, BELFAST

Tickets £5 - can be bought on the door.

Plus ballots with many prizes.

We would urge all supporters to come to this, or at least buy a ticket. This is a very important fundraiser for us. We have key projects planned for this year to highlight the monstrous injustice being done to the Palestinians. We cannot continue this work without funds. We need your help so please support us.

Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign - Belfast Branch.
Event #627
7:30PM on 2/Apr/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting

The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place on Thursday 2nd April @ 7.30pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #625
12.30PM on 2/Apr/2009, Eircom, Telephone House, Marlborough St
Protest at Eircom's Amdocs Deal
Protest Meeting at Eircom Office, Marlborough Street (Parallel to O'Connell Street) - Thur 2nd April at 12.30pm

Eircom plans to award a major contract to Israeli company Amdocs. This is despite the recent murderous Israeli assault on Gaza, which claimed the lives of over 1,300 people, including more than 300 children. Israel has shown a blatant disregard for international law and the norms of civilised behaviour.

Protest against this to show your opposition to Eircom’s “Business As Usual” attitude.

Organised by The Irish Anti-War Movement
Event #602
5:00PM on 30/Mar/2009, Israeli Embassy, 122 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge
Solidarity Vigil: Palestinian Land Day
Palestinian Land Day - Solidarity Vigil

Israeli Embassy, 122 Pembroke Road, Israeli Embassy, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Monday 30th March, 5-8pm

Protest the ongoing destruction of Palestinian Homes in East Jerusalem and the illegal settlement expansion in the West Bank.

Organised by the Dublin branch of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

for more information on Land Day, please visit here
Event #622
8:00PM on 29/Mar/2009, Andersonstown Social Club
From Tyrone to Gaza: Palestines' Child fundraiser in aid of Gaza
From Tyrone to Gaza

On Sunday 29th March from 8.00 p.m, @ The Andersonstown Social Club

In an exclusive report on Breaking the Siege of Gaza

John Hurson, the only Irishman to reach Gaza with the Humanitarian Aid Convoy Speaks about his experiences and the Tragedy of Gaza

Entertainment to follow Speakers

Proceeds to Palestine's Child.
Event #596
1:00 PM on 28/Mar/2009, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Demo and march in support of Boycott Israel campaign
A protest in support of the Boycott Israel campaign will take place on Saturday 28th March at 1.00pm in Daunt Square, Cork.
Full-page notice in Irish Times on 31 January 2009


Israel has reduced Gaza to a wasteland. It has killed over 1,300 people, around a third of them children. Thousands more have been left injured, homeless and traumatised, The UN has described Gaza as a site of "utter devastation."

The scale of the destruction in Gaza is staggering. Around 90,000 people have been forced out of their homes. People are living on the streets among rubble and decomposing bodies. For ordinary Gazans, their biggest challenge is burying their dead, finding somewhere to live and getting enough food to survive the day. Thousands of people are suffering from malnutrition and one million, out of a population of 1.5 million, are dependent on aid just to survive.

Around a third of people have no access to running water and the supply is intermittent for the rest. There are not enough hospitals, equipment or workers to help the injured and medics are constantly battling with power shortages.

Responsibility for this humanitarian disaster lies firmly at the door of Israel.

The world wide explosion of anger against Israel and support for the Palestinians represents a step change in the development of an international solidarity movement. As shown by this full-page notice in the Irish Times on 31 January 2009, Ireland's part in this movement could begin to compare with our part in the movement that fought against apartheid in South Africa. Part of that campaign was the boycott of South African products. A similar campaign is now being launched against Israeli products.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign calls on all its members and supporters in the Cork area to join our protest on Saturday 28th March at 1.00pm in Daunt Square.
Event #595
7:30PM on 26/Mar/2009, St Patrick’s College
Trócaire’s 2009 Annual Lecture: John Ging, Head of the UNWRA
Trócaire’s 2009 Annual Lecture will be presented by John Ging, Head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza on the theme of: “The Responsibility to Protect Civilians in Times of Conflict – What can we do?”

In Maynooth St Patrick’s College 7.30pm Thursday 26th March

For further information or to RSVP contact Mary on mboyce@trocaire.ie (Maynooth lecture) 01-629 3333

Free and open to the public.
Event #618
7:00PM on 26/Mar/2009, Queens University, Peter Froggat Centre, Room 212
Anti-War Teach In: After Gaza, Where now for the Middle East
ANTI-WAR TEACH IN: AFTER GAZA WHERE NOW FOR THE MIDDLE EAST?

Thursday 26th March at 7pm, Queens University (Peter Froggat Centre, Room 212)

Speakers: John Rose (SWP), Patricia McKeown (ICTU Pres & TUFP), Eamonn McCann (SWP & Raytheon 9), Marie Crawley (IPSC) and Jamal Ilweida (Palestinian activist).

Israel’s recent assault on Gaza has again highlighted the ongoing plight of the Palestinian people This assault saw the murder of over 1200 innocent Palestinian civilians. Across the world thousands took to the streets to call for an end to the slaughter. At the minute the situation in Palestine is disastrous, Gaza itself can only be described as the world’s biggest open air prison.

After 8 years of the War on Terror we have seen over a million people killed in Iraq and Afghanistan ravaged by war and occupation .Despite this President Obama wants to escalate the war effort by introducing 17,000 more troops into Afghanistan.

In light of this a Campus Anti-War Network has been established. We wish to organize and campaign around these issues calling for an immediate Boycott of Israel and demand for an end to the War On Terror, with all troops being withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan, and a closure of all torture camps such as Guantanamo Bay.

We would like to extend to you an invitation to an Anti-War teach in organized by CAWN in Queens University Belfast (Peter Froggat Centre Room 212)on the 26th March 2009 at 7pm . The event is titled “After Gaza, where now for the Middle East?” .The event will be addressed by John Rose author of “The myths of Zionism” and “Israel The Hijack State'' , Patricia McKeown President of Irish Congress of Trade Unions , Radical Journalist Eamonn Mc Cann, Marie Crawley Chair of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Palestinian Activist Jamal Ilweida.

We would encourage you to come along to the event and pass this invitation on.

Yours Sincerely,
Gerry Carroll, Vice President of Jordanstown Students Union
Matt Collins, Campus Antiwar Network (QUB)
Event #613
12:00 on 26/Mar/2009, NUI Maynooth
Meeting with staff: Why the Academic Boycott of Apartheid Israel is Justified

Brief Biography of speaker

Saed J. Abu-Hijleh is a Palestinian human geographer, poet, and radio show host, who is currently working as a lecturer of political and environmental geography at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. He is the founder & director of the Center for Global Consciousness (CGC), an independent media and cultural exchange institute dedicated to building bridges between Palestine and the world.

Mr. Abu-Hijleh holds a BS in International Development Studies from the University of Iowa and an MA in Political Geography from the University of Northern Iowa, USA. In the past fifteen years, Mr. Abu-Hijleh worked with key Palestinian public and private organizations in the fields of international development, public relations and protocol, and small and medium enterprises development projects. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is the former Director Public Relations Department of An-Najah University (2005-2007). Since 2004, Mr. Abu-Hijleh prepared and hosted a talk show on An-Najah University FM station called “Global Perspectives” in which he interviewed many international personalities who visited Palestine on key contemporary political, economic, and cultural issues. Mr. Abu-Hijleh has conducted academic research on the political geography of Palestinian statehood and the multidimensional obstacles facing its realization. His current research interests focus on the geography of religions and belief systems, the human geography of Palestinian identity & Diaspora, citizenship and liberation theology, and the geography of the Palestinian environmental movement. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is presently preparing to publish a poetry collection entitled “Words of a Palestinian Dinosaur!”

Like many other Palestinians who grew up under the Israeli military occupation, Mr. Abu-Hijleh started his political activism at an early stage in his life. He was only 10 years old when he joined student demonstrations against the occupation authorities. In April 1982, at the age of 15, he was seriously wounded by Israeli soldiers when they opened fire on a student demonstration in the city of Nablus. This did not stop him from continuing his activism for the realization of peace and justice in Palestine and around the world.

On October 11, 2002, Israeli soldiers assassinated his mother Shaden Abu-Hijleh, a renowned Palestinian peace activist and philanthropist, and injured him and his father Dr. Jamal Abu-Hijleh. (www.remembershaden.org)
Event #614
2:00 PM on 26/Mar/2009, NUI Maynooth - Students Union, Room 3/4
Public lecture: Why the Academic Boycott of Apartheid Israel is Justified

Brief Biography of speaker

Saed J. Abu-Hijleh is a Palestinian human geographer, poet, and radio show host, who is currently working as a lecturer of political and environmental geography at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. He is the founder & director of the Center for Global Consciousness (CGC), an independent media and cultural exchange institute dedicated to building bridges between Palestine and the world.

Mr. Abu-Hijleh holds a BS in International Development Studies from the University of Iowa and an MA in Political Geography from the University of Northern Iowa, USA. In the past fifteen years, Mr. Abu-Hijleh worked with key Palestinian public and private organizations in the fields of international development, public relations and protocol, and small and medium enterprises development projects. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is the former Director Public Relations Department of An-Najah University (2005-2007). Since 2004, Mr. Abu-Hijleh prepared and hosted a talk show on An-Najah University FM station called “Global Perspectives” in which he interviewed many international personalities who visited Palestine on key contemporary political, economic, and cultural issues. Mr. Abu-Hijleh has conducted academic research on the political geography of Palestinian statehood and the multidimensional obstacles facing its realization. His current research interests focus on the geography of religions and belief systems, the human geography of Palestinian identity & Diaspora, citizenship and liberation theology, and the geography of the Palestinian environmental movement. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is presently preparing to publish a poetry collection entitled “Words of a Palestinian Dinosaur!”

Like many other Palestinians who grew up under the Israeli military occupation, Mr. Abu-Hijleh started his political activism at an early stage in his life. He was only 10 years old when he joined student demonstrations against the occupation authorities. In April 1982, at the age of 15, he was seriously wounded by Israeli soldiers when they opened fire on a student demonstration in the city of Nablus. This did not stop him from continuing his activism for the realization of peace and justice in Palestine and around the world.

On October 11, 2002, Israeli soldiers assassinated his mother Shaden Abu-Hijleh, a renowned Palestinian peace activist and philanthropist, and injured him and his father Dr. Jamal Abu-Hijleh. (www.remembershaden.org)
Event #617
12:30 PM on 26/Mar/2009, Honan Plaza, UCC (between Honan Chapel and Student Centre)
Red Sandstone Varied Productions perform the play, Seven Jewish Children

At lunchtime on Thursday, 26 March, RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions), directed by Yvonne Coughlan, will perform Caryl Churchill's play, Seven Jewish Children, at University College Cork.

There will be four performances, as follows:

      12:30 PM, in the Honan Plaza (between the Honan Chapel and 
                                    the Student Centre)
      1:00  PM, Room 338 in the O'Rahilly Building
      1:30  PM, Room 338 in the O'Rahilly Building
      2:00  PM, in the Honan Plaza (between the Honan Chapel and 
                                    the Student Centre)

This play was written by Caryl Churchill as a response to the bombing of Gaza in January 2009. In association with Project Brand New it is being performed all over Ireland.

Churchill has stipulated that the 15 minute play can be read or performed free-of-charge, providing that no admission fee is charged and a collection is taken at each performance for Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).

RSVP offer the highest quality of performance for this good cause, and are honoured to do so. The RSVP performance is presented by actors Noelle O'Regan, Richard Clare, Cathie Clinton and Arina Obuchova.

Including a short opening introduction, the performance itself, and the collection, the activity of each performance takes place within thirty minutes.

RSVP opened this production in Kinsale a few weeks ago and each of its performances in six different venues since then have been extremely well recieved. In spite of intimidation by those who do not agree with the content of the play, RSVP continue, secure in the knowledge that this is an honest and thought provoking piece, which raises awareness and funding for a just cause, and are grateful to all who support it.

