Irish Anti-War Movement Press Statement 16 November 2015
After Paris: Stop the Terror, Stop the Wars
The Irish Anti-War Movement believes it is necessary to break out of the vicious cycle of war, terrorism and more war and more terrorism in which we have become locked.
The appalling events in Paris come 14 years after 9/11, (itself a response to previous wars and occupations in the Middle East) and the launching of George Bush’s so-called ‘War on Terror’. These 14 years have seen wars on and in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Palestine and elsewhere and yet, predictably the terrorist attacks continue. And still there are those like Francois Hollande and David Cameron who want to respond with more war and more bombing.
The day before the Paris atrocity David Cameron and US Secretary of State were celebrating the killing of so-called ‘Jihadi John’ by a drone strike. The day after the Paris slaughter Francois Hollande says he will respond with ‘merciless war’ and France launches massive air strikes on the IS held city of Raqqa. But no one should imagine that these drone strikes and bombing raids only kill targeted terrorists – on the contrary they kill hundreds and cumulatively thousands and thousands of ordinary people thus fuelling further bitterness.
The anger and rage inevitably unleashed by the horrifying attacks in Paris are then replicated in Syria, Iraq, or wherever the war is unleashed. The bitter desire for revenge continues.
The Irish Anti-War Movement says we must break out of this cycle by stopping making war in the Middle East or, where the Irish Government is concerned, assisting the making of war by allowing the US military use of Shannon.
24/07/2014 - 19:00
Vigil for Gaza, Thursday 24th July 7pm the Post Office, Longford
24/07/2014 - 13:00
Thu, 24 July 2014, 13:00 Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 1
A group of Irish medics and EMTs will gather outside the Dail on Thurday 24th July from 1-2 pm. These medics and supporters will call on the Irish government to take a clear position in unequivocally condemning Israeli attacks on medical personnel and infrastructure in Gaza.
During this latest onslaught thus far one doctor and two paramedics have been killed, over 30 first responders wounded, 2 hospitals bombed, a Red Crescent emergency services unit and numerous clinics and ambulances shelled or damaged.
Such attacks on medical staff and infrastructure are established Israeli practice. Paramedics and first responders are regularly targeted in both Gaza and the West Bank. During Cast Lead in 2008/2009,16 paramedics were killed and numerous other emergency responders seriously wounded. Targeted and random shelling and aerial bombardments also saw the partial or total destruction of many health care facilities and ambulances.
Speakers on Wednesday will include Irish paramedics, Palestinian doctors living and working in Ireland as well as commentary by phone from paramedics in Gaza.
Join us to hear first-hand the devastating toll of the ongoing massacres and join us to stand in solidarity with the medical and emergency personnel in Gaza who risk their lives daily trying to do their work.
This action is being called by Gaza Action Ireland and supported by the Ireland -Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and Sadaka.
IAWM PRESS RELEASE 19 JULY 2014
• IAWM SUPPORTS IPSC PROTEST FOR GAZA TODAY
The Irish anti-war Movement (IAWM) issued a statement today supporting the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s (IPSC) call for a solidarity protest for the people of Gaza today at the Spire in Dublin at 2pm. This will coincide with protests in other Irish cities to be held at the same time and indeed in cities around the world. See here for details of all Irish protests –
The IAWM statement noted that Israel’s latest military onslaught on the people of Gaza amounts to nothing less than state terrorism. There are now over 300 people killed with so many of these being women and children. The worst atrocity this week was the brutal bombing and killing of four boys on a beach which occurred two days after an Israeli Commander replied when asked by an interviewer as to where Gazans can go; “well they can go to the south or to the beach”. This shows the attitude of the Israeli military to Palestinians, which treats them as sub-human.
The statement totally condemned the manufactured escalation of violence by Israel after failing to include Hamas in any discussion on a ceasefire, which the latter only heard about over the airwaves.
Memet Uludag of the IAWM Steering Committee said:
IAWM SUPPORTS IPSC PROTEST FOR GAZA THIS SATURDAY
Members of the IAWM are encouraged to promote and come to this protest organised by the IPSC.
STOP THE SLAUGHTER IN GAZA NOW!
Dear friends of the Palestinian people,
The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign has called another emergency protest for this Saturday at 2pm to highlight the brutal onslaught on the people of Palestine which has killed over 220 people. We would like to thank all who helped mobilise for the demo last Saturday, and ask you to please support this action too by attending, and helping to spread the word about it.
If you are active in a political or advocacy organisation, community group, trade union etc, please share the details in your networks, newsletters, websites, socials media sites etc. If you are an individual then you can still share via email or social media.
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Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you on Saturday in a strong show of solidarity with the people of Palestine, and Gaza in particular. The Irish Times says there was 3,000 there last week, let's make it even bigger!
"Most western politicians and the West’s media pundits should bow their heads in shame at the lack of criticism and analysis of what is being done to Gazans. " - IAWM letter in Irish Times re Israel's onslaught on Gaza - http://www.irishtimes.com/debate/letters/israel-hamas-gaza-1.1866091 & an edited version in The Examiner - http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/yourview/shameful-israeli-attacks-275444.html