Irish Anti-War Movement Condemned Attack on Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign's Bank Account

In a statement released today the Irish Anti-War Movement condemned the on-going attack on the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign's right to exist.

Recent reports in The Jerusalem Post show that the Israel government is directly lobbying Allied Irish Bank (AIB) and one of its large shareholders Franklin Templeton Investments to close down the bank account of the IPSC and "scores of others".

A spokesman for the Irish Anti-War Movement went on to say,

“This is a deeply sinister and worrying development, in 2016 the IPSC accounts with Bank of Ireland with whom they had banked for over 15 years were unilaterally closed without any rationale other than a statement to the effect that the IPSC no longer met their "risk appetite".”

The Irish Anti-War Movement went on to say “We fully supports the right of civil society groups to access banking services as this is essential to the functioning of a modern democratic society.”

 
Contact Info

Kevin Squires Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign 01-8727798

Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee IAWM: Tel. 087 6472737

Further Information

http://www.ipsc.ie/right-to-bds/israeli-ministers-unprecedented-attempt-...

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STOP THE BOMBING OF CIVILIANS IN SYRIA - PRESS CONFERENCE THIS MORNING

Press Conference, 11.30am, TODAY, Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin

An Irish response to the Syrian East Ghouta Humanitarian Crisis

Joan Collins T.D, Senator Ivana Bacik, Ibrahim Halawa, Irish Anti-war Movement (IAWM), Irish Syria Solidarity Movement (ISSM)

(Contributions will also be made by two displaced Syrians living in Ireland and representatives from humanitarian groups working on the ground in Syria)

THE IRISH Anti-war Movement is participating in this Press Conference this morning.

As noted in our Press Release on 21st February the IAWM totally condemns the indiscriminate bombing of Eastern Ghouta by the Assad and Russian forces. The ceasefire agreed at the UN has already been broken and civilians are again suffering terrible injuries and worse.

While responding to these horrific crimes the IAWM regards the conflict within a wider cotext.

Despite the initial peaceful protests by civilians in 2011 that were brutally suppressed by the Assad regime, the Syrian conflict has long since become a proxy war between world and regional powers with the Syrian people caught in the middle.

The obvious players of Russia, Iran and Hezzbollah support the Assad Regime. The US and Britain have thousands of military advisors in Syria for many years and have flooded the region with weaponry some of which most likely has made it into the hands of dubious rebel groups via the conduits of the west’s regional proxies of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. America and Britain has also bombed Syria, in one case killing 69 Syrian soldiers during a ceasefire. Israel, a western ally, has recently bombed Syria while Turkey has invaded the northern region of Afrin.

Thus in addition to the appalling crimes of the Assad regime, Syria has become a massive military playground for numerous foreign forces seeking a stake in the country. This just foments the conflict further.

SYRIA - STOP BOMBING CIVILIANS: An Irish response to the Syrian East Ghouta Humanitarian Crisis

Press Conference, 11.30am, Tuesday 06 March, Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin

An Irish response to the Syrian East Ghouta Humanitarian Crisis

Joan Collins T.D, Senator Ivana Bacik, Ibrahim Halawa, Irish Anti-war Movement (IAWM), Irish Syria Solidarity Movement (ISSM)

(Contributions will also be made by two displaced Syrians living in Ireland and representatives from humanitarian groups working on the ground in Syria)

WE CONDEMN:
● THE INDISCRIMINATE BOMBING OF CIVILIANS AND CIVILIAN INFRASTRUCTURE BY THE SYRIAN REGIME AND BY RUSSIAN FORCES THAT HAVE LEFT HUNDREDS DEAD IN JUST TWO WEEKS
● THE DELIBERATE TARGETING OF MEDICAL AND RESCUE INFRASTRUCTURE AND PERSONNEL
● THE USE OF STARVATION SIEGES AGAINST THE POPULATION OF EAST GHOUTA SINCE 2013

WE CALL FOR:
● ALL BOMBING IN SYRIA TO CEASE IMMEDIATELY AND FOR THE IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION AND INDEFINITE EXTENSION OF THE UN CEASEFIRE (SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2401)
● A COMPREHENSIVE UN-LED HUMANITARIAN RELIEF OPERATION TO BE PUT IN PLACE IMMEDIATELY FOR GHOUTA
● SUPPORT FOR REFUGEES TO BE STEPPED UP BY IRISH AND EU GOVERNMENTS

As individuals and organisations, we have varying views and perspectives and certain nuances regarding the Syrian conflict. However, we are united in our view that at the heart of this conflict is a popular - and initially peaceful - civilian revolt that began in 2011 against a ruthless dictator in the form of Bashar al Assad. We completely acknowledge that this crisis has been massively complicated by the cynical and self-serving interventions of the Assad regime itself as well as many regional and international actors.

We hope to be able to offer suggestions for what can be done from an Irish perspective to end the appalling tragedy that is unfolding before us as reported in the media.

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