Contact details:
   redsandstonevariedproductions@hotmail.com
   Yvonne Coughlan 085-7335260
Event #619
1:00 PM on 26/Mar/2009, Room 338, ORahilly Building, UCC
Red Sandstone Varied Productions perform the play, Seven Jewish Children

At lunchtime on Thursday, 26 March, RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions), directed by Yvonne Coughlan, will perform Caryl Churchill's play, Seven Jewish Children, at University College Cork.

There will be four performances, as follows:

      12:30 PM, in the Honan Plaza (between the Honan Chapel and 
                                    the Student Centre)
      1:00  PM, Room 338 in the O'Rahilly Building
      1:30  PM, Room 338 in the O'Rahilly Building
      2:00  PM, in the Honan Plaza (between the Honan Chapel and 
                                    the Student Centre)

This play was written by Caryl Churchill as a response to the bombing of Gaza in January 2009. In association with Project Brand New it is being performed all over Ireland.

Churchill has stipulated that the 15 minute play can be read or performed free-of-charge, providing that no admission fee is charged and a collection is taken at each performance for Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).

RSVP offer the highest quality of performance for this good cause, and are honoured to do so. The RSVP performance is presented by actors Noelle O'Regan, Richard Clare, Cathie Clinton and Arina Obuchova.

Including a short opening introduction, the performance itself, and the collection, the activity of each performance takes place within thirty minutes.

RSVP opened this production in Kinsale a few weeks ago and each of its performances in six different venues since then have been extremely well recieved. In spite of intimidation by those who do not agree with the content of the play, RSVP continue, secure in the knowledge that this is an honest and thought provoking piece, which raises awareness and funding for a just cause, and are grateful to all who support it.

Contact details:
   redsandstonevariedproductions@hotmail.com
   Yvonne Coughlan 085-7335260
Event #620
1:30 PM on 26/Mar/2009, Room 338, ORahilly Building, UCC
Red Sandstone Varied Productions perform the play, Seven Jewish Children

At lunchtime on Thursday, 26 March, RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions), directed by Yvonne Coughlan, will perform Caryl Churchill's play, Seven Jewish Children, at University College Cork.

There will be four performances, as follows:

      12:30 PM, in the Honan Plaza (between the Honan Chapel and 
                                    the Student Centre)
      1:00  PM, Room 338 in the O'Rahilly Building
      1:30  PM, Room 338 in the O'Rahilly Building
      2:00  PM, in the Honan Plaza (between the Honan Chapel and 
                                    the Student Centre)

This play was written by Caryl Churchill as a response to the bombing of Gaza in January 2009. In association with Project Brand New it is being performed all over Ireland.

Churchill has stipulated that the 15 minute play can be read or performed free-of-charge, providing that no admission fee is charged and a collection is taken at each performance for Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).

RSVP offer the highest quality of performance for this good cause, and are honoured to do so. The RSVP performance is presented by actors Noelle O'Regan, Richard Clare, Cathie Clinton and Arina Obuchova.

Including a short opening introduction, the performance itself, and the collection, the activity of each performance takes place within thirty minutes.

RSVP opened this production in Kinsale a few weeks ago and each of its performances in six different venues since then have been extremely well recieved. In spite of intimidation by those who do not agree with the content of the play, RSVP continue, secure in the knowledge that this is an honest and thought provoking piece, which raises awareness and funding for a just cause, and are grateful to all who support it.

Contact details:
   redsandstonevariedproductions@hotmail.com
   Yvonne Coughlan 085-7335260
Event #621
2:00 PM on 26/Mar/2009, Honan Plaza, UCC (between Honan Chapel and Student Centre)
Red Sandstone Varied Productions perform the play, Seven Jewish Children

At lunchtime on Thursday, 26 March, RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions), directed by Yvonne Coughlan, will perform Caryl Churchill's play, Seven Jewish Children, at University College Cork.

There will be four performances, as follows:

      12:30 PM, in the Honan Plaza (between the Honan Chapel and 
                                    the Student Centre)
      1:00  PM, Room 338 in the O'Rahilly Building
      1:30  PM, Room 338 in the O'Rahilly Building
      2:00  PM, in the Honan Plaza (between the Honan Chapel and 
                                    the Student Centre)

This play was written by Caryl Churchill as a response to the bombing of Gaza in January 2009. In association with Project Brand New it is being performed all over Ireland.

Churchill has stipulated that the 15 minute play can be read or performed free-of-charge, providing that no admission fee is charged and a collection is taken at each performance for Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).

RSVP offer the highest quality of performance for this good cause, and are honoured to do so. The RSVP performance is presented by actors Noelle O'Regan, Richard Clare, Cathie Clinton and Arina Obuchova.

Including a short opening introduction, the performance itself, and the collection, the activity of each performance takes place within thirty minutes.

RSVP opened this production in Kinsale a few weeks ago and each of its performances in six different venues since then have been extremely well recieved. In spite of intimidation by those who do not agree with the content of the play, RSVP continue, secure in the knowledge that this is an honest and thought provoking piece, which raises awareness and funding for a just cause, and are grateful to all who support it.

Contact details:
   redsandstonevariedproductions@hotmail.com
   Yvonne Coughlan 085-7335260
Event #594
1:00PM on 25/Mar/2009, Elmwood Teaching & Learning Centre, Queen’s University
Trócaire’s 2009 Annual Lecture: John Ging, Head of the UNWRA
Trócaire’s 2009 Annual Lecture will be presented by John Ging, Head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza on the theme of: “The Responsibility to Protect Civilians in Times of Conflict – What can we do?”

In Belfast Wednesday 25th March 1-2pm Elmwood Teaching & Learning Centre, Queen’s University (Pre-reception @ 12 noon in QUB School of Governance)

For further information or to RSVP contact Emma on esteele@trocaire.ie (Belfast and Derry lectures) 02890 808030

Free and open to the public.
Event #615
7:30 PM on 25/Mar/2009, Queens University - Room G10, Lanyon North Building
Why the Academic Boycott of Apartheid Israel is Justified
Why the Academic Boycott of Apartheid Israel is justified 

Speaker : Saed Abu-Hijleh, University of Nablus.

Biography of speaker

Saed J. Abu-Hijleh is a Palestinian human geographer, poet, and radio show host, who is currently working as a lecturer of political and environmental geography at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. He is the founder & director of the Center for Global Consciousness (CGC), an independent media and cultural exchange institute dedicated to building bridges between Palestine and the world.

Mr. Abu-Hijleh holds a BS in International Development Studies from the University of Iowa and an MA in Political Geography from the University of Northern Iowa, USA. In the past fifteen years, Mr. Abu-Hijleh worked with key Palestinian public and private organizations in the fields of international development, public relations and protocol, and small and medium enterprises development projects. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is the former Director Public Relations Department of An-Najah University (2005-2007). Since 2004, Mr. Abu-Hijleh prepared and hosted a talk show on An-Najah University FM station called “Global Perspectives” in which he interviewed many international personalities who visited Palestine on key contemporary political, economic, and cultural issues. Mr. Abu-Hijleh has conducted academic research on the political geography of Palestinian statehood and the multidimensional obstacles facing its realization. His current research interests focus on the geography of religions and belief systems, the human geography of Palestinian identity & Diaspora, citizenship and liberation theology, and the geography of the Palestinian environmental movement. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is presently preparing to publish a poetry collection entitled “Words of a Palestinian Dinosaur!”

Like many other Palestinians who grew up under the Israeli military occupation, Mr. Abu-Hijleh started his political activism at an early stage in his life. He was only 10 years old when he joined student demonstrations against the occupation authorities. In April 1982, at the age of 15, he was seriously wounded by Israeli soldiers when they opened fire on a student demonstration in the city of Nablus. This did not stop him from continuing his activism for the realization of peace and justice in Palestine and around the world.

On October 11, 2002, Israeli soldiers assassinated his mother Shaden Abu-Hijleh, a renowned Palestinian peace activist and philanthropist, and injured him and his father Dr. Jamal Abu-Hijleh. (www.remembershaden.org)
Event #593
12.30PM on 24/Mar/2009, Martha Magees, Magee College, University of Ulster
Trócaire’s 2009 Annual Lecture: John Ging, Head of the UNWRA
Trócaire’s 2009 Annual Lecture will be presented by John Ging, Head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza on the theme of: “The Responsibility to Protect Civilians in Times of Conflict – What can we do?”

In Derry Tuesday 24th March 12.30-2pm Room: Martha Magees, Magee College, University of Ulster

For further information or to RSVP contact Emma on esteele@trocaire.ie (Belfast and Derry lectures) 02890 808030

Free and open to the public.
Event #610
7:30 PM on 24/Mar/2009, University of Limerick -- John Holland Theatre, D1050, Main Building, UL
Public Lecture, Life as a Palestinian – The Realities
Public Lecture, Life as a Palestinian – The Realities

Speakers: Ala Abu Dheer and Saed J. Abu-Hijleh

Biographies of speakers

Ala Abu Dheer

Ala Abu Dheer is a Palestinian Oral History and Ethnographic researcher and public relations practitioner who is currently working as the Coordinator of the Youth Exchange Program and the website manager of the Palestine Media Unit at the Public Relations Department of An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. Since 2003, he organized and led numerous international voluntary projects and activities including international work camps, study visits, and videoconferences.

Born to a refugee father in 1969 in Nablus, Palestine, he got his Masters Degree in Modern Arabic Studies 2001 from Birzeit University in Ramallah, Palestine, and his BA in Literature and Philosophy from Damascus University, Syria, in 1992.

He Published "Al-Aqsa Uprising in Cartoons: A Palestinian Perspective" (English version), "The Image of the Palestine Question in the American Cartoons: An American Perspective" (Arabic version), "The Image of Iraq in the American Cartoon: An American Perspective" (Arabic version), "The Oral History of 1948: The Oral History of the Palestinian Refugees of 1948" (English and Arabic versions), and the forthcoming "Tales from Palestine" (English version). He also published many reports on the Right to Education in Palestine.

Saed J. Abu-Hijleh



Saed J. Abu-Hijleh is a Palestinian human geographer, poet, and radio show host, who is currently working as a lecturer of political and environmental geography at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. He is the founder & director of the Center for Global Consciousness (CGC), an independent media and cultural exchange institute dedicated to building bridges between Palestine and the world.

Mr. Abu-Hijleh holds a BS in International Development Studies from the University of Iowa and an MA in Political Geography from the University of Northern Iowa, USA. In the past fifteen years, Mr. Abu-Hijleh worked with key Palestinian public and private organizations in the fields of international development, public relations and protocol, and small and medium enterprises development projects. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is the former Director Public Relations Department of An-Najah University (2005-2007). Since 2004, Mr. Abu-Hijleh prepared and hosted a talk show on An-Najah University FM station called “Global Perspectives” in which he interviewed many international personalities who visited Palestine on key contemporary political, economic, and cultural issues. Mr. Abu-Hijleh has conducted academic research on the political geography of Palestinian statehood and the multidimensional obstacles facing its realization. His current research interests focus on the geography of religions and belief systems, the human geography of Palestinian identity & Diaspora, citizenship and liberation theology, and the geography of the Palestinian environmental movement. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is presently preparing to publish a poetry collection entitled “Words of a Palestinian Dinosaur!”

Like many other Palestinians who grew up under the Israeli military occupation, Mr. Abu-Hijleh started his political activism at an early stage in his life. He was only 10 years old when he joined student demonstrations against the occupation authorities. In April 1982, at the age of 15, he was seriously wounded by Israeli soldiers when they opened fire on a student demonstration in the city of Nablus. This did not stop him from continuing his activism for the realization of peace and justice in Palestine and around the world.

On October 11, 2002, Israeli soldiers assassinated his mother Shaden Abu-Hijleh, a renowned Palestinian peace activist and philanthropist, and injured him and his father Dr. Jamal Abu-Hijleh. (www.remembershaden.org)
Event #605
7:00PM on 23/Mar/2009, NUIG, Kirwan Theatre
Why the Academic Boycott of Apartheid Israel is Justified
Why the Academic Boycott of Apartheid Israel is Justified

Two Speakers from Palestine.

Ala Abu Dheer & Saed J. Abu-Hijleh (An-Najah University Nablus, Palestine)

Hosted by NUIG Palestine Solidarity Society

7pm, Mnday 23rd March 2009. NUIG, Kirwan Theatre

Brief Biographies of Ala Abu Dheer and Saed J. Abu-Hijleh

Ala Abu Dheer is a Palestinian Oral History and Ethnographic researcher and public relations practitioner who is currently working as the Coordinator of the Youth Exchange Program and the website manager of the Palestine Media Unit at the Public Relations Department of An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. Since 2003, he organized and led numerous international voluntary projects and activities including international work camps, study visits, and videoconferences.

Born to a refugee father in 1969 in Nablus, Palestine, he got his Masters Degree in Modern Arabic Studies 2001 from Birzeit University in Ramallah, Palestine, and his BA in Literature and Philosophy from Damascus University, Syria, in 1992.

He Published "Al-Aqsa Uprising in Cartoons: A Palestinian Perspective" (English version), "The Image of the Palestine Question in the American Cartoons: An American Perspective" (Arabic version), "The Image of Iraq in the American Cartoon: An American Perspective" (Arabic version), "The Oral History of 1948: The Oral History of the Palestinian Refugees of 1948" (English and Arabic versions), and the forthcoming "Tales from Palestine" (English version). He also published many reports on the Right to Education in Palestine.

Saed J. Abu-Hijleh is a Palestinian human geographer, poet, and radio show host, who is currently working as a lecturer of political and environmental geography at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. He is the founder & director of the Center for Global Consciousness (CGC), an independent media and cultural exchange institute dedicated to building bridges between Palestine and the world.

Mr. Abu-Hijleh holds a BS in International Development Studies from the University of Iowa and an MA in Political Geography from the University of Northern Iowa, USA. In the past fifteen years, Mr. Abu-Hijleh worked with key Palestinian public and private organizations in the fields of international development, public relations and protocol, and small and medium enterprises development projects. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is the former Director Public Relations Department of An-Najah University (2005-2007). Since 2004, Mr. Abu-Hijleh prepared and hosted a talk show on An-Najah University FM station called “Global Perspectives” in which he interviewed many international personalities who visited Palestine on key contemporary political, economic, and cultural issues. Mr. Abu-Hijleh has conducted academic research on the political geography of Palestinian statehood and the multidimensional obstacles facing its realization. His current research interests focus on the geography of religions and belief systems, the human geography of Palestinian identity & Diaspora, citizenship and liberation theology, and the geography of the Palestinian environmental movement. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is presently preparing to publish a poetry collection entitled “Words of a Palestinian Dinosaur!”

Like many other Palestinians who grew up under the Israeli military occupation, Mr. Abu-Hijleh started his political activism at an early stage in his life. He was only 10 years old when he joined student demonstrations against the occupation authorities. In April 1982, at the age of 15, he was seriously wounded by Israeli soldiers when they opened fire on a student demonstration in the city of Nablus. This did not stop him from continuing his activism for the realization of peace and justice in Palestine and around the world.

On October 11, 2002, Israeli soldiers assassinated his mother Shaden Abu-Hijleh, a renowned Palestinian peace activist and philanthropist, and injured him and his father Dr. Jamal Abu-Hijleh. (www.remembershaden.org)
Event #616
4:30 PM on 22/Mar/2009, --
Interview on NEAR FM with two visiting speakers from Palestine

Biographies of visiting interviewees from Palestine

Ala Abu Dheer

Ala Abu Dheer is a Palestinian Oral History and Ethnographic researcher and public relations practitioner who is currently working as the Coordinator of the Youth Exchange Program and the website manager of the Palestine Media Unit at the Public Relations Department of An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. Since 2003, he organized and led numerous international voluntary projects and activities including international work camps, study visits, and videoconferences.

Born to a refugee father in 1969 in Nablus, Palestine, he got his Masters Degree in Modern Arabic Studies 2001 from Birzeit University in Ramallah, Palestine, and his BA in Literature and Philosophy from Damascus University, Syria, in 1992.

He Published "Al-Aqsa Uprising in Cartoons: A Palestinian Perspective" (English version), "The Image of the Palestine Question in the American Cartoons: An American Perspective" (Arabic version), "The Image of Iraq in the American Cartoon: An American Perspective" (Arabic version), "The Oral History of 1948: The Oral History of the Palestinian Refugees of 1948" (English and Arabic versions), and the forthcoming "Tales from Palestine" (English version). He also published many reports on the Right to Education in Palestine.

Saed J. Abu-Hijleh



Saed J. Abu-Hijleh is a Palestinian human geographer, poet, and radio show host, who is currently working as a lecturer of political and environmental geography at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. He is the founder & director of the Center for Global Consciousness (CGC), an independent media and cultural exchange institute dedicated to building bridges between Palestine and the world.

Mr. Abu-Hijleh holds a BS in International Development Studies from the University of Iowa and an MA in Political Geography from the University of Northern Iowa, USA. In the past fifteen years, Mr. Abu-Hijleh worked with key Palestinian public and private organizations in the fields of international development, public relations and protocol, and small and medium enterprises development projects. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is the former Director Public Relations Department of An-Najah University (2005-2007). Since 2004, Mr. Abu-Hijleh prepared and hosted a talk show on An-Najah University FM station called “Global Perspectives” in which he interviewed many international personalities who visited Palestine on key contemporary political, economic, and cultural issues. Mr. Abu-Hijleh has conducted academic research on the political geography of Palestinian statehood and the multidimensional obstacles facing its realization. His current research interests focus on the geography of religions and belief systems, the human geography of Palestinian identity & Diaspora, citizenship and liberation theology, and the geography of the Palestinian environmental movement. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is presently preparing to publish a poetry collection entitled “Words of a Palestinian Dinosaur!”

Like many other Palestinians who grew up under the Israeli military occupation, Mr. Abu-Hijleh started his political activism at an early stage in his life. He was only 10 years old when he joined student demonstrations against the occupation authorities. In April 1982, at the age of 15, he was seriously wounded by Israeli soldiers when they opened fire on a student demonstration in the city of Nablus. This did not stop him from continuing his activism for the realization of peace and justice in Palestine and around the world.

On October 11, 2002, Israeli soldiers assassinated his mother Shaden Abu-Hijleh, a renowned Palestinian peace activist and philanthropist, and injured him and his father Dr. Jamal Abu-Hijleh. (www.remembershaden.org)
Event #599
1:00PM on 20/Mar/2009, DCU, Room QG27, Business School
Academic Boycott : What are Palestinians asking for?
Academic Boycott: What are Palestinians asking for?

Two Speakers from Palestine.

Ala Abu Dheer & Saed J. Abu-Hijleh (An-Najah University Nablus, Palestine)

Chair: Professor Helena Sheehan (School of Communication, DCU)

1-2 p.m. Friday 20th March 2009. Room QG27, Business School, Dublin City University

Brief Biographies of Ala Abu Dheer and Saed J. Abu-Hijleh

Ala Abu Dheer is a Palestinian Oral History and Ethnographic researcher and public relations practitioner who is currently working as the Coordinator of the Youth Exchange Program and the website manager of the Palestine Media Unit at the Public Relations Department of An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. Since 2003, he organized and led numerous international voluntary projects and activities including international work camps, study visits, and videoconferences.

Born to a refugee father in 1969 in Nablus, Palestine, he got his Masters Degree in Modern Arabic Studies 2001 from Birzeit University in Ramallah, Palestine, and his BA in Literature and Philosophy from Damascus University, Syria, in 1992.

He Published "Al-Aqsa Uprising in Cartoons: A Palestinian Perspective" (English version), "The Image of the Palestine Question in the American Cartoons: An American Perspective" (Arabic version), "The Image of Iraq in the American Cartoon: An American Perspective" (Arabic version), "The Oral History of 1948: The Oral History of the Palestinian Refugees of 1948" (English and Arabic versions), and the forthcoming "Tales from Palestine" (English version). He also published many reports on the Right to Education in Palestine.

Saed J. Abu-Hijleh is a Palestinian human geographer, poet, and radio show host, who is currently working as a lecturer of political and environmental geography at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. He is the founder & director of the Center for Global Consciousness (CGC), an independent media and cultural exchange institute dedicated to building bridges between Palestine and the world.

Mr. Abu-Hijleh holds a BS in International Development Studies from the University of Iowa and an MA in Political Geography from the University of Northern Iowa, USA. In the past fifteen years, Mr. Abu-Hijleh worked with key Palestinian public and private organizations in the fields of international development, public relations and protocol, and small and medium enterprises development projects. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is the former Director Public Relations Department of An-Najah University (2005-2007). Since 2004, Mr. Abu-Hijleh prepared and hosted a talk show on An-Najah University FM station called “Global Perspectives” in which he interviewed many international personalities who visited Palestine on key contemporary political, economic, and cultural issues. Mr. Abu-Hijleh has conducted academic research on the political geography of Palestinian statehood and the multidimensional obstacles facing its realization. His current research interests focus on the geography of religions and belief systems, the human geography of Palestinian identity & Diaspora, citizenship and liberation theology, and the geography of the Palestinian environmental movement. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is presently preparing to publish a poetry collection entitled “Words of a Palestinian Dinosaur!”

Like many other Palestinians who grew up under the Israeli military occupation, Mr. Abu-Hijleh started his political activism at an early stage in his life. He was only 10 years old when he joined student demonstrations against the occupation authorities. In April 1982, at the age of 15, he was seriously wounded by Israeli soldiers when they opened fire on a student demonstration in the city of Nablus. This did not stop him from continuing his activism for the realization of peace and justice in Palestine and around the world.

On October 11, 2002, Israeli soldiers assassinated his mother Shaden Abu-Hijleh, a renowned Palestinian peace activist and philanthropist, and injured him and his father Dr. Jamal Abu-Hijleh. (www.remembershaden.org)
Event #604
5:30PM on 20/Mar/2009, DCU, Room QG27, Business School
Academic Speaking Tour: Beyond the Wall
Beyond the Wall

Two Speakers from Palestine.

Ala Abu Dheer & Saed J. Abu-Hijleh (An-Najah University Nablus, Palestine)

Hosted by DCU Islamic Society

5.30p.m. Friday 20th March 2009. Room QG27, Business School, Dublin City University

Brief Biographies of Ala Abu Dheer and Saed J. Abu-Hijleh

Ala Abu Dheer is a Palestinian Oral History and Ethnographic researcher and public relations practitioner who is currently working as the Coordinator of the Youth Exchange Program and the website manager of the Palestine Media Unit at the Public Relations Department of An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. Since 2003, he organized and led numerous international voluntary projects and activities including international work camps, study visits, and videoconferences.

Born to a refugee father in 1969 in Nablus, Palestine, he got his Masters Degree in Modern Arabic Studies 2001 from Birzeit University in Ramallah, Palestine, and his BA in Literature and Philosophy from Damascus University, Syria, in 1992.

He Published "Al-Aqsa Uprising in Cartoons: A Palestinian Perspective" (English version), "The Image of the Palestine Question in the American Cartoons: An American Perspective" (Arabic version), "The Image of Iraq in the American Cartoon: An American Perspective" (Arabic version), "The Oral History of 1948: The Oral History of the Palestinian Refugees of 1948" (English and Arabic versions), and the forthcoming "Tales from Palestine" (English version). He also published many reports on the Right to Education in Palestine.

Saed J. Abu-Hijleh is a Palestinian human geographer, poet, and radio show host, who is currently working as a lecturer of political and environmental geography at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine. He is the founder & director of the Center for Global Consciousness (CGC), an independent media and cultural exchange institute dedicated to building bridges between Palestine and the world.

Mr. Abu-Hijleh holds a BS in International Development Studies from the University of Iowa and an MA in Political Geography from the University of Northern Iowa, USA. In the past fifteen years, Mr. Abu-Hijleh worked with key Palestinian public and private organizations in the fields of international development, public relations and protocol, and small and medium enterprises development projects. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is the former Director Public Relations Department of An-Najah University (2005-2007). Since 2004, Mr. Abu-Hijleh prepared and hosted a talk show on An-Najah University FM station called “Global Perspectives” in which he interviewed many international personalities who visited Palestine on key contemporary political, economic, and cultural issues. Mr. Abu-Hijleh has conducted academic research on the political geography of Palestinian statehood and the multidimensional obstacles facing its realization. His current research interests focus on the geography of religions and belief systems, the human geography of Palestinian identity & Diaspora, citizenship and liberation theology, and the geography of the Palestinian environmental movement. Mr. Abu-Hijleh is presently preparing to publish a poetry collection entitled “Words of a Palestinian Dinosaur!”

Like many other Palestinians who grew up under the Israeli military occupation, Mr. Abu-Hijleh started his political activism at an early stage in his life. He was only 10 years old when he joined student demonstrations against the occupation authorities. In April 1982, at the age of 15, he was seriously wounded by Israeli soldiers when they opened fire on a student demonstration in the city of Nablus. This did not stop him from continuing his activism for the realization of peace and justice in Palestine and around the world.

On October 11, 2002, Israeli soldiers assassinated his mother Shaden Abu-Hijleh, a renowned Palestinian peace activist and philanthropist, and injured him and his father Dr. Jamal Abu-Hijleh. (www.remembershaden.org)
Event #586
7:30PM on 16/Mar/2009, Vicar St
Unoccupied Minds: A night of theatre, poetry, songs & music
UNOCCUPIED MINDS
A night of theatre, poetry, songs & music.

March 16th Vicar Street.

Performances by

Christy Moore, Stpehen Rae, Sinead Cusack, Roisin Elsafty, Mick Pyro [Republic of Loose], Judith Mok [Soprano], Joyce.

& The Abbey Theatre presents Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza by Caryl Churchill

Proceeds to Irish Anti-War Movement & Irish Medical Aid for Palestine

Doors 7.30pm. Show begins 8pm.

Tickets €25 from Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.ie

On March 16th in Vicar St, The Irish Anti-War Movement is hosting Unoccupied Minds in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan - to raise awareness about the impact of war and military occupation on these long-suffering peoples.

Richard Boyd Barrett, chairperson of the Irish Anti-War Movement said:

"The horrific reality of life under occupation was brought home to people across the world in the course of the recent murderous Israeli assault on Gaza.

Although the media spotlight has, for the time being, moved elsewhere, for the people of Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, the violence, suffering, humiliation and violation of basic human rights continues.

In Gaza, one of the most immediate needs is to bring medical aid to the thousands of innocent civilians – including hundreds of children – who were maimed and injured during the recent assault. The two year-long Israeli siege of the territory has crippled medical services, making medical aid an urgent priority.

We hope the funds raised at Unoccupied Minds for Irish Medical Aid for Palestine can contribute significantly to that vital task.

However, beyond the immediate crisis, there is also an urgent need to raise awareness and solidarity for the people of Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan as they continue to struggle for justice, self-determination and an end to the occupation of their countries.

People in every part of the world have rightly welcomed the end of the reign of George W Bush and great hopes have accompanied the election of the new US President, Barack Obama. There is no doubt that revulsion against the bloody era of wars that we have experienced over the last eight years played a huge part in the election of President Obama.

However, powerful forces remain, at the highest level, in both the US and other parts of the world, who seek to continue on the path of war and militarism. The Irish Anti-War Movement believes ordinary people in this country and across the globe must continue to raise their voices against the foreign polices of powerful nations that seek to use war and occupation as a means to pursue their political objectives.

One of the most important ways we can do this is to remind people of the common humanity we share with the people of poorer nations, particularly in the Arab and Muslim world, and to assert their entitlement to the same rights and freedoms that we expect for ourselves here in the west.

Unoccupied Minds brings together people from across the spectrum of arts and music in Ireland to show their solidarity with those who are struggling to free themselves from the blight of war and occupation.

We hope people in Ireland will demonstrate their support for that struggle by supporting this event."

For more info: Richard Boyd Barrett 087-6329511
Event #581
8:00PM on 13/Mar/2009, Glor Theatre
IPSC Film Screening: Occupation 101
The Limerick Branch of the IPSC present a screening of the multi-award winning documentary ' Occupation 101' by Sufyan and Abdallah Omeish.

Fri 13th March, 8pm, Glor Theatre, Ennis, Co. Limerick.
Event #597
7:30PM on 13/Mar/2009, Unitarian Church, St Stephen’s Green
The Man with No Secrets - A play about Mordechai Vanunu
A reading by Stephen Jones of The Man with No Secrets

A short play by Felicity Heathcote

At The Unitarian Church, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 1

Friday, 13 March 2009 @ 7.30pm

open discussion afterwards

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A dialogue on peace and justice based on the events of the life of Mordechai Vanunu, the nuclear weapons whistleblower, who was jailed for 18 years and is still under house arrest in Jerusalem.

‘Solitary confinement is living in a grave.

To live alone is living with yourself.

Living the past in the present’

Mordechai Vanunu

The Man With No Secrets – A One Act Play

Setting: A darkened room

Scene I The Face Of Justice
Scene II The Form of Revenge
Scene III The Voice of Silence
Scene IV The Spirit of Freedom
The reader: Actor Stephen Jones won six ISDA awards at University, including best actor and best director for his The Homecoming by Pinter. A versatile performer, his roles have included Lenny in The Homecoming, Clov in Endgame, Macbeth, Iago in Othello, Juror No. 8 in 12 Angry Men, and George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. He was the first white Irish actor to act in Athol Fugard’s South African play Sizwe Bansi is Dead, produced by Camino de Orula at the Project Arts Centre. He recently undertook the readings for Larry O’Loughlin’s one-man drama 100 More Like These and performed its successful debut at the Civic Theatre Tallaght (where returns again on April 00).

‘Stephen Jones proves himself a versatile comic performer’ - Sunday Business Post.

‘A riveting and generous performer’ - The Irish Examiner

The playwright: Felicity Heathcote, a Dublin based psychologist and writer, was born in England and has worked in Ireland, Iran, Japan and the USA. She adapted successful zen techniques for sport, business, the arts and school. Books include Peak Performance: Zen and the Sporting Zone (1996) and The Learning Zone (2000). She spent several years in Palastine and wrote an allegory on the conflict, The Resting Place of the Moon (The OtherWorld Press 2004; paperback forthcoming 2009). Committed to human rights and the dignity of the person, The Man with No Secrets is her first play.

Chorus Voices: spoken by: Aideen Cashman and Sarah Esther Kennedy
Event #598
8 PM on 13/Mar/2009, The Other Place, Cork
Gaza Fundraiser - Film Night
Join Cork Filmmakers, Artists, Musicians, and Activists for a Night in Aid of Gaza Victims.
Event #601
7:00PM on 12/Mar/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street
Ireland-2-Gaza Public Meeting - Irish Citizens to Break the Siege of Gaza
You are invited to a Press Conference hosted by Ireland-2-Gaza (Free Gaza Movement in Ireland). It will take place on THURSDAY 12th March at 7pm in The Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

Former Gaza Siege breaker Chris Andrews TD (Fianna Fail) and members of Ireland-2-Gaza will address the meeting, briefing the press on their rationale for undertaking this dangerous mission, what they hope to achieve, and will be answering questions from the floor.

Background information:

On the morning of Sunday 15th March, 20 Irish citizens will leave Cyprus on board the 'Spirit of Humanity' in order to break to the siege of Gaza and deliver medical and humanitairan aid to the tiny coastal strip. If successful in their mission, they will be the first crew to arrive to Gaza by sea since the Israeli onslaught in December/January which killed over 1,300 Palestinians, and injured thousands more.

They have chosen to be in Gaza for St. Patrick’s Day as a way of displaying the true spirit and humanity of the Irish people. As citizens of a small nation, with a difficult and troubled colonial past, which has experienced occupation, we choose to spend our national day with an even smaller nation, which is experiencing a particularly harsh and violent occupation.

Those traveling are a mixed group of Irish men and women, ranging in age from mid 20s to early 60s. We are from a diverse range of backgrounds and hail from the 4 corners of Ireland. We have all travelled to the West Bank or to the Gaza Strip in the past year or two.

Our intention in undertaking this trip (which was planned in November 2008) is:
· to raise awareness of the plight of the people of Gaza;
· to break the siege of Gaza;
· to stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza.
Event #590
7:30PM on 10/Mar/2009, O'Briens/Brokers Bar, Dame Street
Table Quiz in Aid of Free Gaza Movement in Ireland
On Tuesday 10th March there will be a table quiz in aid of the Free Gaza Movement in Ireland who will be setting from Cyprus sail to break the siege of Gaza on March 14th. Please see the URGENT APPEAL below for more information on what they are doing.

The Quiz will take place at 7.30pm in O'Briens/Brokers Bar, Dame Street, Dublin 2 - part of the Mercantile pub group across from the Central Bank (NB: NOT the BANKERS Bar). Cost of Entry is €40 for a team of 4/5, and all proceeds will go towards getting aid into Gaza on the 'Spirit of Humanity'. There will also be a raffle on the night. Drag everyone you know along!

Please download and distribute this poster/flier in your workplace, college, school, community center etc.



Also available as a PDF here

IRISH ACTIVISTS TO BREAK THE SIEGE ON GAZA!

URGENT APPEAL: The Free Gaza Movement in Ireland DESPERATELY needs to raise €6000 in the next two weeks (before March 13th). The money will go to cover the cost of the fuel for the 'Spirit of Humanity' boat, which will bring much needed medical and humanitarian supplies into Gaza. Twenty Irish volunteers will also be on board to bear witness to the Israeli destruction in Gaza. PLEASE consider donating to this important cause - it is both humanitarian and political - as they will be attempting to break the siege for the first time since the end of major Israeli military operations in Gaza.

You can donate directly to the FGM Ireland Bank account. No amount is too small! Details as follows:

Account Name: GAZA AID
Bank Address: AIB, Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Bank Sort Code: 93-20-86
Account Number: 27752097
IBAN No: IE29AIBK93208627752097
Swift Code: AIBKIE2D

Event #592
12:30PM on 10/Mar/2009, Eircom Offices, Marlborough Street
Protest at Eircom's Amdocs Deal
Protest Meeting at Eircom Office, Marlborough Street (Parallel to O'Connell Street) - Tue 10th March at 12.30pm

Eircom plans to award a major contract to Israeli company Amdocs. This is despite the recent murderous Israeli assault on Gaza, which claimed the lives of over 1,300 people, including more than 300 children. Israel has shown a blatant disregard for international law and the norms of civilised behaviour.

Protest against this to show your opposition to Eircom’s “Business As Usual” attitude.

Organised by The Irish Anti-War Movement
Event #566
10:00AM on 7/Mar/2009, Liberty Hall
Anarchist Bookfair 2009


The Workers Solidarity Movement proudly presents the 4th annual Anarchist Bookfair which will take place on 7th of March in Liberty Hall. It will begin at 10.00am and run til 6.00pm. The Bookfair this will host workshops, stalls from campaigning groups and book stalls.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign will be participating with a stall of books, DVDs, T-Shirts and other products.

IPSC dublin Branch Convenor Nidal Saadeh will be speaking (in a personal capacity) at 4.30pm on Saturday about his experiences in Palestine.
Event #584
7:00PM on 6/Mar/2009, Gort Na Mona CLG
Fundraiser for Gaza: Film (Occupation 101) & Music (Barry Kerr)
Event #591
6:00PM on 6/Mar/2009, The Spire, O'Connell St
Candlelit Vigil Against Eircom's Amdocs Deal
Candlelit Vigil Against Eircom's Amdocs Deal - Fri 6th March at 6.00pm

Eircom plans to award a major contract to Israeli company Amdocs. This is despite the recent murderous Israeli assault on Gaza, which claimed the lives of over 1,300 people, including more than 300 children. Israel has shown a blatant disregard for international law and the norms of civilised behaviour.

Protest against this to show your opposition to Eircom’s “Business As Usual” attitude.

Organised by The Irish Anti-War Movement
Event #589
6:30PM on 5/Mar/2009, An Culturlann, Falls Road
Eyewitness Accounts From Gaza
Eyewitness Accounts From Gaza

An Culturlann - Thursday 5 March 6.30pm

Speakers: Bairbre de Brun MEP and Dr Saeb Sha'ath

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún travelled to the Gaza Strip in Palestine earlier this week as part of a cross-party group of European MEPs to see at first hand the destruction and the humanitarian needs on the ground.

The delegation she is part of will meet with Palestinian and Israeli politicians, the UN and humanitarian and human rights groups.

Upon her return from Gaza, Bairbre de Brun will speak about her experiences at an event in the Culturlann next Thursday, 5 March, beginning at 6.30p.m.

A representative from the Irish Medical Aid for Palestine (Irish MAP) charity, Dr. Saeb Sha'ath, who is from Gaza, will also speak at the event at which money raised by Sinn Fein activists to provide urgent medical supplies in Gaza will be officially handed over.

All are welcome to attend
Event #587
12.30PM on 3/Mar/2009, Eircom HQ, Military Road
Lunchtime Protest: No to Eircom's deal with Israeli company Amdocs
Protest Meeting at Eircom HQ (near Heuston Station) - Tue 3rd March at 12.30pm

Eircom plans to award a major contract to Israeli company Amdocs. This is despite the recent murderous Israeli assault on Gaza, which claimed the lives of over 1,300 people, including more than 300 children. Israel has shown a blatant disregard for international law and the norms of civilised behaviour.

Protest against this to show your opposition to Eircom’s “Business As Usual” attitude.

Organised by The Irish Anti-War Movement
Event #588
7:00PM on 2/Mar/2009, Irish Aid Centre, O'Connell St
Launch of Zaytoun Fairtrade Olive Oil in Ireland
Fairtrade Ireland is promoting Zaytoun oil.

Public Talk: A talk about Fairtrade olive oil Nasser Abufarha from Palestine who will be launching the Zaytoun Fairtrade Olive Oil and Olive range.

Date & Time: Monday 2nd March, at 7pm

Venue: Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27-31 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin.

To find out more about Nasser Abufarha see his profile, on our website http://www.fairtrade.ie/index.php?id=123 .
Event #558
1:00 PM on 28/Feb/2009, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Boycott Israel, demonstration and march
A protest in support of the Boycott Israel campaign will take place on Saturday 28th February at 1.00pm in Daunt Square, Cork.
Full-page notice in Irish Times on 31 January 2009


Israel has reduced Gaza to a wasteland. It has killed over 1,300 people, around a third of them children. Thousands more have been left injured, homeless and traumatised, The UN has described Gaza as a site of "utter devastation."

The scale of the destruction in Gaza is staggering. Around 90,000 people have been forced out of their homes. People are living on the streets among rubble and decomposing bodies. For ordinary Gazans, their biggest challenge is burying their dead, finding somewhere to live and getting enough food to survive the day. Thousands of people are suffering from malnutrition and one million, out of a population of 1.5 million, are dependent on aid just to survive.

Around a third of people have no access to running water and the supply is intermittent for the rest. There are not enough hospitals, equipment or workers to help the injured and medics are constantly battling with power shortages.

Responsibility for this humanitarian disaster lies firmly at the door of Israel.

The world wide explosion of anger against Israel and support for the Palestinians represents a step change in the development of an international solidarity movement. As shown by this full-page notice in the Irish Times on 31 January 2009, Ireland's part in this movement could begin to compare with our part in the movement that fought against apartheid in South Africa. Part of that campaign was the boycott of South African products. A similar campaign is now being launched against Israeli products.

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign calls on all its members and supporters in the Cork area to join our protest on Saturday 28th February at 1.00pm in Daunt Square.
Event #582
6:00PM on 27/Feb/2009, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
FOSIS Gala Charity Dinner for Gaza
For the very first time, this year, the IAW is having a Grand Dinner for its closing ceremony. The theme for this year’s Grand Dinner is ‘Humanity and Peace’, which embodies a powerful message in conveying an understanding of a common ground between Muslims and non-Muslims in our society.

It is hoped that the Grand Dinner will be able to mark the grand finale of the IAW, as well as instilling awareness and to give understanding among members of the society about Islam generally and about muslim students society throughout Ireland specifically.

In addition to that, we would like to rejoice in the last day of yet another term for the 48th FOSIS Ireland Committee (which will be having their AGM the next day) and reflect what have been done throughout this term.

So come one, come all, this will be a night to remember!

Proceeds from this dinner will go to Gaza.

Date: February 27th 2009 (Friday)

Time: 6-9pm
Location: RCSI Examination Hall
Cost: €8 per person
Places: Limited! First come, first served!
Theme: Humanity and Peace; We Belong Together
Dress Code : Semi-formal

You can get the tickets from anyone from this list:

Syurahbil (TCD) : 0857130549
Khaula (DCU) : 0877662454
Nur Izat Muhammad (UCD) : 0851233916

Hamza (DIT) : 0863380245
Intan Nurashikin (RCSI) : 0857593756
Event #575
9:00PM on 27/Feb/2009, The Pumphouse
IPSC Fundraiser: Music from Captain Moonlight (plus guests)
A night of music and craic in aid of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Kilkenny, featuring hip hopper Captain Moonlight, plus guests.

Friday 27th February, 9pm, The Pumphouse, Kilkenny. Cost of entry: €5
Event #585
on 27/Feb/2009, The Dockers Club, 57 Pilot Streetn
Fundraiser for Gaza Community Mental Health Project
Please circulate...come along...join the fight back!

Independent Workers Union / Universi Fundraiser
(and launch of appeal for Gaza Community Mental Health Project)

60's and 70s Disco
8.30pm
Friday 27th Feb '09
The Dockers Club
57 Pilot Street Belfast

Prizes for best Fancy Dress!

The Independent Workers Union is a fighting trade union independent of any 'social partnership' arrangments in Ireland that have accepted privatisation and compromised lowest paid workers, and fighting privatisation of our public services in the North. Its health branch, 'Universi', was launched in Belfast in August 2008 to fight the £344 million in cuts destined for OUR public health service.

Please come along to the fundraiser and support working people take control of their workplace and their future, save public services and protect rights here and in Palestine.

Fight Back!

For further information, or to join a fighting union call
Brian 07931900167 (Belfast)
or Tommy (047) 72182 (Monaghan)

http://www.union.ie
Event #561
8:00PM on 26/Feb/2009, Think Tank (formerly The Hub), Temple Bar
IPSC Fundraiser: Gig for Gaza - feat. Distractors, The Cades & Guests
Event #565
7:00PM on 24/Feb/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Discussion Evening: How can we get more mainstream support for Palestinians?
IPSC Dublin Discussion Evening: How can IPSC get more mainstream support for Palestinians?

Tuesday, February 24th, Central Hotel 7 pm

The IPSC Discussuion evenings provide an informal forum for IPSC members and supporters in the Dublin to discuss issues realting to Palestine. All welcome.
Event #559
7:30PM on 22/Feb/2009, New Theatre, Connolly Books, Essex St, Temple Bar
Film Screening: Jerusalem: East Side Story (Progressive Film Club)
Sunday 22 February 2009
Progressive Film Club: New Theatre, Connolly Books, Essex St, Temple Bar
7:30 p.m.
Jerusalem: East Side Story (2008)
Directed by Mohammad Alatar.



In 1948 the western part of Jerusalem, capital city of Palestine, was captured by zionists; in 1967 the eastern part was taken into Israeli occupation. Since then Israel has pursued gJewish demographic superiorityh in Jerusalem, as elsewhere, driving out Muslims and Christians and denying their history, identity, and land rights. This film includes interviews with Palestinian people, Israeli settlers, and human]rights activists. Freda Hughes of the Ireland]Palestine Solidarity Campaign will introduce the film.

More info see: Progressive Film Club Website.
Event #580
6:00PM on 22/Feb/2009, Connolly Books, Essex St
As’ad Abdul Rahman (PLO Executive Member) speaks on the aftermath of Gaza and the Israeli Elections
Prof. As’ad Abdul Rahman (PLO Executive Member) speaks on the aftermath of Gaza and the Israeli Elections, followed by a film screening of Jeruslame: East Side Story

Sun 22nd Feb
Connolly Books, Essex St, Temple Bar
6pm (Talk)
7.30pm (Film Screening)

The IPSC is proud to host Prof. As’ad Abdul Rahman an Executive Member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). Prof. Rahman is also Minister for Palestinian Expatriates and Diaspora in the State of Palestine and Chairman of the Palestine International Institute (http://www.paldiasp ora.org/).

Prof. Rahman's talk will begin at 6pm at he will speak about the latest political developments in Palestine in the aftermath of the onslaught on Gaza and the recent Israeli elections.

Event #578
7:30PM on 19/Feb/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place on Thursday 19th Feb @ 7.30pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #574
8:00PM on 19/Feb/2009, Doheny & Nesbitts (upstairs), Baggot St
Table Quiz for Red Cross Donations to Gaza
€20 for a table of four - good fun & for a good cause (Red Cross donations to Gaza)!

Time and Place

Date:
19 February 2009

Time:
20:00 - 23:00

Location:
Doheny & Nesbitts (upstairs), Baggot Street, Dublin 2

Organised by DCU Labour Youth
Event #579
8:00PM on 16/Feb/2009, Victoria Hotel, St. Patrick's St
Amnesty & Trocaire: The Iron Wall (film screening)
Amnesty Cork in partnership with Trocaire are delighted to present the award winning film 'Iron Wall'' on Monday the 16th February in the Victoria Hotel, St. Patrick's Street, Cork.

This award winning film gives an insight into the suffering of the Palestinian people and the issue of Human Rights. It documents the building of Israeli settlements and the separation wall on Palestinian lands and their impact on the peace process and on the Palestinian people.

There will also be two brief speakers, one from Trocaire and one from Amnesty International and an opportunity provided for each attendee to express their views.

Admission to this event is free and it begins at 8pm.
Event #568
9:00PM on 13/Feb/2009, Kinsella's, Loughrea
Gaza Fundraiser in aid of Gaza Children's Appeal - Music, Song & Dance
Music, Song & Dance in aid of Gaza Children's Appeal in Kinsella's, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Friday 13th Feb 2009.

Music by Kevin Brennan also Guest Musicians, From 9.00 PM 'Till Late, Ticket €10.
Event #577
8:00PM on 12/Feb/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place on Thursday 12th Feb @ 8pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #562
7:00PM on 11/Feb/2009, Walton Theatre, Trinity College
Prof. Ilan Pappe speaks on The Ongoing Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine: What Next?


Renowned Israeli anti-Zionist historian Profesor Ilan Pappe will speak on at 7pm Wednesday 11th Feb in the Walton Theatre, Trinity College Dublin. The title of the lecture will be 'The Ongoing Ethnic Cleasing of Palestine: What Next?'. All welcome.

Ilan Pappe is autour of many books on the Middle East inclduing A History of Modern Palestine, the ground-breaking The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and the forthcoming The Bureaucracy of Evil: The History of the Israeli Occupation. He is a lecturer in History at Exeter University and formerly taught at Haifa University.
Event #564
7:00PM on 10/Feb/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street
IPSC Discussion Evening: How do we deal with divisions in the Palestinian polity?
IPSC Dublin Discussion Evening: How do we deal with divisions in the Palestinian polity?

Tuesday, February 10th, Central Hotel @ 7 pm

Discussion introduced by David Landy

The IPSC Discussuion evenings provide an informal forum for IPSC members and supporters in the Dublin to discuss issues realting to Palestine. All welcome.
Event #570
3:00PM on 8/Feb/2009, Foyleside Centre
Mothers Offer their Condolences to the Mothers of Gaza
On Sunday, 8th February, 2009 mothers in several cities around the world will be gathering with their children, families and friends in solidarity with the Palestinian people, offering their condolences to the mothers and families in Gaza.

Grainne Ketelaar of Derry Anti-war Coalition compiled a list of more than 400 children from daily reports that had appeared on a humanitarian relief website. Reading the names aloud is a simple gesture to put a human face on cold statistics. When a similar event took place in Derry recently, contacts were made with women in Beruit and the idea emerged for a global commemoration marking the 40th day since the first child was murdered in Israel’s latest bombardment of Gaza.

Marking the 40th day after a death has a significance in the Middle East similar to the idea of "Month's mind" here in Ireland.

Gaza which has a population of over one and a half million people is an area roughly half the size of county Louth. . The scale of death and destruction in the attack on Gaza was such that they have suffered the equivalent of one hundred Bloody Sunday's in less than a month.

Groups of people will be gathering across the world to express their support and condolences for the mothers of Gaza as they mourn their children. Synchronised events will take place in: Amman, Beirut, Ballybofey, Derry, Dubai, Edmonton, Helsinki, Nablus, San Jose, and in several other cities awaiting confirmation at the time of writing. These simultaneous gatherings of mourning are called to counteract the de-humanization of the children, women and men killed in the Israeli war on Gaza, by reciting out loud the name of each child killed.

Goretti Horgan of Derry Anti-war Coalition (DAWC) said: "Today, despite the ceasefire, the siege on Gaza has not been lifted, the war on the occupied Palestinian territories has not ended, and Palestine remains hostage. We gather to show our solidarity with the people of Gaza, to show that we have not forgotten the deaths of hundreds of children and that we will not ignore the on-going blockade."

Anne McLean who has been involved in organising the event in Donegal added "These events are organised under the auspices of 'Mothers Across the World for Gaza’. You don't have to be a mother to take part. We invite everyone from across Donegal who wants to express their support for the people of Gaza to come along on Sunday. Whether it is to listen or to share in the reading of the names everyone will be welcome to take part."

The reading of the names of children killed in Gaza will take place at 3:00 pm on Sunday 8th February 2009 on the main street in Ballybofey.

A simultaneous event will take place outside Foyleside Centre in Derry.

More details of the global organisation is available from the Facebook group "Mothers Across the World for Gaza" which can be obtained at: http://tinyurl.com/mothersGaza
Event #569
7:30PM on 8/Feb/2009, Absolute Hotel
Public Meeting: Derek Graham, Director of Free Gaza Movement Speaks
Derek Graham, Irish first mate of the Free Gaza boats and Director of the Free Gaza Movement, will speak at a public meeting in the Absolute Hotel, Limerick on Sunday 8th February, 7.30pm.

Since August 2008, the Free Gaza Movement has sailed from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip on several successful voyages, bringing in international witnesses to see first hand the devastating effects of Israeli violence against the Palestinian people. They are the first international boats to journey to Gaza since 1967.

The Free Gaza boats have had crews of human rights activists, doctors, journalists, parliamentarians and others. Crew members have included Irish Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Irish peace activist, Caoimhe Butterly. Their mission was to break the siege of Gaza, bring humanitarian aid to the people there and bear witness to reality for the people of Gaza under military and economic siege.

On 30th December last, an Israeli warship rammed the SS Dignity, an 18m yacht carrying three doctors, three tonnes of medical aid and peace activists from Cyprus to embattled Gaza damaging the hull on the port side and smashing the wheelhouse. Cynthia McKinney, Caoimhe Butterly and a CNN reporter were among those on board.

Derek Graham will speak about the situation in Gaza under the siege and after the Israeli military attack, the Free Gaza movement and how we can help the people of Gaza now.

The talk is co-hosted by the Limerick branch of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. All welcome.

For more information see: www.freegaza.org and www.ipsc.ie.
Event #572
3:00PM on 8/Feb/2009, Main Streey
Mothers Offer their Condolences to the Mothers of Gaza
On Sunday, 8th February, 2009 mothers in several cities around the world will be gathering with their children, families and friends in solidarity with the Palestinian people, offering their condolences to the mothers and families in Gaza.

Grainne Ketelaar of Derry Anti-war Coalition compiled a list of more than 400 children from daily reports that had appeared on a humanitarian relief website. Reading the names aloud is a simple gesture to put a human face on cold statistics. When a similar event took place in Derry recently, contacts were made with women in Beruit and the idea emerged for a global commemoration marking the 40th day since the first child was murdered in Israel’s latest bombardment of Gaza.

Marking the 40th day after a death has a significance in the Middle East similar to the idea of "Month's mind" here in Ireland.

Gaza which has a population of over one and a half million people is an area roughly half the size of county Louth. . The scale of death and destruction in the attack on Gaza was such that they have suffered the equivalent of one hundred Bloody Sunday's in less than a month.

Groups of people will be gathering across the world to express their support and condolences for the mothers of Gaza as they mourn their children. Synchronised events will take place in: Amman, Beirut, Ballybofey, Derry, Dubai, Edmonton, Helsinki, Nablus, San Jose, and in several other cities awaiting confirmation at the time of writing. These simultaneous gatherings of mourning are called to counteract the de-humanization of the children, women and men killed in the Israeli war on Gaza, by reciting out loud the name of each child killed.

Goretti Horgan of Derry Anti-war Coalition (DAWC) said: "Today, despite the ceasefire, the siege on Gaza has not been lifted, the war on the occupied Palestinian territories has not ended, and Palestine remains hostage. We gather to show our solidarity with the people of Gaza, to show that we have not forgotten the deaths of hundreds of children and that we will not ignore the on-going blockade."

Anne McLean who has been involved in organising the event in Donegal added "These events are organised under the auspices of 'Mothers Across the World for Gaza’. You don't have to be a mother to take part. We invite everyone from across Donegal who wants to express their support for the people of Gaza to come along on Sunday. Whether it is to listen or to share in the reading of the names everyone will be welcome to take part."

The reading of the names of children killed in Gaza will take place at 3:00 pm on Sunday 8th February 2009 on the main street in Ballybofey.

A simultaneous event will take place outside Foyleside Centre in Derry.

More details of the global organisation is available from the Facebook group "Mothers Across the World for Gaza" which can be obtained at: http://tinyurl.com/mothersGaza
Event #548
8:00PM on 7/Feb/2009, Vicar Street
Gig For Children In Gaza
Book tickets and more info: http://www.ticketmaster.ie/event/1800423695C9216D
Event #573
7:00PM on 7/Feb/2009, Nun's Island Theatre
Public Meeting: Derek Graham & Alan Lonergan of the Free Gaza Movement Speak
Mayo men, Derek Graham and Alan Lonergan who crewed Free Gaza Movement boat "The Dignity" from Cyprus to Gaza will be in Galway as part of national tour to get Irish support for the next voyage in March.

Our very own Treasa Ní Cheannabháin who has just returned from a devastated Gaza will join them on the platform. Treasa will be returning to Egypt to ensure that the aid so kindly donated last weekend by the people of Galway gets through the Israeli controlled border in Rafah to the families in Gaza.

Free Gaza Movement, a human rights group that in August 2008 sent the first international boats to land in the port of Gaza in 41 years in August and have continued to break the siege to bring doctors and medical aid directly into Gaza Port. Derek Graham, first mate on many of the trips stated, 'We need to bring in practical supplies now, that can be used to rebuild the Gaza infrastructure that Israel has destroyed. We hope to bring in a cargo ship loaded with building supplies and medical equipment along with a passenger boat.

Over the next month, the organizers will be busy raising the funds to purchase cargo boat and are also going to put out a plea for building materials, especially cement, wood and PVC piping.' Free Gaza is neither a "protest group" nor an aid agency. They are a Palestinian and international effort dedicated to the principle of non-violent direct action, which includes a holocaust survivor and Israeli peace activists.

'We do bring medicine, supplies, and doctors to besieged Gaza, but this is utterly insufficient. Although humanitarian aid is very much needed, especially now in Gaza, focusing on humanitarian efforts alone is a form of complicity in Israel's malevolent quest to destroy the Palestinian people.

The Palestinian people do not need charity. They need freedom and justice.

One of the obscene ironies of Israel's recent devastation of Gaza is that the Israeli's economy will profit from any reconstruction, as all supplies into Gaza have to come from Israel, unless this direct route from Cyprus to Gaza is continued and supported. On December 30th 'The Dignity' was rammed three times by the Israeli navy and badly damaged while it was clearly in international waters.

When states and the international bodies responsible for taking action to stop such atrocities chose to be impotent, then we--the citizens of the world--must act.' We can be proud of our Foreign Minister Michael Martin who has spoken out and stood up for the people of Palestine while others stayed silent. Currently in Gaza there are four Free Gaza member's, including Irish peace activist Caoimha Butterly who has been working with the ambulance service throughout the war. Mairéad Corrigan-Maguire, the Belfast Nobel Peace Prize winner, Fianna Fail's Chris Andrew TD and Aonghus Ó Snodaigh TD of Sinn Féin have all travelled to Gaza with the Free Gaza Movement. To quote another Irishman, John Ging, head of UNRWA operations in Gaza 'There must be a better future. The ordinary people here during this war and siege have paid the price of this conflict. For them, their singular priority is access to restore DIGNITY to their existence. The closures have driven thousands into aid dependency against their will – that has to end. A solution that prioritizes the needs of the ordinary people must be found.'

Contact niamh.upstart@gmail.com or 085 7747257 www.freegaza.org - www.ipsc.ie
Event #560
8:00PM on 6/Feb/2009, Vicar Street
Gig For Children In Gaza
Book tickets and more info: http://www.ticketmaster.ie/event/1800423695C9216D
Event #543
8:00PM on 5/Feb/2009, Clubhouse Hotel, Patrick St
IPSC Public Meeting: After Gaza, what now for Palestine?
Event #563
8:00PM on 5/Feb/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Dublin Branch Meeting
The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place on Thursday 5th Feb @ 8pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #567
8:00PM on 2/Feb/2009, Kerin O'Rahilly's GAA Clubhouse, Strand Road
Film Screening: Welcome to Hebron


"Welcome to Hebron" is a documentary about Leila Sarsour and her daily life under Israeli occupation.

"Welcome To Hebron" was filmed over three years, and looks at a teenager's life in Palestine.

Leila has forthright opinions on justice, freedom and living under Israeli rule.

Director Terje Carlsson is unafraid to capture the kind of confrontations absent from Western news reports, giving us a new sense of daily life under occupation...

DVD showing presented in association with Tralee Anti-War Group:

VENUE: Kerin O'Rahilly's GAA Clubhouse (Upstairs), Strand Road, Tralee
DATE: Monday 2nd Feb @ 8PM

All Welcome!
Event #557
on 2/Feb/2009, Watermill Cafe, Skerries Mills, Fingal
Beyond the Wall - Photo Exhibition in aid of Project Hope (Nablus)


There will be an exhibition and sale of photographt in the Watermill Cafe in Skerries Mills, Fingal, Co.Dublin. It runs from 2nd-8th February 2009. The exhibition is entitled 'Beyond the Wall: Children of Palestine' and features photographs of Palestinian youth in the refugee camps of Nablus, the village of Yanoun and Dar El Fanoun, West Bank.

This event is a fundraiser. The heritage centre insists on a charge to hang these photographs but all of the photographers profits from the sale of the photographs and any other donations during the week go directly to Project Hope, Nablus.

Project Hope is a non-profit volunteer organization. It supports children denied access to basic services that every child needs in order to develop into a healthy and well-balanced individual. They provide educational and recreational activities, medical and humanitarian relief and practical training that can empower children with hope and skills for the future.

The objects of Project Hope are to provide a venue for children to express themselves positively, release frustration, develop skills, engage in dialogue and build hope for the future. Their regular programs include language classes, drama and art. Their educational and recreational activities are provided in partnership with existing groups in the local community.

More info may be found at
www.projecthope.ps

Info on the location and opening hours can be found at
www.skerriesmills.org
Event #556
2:00PM on 31/Jan/2009, O'Connell Bridge
Remembering the Dead of Gaza - Black Flag Protest
Mourning the dead and injured of Gaza – Dublin Branch of the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign calls black flag protest

Assemble 2pm
Saturday 31st January 2008
on the north side of the O'Connell Monument.
Mobilising call:

The Dublin Branch of the IPSC calls on all its supporters and all other people concerned with human rights to protest at O'Connell Bridge on Saturday afternoon 31st January. This protest is to mourn the dead and injured people in Gaza and we ask those attending to come dressed in black/dark colours and to bring black flags and Palestinian national flags. We ask people to bring no other banners. There will be some banners provided to make it clear what the protest is about.

Pain of Gaza:

Dead: 1,314 including 412 children and 100 women.
Injured: 5,300 (some of whom will die), including 1,855 children and 795 women.
21,000 buildings damaged or levelled; 100,000 homeless.
Estimated cost of rebuilding: Billions
Event #551
1:00 PM on 31/Jan/2009, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Boycott Israel demo and march



Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people may have slipped from the headlines, but the blackade of Gaza continues, as does the theft of land and human rights in the West Bank.

Now is the time to build on public anger with Israel in order to achieve a watertight boycott until the state conforms to International Law and abides by the many UN resolutions it has flouted for many decades.

There will be another demonstration and march in Cork this Saturday, 31 January, in order to press home this message.

The protest will start at 1:00 PM in Daunt Square -- the junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade. This time, we will add Woodies DIY store to the list of shops whose support of Israel we intend to expose.
Event #546
8:30PM on 29/Jan/2009, The Glens Centre
Amhran for Gaza (Fundraiser)
AMHRAN for GAZA

Click on picture to large poster
or else see details below

Fund Raiser for Emergency Medical Aid for Gaza

In

The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

Thursday 29th January at 8.30.p.m.

Featuring:

Members of Ireland’s most exciting traditional band KILA

Steve Wickham and Guests

The Shannon Colleens

Donal O’Kelly

Brian Leyden.

Admission is €10 minimum - donations will be gratefully accepted.

Buses from Sligo will depart Caheny's Bar, Mail Coach Road at 8.00.p.m.

Tickets are available from the organisers or directly from the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, at 071-9855833.

Further Info from:- Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign at 071-9134900
Event #547
7:00PM on 29/Jan/2009, St. Anne's Church, Dawson Street
Charity concert in aid of Al Ahli hospital (Gaza)
Youth Connections for Peace presents: Al Ahli Hospital, Gaza City, Appeal Concert

What? Traditional and Contemporary Music Bands
Where? St Anne's Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
When? Thursday week, the 29th January 2009, 7-9pm
Tickets: €20 (concessions available) from the door

All proceeds wired direct to Al Ahli Hospital, Gaza

Situated in the heart of Gaza City Al Ahli is one of just 11 hospitals serving the 1.5million population of the Gaza Strip. It is run by the Anglican diocese of Jerusalem, and representative of the living Christian presence peacefully co-existing alongside the Muslim community. During the best of times, staff are stretched to the maximum, meeting the medical needs of this populous community in one of the most densely populated places on earth. Now, as a result of the 23-day military conflict with its heavy toll on human life and materials, the hospital requires sustained support to respond to the needs of a suffering and devastated community.

Youth Connections for Peace aims to connect young people in Ireland, Palestine through dialogue, confidence-building and activities.

For more info: Jason: 087 943 4261 - mccannjm@tcd.ie
Event #554
7:00PM on 29/Jan/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street
IPSC Dublin Branch Organising Meeting
The next IPSC Dublin Branch organising meeting will take place at 7pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #555
8:00PM on 29/Jan/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street
IAWM Public Meeting: Will Obama Change U.S. Foreign Policy?
Public Meeting - US Foreign Policy Post Bush & the Gaza Massacre.
"Will U.S. Foreign Policy Change?"

Informational Meeting with

Dr. Ghada Karmi - Palestinian academic and author
Dr Julien Mercille - UCD lecturer and US Foreign Policy Expert
Robert Ballagh
Richard Boyd Barrett
Host: Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM)
Start Time: Thursday, January 29 at 8:00pm
Where: Central Hotel, Exchequer St
Event #553
7:00PM on 27/Jan/2009, Central Hotel, Exchequer St
IPSC Discussion Evening: Gaza - What Next?
Discussion: Gaza. What Next?

IPSC Dublin group is holding a discussion on Tuesday, 27th January 2009 in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street at 7 pm. We will be talking about the future for Gaza following the Israeli onslaught. Philip O Connor will open the discussion.

This discussion evening is part of a series of informal discussions hosted by the Dublin IPSC group. They are open to all interested in Palestine, not simply IPSC members. The aim is to give people the chance to learn more about Palestine and share their thoughts with others in a relaxed and informal environment.
Event #550
8:00PM on 26/Jan/2009, Black Box, 22 Hill St
Musical Fundraiser for Medical Aid For Gaza
Fundraiser
Medical Aid For Gaza
Monday 26th January
8pm -10.30pm
Black Box (22 Hill St behind Duke of York bar)

performing on the night will be
Venus Rollergirl - Funky Techno DJ
Sekuru and the Afrish - Zimbabwean roots/reggae
Tin Pot Operation - Punk/Blues/Soul
Talking Drum - Afrobeat/Reggae
Organised and supported by :
Trade Union Friends of Palestine, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Belfast Anti War Movement

All proceeds will be distributed by IPSC and TUFP for medical aid in Gaza.
Event #541
2:00PM on 24/Jan/2009, Gasyard Centre, Lecky Road
A Sea of Palestinian flags at Bloody Sunday March
Bloody Sunday Weekend Committee (BSWC)

BSWC support Irish Medical Aid For Palestine (Irish MAP)
A Sea of flags at Bloody Sunday March

In response to the slaughter in Gaza the Bloody Sunday Weekend committee is putting its energy behind an urgent appeal to raise humanitarian aid in the form of medical supplies for Palestine. The committee have identified the Irish registered charity, Irish Medical Aid for Palestine (Irish MAP) as the best placed organisation to receive aid. Donations to Irish MAP go directly to the Red Cross working with the hospitals there and so channel the aid directly to the people that need it the most.

This Saturday 24th January the BSWC is inviting the public to bring their donation to the The Gasyard Centre, Lecky Road, any time between 2-5pm.

Dr Nazih Eldin, secretary of Irish Aid For Palestine will come to Derry on Saturday to receive a cheque from the committee and to talk about the work of the charity.

Flag day with a difference

In addition the BSWC has appealed to the public to come along on Saturday and help prepare for the Sea of Solidarity-Sea of Flags initiative which aims to prepare 1000 Palestinian flags to be carried on the Bloody Sunday march as a mark of respect for those who have lost their lives in Gaza.

Committee spokesperson Tony Doherty said, “We have ordered 1000 flags which we aim to sell at a solidarity price in order to raise funds for Irish Medical Aid for Palestine. We need help on Saturday to get the flags ready, put them on poles etc. We are also hoping that Saturday will serve as a focal point for those who can raise money within their families, workplaces schools etc. Make cheques out to Irish MAP and bring the donation along on Saturday. Or come along and buy a flag to be carried on February 1st at the march. Each year as we remember those murdered on Bloody Sunday and give focus to the campaign for truth and justice we also remember other national and international campaigns that resonate with that cause. Gaza has seen a Bloody Sunday every day. Like a lot of people across the world we have been moved to act in support of the Palestinian people. We have witnessed horrendous scenes of suffering and devastation visited on them over the course of the last number of weeks. If you have also been sitting watching the scenes of carnage on television and felt helpless, this is a practical way for you to help.”

This is an urgent appeal to Businesses, Community Organisations, and concerned citizens in the city and region!

We are asking you to send or hand in donations, cheques or cash, to The Bloody Sunday Weekend Committee, C/o Museum of Free Derry, 55 Glenfada Park, Derry BT48 9DR.

Please make cheques payable to: Irish Medical Aid for Palestine

Palestinian Flags are available to buy at a solidarity price from the Gasyard, Museum of Free Derry or Pat Finucane Centre.

Contact Tony Doherty (07966694439) for further information
Event #545
1:00 PM on 24/Jan/2009, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Boycott Israel demonstration and march
The Israelis may have announced a ceasefire in Gaza in order not to be seen spoiling the inauguration party in Washington, but the oppression of the Palestinian people continues.

Now is the time to build on public anger with Israel in order to achieve a watertight boycott until the state conforms to International Law and abides by the many UN resolutions it has flouted for many decades.

There will be another demonstration and march in Cork this Saturday, 24 January, in order to press home this message.

The protest will start at 1:00 PM in Daunt Square -- the junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade

Event #549
4:00PM on 23/Jan/2009, BBC Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue
Peaceful picket highlighting biased coverage of Gaza
The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is calling for a peaceful picket of the BBC building, Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue to highlight our criticisms of their Gaza coverage.

This will take place Friday 23rd January at 4.00 p.m.
Leaflets will be distributed and a letter handed in to the News Editor.
Event #544
8:00 PM on 22/Jan/2009, Victoria Hotel
Public meeting: Can Palestine be Free? (organised by the Socialist Workers Party)
The Cork Branch of the Socialist Workers Party will host a public meeting entitled "Can Palestine be Free?", in the Victoria Hotel, Patrick St. on Thursday 22nd January, at 8.00pm.

The meeting will be addressed by Rami Qasim, a Palestinian activist and Marnie Holborow, SWP.
Event #539
6:00PM on 22/Jan/2009, Liberty Hall
IPSC Public Seminar on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions: Practical ways to end Israel's war crimes
Event #542
7:30PM on 21/Jan/2009, Fleet Street, Temple Bar
Public Meeting on Gaza (Labour Youth)
Labour Youth will host a public meeting on Gaza featuring Joe Costello TD, Dermot Looney, and a speaker from the IPSC.

It will take place on Wed 21st Jan at 7.30 in the Temple Bar Hotel, Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Organised by Labour Youth. All welcome.
Event #538
8:00PM on 21/Jan/2009, Cairnes Theatre, NUI Galway
Debate: Where to next for Israel and Palestine?
Where to next for Israel and Palestine?

This event will take place on Wednesday, (21/1/09).
Time: 20:00 - 22:00
Venue: Cairnes Theatre
"The turmoil in the Gaza strip has been well documented. Since 27 December 2007, when Israel first invaded Gaza, our television screens and newspapers have been saturated with images of suffering and bloodshed.

While the diplomacy seems to be gaining momentum and urgency, Israeli military attacks are growing stronger by the day, as is the level of death and destruction. Israel’s main ally, the United States, has yet to play a major role in this conflict. While the country is usually at the forefront of world affairs, Barack Obama has remained silent on the issue for fear of undermining George W. Bush’s role as President of the United States.

All that is set to change next Tuesday, when Barack Obama takes on his new role and faces a very difficult first day on the job. It will be interesting to see which policy he will advance, leading a country that is a friend of Israel but which also tries to show itself as an advocate of human rights. Gaza is certainly on the cusp of change. It is in this highly-charged political context that the Law Society is excited to host our most controversial panel discussion yet.

This Wednesday, 21st of January, we will be joined by both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian speakers as we approach the contentious question – where to next for Israel and Palestine? Advocating the Israeli point of view will be Seán Gannon, Irish freelance journalist and chair of "Irish Friends of Israel". Joining him in discussing Israeli policy will be Tom Carew, chair of the "Ireland – Israel Friendship League" who frequently appears in the Irish Times and RTÉ news.

Speaking on behalf of Palestine will be Dr. Philomena McKenna, who has lived in the Middle East and has worked on the Galway Palestine Children's Appeal. The Law Society will confirm another speaker nearer to the event. NUI Galway has never lacked opinionated students voicing their concern regarding the Gaza problem. Next Wednesday, audience members may also participate in the forum, as there will be an opportunity to direct questions to the panel. The discussion is set to be a highly contested one, coming at a time where Middle Eastern politics are at the forefront of Irish media."

(organised by NUIG Law Society)
Event #537
7:30PM on 20/Jan/2009, Letterkenny Women's Centre
Public Meeting: Women in Gaza
A public meeting has been organised in Letterkenny women's centre this Tuesday night at 7.30 to look at the situation of women in Gaza - the injuries, the death toll and what we can do about it. We are hoping that women and women's groups can make it to the meeting. All are welcome.

Please print off the poster and circulate the notice where ever you think suitable. Goretti Horgan from the Derry Anti War Coalition will speak on the night. Hope to see you there,
Event #540
6:30PM on 20/Jan/2009, St Anne's Church, Dawson St
Writers for Peace
Writers for Peace

Tuesday 20th January,

St Anne's Church, Dawson St. Dublin 2

from 6.30 (sharp) – 8.30.

Poetry Ireland in association with Trócaire and Amnesty International have organised a reading of some of Ireland's best writers reading in response to the situation in Gaza. Each writer will read for 5-7 minutes at this non-partisan event,

Confirmed readers include,

Anne Enright, Colm Toibin, Susan McKay, Hugo Hamilton, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Lia Mills, Ronit Lentin, John F. Deane, Macdara Woods, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Peter Sirr,

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Joseph Woods
Director
Poetry Ireland
2 Proud's Lane
off St Stephens Green
Dublin 2
t. (+353 1) 4789974
f. (+353 1) 4780205
e. poetry@iol.ie
w. www.poetryireland.ie
Event #520
8:00PM on 19/Jan/2009, Dorrians Hotel, Ballyshannon
Palestine Solidarity Meeting
A public meeting will take place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal on Monday 19th January in Dorrian\'s Hotel at 8pm. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together people who want to provide support to the Palestinian people. Speakers from the IPSC and others will be outlining how we can provide practical support and show solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Palestine

A public meeting will take place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal on Monday 19th January to bring together people who want to provide support to the Palestinian people. Speakers from the IPSC and others will be outlining how we can provide practical support and show solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Palestine.

The meeting will start at 8pm, with speakers and information stalls to provide people with the opportunity to get involved on whatever level they feel comfortable with and to give people the opportunity to merely find out what is happening in Palestine and how we can through our actions stop the slaughter there.

All are welcome to attend this meeting, it is not just for those already involved in groups or organisations but for all people who cannot stand idly by while the people of Palestine are attacked but who want to do something to help them and try to transform the situation.

For further information please email nwsolidarity@yahoo.com
Event #536
11:30PM on 19/Jan/2009, Israeli Embassy, Pembroke Road, D4
AFRI Art/Protest Event
Afri are organising an artistic protest event that will take place outside the Israeli Embassy, Pembroke Road, Dublin (opp. Jury's Hotel), from 11.30am until 12 noon TOMORROW Monday 19th January.

Leitrim-based artist Tracy Walsh will create an artistic installation, "If", composed of babies' vests and toddler t-shirts placed on bamboo crossframes.

Piper Eoin Dillon of Kila will play a lament for the victims of the Israeli assault on Gaza.

If ..
"If I hadn't been born in Gaza .. "
"If I wasn't Palestinian .. "
"If my mother hadn't brought me to the UN school .. "
"If the Israeli army hadn't dropped phosphorus bombs .. "
"If more than 30 UN resolutions on Israel had been acted on .. "
If ..

Many artists, musicians, actors and members of the Irish arts community will attend.

Please come along if you can, and/or spread the word about the event among people you know.
Event #534
2:15PM on 17/Jan/2009, The Court House (march to Market Cross)
Gaza Solidarity Protest
On Saturday January 17th there will be a march in solidarity with Gaza, starting at 2.15pm outside the Court house and going to Market Cross.

All welcome.
Event #531
2:00PM on 17/Jan/2009, Central Bank Plaza, Dame St
Boycott Israel Day of Action
Saturday 17th Jan - Central Bank Plaza, Dame St, Dublin @ 2pm
Boycott Israel Day of Action

On Saturday Jan 17th a collective boycott of Israeli goods in supermarkets in Dublin city centre will take place. Israeli goods sold in Irish supermarkets are herbs, fruits (such as Jaffa oranges) avocadoes , new potatoes, dried fruits - they are easily recognizable because they are marked \'Product of Israel\' on the shelves.

RALLY AT 2pm AT THE CENTRAL BANK after which city-centre supermarkets which stock Israeli goods will be visited and the boycott of Israeli goods publicized.

(Organised by Irish Anti War Movement)
Event #524
1:00 PM on 17/Jan/2009, Daunt Square (junction of Patrick Street and Grand Parade)
Stop the slaughter in Gaza
Event #533
6:00PM on 17/Jan/2009, Ionad Naomh Pádraig
Palestinian Deputy Ambassador To Address Public Meeting
Solidarity with Gaza public meeting

éirígí have organised a public meeting in Dobhair, West Donegal on Saturday 17th January at 6pm in solidarity with the people of Gaza and the Palestinian people and their cause in general

The Palestinian deputy ambasador, a spokesperson for the ICTU and Brendean MacCionnaith from éirígí will address the meeting

The Palestinian Deputy Ambassador to Ireland Yusuf Dorkhom is set to address a public meeting in Dobhair next weekend to highlight the ongoing siege and bombardment of Gaza by Israel.

The public meeting, which has been organised by éirígí Tír Chonaill, takes place on Saturday January 17 in Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhair at 6pm. Also addressing the meeting will be Ciaran Campbell from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and Brendean MacCionnaith from éirígí.

Tír Chonaill éirígí activist Micheál Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig said: \"The ongoing slaughter of Palestinian civilians by the Israeli military in Gaza is a heinous war crime that must be ended. To date more than six hundred Palestinians have been killed, more than two hundred of whom were children, while over three thousand people have also been injured. The Israeli military have deliberately bombed civilian targets. They have launched air and artillery attacks against residential areas, family homes, shopping districts, mosques, tv stations, universities, ambulances as well as doctors and other medical personnel. Their latest outrages included the bombing of three United Nations (UN) schools resulting in the deaths of over forty Palestinian civilians, including children, who had sought refuge there from the Israeli assault.\"

He added: \"The reality of life in Gaza for the Palestinians is extremely harsh. Before this latest military assault by Israel, Palestinians were already suffering as a result of an inhuman 18 month siege by Israel of Gaza. They have had to endure regular military attacks bythe so called Israeli defence forces. The Israeli regime has prevented the repair and maintenance of the water service and electricity infrastructure by blocking the importation of spare parts. Through its air, sea and land blockade Israel has, and continues to, prevent necessary supplies such as food, fuel and medicines from reaching the people of Gaza. As a result, before this latest military assault took place, Gaza was already suffering a humanitarian crisis on a massive scale. That situation has now deteriorated immeasurably.\"

\"The failure of International bodies such as the UN and the European Union to take any action against Israel is reprehensible. Those inLeinster House stand indicted also. While some politicians have condemned Israel the Twenty Six county government have refused to take any action against them. They must now move immediately to expel the Israeli ambassador, cut all ties with them and push the EU to do likewise.\"

He concluded: \"We support the calls for an International boycott of Israel similar to the campaign which helped bring about the demise of the South African apartheid regime. Here in Donegal we must show the Palestinian people that we stand in solidarity with them and that we will take practical measures to assist them in their ongoing struggle for justice and freedom..\"
Event #535
5:00PM on 17/Jan/2009, O'Connor Square
Candlelit Vigil for Gaza in Taoiseach's Constituency
Candlelit Vigil for Gaza in Taoiseach's Constituency

Candlelit vigil for the people of Gaza, this Saturday 17th Jan at 5pm in O'Connor Square, Tullamore. Join millions of people around the world in peaceful protest at the murder of over 1,000 Palestinians, including hundreds of children. Help us send a message to Brian Cowen to use his influence to stop this madness.
Event #525
8:00 PM on 15/Jan/2009, Lee Room, Victoria Hotel, Patrick Street, Cork
Middle Eastern (Mizrahi) Jews and the struggle for Palestine
In Israel, the word "Mizrahim" (Hebrew for "easterners") is used to describe Jews who are not of European descent. It refers to Jews who migrated into Palestine/Israel from the countries of North Africa and from Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Iran. It is also sometimes used to refer to Jews from India.

Apart from a few token representatives who are promoted in order to provide an alibi for the state, Mizrahi Jews in Israel are subject to severe discrimination -- with their second-class status, they form a layer which sits uncomfortably between the indigenous Palestinians and the European Jews ("Ashkenazim") settlers who created, and still control, the Israeli state.

Dr. Smadar Lavie, an anti-Zionist Mizrahi Jewish citizen of Israel, will talk about the role of Mizrahi Jews in the struggle for Palestine.
Event #526
1:00 PM on 15/Jan/2009, Council Room, UCC (upstairs in the North Wing of the UCC quadrangle)
Middle Eastern (Mizrahi) Jews and the struggle for Palestine
In Israel, the word "Mizrahim" (Hebrew for "easterners") is used to describe Jews who are not of European descent. It refers to Jews who migrated into Palestine/Israel from the countries of North Africa and from Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Iran. It is also sometimes used to refer to Jews from India.

Apart from a few token representatives who are promoted in order to provide an alibi for the state, Mizrahi Jews in Israel are subject to severe discrimination -- with their second-class status, they form a layer which sits uncomfortably between the indigenous Palestinians and the European Jews ("Ashkenazim") settlers who created, and still control, the Israeli state.

Dr. Smadar Lavie, an anti-Zionist Mizrahi Jewish citizen of Israel, will talk about the role of Mizrahi Jews in the struggle for Palestine.
Event #528
11:00AM on 15/Jan/2009, Israeli Embassy, Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
Symbolic Shoe Protest
Thursday 15th Jan - Israeli Embassy, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. @ 11am

Childrens shoes will be collected and spread out at the gates of the Israeli Embassy, again to symbolise the death of so many children in Gaza. There will be a short protest.
Event #529
5:30PM on 15/Jan/2009, The Spire, O\'Connell Street
Gaza solidarity protest
Thursday 15th Jan - O\'Connell St, Dublin 1 @ 5.30pm

The sheet of hand prints and the childrens shoes will both be transported to O\'Connell St for a peaceful protest and vigil. Speakers to include Freda Hughes, David Landy and a female representative of the Palestinian community.
Event #530
8:00PM on 15/Jan/2009, IPSC Office, Dame Street
IPSC Dublin Branch Meeting
Thursday 15th Jan - IPSC office, 64 Dame St, Dublin 2 @ 8pm
IPSC Dublin Branch Meeting

Come along to our IPSC dublin organising meeting in the IPSC, Room 5, 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Press 1-0-5-Bell on the intercom to buzz up. New members and interested people always welcome.
Event #527
1:00PM on 13/Jan/2009, The Dail, Kildare Street
Symbolic protest at the Dail
Tuesday 13th Jan - The Dail, Kildare St, Dublin 2. @ 1pm

A huge white sheet covered with red hand prints and the names of all the children who have died in Gaza since Dec 27th will be hung out side The Dail. This is an awareness raising event as well as a protest. Speakers will include Anne Kennedy and a female representative of the Palestinian community in Ireland.
Event #532
7:00PM on 13/Jan/2009, Seomra Spraoi, Belvedere Place
Film Screening: Slingshot Hip Hop
Slingshot Hip Hop (2008)

Slingshot Hip Hop braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. From internal checkpoints and Separation Walls to gender norms and generational differences, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that separate them.

Director/Producer/Editor

Jackie Reem Salloum is a New York based artist and filmmaker. Drawing on her Palestinian and Syrian roots, her pop-infused work focuses on challenging the stereotypes of Arabs in the media. She has directed several shorts exploring this issue, including Planet of the Arabs, which received the International Editing Award at the 2005 CinemaTexas Film Festival and was an official selection in that year\'s Sundance Film Festival. After receiving her MFA from New York University, Salloum began directing her first feature length documentary Slingshot Hip Hop. Five years in the making it made it\'s premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival-Documentary Competition. Salloum\'s work is also the basis of a youth education program on Palestine/Israel, and she frequently speaks at universities and conferences internationally.

Producer

Rumzi Araj, a Palestinian-American, has worked with Salloum on many of her art and film projects and was an Associate Producer on the short film Planet of the Arabs, a 2005 Sundance selection. He is currently completing his law degree while pursuing his interest in film production.

Producer/Editor/Visual Effects Supervisor